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Kurt Weill Revisited, Vol. 1

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The first volume of Ben Bagley's collection of lesser-known Kurt Weill songs is performed by a cast including Ann Miller, Chita Rivera, and Jo Sullivan, and feature several notable highlights, among them: a medley of songs from One Touch of Venus in which original cast member Paula Laurence finally gets to sing the title song and "Very Very Very" on record; a song called "I Remember It Well" from Love Life which lyricist Alan Jay Lerner later reworked for an identically titled song in Gigi; "Dr. Crippen," also from One Touch of Venus, which is in the tradition of Lady in the Dark's "Ballad of Jenny"; and "Poor Mrs. Peachum," a song added to The Threepenny Opera in Paris and not otherwise heard. The material spans Weill's career from that song's 1930 genesis to a number written for the unfinished musical version of Huckleberry Finn in 1950. This album is a boon to Weill fans that also contains songs that should be better known to all fans of show music. (Ben Bagley's Kurt Weill Revisited was recorded in 1981 and initially released on LP as Painted Smiles 1375.)

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