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I Went to a Marvellous Party: His 45 Finest 1928-1956

Noel Coward Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Retrospective
  • ASIN: B0041XSB8K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,903 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Parisian PierrotNoŽl Coward 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Poor Little Rich GirlNoŽl Coward 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. A Room with a ViewNoŽl Coward 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dance, Little LadyNoŽl Coward 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. LoreleiNoŽl Coward 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. World WearyNoŽl Coward 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I'll See You Again (Private Lives)NoŽl Coward, Gertrude Lawrence 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Act 1 Love SceneNoŽl Coward 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Act 2 Love Scene (Including: Some Day I'll Find You)NoŽl Coward 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Half-Castle WomanNoŽl Coward 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Any Little FishNoŽl Coward 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mad Dogs and EnglishmenNoŽl Coward 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Twentieth Century BluesNoŽl Coward 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Something to Do with SpringNoŽl Coward 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mad About the BoyNoŽl Coward 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Party's Over NowNoŽl Coward 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Conversation Piece - Scene (Including: I'll Follow My Secret Heart)NoŽl Coward, Yvonne Printemps 6:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Mrs. WorthingtonNoŽl Coward 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. I Travel AloneNoŽl Coward 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Most of Ev'ry DayNoŽl Coward 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Shadow Play - SceneNoŽl Coward, Gertrude Lawrence 8:51£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. We Were Dancing - SceneNoŽl Coward 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Stately Homes of EnglandNoŽl Coward 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Where Are the Songs We Sung?NoŽl Coward 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dearest LoveNoŽl Coward 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Went to a Marvellous PartyNoŽl Coward 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Never AgainNoŽl Coward 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Last Time I Saw ParisNoŽl Coward 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. London PrideNoŽl Coward 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Could You Please Oblige Us with a Bren Gun?NoŽl Coward 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Don't Let's Be Beastly to the GermansNoŽl Coward 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I'm Old-FashionedNoŽl Coward 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home to?NoŽl Coward 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Wait a Bit, JoeNoŽl Coward 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. NinaNoŽl Coward 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. MatelotNoŽl Coward 3:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Uncle HarryNoŽl Coward 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. JosephineNoŽl Coward 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sail AwayNoŽl Coward 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. There Are Bad Times Just Around the CornerNoŽl Coward 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Alice Is At It againNoŽl Coward 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Time and AgainNoŽl Coward 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. A Bar on the Piccola MarinaNoŽl Coward 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Let's Do It, Let's Fall in LoveNoŽl Coward 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Let's Say GoodbyeNoŽl Coward 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

BBC Review

This generous double-CD set includes songs and scenes from the plays, musicals, revues, operettas and cabaret career of one of the great figures in 20th century theatre: actor, singer, composer and playwright Noël Coward.

How fortunate for later generations that His Master’s Voice/EMI recognised his talent so early on, recording excerpts from all his London stage shows – from the revue London Calling in 1923 to his musical Ace of Clubs, produced in 1950. In addition, there is Noël Coward in Las Vegas, a live recording from his cabaret appearance at Wilbur Clark’s desert nightclub where he brought the house down with his new lyric to Let’s Do It and A Bar on the Piccolo Marina.

The songs are presented in chronological order of their stage premieres, rather than recording dates. The roll call of titles from the 1920s reads like a soundtrack to that decade: Poor Little Rich Girl, A Room With a View, Dance Little Lady and World Weary. With the premiere of Bitter Sweet, in 1929, Coward enjoyed his greatest musical hit which ran for 967 performances at His Majesty’s Theatre and included I’ll See You Again. The following year HMV recorded the whole of the Act 1’s I’ll See You Again, starring Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, which includes Someday I’ll Find You, the famous balcony scene number prompting the line, "strange how potent cheap music is".

