Coming Up: Consider Yourself! The Highs Of Lionel Bart: 5CD Box Set

Out Feb. 24 from Cherry Red Records's El imprint:


There’s a great craftsman at work here. It looks effortless, but as Irving Berlin used to say, “the simplest things are the hardest to write”. 
• In the late 1950s and early ’60s, Lionel Bart dominated both the UK pop charts and the West End stage. He wrote ‘Living Doll’ for Cliff Richard, ‘Little White Bull’ for Tommy Steele, ‘From Russia with Love’ for the James Bond film, and he created Oliver!, the most successful British musical of the twentieth century; it’s eternal songs; ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘Consider Yourself’, ‘Who Will Buy?’ ‘As Long As He Needs Me’, now burned deep in the collective unconscious. 
• This five cd set showcases all of Lionel’s early triumphs including music from the historic productions of Oliver! which featured the young Steve Marriott – an outstanding Artful Dodger soon to be fronting Small Faces – Stanley Holloway, the English actor renowned for his comic monologues and songs, and from the original 1960 hit show Ron Moody’s immortal Fagin, Georgia Brown’s Nancy and a certain Barry Humphries as Mr Sowerberry, the undertaker. 
• Lionel embodied the Sixties, a decade in which his genius was reputed to have earned him £9 a minute. He determined to enjoy every moment of his success and needed every penny to support a famously extravagant lifestyle. 
• There are recordings of songs from Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’be involving Barbara Windsor, Sid James, Adam Faith and Max Bygraves; music from Blitz; the complete original score plus popular recordings of such masterpieces as ‘Far Away’, performed by Shirley Bassey. 
• The set also includes the songs Lionel wrote to put his friend Tommy Steele on the map, including the compositions from The Duke Wore Jeans and Tommy the Toreador, and a panorama of his writing for the popular artists of the day; where the Cliff Richard and Tommy Steele hits are complimented by Marty Wilde, Anthony Newley, Alma Cogan, Mark Wynter, Frankie Vaughan, Shane Fenton and Joe Brown, his famous theme for the second Bond movie, From Russia With Love arranged by John Barry, and to round the extravaganza off, Lionel’s own wonderfully eccentric recordings; the For Bart’s Sake 10” solo album and his 1961 Christmas single.

Disc: 1

  1. Overture
  2. Food, Glorious Food / Oliver!
  3. That's Your Funeral
  4. Where Is Love?
  5. You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two
  6. Consider Yourself
  7. Oom-Pah-Pah
  8. Be Back Soon
  9. As Long As He Needs Me
  10. I'd Do Anything
  11. Reviewing the Situation
  12. Finale (Where Is Love? / Consider Yourself)
  13. All's Well
  14. A Proper Man
  15. It Must Be True
  16. Red Wine and a Wench
  17. On the Side
  18. When Does the Ravishing Begin?
  19. Lovely Lover
  20. Lock Up Your Daughters
  21. There's a Plot Afoot
  22. Mr. Jones
  23. On a Sunny Sunday Morning
  24. If I'd Known You
  25. 'Tis Plain to See
  26. Kind Fate
  27. I'll Be There
  28. Epilogue and Lock Up Your Daughters (Reprise)
  29. There's a Plot Afoot - Laurie Johnson Orchestra
  30. Lock Up Your Daughters - Laurie Johnson Orchestra

Disc: 2

  1. Food, Glorious Food
  2. Oliver!
  3. I Shall Scream
  4. Boy for Sale
  5. That's Your Funeral
  6. Where Is Love?
  7. Consider Yourself
  8. You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two
  9. It's a Fine Life
  10. Be Back Soon
  11. Oom-Pah-Pah
  12. My Name
  13. As Long As He Needs Me
  14. I'd Do Anything
  15. Who Will Buy?
  16. Reviewing He Situation
  17. Oliver! (Reprise)
  18. As Long As He Needs Me (Reprise)
  19. Reviewing the Situation (Reprise)
  20. Finale: Food Glorious Food / Consider Yourself / I'll Do Anything
  21. You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two - Stanley Holloway
  22. It's a Fine Life - Alma Cogan
  23. As Long As He Needs Me - Alma Cogan
  24. Who Will Buy - the Limeliters
  25. As Long As He Needs Me - Shirley Bassey
  26. Consider Yourself - Max Bygraves
  27. Oliver Medley - Russ Conway

