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Barnes & Noble - Mary Cleere Haran
In Frank Rich's thoughtful and enthusiastic essay written for this beautiful collection of show music, he writes, "…the [American] musical is the big theatrical stew into which have been tossed all the arts-high and low-of our national vaudeville, not just words and music, but dance and drama and comedy and spectacle, bawdy gags and exquisite emotions, the grit of slang and the grace of poetry." All of these elements - ingredients-- if you will, are wonderfully present and accounted for in BROADWAY: THE GREAT ORIGINAL CAST RECORDINGS, from Helen Morgan's heart-wrenching rendition of "Bill" from the 1932 revival of SHOWBOAT, to Pamela Isaac and Lillas White's ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mary Cleere Haran
In Frank Rich's thoughtful and enthusiastic essay written for this beautiful collection of show music, he writes, "…the [American] musical is the big theatrical stew into which have been tossed all the arts-high and low-of our national vaudeville, not just words and music, but dance and drama and comedy and spectacle, bawdy gags and exquisite emotions, the grit of slang and the grace of poetry." All of these elements - ingredients-- if you will, are wonderfully present and accounted for in BROADWAY: THE GREAT ORIGINAL CAST RECORDINGS, from Helen Morgan's heart-wrenching rendition of "Bill" from the 1932 revival of SHOWBOAT, to Pamela Isaac and Lillas White's rousing duet, "My Friend," from the 1997 production, THE LIFE.
The mere fact that this two-disc collection spans six decades of Broadway cast recordings makes it an invaluable cross-generational experience, whether you like this kind of music or not. Frankly, I used to find my parents' Broadway show albums highly resistible when I was a kid. To my mind they were full of corny emotions, out-of-tune singing and loud and abrasive orchestral arrangements. But now the very same things that used to rankle me as a kid I find charming and even exhilarating. And what makes this particular collection so distinctive is that the majority of the recordings represented here were produced by the legendary, Goddard Lieberson. A meticulously thorough and painstaking perfectionist, his inspired touch is everywhere. From the dialogue that precedes Ella Logan's touching "How Are Things in Glocca Mora?" from FINIAN'S RAINBOW, to Enzio Pinza's burnished, impassioned and imperfect "Some Enchanted Evening" from SOUTH PACIFIC, to the startlingly original and oddly androgynous voice of 28- year-old Carol Channing singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. Or the maniacal magnificence of Ethel Merman's "Everything's Coming Up Roses," which brought down the first-act curtain every night at GYPSY.
Other highlights are Elaine Stritch's extraordinary "The Ladies Who Lunch" from COMPANY, Rosalind Russell's adorably screechy "Conga!" from WONDERFUL TOWN, and the divinely human reading of "Send in the Clowns" from A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC" by the one and only Glynnis Johns. Only six additional numbers follow the Sondheim. If, like myself, you feel the Broadway musical tradition has taken a major nosedive over the past few decades, then less current fare is more. There are selections from such mild productions as NINE, WILL RODGERS' FOLLIES and THE LIFE, and even a handful of songs that aren't bad -- "What I Did for Love," and "One" from A CHORUS LINE, and "Tomorrow" from ANNIE --- just a little bloodless compared to material from the likes of MY FAIR LADY and WEST SIDE STORY featured earlier. But there's a reason they call it a golden age.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 41-track Broadway: Great Original Cast Recordings is impressive. Columbia and its subsidiaries were always at the forefront of Broadway cast recordings, which is evident from this set, which captures highlights from an amazing number of shows, including selections from Show Boat, Kiss Me, Kate, South Pacific, Pal Joey, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Gypsy, The Sound of Music, Bye Bye Birdie, Camelot, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Annie, and Will Rogers Follies, among others. These are all taken from the original Broadway casts and, as such, provide a good capsule history of the Great White Way. Yes, some major performers and musicals are missing, but this gets the essence of its history, while being enormously entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646581025
  • Catalog Number: 65810

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bill (4:04)
  2. 2 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Edwin McArthur & Orchestra (4:06)
  3. 3 How Are Things in Glocca Morra? (3:15)
  4. 4 Wunderbar (3:38)
  5. 5 Some Enchanted Evening (3:04)
  6. 6 A Wonderful Guy - Salvatore DellIsola & Orchestra (3:35)
  7. 7 Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (2:59)
  8. 8 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (3:11)
  9. 9 Stranger in Paradise (4:09)
  10. 10 Hey There (3:35)
  11. 11 Hernando's Hideaway - Harold Hastings & Orchestra (3:50)
