Cole Porter fans will welcome this CD released when interest has been rekindled in the composer following the film De-Lovely starring Kevin Kline as Porter though it must be noted that this is not the official soundtrack album to that feature release. A glance at the list of songs and stars above confirms its vintage value. The collection focuses exclusively on the romantic songs, his often risqué humorous ditties find no place here only the relatively innocuous 'Anything Goes' delivered by Cole himself with nice ennui and irony, and 'Let's Misbehave' mischievously delivered by Phil Saxe and Chorus. The two numbers sung by Cole Porter, the other - 'You're the Top' - declaimed with great enthusiasm and urbanity, are undoubtedly the main interest of this album. The purely instrumental tracks, like Shorty Rogers' fast-paced 'It's Delovely' epitomise the exciting, frenetic jazz of the era.
Of the vocalists Lena Horne's sultry street-wise tone brings a welcome grittiness to 'Just One of Those Things' and a breezy optimism to 'From this Moment On'; a youthful Frank Sinatra, recorded in 1942, brings his own blend of magic to 'Night and Day' and Al Bowlly (unidentified on the back sleeve) is an affecting vocalist with Ray Noble's Orchestra in 'Easy to Love'. Roy Rogers brings his cowboy charm to 'Don't Fence Me In' and Dinah Shore is all sweetness and allure in 'You'd Be So Nice to Come Home Too.'
Two of the bonus tracks bring Cole into the modern age. Smokey-voiced slinky Rosemary Clooney sings 'You Do Something To Me' over Perez Prado's Latin backing recorded in 1959. The Latin spirit prevails through 'Night and Day' in Esquivel's 1958 recording.
For Cole Porter fans, a delight.