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Rodgers and Hart Revisited V was the fifth and final volume or the Rodgers and Hart Revisited CD, an amazing set of mostly undiscovered (especially at the time the albums were done) Rodgers and Hart gems. Those five volumes were one of the crown jewels of the Ben Bagley Revisited series. For the fifth volume, Bagley gathered together a fun cast, including Dorothy Loudon, Mary Cleere Haran (who’d go on to record an all Rodgers and Hart album with producer Bruce Kimmel), Ann Hampton Callaway, Arthur Siegel, Susan Stroman, and Sandy Stewart. The arrangements are mostly by Arthur Siegel and Robert Marks.
Rodgers’ work with Hart is brilliant and original, jazzy, romantic, and fabulously inventive. In this, the fourth volume, you get rarities and cut songs from Dancing Lady, Mississippi, Evergreen, I Married an Angel, Fifth Avenue Follies, She’s My Baby, Follow Thru, Hollywood Party, Meet the Baron, Softer Than a Kittten, America’s Sweetheart, Hollywood Revue of 1932, and more. Rediscovering this rare material is a gift from the heavens.
These albums were and still are a tonic for this crazy world. Brilliantly constructed, witty, fun, heartfelt, and even occasionally sentimental, but all in their style, which was like no one else’s. We all know the classics, but what fun to discover the rarities.
As we’ve done for all these releases, we’ve considerably spruced up the sound for this new release. And the cover art is, of course, by the great Harvey Schmidt.
RODGERS & HART REVISITED VOLUME IV is limited to 500 copies.
Dancing Lady (versions 1 & 2) Susan Stroman, Jan Neuberger, The Wise Guys
Tell Me I Know How to Love Ann Hampton Callaway
I Keep on Singing Mary Cleere Haran
Lovely Woman’s Ever-Young Sandy Stewart
The Girl With the Little Green Hat Arthur Siegel
When the Old World Was New Dennis and the new Deals
If I Were You Dorothy Loudon
Because We’re Young Ann Hampton Callaway
You Are Mary Cleere Haran
You Are (comic version) Arthur Siegel
Yours Sincerely Sandy Stewart
I Need Some Cooling Off Dorothy Loudon
It Never Happened Before Ann Hampton Callaway
How About It David Loud’s Men
Keep Away from the Moonlight Mary Cleere Haran
Why Have You Eyes Ann Hampton Callaway
Try Again Tomorrow Susan Stroman, Arthur Siegel
When You’re Dancing the Waltz Sandy Stewart
I’m One of the Boys Dorothy Loudon
The Night Was Made for Dancing Ann Hampton Callaway
I’m Hard to Please Arthur Siegel, Ann Hampton Callaway
My Friend the Night Mary Cleere Haran
Keys to Heaven David Loud’s Men