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The rating for this somewhat awkwardly titled six-CD set may seem positive, but given the music contained herein, not to mention the performing talent, it should have been much higher, much as the package itself should be better -- indeed, this is more a matter of damning with faint praise. The contents which are also available as individual CD releases are musically impeccable as far as they go, limited to ten or 11 tracks for each disc. Given the fact that the composers represented on each of these platters -- with the exception of George Gershwin because of his early death, and Leonard Bernstein, whose popularity beyond West Side Story was more cultish than ubiquitous -- ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The rating for this somewhat awkwardly titled six-CD set may seem positive, but given the music contained herein, not to mention the performing talent, it should have been much higher, much as the package itself should be better -- indeed, this is more a matter of damning with faint praise. The contents which are also available as individual CD releases are musically impeccable as far as they go, limited to ten or 11 tracks for each disc. Given the fact that the composers represented on each of these platters -- with the exception of George Gershwin because of his early death, and Leonard Bernstein, whose popularity beyond West Side Story was more cultish than ubiquitous -- had huge and wide-ranging successes across numerous shows and several decades, one gets only a smattering of the highlights from the composers involved, and scarcely more than a glimpse of what they were about. Irving Berlin lived the longest of them and had the lengthiest career as well, but it is Richard Rodgers, because of his extended partnerships with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, who gets to double dip in the package, and ends up the best represented figure here as a result. Cole Porter, by contrast, is represented almost entirely by his pre-World War II work, with but one song from Kiss Me, Kate which was his biggest stage success of all and not a note from Out of This World not a hit, but it did yield "From This Moment On," one of Porter's most popular later numbers or Silk Stockings. Meanwhile, Gershwin is represented by a mere ten tracks. One might also inquire as to the whereabouts of the volumes on Jerome Kern, Stephen Sondheim, Alan Jay Lerner, and Frederick Loewe, or Kurt Weill, for that matter, all of whom are at least as important as those represented here in terms of their influence on musical theater and the Broadway stage. One can argue that these CDs, and even this set, were not intended for the serious musical aficionado, but if that's the case, wouldn't some better annotation be in order, so that the material in question could be put into perspective? There's very little of the latter, and there's even less information as to the dates and sources of the recordings included, which seems doubly stupid -- one would think that this would have been included so that any neophyte who liked what he or she heard might be encouraged to follow up and buy the complete recording, recital disc, or whatever the source was in question. Unless one knew that the late Jerry Orbach had recorded an album of Broadway and off-Broadway show tunes in the early '60s, one might go in search of his recording of On Your Toes after hearing his version of "There's a Small Hotel" from the Rodgers & Hart volume and in that regard, the producers here did select one of the highlights from Orbach's Off Broadway album. The rather cavalier approach to the packaging, programming, and annotation stands in sharp contrast to the care taken with the mastering of the music itself -- the recordings run the gamut from the 1930s and the likes of Gertrude Lawrence "Someone to Watch Over Me" and Al Jolson "Swanee" to modern recitals and cast recordings, with the late '50s and early '60s as the effective midpoint, and the early sides have been remastered by no less a figure than Doug Pomeroy, whose ability to make vintage music sources sound superb to modern ears is renowned throughout the industry. What's more, there's certainly no lack of variety in a package that stacks Jolson, Ethel Merman, Carol Burnett, and Dick Haymes up alongside Tatiana Troyanos, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, et al., with Arthur Fiedler and John Mauceri among those handling the instrumental chores. One just wishes that the makers had been thorough and inspired all the way around the course, and not just where the sound was concerned. This is still a good introduction for neophyte musical buffs and an entertaining package for veteran fans, but the former will want to jump around the Web as they listen to pick up the whys and wherefores of each cut, and the sources of the music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Decca Broadway
  • UPC: 602498430002
  • Catalog Number: 000766802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - Irving Berlin (4:40)
  2. 2 The Hostess with the Mostess' on the Ball - Ethel Merman (3:27)
  3. 3 They Say It's Wonderful - Ethel Merman (3:06)
  4. 4 There's No Business Like Showbusiness - Marty May (3:10)
  5. 5 I Got Lost In His Arms - Vivian Blaine (3:13)
  6. 6 Heat Wave - Patti LuPone (3:23)
  7. 7 What The Well Dressed Man In Harlem Will Wear - James "Stump" Cross (2:50)
  8. 8 It' a Lovely Day Today - Dick Haymes (3:08)
  9. 9 I'm a Bad, Bad Man - Neilson Taylor (2:35)
  10. 10 Patriotic Medley (Includes "This is the Army, Mr. Jones" [This is the A - John Mauceri & The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (8:33)
