This is a reissue on CD of two 1955 LPs in the Walden Records series,
which tackled "undiscovered, or unaccountably ignored, songs
by our popular songwriters".
They certainly fulfilled their remit with these recordings. Although
some songs are very well known, there are several songs not otherwise
recorded. Particular rarities are some songs from unsuccessful films
such as High, Wide and Handsome and
Can't Help Singing. The five singers,
not known to me, do a fine job with this material.
Pick Yourself Up features the full
verse and middle section, and the two singers sing the refrain repeat
as a round - very effective. The Way You
Look Tonight is a traditional arrangement. A
Fine Romance has a real 1930s sound, with tooting woodwinds
punctuating the lovers' complaints. A final rearrangement of the
lyric doesn't work though "No, I like cactus
plants" says the girl. He should say it about her.
It's nice to have Just Let Me Look At You
and Our Song, rarely heard examples
of the period when Kern and Fields were providing the likes of Irene
Dunne, Lily Pons and Grace Moore with emotional, occasionally stilted
numbers like this.
Fields tracks: Pick Yourself Up, The Way You Look Tonight, Just Let Me Look At You, A Fine Romance, Our Song