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Cast of Characters Box set, Limited Edition, Special Edition

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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]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 27, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Special Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B000AO97X2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,589 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There are undoubtedly folks out who would think, "A five CD box set of Rupert Holmes? Are you kidding me?" Of course though, these would be the words of someone who doesn't know better.

If you're a genuine fan of Rupert, you're already well aware of the depth and sophistication of his talent as a songwriter and record-maker, and you'll find this limited edition box set a dream come true. Entitled "Cast of Characters: The Rupert Holmes Songbook", this is indeed a 5 CD set.

The first 4 CDs contain every song from all of his proper albums, going in chronological order by album and retaining the original song sequencing, with none of the songs from any particular album being "stranded" on a separate disc. In other words, each of the first four discs are twofers--disc one contains 1974's "Widescreen" & 1975's self-titled album; disc two contains 1976's "Singles" & 1978's "Pursuit Of Happiness"; disc three contains 1979's "Partners In Crime" & 1980's "Adventure"; and disc four contains 1981's "Full Circle" & 1994's "Scenario", the latter album of which was previously only released in Japan. For the absolute diehards, it's worth pointing out that some minor "trimming" of songs was done in order to squeeze these albums onto 4 CDs; this is somewhat unfortunate--for instance, due to a slightly early fade out, you lose an unforgettable snippet of Dean Bailin's song-ending guitar solo on "In You I Trust", which was seemingly ripped off by R.E.M. for the opening riff on their "Fables Of The Reconstruction" album--but overall it's really not a major gripe.
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I can't add much to the previous review, which was very thorough and well-written, so I won't say as much as I normally might. I've been a fan of Rupert Holmes since, you guessed it, the "Pina Colada Song" and the "Partners in Crime" album in 1980, but have never been able to accumulate much of his work. This 5-CD collection is outstanding, however, and well worth the price to any fan of Rupert Holmes. But check the Rupert Holmes website before paying over $100 from an Amazon seller....

In addition to all the great music, the accompanying book has all the song lyrics and introductions to each section written by Rupert. It's a great little package! I know $79 or so is a lot to pay for music, but remember that it's all 8 of Rupert's albums (only $1 per song!) and an additional CD with 25 other cuts, many of which have rarely been heard. The songs he wrote for the Jets are all awesome - - maybe they'd still be around if they had recorded more of his stuff! All in all, one of the best purchases I've ever made - - I listen to it every day. His genius amazes me.
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As most people, the pina colada song and Him were my introduction to Rupert Holmes. I've been playing his record 'Partners in Crime' over and over all these years and am very happy to expand my collection of nicely written songs with this product. Highly recommended and with a nice booklet attached to it.
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By chibi on July 22, 2013
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I have an unopened factory sealed copy of this box set that I bought from Amazon when it was released... it ain't for sale! My son had purchased the 1st copy in the house, and that's the one we play.

What a great collection! Thanks Rupert, we love your work immensely!
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Recommended!
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