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The Cy Coleman Songbook

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Twelve days before her 75th birthday, Julie Wilson appeared in the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel in New York and recorded this live album, her sixth songbook collection for DRG Records, devoted to the music of Cy Coleman. As usual, she was accompanied only by William Roy on piano and, in some cases, duet vocals. As usual, Roy also arranged the selections, often into two- and in one case three-song medleys. It wouldn't be surprising to discover that Coleman himself also had a hand in the selections, since the set included songs from musicals that were never produced and songs that were cut from shows that were. Also featured were some of Coleman's best and best-known ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Twelve days before her 75th birthday, Julie Wilson appeared in the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel in New York and recorded this live album, her sixth songbook collection for DRG Records, devoted to the music of Cy Coleman. As usual, she was accompanied only by William Roy on piano and, in some cases, duet vocals. As usual, Roy also arranged the selections, often into two- and in one case three-song medleys. It wouldn't be surprising to discover that Coleman himself also had a hand in the selections, since the set included songs from musicals that were never produced and songs that were cut from shows that were. Also featured were some of Coleman's best and best-known songs -- "Big Spender," "Real Live Girl," "Witchcraft," "The Colors of My Life," "When in Rome," "Why Try to Change Me Now," "Hey, Look Me Over" (though, oddly, not "The Best Is Yet to Come" or "If My Friends Could See Me Now"). The songs were perhaps the most suited to the veteran cabaret singer since her Stephen Sondheim songbook; Sondheim has written many songs for mature women, but Coleman has the advantage of having collaborated with two major female lyricists, Carolyn Leigh and Dorothy Fields. That meant some of the songs seemed custom-made, such as the closing encore, "Don't Ask a Lady" (by Leigh), and the comic song of upper-class favor-seeking, "Do Be a Darling" (by Fields, from the unproduced musical Eleanor). But Wilson made all the material her own, acknowledging her age while also defying it. (It takes guts for a septuagenarian to open a show with the prostitute's come-on "Big Spender.") It was hard to imagine that there would be many more installments in the songbook series, but if this was to be Wilson's last album, she was going out on top.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2000
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471525229
  • Catalog Number: 5252
  • Sales rank: 124,223

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julie Wilson Primary Artist
William Roy Vocals, Accompaniment
Technical Credits
Hugh Fordin Producer
Cynthia Daniels Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Liner Note Producer
James Gavin Liner Notes
William Roy Arranger
LuAnn Graffeo Art Direction
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