Bells Are Ringing [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lyricist/librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote the musical Bells Are Ringing as a vehicle for Judy Holliday, their old partner from their nightclub act the Revuers. Holliday was an Academy Award-winning comic actress Born Yesterday, 1950, but her musical talents had gone largely unregistered until now. Comden and Green set their original, New York-based story at an answering service, with Holliday as an operator who becomes involved with her clients, one in particular. Sydney Chaplin played that romantic interest, and both he and Holliday won Tony Awards. The show opened on November 29, 1956, and ran 924 performances. The original Broadway cast album reveals ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Lyricist/librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote the musical Bells Are Ringing as a vehicle for Judy Holliday, their old partner from their nightclub act the Revuers. Holliday was an Academy Award-winning comic actress Born Yesterday, 1950, but her musical talents had gone largely unregistered until now. Comden and Green set their original, New York-based story at an answering service, with Holliday as an operator who becomes involved with her clients, one in particular. Sydney Chaplin played that romantic interest, and both he and Holliday won Tony Awards. The show opened on November 29, 1956, and ran 924 performances. The original Broadway cast album reveals the production's strengths and weaknesses. The chief strength, of course, is Holliday, who barnstorms through comic numbers like "Is It a Crime?" but also handles romantic material such as the hit "The Party's Over" well. Jule Styne's music is typically tuneful, and Comden and Green are typically witty in such songs as "It's a Simple Little System" and "Drop That Name." The chief weakness is Chaplin, who just doesn't have much of a voice. The show's other hit, "Just in Time," was written for his narrow range and was already on the charts for Tony Bennett on opening night; Chaplin certainly couldn't have made a standard out of it, and his rendition of "I Met a Girl" is painful. Still, the good far outweighs the bad. The 2001 CD reissue of the cast album adds additional dance music to "Hello, Hello There" and "Mu-Cha-Cha," and for bonus material there are three publishing demos effectively sung and played by Styne, "It's a Perfect Relationship," "Just in Time," and the cut song "Boogie Woogie Shoogie, Baby of Mine."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998954526
  • Catalog Number: 89545
  • Sales rank: 4,697

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (5:40)
  2. 2 Bells Are Ringing (2:20)
  3. 3 It's a Perfect Relationship - Sydney Chaplin (3:13)
  4. 4 On My Own - Sydney Chaplin (2:29)
  5. 5 It's a Simple Little System - Eddie "The Old Philosopher" Lawrence (2:54)
  6. 6 Is It a Crime? - Judy Holliday (4:19)
  7. 7 Hello, Hello There - Sydney Chaplin (3:16)
  8. 8 I Met a Girl - Sydney Chaplin (2:35)
  9. 9 Long Before I Knew You - Sydney Chaplin (3:50)
  10. 10 Muchacha - Peter Gennaro (3:36)
  11. 11 Just in Time - Judy Holliday (3:42)
  12. 12 Drop That Name - Judy Holliday (2:15)
  13. 13 The Party's Over - Judy Holliday (2:42)
  14. 14 Salzburg (2:40)
  15. 15 The Midas Touch (1:37)
  16. 16 I'm Going Back - Judy Holliday (3:41)
  17. 17 It's a Perfect Relationship - Jule Styne (2:59)
  18. 18 Just in Time (3:05)
  19. 19 Boogie Woogie Shoogie, Baby of Mine - Jule Styne (1:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie "The Old Philosopher" Lawrence Vocals, Track Performer
Judy Holliday Vocals, Track Performer
George S. Irving Vocals, Track Performer
Mark Leon Background Vocals
Jule Styne Piano, Vocals
Steve Roland Vocals
Dave McDaniel Background Vocals
John Perkins Vocals
Bernie West Vocals
Frank Green Vocals
Frank Derbas Background Vocals
Anne Wallace Background Vocals
Barbara Newman Background Vocals
Billy Wilson Background Vocals
Sydney Chaplin Vocals
Jean Stapleton Vocals
Paul Michael Background Vocals
Frank Milton Vocals
Peter Gennaro Vocals
Will Sumner Background Vocals
Eddie Heim Vocals
Frank Aletter Vocals
Patrick Wilkes Vocals
Ed Thompson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Robert Russell Bennett Orchestration
Michael Berniker Executive Producer
Wally Bryson Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Tim Geelan Remixing, Remastering
Bud Graham Engineer
Herbert Greene Vocal Arrangements
Richard King Reissue Producer
Goddard Lieberson Producer, Original Album Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Murray Zimney Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Ken Fredette Art Direction
Buster Davis Vocal Arrangements
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Judy Holliday's 1956 broadway version

    Judy Holliday as an operator at a telephone anwering service. Judy was charming, versatile and talented in the role of Ella. With timeless elements of slapstick and realistic romantic longing, the musical is none-the-less truly dated in the wake of the technological innovations of the past half century. A younger audience may need to have the concept of answering services explained to them. Another example of similar dating of material is the video Pillow Talk with it's "party lines". Still both are worth the time.

    Holliday is paired opposite Sydney Chaplin. Chaplin has neither the vocal range nor appeal of Dean Martin who played opposite Holliday in the movie version. If you can choose only one version of the musical, go with the movie soundtrack. The casting of Dean Martin and Eddie Foy make that version superior.

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