  11. 11 Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning, song (from "Yip, Yip, Yaphank" - Irving Berlin (3:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Overture - Boston Pops Orchestra (7:50)
  2. 2 Someone To Watch Over Me - Gertrude Lawrence (3:20)
  3. 3 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' - Avon Long (2:35)
  4. 4 Swanee, song (for Capital Revue, by various composers) - Al Jolson (1:56)
  5. 5 The Lorelei - Carol Burnett (2:22)
  6. 6 How Long Has This Been Going On? - Georgia Brown (3:36)
  7. 7 I Got Rhythm - Ethel Merman (1:19)
  8. 8 Summertime - Renée Fleming (2:32)
  9. 9 Embraceable You - Ethel Merman (1:35)
  10. 10 Overture - Boston Pops Orchestra (5:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Overture - Rodgers & Hart (2:27)
  2. 2 Bewitched - Vivian Blaine (3:45)
  3. 3 This Can't Be Love - Frances Langford (3:06)
  4. 4 There's A Small Hotel - Jerry Orbach (2:38)
  5. 5 It Never Entered My Mind - Shirley Ross (3:16)
  6. 6 Nobody's Heart - Hildegarde (2:49)
  7. 7 Sing For Your Supper - Lynn Kennington (3:29)
  8. 8 You Took Advantage of Me - Elaine Stritch (4:55)
  9. 9 Johnny One Note - Carol Burnett (2:34)
  10. 10 Slaughter on 10th Avenue - Rodgers & Hart (13:19)
  11. 11 Jupiter Forbid - Hildegarde (2:58)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Do I Love You? - Ethel Merman (2:18)
  2. 2 You're the Top - Bing Crosby (2:32)
  3. 3 I Get a Kick Out of You - Mitzi Gaynor (3:17)
  4. 4 What is This Thing Called Love? - Mary Martin (2:36)
  5. 5 All Through the Night - Bing Crosby (3:01)
  6. 6 My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Mary Martin (2:32)
  7. 7 It's Delovely - Donald O'Connor (5:51)
  8. 8 Blow, Gabriel, Blow - Carol Burnett (2:09)
  9. 9 So In Love - Bryn Terfel (4:42)
  10. 10 Dream Ballet (Based on "Let's Do It" and " - Cole Porter (7:43)
  11. 11 By the Mississinewah, song (from "Something for the Boys") - Betty Garrett (3:16)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Entr'acte - John Mauceri & The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (6:38)
  2. 2 Hello, Young Lovers - Julie Andrews (4:32)
  3. 3 I Enjoy Being a Girl - Nancy Kwan (4:11)
  4. 4 It Might As Well Be Spring - Dick Haymes (3:09)
  5. 5 I Can't Say No - Carol Burnett (2:23)
  6. 6 Mister Snow - Sarah Brightman (5:23)
  7. 7 People Will Say We're In Love - Alfred Drake (3:11)
  8. 8 Getting To Know You - Gertrude Lawrence (4:42)
  9. 9 Don't Marry Me - Jack Soo (3:01)
  10. 10 Carousel Waltz - John Mauceri & The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (8:09)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Overture to Candide, for orchestra - London Symphony Orchestra (4:29)
  2. 2 A Little Bit in Love - Edie Adams (2:47)
  3. 3 Prelude - Beverly Wolff (3:10)
  4. 4 Lucky to Be Me - Mary Martin (2:32)
  5. 5 To Make Us Proud (6:31)
  6. 6 Tonight (4:53)
  7. 7 I Can Cook Too - Nancy Walker (2:26)
  8. 8 Glitter and Be Gay - June Anderson (6:51)
  9. 9 America - Tatiana Troyanos (4:48)
  10. 10 Ballet Sequence - Leonard Bernstein (9:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leonard Bernstein Conductor
Arthur Fiedler Conductor
Irving Berlin Vocals
Barbara Cook Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Ethel Merman Vocals
Rudy Vallée Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Al Jolson Vocals
Dick Haymes Vocals
Julie Andrews Vocals
Sarah Brightman Vocals
José Carreras Vocals
Mary Martin Vocals
Marilyn Horne Vocals
Stanley Black Conductor
Elaine Stritch Vocals
Nancy Walker Vocals
Edie Adams Vocals
Vivian Blaine Vocals
Mitzi Gaynor Vocals
Gertrude Lawrence Vocals
Carol Burnett Vocals
Thomas Hampson Vocals
John Mauceri Conductor
Kiri Te Kanawa Vocals
Jerry Orbach Vocals
Alfred Drake Vocals
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Patti LuPone Vocals
Boston Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Georgia Brown Vocals
Renée Fleming Vocals
Donald O'Connor Vocals
London Festival Orchestra and Chorus Performing Ensemble
Avon Long Vocals
Eileen Wilson Vocals
Frances Langford Vocals
Leo Reisman Conductor
Shirley Ross Vocals
Joan Roberts Vocals
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bryn Terfel Vocals
June Anderson Vocals
Joseph Lilley Conductor
David Atkinson Vocals
Edith Adams Vocals
Tatiana Troyanos Vocals
Miyoshi Umeki Vocals
Anne Brown Vocals
Ray Middleton Vocals
Neilson Taylor Vocals
Marty May Vocals
William O'Neal Vocals
Paula Laurence Vocals
Betty Garrett Vocals
Lynn Kennington Vocals
Maggie Fitzgibbon Vocals
Paula Hendrix Vocals
Jack Soo Vocals
Nancy Kwan Vocals
Robert Lowe Conductor
Beverly Wolff Vocals
Robert Lowe Conductor
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Salvatore Dell'Isola Conductor
West Side Story Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
William O'Neal Vocals
The Boys from Syracuse Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Annie Get Your Gun Chorus Choir, Chorus
On Your Toes Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
James "Stump" Cross Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Lyricist
Richard Wilbur Lyricist
Irving Caesar Lyricist
Betty Comden Lyricist
Ira Gershwin Lyricist
Adolph Green Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist
Lorenz Hart Text
Alan Jay Lerner Lyricist
Doug Pomeroy Remastering
Brian Drutman Producer
Joseph S. Szurly Producer
Olivier Delhaye Art Direction
Fanny Gotschall Creative Design
George Balanchine Choreographer
Joseph Szurly Producer
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