The Masters' Voice -- Noel Coward: His HMV Recordings 1928 to 1953

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set is the ultimate Noel Coward resource, containing 79 of his releases on England's HMV Records label across 25 years, all assembled in the order of their recording -- not just his renditions of his own compositions, which would make this a doubly significant volume, but also his performances of songs by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and more, and one wartime speech done on behalf of British morale, to represent that side of his output. Considering that these were all originally released on 78s and that the latter scarcely ever showed up on LP reissues in the United States, this is the first and best opportunity that Americans will have to hear most ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set is the ultimate Noel Coward resource, containing 79 of his releases on England's HMV Records label across 25 years, all assembled in the order of their recording -- not just his renditions of his own compositions, which would make this a doubly significant volume, but also his performances of songs by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and more, and one wartime speech done on behalf of British morale, to represent that side of his output. Considering that these were all originally released on 78s and that the latter scarcely ever showed up on LP reissues in the United States, this is the first and best opportunity that Americans will have to hear most of the songs here. Apart from the quality of the sound reproduction, which is excellent, the most striking element of this set must be the concentration of wit within its tracks. Coward was a dazzling wit, and that element of his work is undiminished by the passage of decades. It's almost impossible not to delight in the play and cleverness of Coward's words every bit as much as he did, where his own songs are concerned, or the personal touch that he adds to songs such as "Alexander's Ragtime Band" or "Everybody's Doing It Now." The accompanying booklet, which includes a complete Coward sessionography, supplies the background on the songs and the recordings sometimes a bit sketchily, but even without the details filled in, the material stands on its own as a source of pleasure. It's also fascinating to hear the evolution of his work over time and the more personal and overtly romantic work that emerged from his pen after World War II. Ideally, this set would be the accompaniment to any documentary on Coward's life; for reasons best-known to themselves, however, EMI deleted it in 1999, but it can still be found second-hand, and is worth tracking down.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/1993
  • Label: Angel Records
  • UPC: 077775491920
  • Catalog Number: 54919

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Room With a View
  2. 2 Dance, Little Lady
  3. 3 Mary Make-Believe
  4. 4 Try to Learn to Love
  5. 5 Lorelei
  6. 6 The Dream Is Over
  7. 7 Zigeuner
  8. 8 World Weary
  9. 9 Private Lives: a) Love Scene Act I. Some Day I'll Find You
  10. 10 Half-Caste Woman
  11. 11 Any Little Fish
  12. 12 Cavalcade Prologue
  13. 13 Cavalcade Prologue: a) Soldiers of the Queen
  14. 14 Cavalcade Prologue: b) Goodbye Dolly Gray
  15. 15 Cavalcade Prologue: c) Private Tommy Atkins
  16. 16 Cavalcade Prologue: d) A Little Bit off the Top
  17. 17 Cavalcade Prologue: e) Blue Bell
  18. 18 Cavalcade Prologue: f) I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside
  19. 19 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 1
  20. 20 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 1: a) Soldiers of the Queen
  21. 21 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 1: b) Goodbye Dolly Gray
  22. 22 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 1: c) Lover of My Dreams
  23. 23 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 1: d) I Do Like to Be Beside the Seasid
  24. 24 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 1: e) Goodbye My Bluebell
  25. 25 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 1: f) Alexander's Ragtime Band
  26. 26 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 1: g) Everybody's Doing It Now
  27. 27 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 2
  28. 28 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 2: a) Let's All Go Down the Strand
  29. 29 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 2: b) If You Were the Only Girl
  30. 30 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 2: c) Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty
  31. 31 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 2: d) There's a Long, Long Trail
  32. 32 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 2: e) Keep the Home Fires Burning
  33. 33 Cavalcade Vocal Selection, Pt. 2: f) Twentieth Century Blues
  34. 34 Cavalcade Epilogue
  35. 35 Cavalcade Epilogue: a) Alexander's Ragtime Band
  36. 36 Cavalcade Epilogue: b) Everybody's Doing It
  37. 37 Cavalcade Epilogue: c) Pack up Your Troubles
  38. 38 Cavalcade Epilogue: d) It's a Long Way to Tipperary
  39. 39 Cavalcade Epilogue: e) I'll Make a Man of You
  40. 40 Cavalcade Epilogue: f) There's a Long Trail
  41. 41 Cavalcade Epilogue: g) Keep the Home Fires Burning
  42. 42 Cavalcade Epilogue: h) Dance Little Lady
