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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The Broadway musical is one of the authentic artistic contributions that our country has made to world culture. The five-CD set Broadway: The American Musical -- a companion piece to the PBS documentary -- celebrates the genre in grand style, throwing light on the illustrious composers and performers who have made theatrical history on the Great White Way. From the early days of the musical to the blockbuster era of today, Broadway gives us a taste of a great many of the legendary figures who exemplify the art form. The exhilarating beginnings of the 1920s are represented by such stalwarts as Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, Bert Williams, Eddie Cantor, Gertrude Lawrence, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
The Broadway musical is one of the authentic artistic contributions that our country has made to world culture. The five-CD set Broadway: The American Musical -- a companion piece to the PBS documentary -- celebrates the genre in grand style, throwing light on the illustrious composers and performers who have made theatrical history on the Great White Way. From the early days of the musical to the blockbuster era of today, Broadway gives us a taste of a great many of the legendary figures who exemplify the art form. The exhilarating beginnings of the 1920s are represented by such stalwarts as Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, Bert Williams, Eddie Cantor, Gertrude Lawrence, and Paul Robeson; the glory days of the '30s, '40s and '50s get their due from celebrated names like Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Fred Astaire, Alfred Drake, Ray Bolger, Robert Alda, Julie Andrews, and Barbara Cook. The '60s and '70s find Dick Van Dyke, Zero Mostel, Barbra Streisand, Joel Grey, and other talents entering the picture, while contemporary musicals are marked by defining performances from Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters, Michael Crawford, Matthew Broderick, and Hugh Jackman. And the songs! Landmark tune follows landmark tune from such musical icons as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Kurt Weill, Frank Loesser, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Among the multitude of shows touched upon are Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Mame, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, Movin' Out, Wicked, and The Boy from Oz. As a sweeping overview of a glorious national treasure, this gem of a box set is essential for both Broadway aficionados and newcomers to the musical.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This five-CD box set, containing 106 tracks and running six-and-one-third-hours, is an audio companion to the six-part PBS documentary series Broadway: The American Musical, but not the soundtrack to that series. Rather, it is a sampler covering 84 years of recordings and 99 years of show tunes. One song has been chosen from each of 102 musicals. There are also two shows that get two songs each, the landmark musical Show Boat and, oddly, Ziegfeld Follies of 1919. This restriction actually gives the collection a broader reach than the TV series, which focuses attention on particularly significant shows, songwriters, and performers, but it also gives the set less depth, since great shows tend to have more than one great song in them. As with the series, the compilers give greatest emphasis to the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, decades that contribute 50 of the tracks here. This is in part by necessity; the original Broadway cast album only came into vogue in the '40s, and show music from before that period is not as well represented on record, at least as performed by the stage stars. For example, there are no recordings from the cast of the 1932 revue Americana, which forced the compilers to include a recording of the show's hit song "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" as sung by Bing Crosby, who did not include Broadway shows among his credits. In part, too, however, the de-emphasis on music from before the 1940s comes from the compilers' decision to ignore operetta; there are no compositions here by Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg, or Rudolf Friml, for instance. Instead, this is the history of the Tin Pan Alley-style 32-bar song as perfected by Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin, among others. Drawing from the major record labels that recorded original Broadway cast albums from the '40s on, the compilers hit their stride by the end of the first disc, and from then to the beginning of the fourth disc they present one memorable song from a memorable show after another. A true show music fan might have quibbles about what's left out no Yul Brynner or Rex Harrison, nothing from House of Flowers or Peter Pan, but the choices are solid for the most part. By the '70s and '80s, however, things begin to seem more questionable, and the selection falls apart completely in the '90s and 2000s, from which only 13 tracks are featured. The compilers, who include songs from nine shows still running in New York as of the album's release date early 2005, seem only too willing to abandon Broadway for pop
ock anthology shows like Mamma Mia! and Movin' Out. In fact, of those 13 tracks, only seven come from newly written scores of the '90s/'00s. Meanwhile, however, the Tony Award-winning scores to such shows of the period as The Will Rogers Follies, Falsettos, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Passion, Titanic, Ragtime, Parade, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Avenue Q have been ignored. Clearly, the compilers are historians with a much better sense of the distant past than of the near-present. The collection contains a 56-page booklet dominated by brief comments on the shows from which the songs came. These notes would have benefited from a proofreader, who might have known how to spell Meredith Willson's last name, and a fact-checker, who might have known that Dave Kapp, not Jack Kapp, produced Guys and Dolls and that Tim Rice did not co-produce Cats.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969289921
  • Catalog Number: 92899
  • Sales rank: 11,663


Disc 1
  1. 1 Give My Regards to Broadway (3:41)
  2. 2 Swanee, song (for Capital Revue, by various composers) (2:37)
  3. 3 When the Moon Shines on the Moonshine - Bert Williams (3:00)
  4. 4 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - John Steel (2:37)
  5. 5 Mon homme (My Man), song (3:28)
  6. 6 Fascinating Rhythm (2:25)
  7. 7 If You Knew Susie (2:52)
  8. 8 Someone to Watch over Me (3:31)
  9. 9 Bill (4:03)
  10. 10 Ol' Man River (4:07)
  11. 11 Ain't Misbehavin', song (3:25)
  12. 12 Ten Cents a Dance (3:18)
  13. 13 Body and Soul (3:21)
  14. 14 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra (3:13)
  15. 15 Night and Day - Ted Lewis Orchestra (3:14)
  16. 16 Heat Wave (3:03)
  17. 17 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Tamara (2:56)
  18. 18 You're the Top - Johnny Green & His Orchestra (2:55)
  19. 19 Summertime - Anne Brown (2:33)
  20. 20 September Song (2:55)
  21. 21 My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Mary Martin (2:56)
  22. 22 It Never Entered My Mind (3:17)
  23. 23 Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered (3:11)
  24. 24 Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning (1:38)
  25. 25 Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' (2:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 New York, New York (3:59)
  2. 2 If I Loved You (4:22)
  3. 3 Come Rain or Come Shine - Ruby Hill (2:53)
  4. 4 There's No Business Like Show Business (3:11)
  5. 5 How Are Things in Glocca Morra? (3:15)
  6. 6 Once in Love with Amy (4:23)
  7. 7 Wunderbar (3:36)
  8. 8 Some Enchanted Evening (3:02)
  9. 9 Lost in the Stars - Todd Duncan (3:35)
  10. 10 Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (3:00)
  11. 11 Luck Be a Lady (3:01)
  12. 12 Getting To Know You (3:28)
  13. 13 Who Cares? - Victor Trent Cook (1:44)
  14. 14 Stranger in Paradise (4:09)
  15. 15 Ballad of Mack the Knife (3:21)
  16. 16 Hey There (3:34)
  17. 17 Whatever Lola Wants (3:14)
  18. 18 I Could Have Danced All Night - Julie Andrews (3:31)
  19. 19 Standing on the Corner - John Henson (2:49)
  20. 20 The Party's Over - Judy Holliday (2:42)
  21. 21 Glitter and Be Gay - Barbara Cook (5:45)
