The Smithsonian's American Songbook Series compiles 21 of Alan Jay Lerner's most popular songs sung by A-list talent, including "Gigi'" by Louis Jordan, "On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever)" by Barbra Streisand, "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" by Nat "King" Cole, and "How Can I Wait?" by Julie Andrews. Songs by Fred Astaire, Robert Goulet, Andy Williams, and even Richard Burton are included. The most popular tracks from My Fair Lady, Camelot, and Brigadoon are here. The American Songbook Series is often a good collection of an artists hits interpreted by all-star singers, and American Songbook Series: Alan Jay Lerner is a diverse, quality release. Recommended for those looking for an introduction to Alan Jay Lerner. His fans will also appreciate the varied performers on this album, but might be dissatisfied at its breadth, opting instead for full-show original cast recordings.
AllMusic Review by JT Griffith