Cast Of Characters: The Rupert Holmes Songbook

Randy Newman, Warren Zevon, Loudon Wainwright III and Rupert Holmes all share the distinction of having a song grow to such epic proportions that it casts a career-wide shadow. But even before liking piña coladas and getting caught in the rain became a national pastime, Rupert Holmes had a successful career as producer, performer and songwriter. In fact, the New York Times called Holmes “one of the world’s greatest storytellers in song.” Over the course of seven years, Holmes released seven albums on five different labels. All of them are included on this box, as well as a Japanese-only album called Scenario from 1994. As if that weren’t special enough, we’ve also compiled a disc of rarities to go along with the album reissues. Add to that extensive liner notes, rare photographs, a flotilla of song lyrics, and notes from the artist himself, and you have a truly dazzling package. All of the discs have been painstakingly remastered in 2005, and approved by Rupert. In fact, he went back into the studio and cut four songs especially for this release, including his version of the only charting song that had cannibalism as its subject: “Timothy.” He also performs a version of a hit he wrote for the Partridge Family, “Echo Valley 2-6809.” After four successful Broadway shows and multiple Tony Awards, and creating and writing 56 episodes of the critically-acclaimed television series Remember WENN, Holmes is currently promoting his latest novel, Swing, published in March by Random House. [The New York Times called it “smart and impressively elaborate.”] His first novel, Where The Truth Lies (recently released in paperback), has been made into a film starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Atom Egoyan. After its recent Cannes debut, the film was lauded as “terrific” by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times and “a big, slick and sexy mystery”   
by Ray Bennett of the Hollywood Reporter.

Track Listings

Disc: 1
1. Widescreen
2. Terminal
3. Second Saxophone
4. Phantom of the Opera
5. Talk
6. Bagdad
7. Our National Pastime
8. Letters That Cross In the Mall
9. Soap Opera
10. Psycho Drama
11. Too Scared To Sing
12. Brass Knuckles
13. You Burned Yourself Out
14. Deco Lady
15. I Don’t Want To Hold Your Hand
16. Rifles and Rum
17. Studio Musician
18. Everything Gets Better When You’re Drunk
19. The Man Behind the Woman
20. The Place Where Failure Goes

Disc: 2
1. Who What When Where Why
2. Weekend Lover
3. I Don’t Want To Get Over You
4. You Make Me Real
5. Aw Shucks
6. The Last of the Romantics
7. For Beginners Only
8. Touch and Go
9. Annabella
10. Singles
11. Less is More
12. Show Me Where It Says
13. Speechless
14. Cradle Me
15. So Beautiful It Hurts
16. Let’s Get Crazy Tonight
17. Bedside Companions
18. Guitars
19. The Long Way Home
20. Town Square
21. The Old School

Disc: 3
1. Escape (the Piña Colada Song)
2. Partners In Crime
3. Nearsighted
4. Lunch Hour
5. Drop It
6. Him
7. Answering Machine
8. The People That You Never Get To Love
9. Get Outta Yourself
10. In You I Trust
11. Adventure
12. The Mask
13. Blackjack
14. The O’Brien Girl
15. Crowd Pleaser
16. You’ll Love Me Again
17. Cold
18. Morning Man
19. I Don’t Need You
20. Special Thanks

Disc: 4
1. The End
2. Loved By the One You Love
3. Perfect
4. You Remind Me of You
5. The One of Us
6. Full Circle
7. How Do You Do
8. Love At Second Sight
9. My Lover’s Keeper
10. One Born Every Minute
11. Business As Usual
12. The Eighties Never Happened
13. Info Superhighway
14. The Big Ride
15. Straight To the Brain
16. Limo
17. The Hurting Part
18. So Far So Good
19. You Don’t Get It
20. If Love Made Sense

Disc: 5
1. Remember When
2. Timothy
3. Jennifer Tomkins
4. Echo Valley 2-6809
5. You Make It Christmas
6. Queen Bee
7. Everything
8. Love Out of Time
9. The One of Us
10. Song of a Simple Man
11. No One Ever Dies
12. Lullaby For Myself
13. I Knew You When
14. Philly
15. Magic Trick
16. Walkaway
17. The Law of the Jungle
18. No Small Affair
19. Perfect Strangers [From the Mystery of Edwin Drood]20. Touch and Go
21. I’ll Believe It When I See It
22. Am I Crazy or What?
23. You Got It All (Over Him)
24. Hi Honey, I’m Home!
25. My Son [From the Picture of Dorian Gray]


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