Kritzerland is proud to present the latest release in the Ben Bagley Revisited series:
BEN BAGLEY’S RODGERS & HART REVISITED VOLUME IV
Music and Lyrics by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Rodgers and Hart Revisited IV was the fourth of what would become a five-volume set of rare Rodgers and Hart songs, an amazing set of mostly undiscovered (especially at the time the albums were done) Rodgers and Hart gems. Those five volumes were one of the crown jewels of the Ben Bagley Revisited series. For the fourth volume, Bagley gathered together a pretty stellar company, including Elaine Stritch, Anthony Perkins, Lynn Redgrave, Nancy Andrews, Blossom Dearie, and crooner, Johnny Desmond. The arrangements and orchestrations are by frequent Bagley collaborator, Dennis Deal.
Rodgers’ work with Hart is brilliant and original, jazzy, romantic, and fabulously inventive. In this, the fourth volume, you get rarities from Heads Up, I Married an Angel, Simple Simon,Garrick Gaities, Two Weeks with Pay, I’d Rather Be Right, Chee Chee, and cut songs from Pal Joey, By Jupiter, and Betsy. Rediscovering this rare material is a gift from the heavens and the cast here is just wonderful.
These albums were and still are a tonic for this crazy world. Brilliantly constructed, witty, fun, heartfelt, and even occasionally sentimental, but all in their style, which was like no one else’s. We all know the classics, but what fun to discover the rarities.
As we’ve done for all these releases, we’ve considerably spruced up the sound for this new release. And the cover art is, of course, by the great Harvey Schmidt.
RODGERS & HART REVISITED VOLUME IV is limited to 500 copies only and priced at $19.98, plus shipping. This is a PRE-ORDER – CDs will ship by the end of May, but never fear, we usually ship ahead of the official ship date.
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