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Charming, outrageous, lyrical, extraordinary, pithy, rarified, tuneful, earnest, ravishing ? put them all together and what do they spell? Cole Porter, that master of melody and lyric invention. To that we can add witty, urbane, naughty, heartfelt, impish, and sophisticated.
With Cole Porter Revisited Volume V we come to the end of the Ben Bagley series and what a series it?s been. It seems fitting to end with the final album in the five-volume series of Cole Porter rarities. While it?s a wonderful cast, it was a time from when money was scarce and some of the star power of the other volumes wasn?t available to him. And the wonderful arrangements by Arthur Siegel somehow feel so right for this final Porter album, rather like a Ben Bagley stage revue.
The songs included in this volume are a cornucopia of Cole rarities and seldom-heard songs and each and every one is a gem. They?re from little-known shows or films, unused and cut songs from various projects. They are filled with that unique Porter wit and melody and the wonderful company delivers them perfectly: Ann Hampton Callaway, Sandy Stewart, Arthur Siegel, and two legends, Tommy Tune and Julie Wilson. Tune taps and Wilson croons with that unique and wondrous way of hers, and you can just hear the affection everyone has for these great songs. Interestingly, this is also one of the best engineered of Ben?s albums, and 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.
COLE PORTER REVISITED VOLUME V is limited to 500 copies
? It All Belongs to You ~ Sandy Stewart, Arthur Siegel, Ann Hampton Callaway
? When Love Comes Your Way ~ Julie Wilson
Should I Tell You I Love You ~ Sandy Stewart Between You and Me ~ Arthur Siegel
? Under the Dress ~ Ann Hampton Callaway
You?ve Got Something ~ Julie Wilson
Who But You ~ Sandy Stewart
Love Me, Love My Pekinese ~ Ann Hampton Callaway
When a Woman?s in Love ~ Julie Wilson
? Rap Tap on Wood ~ Tommy Tune
Love ?Em and Leave ?Em ~ Ann Hampton Callaway Close ~ Sandy Stewart
There?s a Fan ~ Julie Wilson
That?s Why I Love You ~ Arthur Siegel and Sandy Stewart
? I Gaze in Your Eyes ~ Ann Hampton Callaway
They Ain?t Done Right by Our Nell ~ Julie Wilson What Is That Tune? ~ Sandy Stewart
When My Baby Goes to Town ~ Arthur Siegel
That?s What You Mean to Me ~ Ann Hampton Callaway
? Look What I Found ~ Sandy Stewart
I?ve Got Some Unfinished Business With You/Revenge ~ Arthur Siegel and Ann Hampton Callaway
Weren?t We Fools? ~ Julie Wilson
Please Don?t Monkey with Broadway ~ Tommy Tune
Please Don?t Make Me Be Good ~ Sandy Stewart
So Near and Yet So Far ~ Julie Wilson
Blue Hours ~ Ann Hampton Callaway and Sandy Stewart
Something to Shout About ~ Arthur Siegel, Sandy Stewart, Ann Hampton Callaway
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter ? Musical Arrangements by Arthur Siegel