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Philip Chaffin SOMETHIN' REAL SPECIAL - The Songs of Dorothy Fields

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Album Release Date:
 November 12, 2013

what the critics are saying

“An all-around delight. Dorothy Fields is a perfect match for Chaffin. One of the year's Top 10 albums.”

“One of the year's Top 10 vocal albums, SOMETHIN' REAL SPECIAL radiates. By turns buoyant or openly ardent, with a dash of humor, everything works. Nothing can turn off the Chaffin charm. ”
–Talkin Broadway

“Here’s a blue-chip collection... Philip Chaffin has one of those warm, sophisticated voices that call to mind the finer products of Kentucky’s distilleries. Match him up with the dry, witty, bitters-flavoured lyrics of the masterful Dorothy Fields, shake with a 23-piece orchestra and you’ve got a cocktail to cherish. "I’ll Buy You a Star" will bring you to tears; "You’re a Lovable Lunatic" will make you grin ear to ear. All classy stuff.”
–Toronto Star

“A long overdue tribute to Fields.”
–Huffington Post

“Chaffin hits a bullseye with his new recording. His gorgeous, soaring baritone will make you hear these old songs in a fresh and thrilling new way.”
–Show Business

Philip Chaffin
The Songs of Dorothy Fields

For his fourth solo disc, actor-singer Philip Chaffin -- backed by a 23-piece orchestra -- turns to one of the most gifted songwriters of Broadway's Golden Age, the great lyricist Dorothy Fields. One of Broadway's most talented wordsmiths, Fields was also one of its most adaptable, with a career spanning nearly half a century. Her illustrious collaborators included Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Arthur Schwartz and Cy Coleman, and with them, she created some of the most enduring classics of the Great American Songbook. But Chaffin also mines some of her lesser-known gems, no less glorious, including "Then You Went and Changed Your Mind" (with McHugh), "Carousel in the Park" (with Sigmund Romberg), "A Cow and a Plow and a Frau" (with Morton Gould), "You're a Lovable Lunatic" (with Coleman) and two with Arlen: "Let Me Look at You" and the unpublished tune that gives the album its title. The pairing of Chaffin and Fields proves especially felicitous. As Tony Award-winning composer Maury Yeston notes in the album's liner notes, "There's an elegance, exuberance and effortlessness to Fields' lyrics; the same could be said of Chaffin's performing style. For some reason, few men have taken on the Fields catalog; this album turns out to be a perfect match of singer and songwriter."

track listing
  1. Remind Me
  2. Carousel in the Park
  3. I'm in the Mood for Love / Don't Blame Me
  4. A Cow and a Plow and a Frau
  5. You're a Lovable Lunatic
  6. Somethin' Real Special
  7. Alone Too Long
  8. Diga Diga Doo
  9. Sweet Charity
  10. April Snow
  11. Then You Went and Changed Your Mind
  12. Let Me Look at You / The Way You Look Tonight
  13. I'll Buy You a Star
  14. Where Am I Going?
  15. Exactly Like You
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