Originally released as Columbia Masterworks records, both discs offer the middle-aged, vintage 1950s Coward, with his rolling R's and light tenor intact, singing his own songs. The Vegas disc was recorded live at Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn in June 1955, with Peter Matz supplying arrangements and playing piano (with Carlton Hayes and His Orchestra). The New York disc is a studio recording with Matz arranging, directing the orchestra and playing piano. Renowned Columbia Records president and musical theatre producer Goddard Lieberson oversaw the recordings.
The CDs, sold separately, offer such Coward classics as "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "I Went to a Marvelous Party," "The Party's Over Now," "20th Century Blues," "Sail Away," "Why Must the Show Go On," "A Room With a View" and (included as parts of medleys) "Someday I'll Find You," "I'll See You Again," "Poor Little Rich Girl," "If Love Were All," "Zigeuner" and more.
Coward was actor, painter, playwright, producer, director and songwriter, perhaps best known for his plays Design for Living, Blithe Spirit, Private Lives, Present Laughter and Hay Fever.
The New York disc has an all-Coward songlist, while the Vegas recording has Coward's takes on the traditional "Loch Lomand" and Cole Porter's "Let's Do It" and "Begin the Beguine."
Coward died at the age of 74 in 1973.