Disc: 3

  1. Overture / G'night Dearie
  2. Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be
  3. Laying Abaht
  4. Where It's Hot
  5. The Ceilin's Comin' Dahn
  6. Contempery
  7. Cochran Will Return
  8. Polka Dots
  9. Meatface
  10. Where Do Little Birds Go?
  11. Big Time
  12. Meatface 2
  13. Carve Up!
  14. Cop a Bit of Pride
  15. The Student Ponce
  16. Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be (Finale)
  17. Where Do Little Birds Go? - Barbara Windsor
  18. Contempery
  19. G'night Dearie
  20. Just Let It Happen
  21. My Baby Won't Cha Cha Cha
  22. Dear Mum
  23. Lock Up Your Daughters!
  24. When Does the Ravishing Begin?
  25. Newmarket Nightmare
  26. Dr. Kinsey Says

Disc: 4

  1. Our Hotel
  2. Tell Him - Tell Her!
  3. I Want to Whisper Something
  4. The Day After Tomorrow
  5. We're Going to the Country
  6. Another Morning
  7. Who's This Geezer Hitler?
  8. Be What You Wanna Be
  9. Opposites
  10. The Day After Tomorrow (Reprise)
  11. Entr'acte
  12. Far Away
  13. Petticoat Lane (On a Saturday Ain't So Nice)
  14. Down the Lane
  15. So Tell Me
  16. Mums and Dads
  17. Who Wants to Settle Down?
  18. Is This Gonna Be a Wedding?
  19. Duty Calls!
  20. Who's This Geezer Hitler? (Reprise)
  21. Far Away - Shirley Bassey
  22. Down the Lane - Max Bygraves
  23. Blitz Medley - Russ Conway
  24. Fings Ain't Wot They Used to Be - Max Bygraves
  25. Big Time - Jack Jones
  26. Fings Medley - Russ Conway
  27. Give Us a Kiss for Christmas - Lionel Bart
  28. How Now Brown Cow - Lionel Bart

Disc: 5

  1. It's All Happening
  2. My Family Tree
  3. What Do You Do
  4. Happy Guitar
  5. Hair-Down, Hoe-Down
  6. Princess
  7. Photograph (Duet with June Laverick)
  8. Thanks a Lot
  9. Tommy the Toreador
  10. Take a Ride
  11. Where's the Birdie?
  12. Little White Bull
  13. Singing Time
  14. Amanda
  15. Rock with the Caveman - Tommy Steele
  16. A Handful of Songs - Tommy Steele
  17. A Handful of Songs - Annie Ross
  18. Living Doll - Cliff Richard & the Drifters
  19. No Turning Back - Cliff Richard & the Drifters
  20. Mad About You - Cliff Richard & the Drifters
  21. The 'I Love You' Bit - Alma Cogan
  22. Do You Mind - Anthony Newley
  23. Do You Mind - Andy Williams
  24. Wild Cat - Marty Wilde
  25. Hide & Seek - Marty Wilde
  26. Easy Going Me - Adam Faith
  27. Sometime, Somewhere - Frankie Vaughan
  28. Walkin' Tall - Frankie Vaughan
  29. Kickin' Up the Leaves - Mark Wynter
  30. Jellied Eels - Joe Brown and His Bruvvers
  31. Too Young for Bad Memories - Shane Fenton
  32. Wave Your Little Handkerchief - Bruce Forsyth
  33. Why the Chicken? - Dave Samson & the Hunters
  34. From Russia with Love - John Barry

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