The Perfect Year (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black & Christopher Hampton) 5.02
Jessica Martin, vocals
with orchestra arranged and conducted by Kevin Amos
produced by Mark Steyn
Jessica Martin sang "The Perfect Year" on stage in the 2009 West End revival of Sunset Boulevard - and she reprised her performance on that year's edition of The Mark Steyn Christmas Show on which the song's lyricist, Don Black, was one of her fellow guests. Now Mark and Kevin Amos have reconceived the song for Miss Martin as a shimmering, intoxicating New Year solo. It's Jessica's response to Mark's musical question, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" - and together these songs make a perfect double.
"The Perfect Year" is also available in old-fashioned CD form on the brand new album Making Spirits Bright.