Betty Comden Perform Their Own Songs

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  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: DRG

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.New York, New York! /Lonely Town: Lonely Town
  • Buy for $0.992.Taxi Song
  • Buy for $0.993.Some Other Time
  • Buy for $0.994.Carried Away
  • Buy for $0.995.Bad Timing
  • Buy for $0.996.Broadway Blossom
  • Buy for $0.997.French Lesson
  • Buy for $0.998.If
  • Buy for $0.999.How Will He Know
  • Buy for $0.9910.Catch Our Act at the Met
  • Buy for $0.9911.Distant Melody
  • Buy for $0.9912.Hook's Waltz
  • Buy for $0.9913.Never-Never Land
  • Buy for $0.9914.Mysterious Lady
  • Buy for $0.9915.Ohio / It's Love / Quiet Girl: It's Love / Quiet Girl
  • Buy for $0.9916.Wrong Note Rag
  • Buy for $0.9917.March March
  • Buy for $0.9918.Stillman's Gym
  • Buy for $0.9919.The Time for Parting
  • Buy for $0.9920.Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks
  • Buy for $0.9921.I Said Good Mornin'
  • Buy for $0.9922.I Like Myself
  • Buy for $0.9923.Love Is Nothing But a Racket
  • Buy for $0.9924.Once upon a Time

Product Description:

Personnel: Betty Comden (vocals); Adolph Green (vocals); Al Caiola (guitar); Milton Green, Bernie Leighton (piano); Herb Harris (organ, drums).
Liner Note Authors: Gene Kelly ; Leonard Bernstein.
Arranger: Bernie Leighton.
In 1955, lyricists, librettists, and screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green recorded two albums for the small Heritage Records label. The first, Show Music at Its Best, Vol. 1, contained their renditions of songs they had written for five Broadway shows between 1944 and 1954, along with one song written for the film Good News; the second, It's Always Fair Weather, contained the songs they had written for the new movie musical of the same name. Veteran performers who had worked in nightclubs and been in their first stage musical, On the Town, the two were more than amateur singers, even if they were unlikely to give much of a fright to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Mary Martin, who were better remembered for the material. They had the enthusiasm and insight of the actual authors, knowing how to sing their patter-filled, witty lyrics for greatest comprehension, so that tunes like "Taxi Song" and "If" turned into minor comic masterpieces. And though the songs were written in character, to be sung by everyone from a lusty New York cabbie to Captain Hook, the authors' flip urban sensibility was always apparent. This CD reissue combines the two albums, though it's still the earlier performances that impress. It's Always Fair Weather was a flop, and while its songs are interesting as part of the Comden and Green catalog, they aren't really memorable. ~ William Ruhlmann
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