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Noel, Noel

Alan Melville


320 Kbps Released December 7, 2018
Stage Door Records

Today’s free song download comes from the newest release in Stage Door Records’ invaluable series of Lost West End recordings.

So far, the label has released volumes dedicated to musicals, ranging from one featuring songs from shows from the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s to one that highlighted tuners of more recent vintage. The newest Lost West end album brings together over fifty tracks from revues that opened in London between 1940 and 1962.

The shows represented on this terrific two-disc set range from ones that are semi-well known, such as Cranks, which featured Anthony Newley and Annie Ross, to a 1940 revue called Apple Sauce. The selection is the delightful “Mademoiselle L’Amour,” performed by Florence Desmond. Among the other performers you’ll find on the album are such greats as Hermione Gingold and Cyril Ritchard. Beyond the performers, there are some marvelous composers represented, from Lionel Bart to Leslie Bricusse and from Sandy Wilson to Noël Coward.

Coward is actually amusingly and loving toasted in this week’s free song download, “Noel, Noel.” It’s a tune from the 1961 revue Sweetest and Lowest, and the tune by Alan Melville deftly echoes Coward’s style. The lyric is also as humorous as one Coward might have penned, recounting some of what he did during World War II when he wasn’t entertaining.

“Noel, Noel” is a great introduction to the sort of pleasures you’ll find on this edition of Lost West End. After you’ve listened, you can hear some more samples from this fantastic two-disc set and order a copy by clicking here.


Track / Performer
Noel, Noel by Alan Melville

Music & lyric by Alan Melville, Charles Zwar

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