CD The Essential Barbara [Slipcase] (CD 6234599), Audio Other
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The Essential Barbara [Slipcase]

    1. It's Not Where You Start [From The Broadway Show Seesaw]
    2. Close as Pages in a Book [From The Broadway Show Up In Central Park]
    3. I Can't Give You Anything But Love [From The Broadway Show Blackbirds Of 1928]
    4. Make the Man Love Me [From The Broadway Show A Tree Grows In Brooklyn]
    5. Exactly Like You [From The Broadway Show International Revue]
    6. April Snow [From The Broadway Show Up In Central Park]
    7. Don't Blame Me [From The Film Dinner At Eight]
    8. I'm in the Mood for Love [From The Film Every Night At Eight]
    9. On the Sunny Side of the Street [From The Broadway Show International Revue]
    10. Way You Look Tonight [From The Film Swing Time], The
    11. Bojangles of Harlem [From The Film Swing Time]
    12. I Must Have That Man! [From The Broadway Show Blackbirds Of 1928]
    13. April Fooled Me/I'm Way Ahead [From The Broadway Show Seesaw]
    1. Sing a Song With Me/Let Me Sing and I'm Happy - (live)
    2. Beauty and the Best/Never Never Land - (live)
    3. Can You Read My Mind - (live)
    4. Come Rain or Come Shine - (live)
    5. Ship in a Bottle - (live)
    6. Sweet Dreams - (live)
    7. I See Your Face Before Me - (live)
    8. I'm Beginning to See the Light - (live)
    9. I Had Myself a True Love - (live)
    10. Sweet Georgia Brown - (live)
    11. Errol Flynn - (live)
    12. Love Don't Need a Reason - (live)
    13. He Was Too Good to Me/Losing My Mind - (live)
    14. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive - (live)
    15. Why Did I Choose You - (live)
    16. In Between Goodbyes - (live)
    0. DISC 3: ALL I ASK OF YOU:
    1. All I Ask of You [From The Phantom Of The Opera]
    2. New Sun in the Sky [From The Bandwagon]/On a Clear Day You Can See Forever [From On A Clear Day You Can See Forever]
    3. Wonderful Guy [From South Pacific], A
    4. Very Next Man [From Fiorello], The
    5. In Buddy's Eyes [From Follies]
    6. I Wonder What Became of Me? [From St. Louis Woman]
    7. You're an Builder-Upper [From Life Begins At 8:40]
    8. Glad Rag Doll [From Glad Rag Doll]
    9. He Loves Me [From She Loves Me]
    10. Medley: Dear Friend/Will He Like Me?/Tonight Aat Eight/Ice Cream [From She Loves Me]
    11. Somewhere [From West Side Story]
    12. We'll be Together Again
    1. If They Could See Me Now - (live)
    2. It's Not Where You Start - (live)
    3. It Might as Well be Spring - (live)
    4. Wonderful Guy, A - (live)
    5. I Had Myself a True Love - (live)
    6. Another Hundred People/So Many People - (live)
    7. Gentleman is a Dope, The - (live)
    8. Them There Eyes - (live)
    9. Sweet Dreams - (live)
    10. Errol Flynn - (live)
    11. Introductions of Audra McDonald - (live)
    12. When Did I Fall in Love? - (live)
    13. Blue Skies - (live)
    14. Last Night When We Were In Buddy's Eyes Young - (live)
    15. In Buddy's Eyes - (live)
    16. Nashville Nightingale - (live)
    17. Introduction Of Josh Groban - (live)
    18. Not While I'm Around - (live)
    19. Move On - (live)
    20. This Nearly Was Mine - (live)
    21. Not a Day Foes By/Losing My Mind - (live)
    22. We'll be Together Again - (live)
    1. Everybody Says Don't [From Anyone Can Whistle] - (live)
    2. Buds Won't Bud [From Hooray For What?] - (live)
    3. I Wonder What Became of Me [From St. Louis Woman] - (live)
    4. Eagle and Me [From Bloomer Girl], The - (live)
    5. I Had Myself a True Love [From St. Louis Woman] - (live)
    6. Another Hundred People [From Company]/So Many People [From Saturday Night] - (live)
    7. In Buddy's Eyes [From Follies] - (live)
    8. I Got Lost in His Arms [From Annie Get Your Gun] - (live)
    9. You Can't Get a Man With a Gun [From Annie Get Your Gun] - (live)
    10. Medley:Hard Hearted Hannah/Waiting for the Robert E. Le/San Francisco - (live)
    11. When in Rome (I do as the Romas Do) - (live)
    12. Happiness [From Passion] - (live)
    13. Loving You [From Passion] - (live)
    14. You Could Drive a Person Crazy [From Company] - (live)
    15. Send in the Clowns [From A Little Night Music] - (live)
    16. Ice Cream [From She Loves Me] - (live)
    17. Not a Day Goes By [From Merrily We Roll Along]/Losing My Mind [From Follies] - (live)
    18. Trolley Song [From Meet Me In St. Louis], The - (live)
    19. Anyone Can Whistle - (live)
    1. Give Me the Simple Life
    2. It was Written in the Stars
    3. I've Got You Under My Skin
    4. I'f Rather be Blue
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 92500

  • Credits
    ProducerHugh Fordin

    Liner Note Authors: Sheridan Morley; Sheldon Harnick; Barbara Cook ; Anthony Tommasini.
    Photographers: Ken Howard ; Mike Martin.
    DRG Records' box set The Essential Barbara contains six discs, including two of Cook's studio albums (Close as Pages in a Book [1993] and All I Ask of You [1999]); two of her live albums (Live from London [1994] and Barbara Cook at the Met [2006]); her home video Mostly Sondheim (2003); and an EP, Give Me the Simple Life, containing four newly recorded songs intended for a future album. Cook's tenure with DRG began with Close as Pages in a Book, a tribute album to Broadway lyricist Dorothy Fields, when the singer was already in her mid-sixties and had behind her an extensive career as a star of musical theater, plus a couple of decades of concert work. It has continued for more than 15 years, producing, as of 2009, 12 albums. The four included here make for a reasonable sampling of that catalog, in which Cook, usually accompanied by arranger/pianist Wally Harper and other musicians ranging from a small jazz band to a small orchestra, addresses a selection of songs taken mostly from the musical theater and sometimes from her own shows, but also from the Tin Pan Alley of the interwar period and even from contemporary (albeit, non-pop/rock) sources. Thus, on Live from London, she may take on "Beauty and the Beast" from the then-current musical of the same name, and mix it with "Never Never Land" from Peter Pan; try mid-century Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer songs like "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"; and include newly written songs by younger songwriters such as the poignant "Errol Flynn" by Amanda McBroom and "Sweet Dreams" by John Bucchino. By opting to create a box set that simply repackages existing releases for the most part, DRG almost inevitably repeats songs, as Cook sings some of the same numbers in the studio and in her concerts. Several songs are heard twice, and Stephen Sondheim's "In Buddy's Eyes" and "Losing My Mind," as well as Arlen and Mercer's "I Had Myself a True Love," each turn up three times. The Mostly Sondheim video (which, by the way, is an entirely different performance from the Cook CD of the same name) gives the strongest sense of her as a live performer, including far more between-song remarks to the audience. It also includes a Cook master class in which she instructs students, although the interview that is another of the extras only relates to the master class, not to her career in general. The EP material suggests that, although over 80, she is still in good voice and ready to continue her DRG discography with another fine recording. ~ William Ruhlmann

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