This CD was a thoroughly pleasant surprise. The 1950s MGM musical, 'High Society', is fondly remembered by many. However, I've always thought its score and the performances of the songs, especially by Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong (ironic, kindly), Celeste Holm and Bing Crosby were its best features. The book seems dated and irrelevant. Earlier attempts have been made to bring 'High Society' to the stage and they, like this version, have raided the Cole Porter songbook to flesh out a fairly short film score. Oddly they, like this version, have omitted my personal fave song from the movie, 'Mind If I Make Love to You', a sensuous piece of sophisticated '50s show music. Am I the only person who likes it? Why is it left out by revivalists? This version, unlike in particular a very disappointing London cast recording from the '80s, strikes me as a fine Cole Porter musical. The interpolated songs generally work very well. While 'High Society' (the song) loses something when not delivered by Louis Armstrong, the Greek chorus of singers who present it here are a valid alternative. Best thing about the disc is that the vocal qualities are even throughout and invariably impressive. Additionally it offers snatches of dialogue which are convincing and give the songs context. While the Capitol 'High Society' soundtrack recording is a must for fans and is irreplaceable this version is utterly different and totally valid on its own terms. It's also a thoroughly enjoyable hour of classy music. If in doubt - buy!