  22. 22 Tonight (3:55)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Seventy-Six Trombones - Robert Preston (3:02)
  2. 2 I Enjoy Being a Girl (3:36)
  3. 3 Everything's Coming Up Roses (3:08)
  4. 4 My Favorite Things - Mary Martin (2:48)
  5. 5 Put On a Happy Face (3:19)
  6. 6 Try to Remember (2:47)
  7. 7 Camelot - Richard Burton (2:31)
  8. 8 Love Makes the World Go 'Round (1:51)
  9. 9 I Believe in You (4:03)
  10. 10 The Sweetest Sounds (5:02)
  11. 11 Comedy Tonight (5:01)
  12. 12 What Kind of Fool Am I? (2:35)
  13. 13 As Long as He Needs Me (4:11)
  14. 14 Hello, Dolly! (5:43)
  15. 15 People (3:28)
  16. 16 Anyone Can Whistle (3:40)
  17. 17 If I Were a Rich Man (4:57)
  18. 18 Night Song (4:07)
  19. 19 The Impossible Dream (2:23)
  20. 20 If My Friends Could See Me Now (3:28)
  21. 21 Open a New Window (3:47)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Willkommen (5:11)
  2. 2 Let the Sunshine In (3:38)
  3. 3 I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Jill O'Hara (3:18)
  4. 4 The Ladies Who Lunch (4:29)
  5. 5 Tea for Two (8:21)
  6. 6 I'm Still Here - Yvonne De Carlo (4:22)
  7. 7 I Don't Know How to Love Him (3:31)
  8. 8 We Go Together (2:25)
  9. 9 Corner of the Sky - John Rubenstein (3:19)
  10. 10 Send In the Clowns (3:28)
  11. 11 Ease On Down the Road (2:28)
  12. 12 One (4:46)
  13. 13 All That Jazz (3:13)
  14. 14 Tomorrow (2:07)
  15. 15 Don't Cry for Me Argentina (5:22)
  16. 16 Come Follow the Band (3:52)
  17. 17 Lullaby of Broadway (4:49)
  18. 18 And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going - Jennifer Holliday (4:07)
  19. 19 The Bells of St. Sebastian (4:30)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Memory (3:39)
  2. 2 I Am What I Am (3:01)
  3. 3 Move On (3:40)
  4. 4 Do You Hear the People Sing? - Michael Maguire (2:08)
  5. 5 The Music of the Night - Michael Crawford (5:13)
  6. 6 You're Nothing Without Me - Gregg Edelman (3:24)
  7. 7 The American Dream (6:05)
  8. 8 Doctor Jazz - Gregory Hines (2:40)
  9. 9 With One Look - Glenn Close (3:13)
  10. 10 On Broadway - Frederick B. Owens (2:39)
  11. 11 Le Jazz Hot - Julie Andrews (4:22)
  12. 12 Seasons of Love - Company (2:52)
  13. 13 Hakuna Matata - Scott Irby-Ranniar (3:13)
  14. 14 I Wanna Be a Producer (6:47)
  15. 15 Dancing Queen - Louise Plowright (3:44)
  16. 16 Good Morning Baltimore (3:42)
  17. 17 Movin' Out (2:40)
  18. 18 I Go to Rio (3:50)
  19. 19 Defying Gravity (5:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leonard Bernstein Conductor
George Gershwin Piano
Fred Astaire Vocals
Irving Berlin Vocals
Barbara Cook Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Ethel Merman Vocals
Mandy Patinkin Vocals
Paul Robeson Vocals
Barbra Streisand Vocals
Gregory Hines Vocals
Jennifer Holliday Vocals
Stephanie Mills Vocals
Melba Moore Vocals
Benny Goodman Conductor
Al Jolson Vocals
Elliot Lawrence Conductor
Ethel Waters Vocals
Ted Lewis Conductor
Sy Oliver Conductor
Diahann Carroll Vocals
Ruth Etting Vocals
Eddie Cantor Vocals
Michael Crawford Vocals
Julie Andrews Vocals
Mary Martin Vocals
Yvonne Elliman Vocals
Peter Matz Conductor
Bernadette Peters Vocals
Elaine Stritch Vocals
Hinton Battle Vocals
Fanny Brice Vocals
Anna Maria Alberghetti Vocals
Robert Alda Vocals
Yvonne De Carlo Vocals
Carol Lawrence Vocals
Gertrude Lawrence Vocals
John Raitt Vocals
Pat Suzuki Vocals
Gwen Verdon Vocals
Galt MacDermot Conductor
Betty Buckley Vocals
Judy Holliday Vocals
Jerry Orbach Vocals
Carol Channing Vocals
Barry Bostwick Vocals
Alfred Drake Vocals
Ray Bolger Vocals
Joel Grey Vocals
Lee Remick Vocals
Richard Burton Vocals
Ezio Pinza Vocals
Patti LuPone Vocals
James Naughton Vocals
Maurice de Abravanel Conductor
Franz Allers Conductor
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Conductor, Vocals
Georgia Brown Vocals
David Caddick Conductor
Max Casella Vocals
Shep Coleman Conductor
Sammy Davis Jr. Vocals
Lehman Engel Conductor
Ian Fraser Conductor
Paul Gemignani Conductor
Adolph Green Vocals
Johnny Green Conductor
Herbert Greene Conductor
Lennie Hayton Conductor
Peter Howard Conductor
Maurice Levine Conductor
Ella Logan Vocals
Zero Mostel Vocals
Anthony Newley Vocals
Harold Nicholas Vocals
Robert Preston Vocals
Milton Rosenstock Conductor
John Steel Vocals
Dick Van Dyke Vocals
Harold Wheeler Conductor
