The original concept recordings for the film musicals 'Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness', 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' and 'Mr. Quilp'. All these recordings are previously unreleased and have been restored from Newley's own private archive. This unique Anthony Newley collection compiles the original concept recordings from three self-penned movie musicals. The semi-autobiographical film 'Can Heironymus Merkin...' has gained cult status since its 1969 release and features an exceptional score by Newley and Herbert Kretzmer. Newley also performs the songs for 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' the 1971 family favourite composed with Leslie Bricusse. The album concludes with Newley's recordings for the 1974 film 'Mr, Quilp' a musical adaptation of Dickens' 'Old Curiosity Shop' in which he played the title role.
(4 stars) A supremely talented artist...reflects his quirky, often humorous nature..full of energy, Newley's output is always fascinating.
-- Record Collector, (Paul Rigby), August 2010
(4 stars) Never-before-released...this is Tony unadorned, an essential buy for any Newley nut. -- MOJO, July 2010