Twentieth-Century Blues: The Songs of Noel Coward

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Twentieth-Century Blues: The Songs of Noël Coward
Compilation album (Tribute album) by Various Artists
Released November 16, 1999
Length 59:22
Producer Ichiban
Singles from Twentieth-Century Blues
  1. "Someday I'll Find You" / "I've Been to a Marvellous Party"
    Released: March 30, 1998 (1998-03-30)

Twentieth-Century Blues: The Songs of Noël Coward is a 1998 Noël Coward tribute album curated by Neil Tennant, who invited prominent artists of the day to reinterpret Noël Coward’s songs for the late 20th century.

Profits from the albums sale were donated to the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust.

The album yielded the double A-sided single "Someday I'll Find You" / "I've Been to a Marvellous Party" which reached number 28 in the UK Singles Chart.

A Twentieth-Century Blues DVD was also released.

Some altercations occurred during the recording of the album. Black Grape were originally meant to record "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", but the band withdrew due to a conflict between members; Space recorded the song instead. In addition, the final song recorded, Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman's version of "London Pride", was nearly rejected due to being, reportedly, almost unrecognisable in its original version. Tennant ordered the song to be kept, though Albarn had already agreed to make changes by that time.[1]

Suede were asked to release their version of "Poor Little Rich Girl" as a single but declined in order to focus on preparing their next album, Head Music.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Introduction"
  2. "Parisian Pierrot" – Texas
  3. "I've Been to a Marvelous Party" – The Divine Comedy
  4. "A Room With a View" – Paul McCartney
  5. "Sail Away" – Pet Shop Boys
  6. "Someday I'll Find You" – Shola Ama, Craig Armstrong
  7. "There Are Bad Times Just Around the Corner" – Robbie Williams
  8. "I'll See You Again" – Bryan Ferry
  9. "Mad About the Boy" – Marianne Faithfull
  10. "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" – Space
  11. "Poor Little Rich Girl" – Suede featuring Raissa
  12. "I'll Follow My Secret Heart" – Sting
  13. "London Pride" – Damon Albarn with Michael Nyman
  14. "Don't Put Your Daughter on the Stage, Mrs. Worthington" – Vic Reeves
  15. "Twentieth Century Blues" – Elton John

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clerk, Carol (March 21, 1998), "Tennant saves Albarn's 'Pride'", Melody Maker 75 (12): 8 
  2. ^ Author unknown. "London Suede Pass On Coward Duties". billboard.com. Jan 13, 1998.