Betty Comden - Perform Their Own Songs

Betty Comden - Perform Their Own Songs
Album:
Perform Their Own Songs
Styles:
Show Tunes, Cast Recordings
Duration:
49:27
Artist:
Release Date:
February 17, 1998

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.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
New York, New York! /Lonely Town / Leonard Bernstein / Betty Comden / Adolph GreenBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green2:58
Taxi Song / Leonard Bernstein / Betty Comden / Adolph GreenBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:50
Some Other Time / Leonard Bernstein / Betty Comden / Adolph GreenBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green2:43
Carried Away / Leonard Bernstein / Betty Comden / Adolph GreenBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:59
Bad Timing / Betty Comden / Morton Gould / Adolph GreenBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:45
Broadway Blossom / Betty Comden / Morton Gould / Adolph GreenBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:55
French Lesson / Betty Comden / Roger Edens / Adolph GreenBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green2:23
If / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Jule StyneBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:36
How Will He Know / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Jule StyneBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green2:44
Catch Our Act at the Met / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Jule StyneBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:31
Distant Melody / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Jule StyneBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green2:03
Hook's Waltz / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Jule StyneBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:38
Never-Never Land / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Jule StyneBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green2:58
Mysterious Lady / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Jule StyneBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green3:51
Ohio/It's Love/Quiet Girl / Leonard Bernstein / Betty Comden / Adolph GreenBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green3:50
Wrong Note Rag / Leonard Bernstein / Betty Comden / Adolph GreenBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:50
March March / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / André PrevinBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:27
Stillman's Gym / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / André PrevinBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green3:53
The Time for Parting / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / André PrevinBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:32
Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / André PrevinBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green3:35
I Said Good Mornin' / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / André PrevinBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green1:59
I Like Myself / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / André PrevinBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green2:23
Love Is Nothing But a Racket / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / André PrevinBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green3:22
Once upon a Time / Betty Comden / Adolph Green / André PrevinBetty Comden feat: Adolph Green / Comden & Green2:03

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