Stars in Your Eyes gets half of this disk; the other half belongs to Red, Hot and Blue, the Cole Porter show from 1936 which also starred Ethel Merman and Jimmy Durante. |
Six numbers from Stars in Your Eyes are featured; the four Merman solos, and two other numbers, performed here by Richard Smart. The Merman songs are terrific examples of Fields' work; however, apart from Just a Little Bit More, they are easily found on Merman collections. The Smart songs are light pieces of nothing, of little interest. Note that a contemporary recording of a further song from the show, It's All Yours, performed by Ethel Merman and Jimmy Durante, is available on the Bagley Schwartz album.
The songs from Red, Hot and Blue are worth having. I admit to sniggering at Cole Porter's take on the backwoods life in The Ozarks are Calling Me Home
Fields tracks: This Is It, All The Time, I'll Pay The Check, Just A Little Bit More, Terribly Attractive, A Lady Needs A Change