  43. 43 Cavalcade Epilogue: i) Land of Hope and Glory
  44. 44 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1
  45. 45 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1: a) Intro
  46. 46 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1: b) Parisian Pierrot
  47. 47 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1: c) Poor Little Rich Girl
  48. 48 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1: d) A Room With a View
  49. 49 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1: e) Dance Little Lady
  50. 50 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2
  51. 51 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: a) Intro
  52. 52 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: b) Someday I'll Find You
  53. 53 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: c) Any Little Fish
  54. 54 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: d) If You Could Only Come With Me
  55. 55 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: e) I'll See You Again
Disc 2
  1. 1 Let's Say Goodbye
  2. 2 The Party's Over Now
  3. 3 Something to Do With Spring
  4. 4 Mad Dogs and Englishmen
  5. 5 Medley
  6. 6 Medley: a) Tokay
  7. 7 Medley: b) World Weary
  8. 8 Medley: c) Caballero
  9. 9 Medley: d) Green Carnation
  10. 10 Medley: e) I'l See You Again
  11. 11 Medley: f) Poor Little Rich Girl
  12. 12 Medley: g) Zigeuner
  13. 13 Medley: h) Dear Little Cafe
  14. 14 Medley: i) Call of Life
  15. 15 Medley: j) Ladies of the Town
  16. 16 I'll Follow My Secret Heart, Pts. 1 & 2
  17. 17 Melanie's Aria, Pt. 1
  18. 18 Melanie's Aria, Pt. 2
  19. 19 I Travel Alone
  20. 20 Most of Ev'ry Day
  21. 21 Love in Bloom
  22. 22 Fare Thee Well
  23. 23 Mrs. Worthington
  24. 24 We Were So Young
  25. 25 Then/Play, Orchestra, Play
  26. 26 You Were There
  27. 27 Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?
  28. 28 Man About Town
Disc 3
  1. 1 Family Album
  2. 2 Parisian Pierrot
  3. 3 We Were Dancing
  4. 4 Dearest Love
  5. 5 Where Are the Songs We Sung?
  6. 6 The Stately Homes of England
  7. 7 Gipsy Melody
  8. 8 Dearest Love
  9. 9 I'll See You Again
  10. 10 Just Let Me Look at You
  11. 11 Poor Little Rich Girl
  12. 12 London Pride
  13. 13 The Last Time I Saw Paris
  14. 14 Could You Please Oblige Us With a Bren Gun?
  15. 15 There Have Been Songs in England
  16. 16 Imagine the Duchess's Feelings!
  17. 17 It's Only You
  18. 18 Don't Let's Be Beastly to the Germans
  19. 19 The Welcoming Land
  20. 20 I'm Old Fashioned
  21. 21 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
Disc 4
  1. 1 Sigh No More
  2. 2 I Wonder What Happened to Him
  3. 3 Matelot
  4. 4 Nina
  5. 5 Never Again
  6. 6 Wait a Bit, Joe
  7. 7 Bright Was the Day
  8. 8 This Is a Changing World
  9. 9 His Excellency Regrets
  10. 10 One, Two, Three
  11. 11 Uncle Harry
  12. 12 I Never Knew
  13. 13 I Saw No Shadow
  14. 14 Josephine
  15. 15 Don't Make Fun of the Fair
  16. 16 Sail Away
  17. 17 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1
  18. 18 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1: a) I'll See You Again
  19. 19 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1: b) Dance Little Lady
  20. 20 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1: c) Poor Little Rich Girl
  21. 21 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1: d) A Room With a View
  22. 22 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 1: e) Parisian Pierrot
  23. 23 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2
  24. 24 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: a) Any Little Fish
  25. 25 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: b) You Were There
  26. 26 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: c) Someday I'll Find You
  27. 27 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: d) Let's Say Goodbye
  28. 28 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: e) I'll Follow My Secret Heart
  29. 29 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: f) If Love Were All
  30. 30 Noel Coward Medley, Pt. 2: g) Play Orchestra Play
  31. 31 Why Does Love Get in the Way?
  32. 32 I Like America
  33. 33 Time and Again
  34. 34 There Are Bad Times Just Around the Corner
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Noël Coward Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Mantovani Conductor
Ray Noble Conductor
Carroll Gibbons Piano, Conductor
Gertrude Lawrence Vocals, Narrator, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Robert Stewart Piano
Leo Reisman Vocals
Yvonne Printemps Vocals
Clifford Greenwood Conductor
Phoenix Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
His Majesty's Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Norman Hackforth Piano
Piccadilly Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Robb Stewart Piano
Reginald Burston Conductor
Cambridge Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Francis M. Collinson Conductor
Technical Credits
Noël Coward Composer
Sheridan Morley Liner Notes
Jerome Kern Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Phoenix Theatre Orchestra Contributor, Orchestration
His Majesty's Theatre Orchestra Contributor, Orchestration
Piccadilly Theatre Orchestra Contributor, Orchestration
Al Hoffman Composer
Dick Manning Composer
Cambridge Theatre Orchestra Contributor
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