Bert Williams Vocals
Victor Young Conductor
Angela Lansbury Vocals
Todd Duncan Vocals
Marc Pressel Conductor
Jan Clayton Vocals
Andrea McArdle Vocals
Lynn Kellogg Vocals
James Rado Vocals
Leo Reisman Conductor
Ray Sinatra Conductor
Libby Holman Vocals
Helen Morgan Vocals
Charles Adams Prince Conductor
Shirley Ross Vocals
Tiger Haynes Vocals
Larry Kert Vocals
Richard Kiley Vocals
George Hearn Vocals
John Reardon Vocals
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ted Lewis Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Johnny Green & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Victor Young & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Max Goberman Conductor
Milton Greene Conductor
Julian Stein Conductor
Pembroke Davenport Conductor
Frederick Dvonch Conductor
Joseph Littau Conductor
Martin Koch Conductor
Tom Waring Piano
Tim Weil Conductor
Louis Adrian Conductor
John Lesko Conductor
Chita Rivera Vocals
Rene Wiegert Conductor
Stanley Lebowsky Conductor
Wally Harper Conductor
Harold Hastings Conductor
Jay Blackton Conductor
Irving Actman Conductor
Walter Bobbie Vocals
Samuel Krachmalnick Conductor
Samuel Matlowsky Conductor
Jonathan Pryce Vocals
Yolanda Segovia Conductor
Fred Werner Conductor
Robert Billig Conductor
Saul Schechtman Conductor
Alexander Smallens Conductor
Neil Warner Conductor
Adrian Bailey Vocals
Joseph Church Conductor
Glenn Close Vocals
Buster Davis Conductor
Robert Morse Vocals
Idina Menzel Vocals
Adrienne Barbeau Vocals
Ted Ross Vocals
Adele Astaire Vocals
Alan Gilbert Vocals
Raul Julia Vocals
Kristin Chenoweth Vocals
Chris Alexander Vocals
Jason Raize Vocals
Hugh Jackman Vocals
Patricia Morison Vocals
Matthew Broderick Vocals
Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Martin Lowe Conductor
Louise Plowright Vocals
Anne Brown Vocals
Doretta Morrow Vocals
Donald Pippn & Orchestra Conductor
John Henson Vocals
Tom Alan Robbins Vocals
Scott Irby-Ranniar Vocals
Walter Huston Vocals
Jack Carson Vocals
Patrick Scott Brady Conductor
Vivienne Segal Vocals
Glynis Johns Vocals
Roger Rathburn Vocals
Michael Cavanaugh Vocals
Patrick Vaccariello Conductor
Stephen Oremus Conductor
Jim Dale Vocals
Marissa Jaret Winokur Vocals
Michael Maguire Vocals
Ruby Hill Vocals
Ken Ard Vocals
Sue Watson Vocals
Victor Victoria Cast Ensemble cast
Boy from Oz Cast Ensemble cast
Annie Get Your Gun Cast Ensemble cast
Les Misérables Cast Ensemble cast
Harold Greene Conductor
Victor Trent Cook Vocals
Rent Cast Ensemble cast
Hairspray Cast Ensemble cast
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Cast Ensemble cast
Donald Pippin Conductor
Mame Cast Ensemble cast
Barnum Cast Ensemble cast
Gordon Lowry Harrell Conductor
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Cast Ensemble cast
Producers Cast Ensemble cast
James Edelman Vocals
Louis St. Louis Conductor
Salvatore Dell'Isola Conductor
Guys & Dolls Cast Ensemble cast
A Chorus Line Cast Ensemble cast
Patrick S. Brady Conductor
Eddie Duchlin Conductor
Johnny Lesko Conductor
Alexander Smallens Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Michael Reed Conductor
42nd Street Cast Ensemble cast
Chicago Cast Ensemble cast
Elliott Lawrence Conductor
Walter Harper Conductor
Betty Oakes Vocals
Miss Saigon Cast Ensemble cast
Shorty Long Vocals
Gerald Price Vocals
Jelly's Last Jam Cast Ensemble cast
Jack Blackton Conductor
Shepard Coleman Conductor
Jill O'Hara Vocals
Grease Cast Ensemble cast
Jerry Rubinstein Vocals
George M Cast Ensemble cast
Jennifer Galloway Vocals
Leon Leonardi Conductor
Hello Dolly Cast Ensemble cast
Lon Hoyt Conductor
Frederick B. Owens Vocals
Ray Charles Conductor
Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Composer, Lyricist
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Marc Blitzstein Lyricist
Alexander Borodin Composer
George Gershwin Composer
A. L. Webber Composer, Producer
Stephen Sondheim Composer, Lyricist
Kurt Weill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer, Lyricist
Billy Joel Lyricist
Elton John Composer
Cy Coleman Composer, Producer
Fats Waller Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
George M. Cohan Composer, Lyricist
Richard Rodgers Composer, Lyricist
Burt Bacharach Composer
David Foster Producer
Jerry Leiber Composer, Producer
Barry Mann Lyricist