In Conversation Piece (1934) Coward played opposite the French singer, Yvonne Printemps, who sang I’ll Follow My Secret Heart. His revue songs of that period, when he was an unsurpassed interpreter, included the matchless Mad Dogs and Englishmen and Mad About the Boy; Mrs Worthington (Don’t Put Your Daughter On the Stage), and The Stately Homes of England were also from the 1930s. During World War Two, Coward recorded songs reflecting the times: The Last Time I Saw Paris, You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To and his own Could You Please Oblige Us With a Bren Gun?, about the Home Guard. The post-war revues introduced Nina (from Argentina) and Sail Away, a fine song that Coward borrowed for the title of his 1961 Broadway musical.

The remastering is good, though the voice and piano are not quite as clear as on EMI’s own 20th century Legends series. Excellent documentation accompanies a most desirable package.

--Adrian Edwards

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Les 45 meilleurs titres de Noël Coward de 1928 à 1956

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't have liked it more 26 Nov 2010
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For some reason, I listened to a lot of Noel Coward songs with a schoolfriend back in the 70s (I think she nicked her parents' records), and always loved them. On a sudden whim, I bought this out of nostalgia, and was very impressed by this two-disc CD, containing parts of some of his plays as well as a range of songs spanning his entire career, all clear and scratch-free. Now if I want to feel sentimental or buoyed up with wartime pluck, or laugh at Mrs Wentworth-Brewster in the bar on the Piccola Marina, I can do so easily. A definite must for fans of Mr Coward, and a good starting point for those who have never previously heard his clever writings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HERE ARE THE SONGS HE SUNG 8 Nov 2010
By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER
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If you ask the question "which songwriters both composed the tune and wrote the lyrics?" the two names that spring to mind most readily are Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Yet not only does Noel Coward belong in that exalted company, he also performed his own works well enough to be recorded (which can't be said for the other two!). As can be heard, Coward created his own persona as a sophisticate with a distinctive clipped style of speech.

This compilation surveys his shows and revues between 1923 and 1952 through the medium of his own recordings, both contemporary and retrospective. One of those is a 1956 recording of "Twentieth Century Blues" which he'd endeavoured to record in 1931 with Ray Noble. All three takes were rejected and it was recorded subsequently by Al Bowlly, coupled with Coward singing "Lover of my Dreams". In fact many of Coward's 1930s recordings were accompanied by either Ray Noble & the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra or Carroll Gibbons at the piano.

Two recordings deserve special mention; the first with Gertrude Lawrence immortalises their love scene from Private Lives, the second does the same for his appearance with Yvonne Printemps in Conversation Piece.

The selection includes also several of Coward's solo songs, both mid-thirties (including his advice to Mrs. Worthington), wartime and cabaret. This is a compilation which fits into the category of popular song, theatre, dance band and social history. A full discography is complemented by a very informative liner note.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 22 Carat Nostalgia 5 Aug 2011
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NoŽl Coward was not the best singer in the world and he was certainly not the worst, with his very distinctive clipped delivery which has often been imitated but never bettered. Coward had his finger in many pies, as a writer, actor and director, both on stage and in films and also as a cabaret performer and there, he certainly left his indelible mark. But when it came to composing and writing wonderfully nostalgic and often howlingly funny lyrics, he has seldom been bettered.

I cannot imagine anybody in wartime Britain not being amused by the lyrics of `Could you please oblige us with a Bren gun?' and those who heard, `Don't let's be beastly to the Germans' must have been convulsed at the words. I have to admit being choked-up at the lyrics of `London Pride' which reminded me of the city in which I first went to work, over 50 years ago. I'm glad Coward wrote those words when he obviously meant them, in 1941; I venture to suggest, he would not do so, now.

This is a wonderful double CD - it would be a crime not to buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST NOEL COWARD COMPILATION 2 Dec 2013
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I've been a Noel Coward fan for more than forty years - and even my three aged forty+ children know all his songs. This CD compilation is the best yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Noel Coward 13 Nov 2013
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My love of music is Catholic, from Al Bowley to ZeeZeeTop and I love Noel Coward, his wit and his songs are great favourites. The two CD's I purchased are superb, as was the service, I cannot fault either, brilliant. I shall be back, this is a promise not a threat.
Tony Hudson
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