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5.0 out of 5 stars HERE ARE THE SONGS HE SUNG, 8 Nov. 2010
This review is from: I Went to a Marvellous Party: His 45 Finest 1928-1956 (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 20 Feb 2013, 22:48:42 GMT
Janet Boylan says:
It would be really helpful to know what tracks are on what CDs. I have numerous Noel Coward Cd's and don't want TOO much duplication. Don't know why this isn't done on all CD's Amazon sells

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2013, 06:54:35 GMT
If you click on the second image you'll see the tracklist detail as displayed on the CD.
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