Various Artists

Songs of Lerner & Loewe

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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

There is no lack of recordings devoted to the work of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, from the cast and soundtrack albums of their shows to various songbook discs. This one features a group of British stage actors, backed by the London Theatre Orchestra. Notable among them is Liz Robertson, Lerner's widow, whom he met when she was doing My Fair Lady in London. Oddly enough, she doesn't get to sing any songs from that show here, instead performing songs from Gigi and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (which of course was composed by Burton Lane, not Loewe). If producer Gordon Lorenz had been more imaginative, he might have had Robertson do a number or two from Dance a Little Closer, the show Lerner wrote for her. As it is, Lorenz has stuck to Lerner and Loewe's hits in sprightly arrangements. The performers give highly theatrical readings of the songs, as if they were performing in character on a cast album. Rock fans may be curious to hear former Manfred Mann lead singer Paul Jones, long-since become a fixture in British musical theater, singing songs very different from those he did when he was a rock star.

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