I have owned this CD since its initial release in 1988, when a friend bought it for me in America. Already both a Sondheim and a Cleo Laine fan, I fell on it like the proverbial ton of bricks and for weeks it never left my CD player for any length of time. Twelve years later it is still one of the most remarkable musical collaborations I have ever heard (I'm listening to it again, as I write). Jonathan Tunick's arrangements are impeccable, his orchestra plays superbly, the recorded sound is close to perfection, but they really are just the sugar on top of a perfect confection. Sondheim is a genius - few people can argue that - and in Cleo Laine he has found a rare fellow genius who can truly justify his own. The lyrics are at least eighty percent of his appeal and, with her famous "hot potato in mouth" diction Cleo does them more than justice. Has anybody ever noticed that the correct line from "Losing my mind" is "Spend sleepless nights to thing about you" and not "and think about you"? The many "standards" presented here all come off superbly, as do the the lesser-heard numbers, like the excerpts from "Anyone can whistle" (when is this going to be revived?). Superbly subtle, gloriously outrageous, immensely satisfying, this is a collection which should grace any.