Rupert Holmes

- Cast of Characters: The Rupert Holmes Songbook

A five-CD box from Tony-award winning writer

and chart-topping pop star Rupert Holmes!

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 topped the charts and became a national pastime, Rupert Holmes had a successful career as producer, performer and songwriter. We capture his solo work in all its glory in the limited-edition box set Cast Of Characters: The Rupert Holmes Songbook.


Over the course of seven years, Holmes released seven albums on five different labels. All of them are included on this 5-CD box set, 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.” Of course, the Number One worldwide smash, “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” and the pop hit “Him” are also included.


Only 3500 copies of this limited-edition box set will ever be manufactured. It is available exclusively on the web at


Hip-O Select is Universal Music Group's newest imprint, launched on April 1, 2004. Selling directly to consumers exclusively through its website, the label has released over eighty projects featuring artists ranging from Johnny Ace to Stomu Yamashta. Hip-O Select received special recognition from the Mojo Honours in 2005 for its reissue program, as well as the Mojo magazine Reggae Reissue Of The Year award in 2004. KCRW's Music Newsletter says, "Hip-O Select have quickly made a name for themselves as the premier reissue label."