Fans of Barbara Cook who have tried to obtain a copy of her out-of-print recording "It's Better With a Band" will be happy to learn that DRG Records has released the 1980 concert on CD.
The recording, taped live at Carnegie Hall, features a host of theatre tunes, including a medley of tunes by Leonard Bernstein and Noël Coward's "If Love Were All." The title track, "It's Better With a Band," was composed by Wally Harper and David Zippel, who also contributed another tune, "The Ingenue," which lets Cook sound off on being overlooked for the movie version of The Music Man.
The complete track listing for "It's Better With a Band" follows:
"Another Mr. Right Left"
"Chant La Vie"
"Come In From The Rain"
"I Love A Piano"
"I Never Knew That Men Cried"
"I Never Meant To Hurt You If Love Were All"
Intro "It's Better With A Band"
"Sing A Song With Me"
"Sweet Georgia Brown"
"Them There Eyes"
"It's Better With a Band" is now available by logging on to www.drgrecords.com. The website is currently selling the single CD for $13.98.
Cheered for her beautiful soprano voice, Cook received critical hosannas for her most recent concert outing, Mostly Sondheim. The Tony-winning performer who has starred on Broadway in Flahooley, Candide, The Gay Life, The Music Man and She Loves Me is also an internationally renowned concert artist. Her numerous recordings are available on CD, including her Sondheim evening for DRG Records. —By Andrew Gans