Bertolt Brecht Lyricist
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Henry Jerome Producer
Dorothy Parker Lyricist
Richard Wilbur Composer, Lyricist
Lionel Bart Composer, Lyricist
Andy Razaf Composer, Lyricist
Sheldon Harnick Composer, Lyricist
Jerry Herman Composer, Lyricist
Kander Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer, Lyricist
Jerry Ross Composer, Lyricist
Lee Adams Lyricist
Richard Adler Composer, Lyricist
Adrienne Anderson Lyricist
Benny Andersson Lyricist
George Avakian Producer
Mitchell Ayres Producer
Michael Berniker Producer
Don Black Lyricist
J. Bock Composer
Alain Boublil Lyricist, Producer
Leslie Bricusse Composer, Lyricist
H. Brooks Composer
Irving Caesar Composer, Lyricist
Joe Carlton Producer
Betty Comden Composer, Lyricist
Joe Darion Composer, Lyricist
Hal David Composer, Lyricist
Buddy DeSylva Lyricist
Al Dubin Composer, Lyricist
Dorothy Fields Composer, Lyricist
Hugh Fordin Producer
Charles Gerhardt Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer, Lyricist
Adolph Green Lyricist
Johnny Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist
Otto Harbach Composer, Lyricist
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer, Lyricist
Charles Hart Composer, Lyricist
Lorenz Hart Composer, Lyricist
Edward Heyman Composer, Lyricist
Hugo Winterhalter Producer
Dick Jones Producer
Jack Kapp Producer
Edward Kleban Composer, Lyricist
Burton Lane Composer
John Latouche Lyricist
Mitch Leigh Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer, Lyricist
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Joe Linhart Producer
Richard Maltby Jr. Lyricist
Mark Mancina Producer
Arif Mardin Producer
Arnold Maxin Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer, Lyricist
Anthony Newley Composer, Lyricist
D.D. Parker Composer
Cole Porter Composer, Lyricist
Phil Ramone Producer
Leo Robin Composer, Lyricist
Claude-Michel Schönberg Producer
Marc Shaiman Composer, Producer
Steve Skinner Producer
Michael Stewart Lyricist
Richard Stilgoe Lyricist
Mike Stoller Composer, Producer
Charles Strouse Composer, Producer
Jule Styne Composer
Björn Ulvaeus Composer, Lyricist
Harry Warren Composer
Cynthia Weil Lyricist
E.O. Welker Producer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Meredith Willson Composer, Lyricist
Andy Wiswell Producer
P.G. Wodehouse Composer, Lyricist
Nigel Wright Producer
Maury Yeston Lyricist
David Zippel Lyricist
Tim Rice Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Michael Kapp Producer
Frederick Loewe Composer
George R. Marek Producer
J. Oliver Composer
Martin Charnin Composer, Lyricist
Bob Merrill Composer, Lyricist
Larry Morton Producer
Harvey Schmidt Composer
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer
Charlie Smalls Lyricist
James Rado Composer, Lyricist
Gerome Ragni Composer, Lyricist
Darcy Proper Mastering
Donald Black Composer
Martin Koch Producer
P.R. Allen Composer
Lisa Sparagano Art Direction
Fred Ebb Composer, Lyricist
DuBose Heyward Composer, Lyricist
Herbert Kretzmer Lyricist
Jean-Marc Natel Lyricist
Scott Wittman Composer, Lyricist
Trevor Nunn Composer, Lyricist
Maxwell Anderson Lyricist
Robert Sour Composer, Lyricist
Frank Eyton Composer, Lyricist
George Forrest Lyricist
Walter Melrose Lyricist
Warren Casey Lyricist
Jay Gorney Composer
Christopher Hampton Lyricist
Channing Pollack Lyricist
Tom Eyen Lyricist
J. Meyer Composer
Jonathan Larson Composer, Lyricist
Stephen Schwartz Composer, Lyricist, Producer
G. Forrest Composer
Amy Powers Composer, Lyricist
Manie Sachs Producer
C. Duane Coleman Composer
Nicholas Gilpin Producer
M. Anderson Composer
Tom Jones Lyricist
S. A. Anderson Composer
C. Hampton Composer
B. Tommy Andersson Composer
B.E. Mann Composer
Lee Adams Composer
A. Judson Green Composer
David J.P. Kapp Producer
Peter Kszan Packaging Manager
Claude-Michel Schoenberg Producer
R.H. Bowers Composer
Mike Leiber Lyricist
David Kapp Producer
Jerry Stoller Lyricist
Harold Winterhalter Producer
Darcy M. Proper Mastering
Martin Berniker Producer
Francis DeWitt Lyricist
Michael Kantor Liner Notes
Dick Jones Producer
Alyson Colingo Assistant Project Director
Laurence Maslon Liner Notes
Robert Wright Composer
Lawrence Maslon Liner Notes
Michael Kantor Liner Notes
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