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Eric Bentley Sings the Queen of 42nd Street and other songs by Jacques Prévert and Joseph Kosma

Eric Bentley Sings the Queen of 42nd Street and other songs by Jacques Prévert and Joseph Kosma

Theater critic and playwright Eric Bentley (b. 1916) explores the poetry and music of French poet Jacques Prévert (1900–1977) and composer Joseph Kosma (1905–1969). Bentley groups the 20-plus songs into three categories: on childhood, love, and social issues. Perhaps Prévert’s and Kosma’s most popular composition was “The Dead Leaves” ("Les Feuilles Mortes"), known to American audiences as “Autumn Leaves.” Bentley sings Prévert’s original lyrics translated into English rather than the lyrics penned by Johnny Mercer. James Johnson accompanies Bentley on piano and organ. Bentley wrote the liner notes.

Track Listing

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Intro Eric Bentley 1:14
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After School Eric Bentley 2:26
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Childhood Eric Bentley 2:18
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Song for the Children in Winter Eric Bentley 1:01
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Kids Who Love Each Other Eric Bentley 1:32
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Chanson Eric Bentley 0:50
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Barbara Eric Bentley 3:12
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The Garden Eric Bentley 1:09
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Paris at Night Eric Bentley 0:38
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Immense et Rouge Eric Bentley 1:20
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Cafe au Lait Eric Bentley 1:20
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Noises in the Night Eric Bentley 2:41
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Outro Eric Bentley 1:13
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Intro Eric Bentley 1:08
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This Love Eric Bentley 4:54
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The Dead Leaves Eric Bentley 3:34
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The Lighthouse Keeper Loves Birds Too Much Eric Bentley 1:21
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The War is Over (1945) Eric Bentley 1:43
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The Queen of 42nd Street Eric Bentley 3:45
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Paris in August Eric Bentley 0:52
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The Richest City in the World Eric Bentley 3:48
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Buddies in Bad Times Eric Bentley 2:13
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Outro Eric Bentley 1:00

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