  12. 12 The Rain in Spain (2:43)
  13. 13 I Could Have Danced All Night - Phillipa Bevan (3:33)
  14. 14 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (5:19)
  15. 15 Standing on the Corner - John Henson (2:49)
  16. 16 The Party's Over - Milton Rosenstock & Orchestra (2:44)
  17. 17 Tonight - Larry Kert (3:56)
  18. 18 America - Girls (4:35)
  19. 19 Somewhere - Max Goberman & Orchestra (2:01)
  20. 20 Conga! - Rosalind Russell (3:27)
  21. 21 I Enjoy Being a Girl (3:36)
  22. 22 Everything's Coming Up Roses (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Favorite Things - Frederick Dvonch & Orchestra (2:49)
  2. 2 Do-Re-Mi - Children (5:55)
  3. 3 Put on a Happy Face (3:20)
  4. 4 Camelot (2:32)
  5. 5 Anyone Can Whistle (3:42)
  6. 6 Do I Hear a Waltz? - Frederick Dvonch & Orchestra (3:45)
  7. 7 Big Spender - Girls (3:35)
  8. 8 Mame - Donald Pippn & Orchestra (6:18)
  9. 9 Willkommen - Harold Hastings & Orchestra (5:11)
  10. 10 Cabaret (4:31)
  11. 11 The Ladies Who Lunch (4:31)
  12. 12 I Want to Be Happy (2:59)
  13. 13 Send in the Clowns - Harold Hastings & Orchestra (3:29)
  14. 14 What I Did for Love - Company (3:47)
  15. 15 One - Donald Pippn & Orchestra (4:47)
  16. 16 Tomorrow (2:08)
  17. 17 Folies Bergeres - Stephanie Cotsirilos (7:00)
  18. 18 Never Met a Man I Didn't Like (2:19)
  19. 19 My Friend - Gordon Lowry & Orchestra Harrell (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ethel Merman Track Performer
Ray Charles Conductor
Elliot Lawrence Conductor
Julie Andrews Track Performer
Mary Martin Track Performer
Keith Carradine Track Performer
Rex Harrison Track Performer
Elaine Stritch Vocals
Carol Lawrence Track Performer
John Raitt Track Performer
Pat Suzuki Track Performer
Judy Holliday Track Performer
Carol Channing Track Performer
Alfred Drake Track Performer
Joel Grey Track Performer
Lee Remick Track Performer
Shorty Long Track Performer
Richard Burton Track Performer
Ezio Pinza Track Performer
Don Pippin Conductor
Franz Allers Conductor
Lehman Engel Conductor
Glyn Johns Track Performer
Herbert Greene Conductor
Peter Howard Conductor
Ella Logan Track Performer
Milton Rosenstock Conductor
Dick Van Dyke Track Performer
Susan Watson Track Performer
Lillias White Track Performer
Victor Young Conductor
Andrea McArdle Track Performer
Helen Morgan Track Performer
Charles Braswell Track Performer
Helen Gallagher Track Performer
Larry Kert Track Performer
Richard Kiley Track Performer
Thelma Oliver Track Performer
Elliot Lawrence & His Orchestra Track Performer
Victor Young & His Orchestra Track Performer
Carol Bruce Track Performer
Max Goberman Conductor
Edwin McArthur Conductor
Pembroke Davenport Conductor
Frederick Dvonch Conductor
Eric Stern Conductor
Louis Adrian Conductor
Chita Rivera Track Performer
Wally Harper Conductor
Harold Hastings Conductor
Jack Gilford Track Performer
Jill Haworth Track Performer
Roy Lazarus Track Performer
Patricia Neway Track Performer
Fred Werner Conductor
Kenneth Spencer Track Performer
Buster Davis Conductor
Pamela Isaacs Track Performer
Elizabeth Allen Track Performer
Louis Alter Piano
Liliane Montevecchi Track Performer
Carol Haney Track Performer
Ensemble Track Performer
Patricia Morison Track Performer
Priscilla Lopez Track Performer
Ray Charles Orchestra Track Performer
Helen Dowdy Track Performer
Robert Coote Track Performer
Doretta Morrow Track Performer
Gordon Lowry & Orchestra Harrell Track Performer
Eric Stern & Orchestra Track Performer
Wally Harper & Orchestra Track Performer
Peter Howard & Orchestra Track Performer
Donald Pippn & Orchestra Track Performer
Harold Hastings & Orchestra Track Performer
Buster Davis & Orchestra Track Performer
Fred Werner & Orchestra Track Performer
Frederick Dvonch & Orchestra Track Performer
Herbert Greene & Orchestra Track Performer
Franz Allers & Orchestra Track Performer
Milton Rosenstock & Orchestra Track Performer
Lehman Engel & Orchestra Track Performer
Max Goberman & Orchestra Track Performer
Salvatore DellIsola & Orchestra Track Performer
Louis Adrian & Orchestra Track Performer
Pembroke Davenport & Orchestra Track Performer
Edwin McArthur & Orchestra Track Performer
Rosalind Russell Track Performer
Arthur Gilbert Track Performer
John Henson Track Performer
Stephanie Cotsirilos Track Performer
Philip Bevan Track Performer
Dorothy Morrow Track Performer
Vivienne Segal Track Performer
Salvatore Dell'Isola Conductor
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Alexander Borodin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Count Basie Composer
Cy Coleman Producer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Michael Berniker Producer
Irving Caesar Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Annotation
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Edward Kleban Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Charles Strouse Composer, Producer
Irving Townsend Producer
Mark Weitz Composer
P.G. Wodehouse Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Martin Charnin Composer
Larry Morton Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer
David McGee Liner Notes
Darcy Proper Producer, Mastering
Simon Larbalestier Back Cover
David Katzenstein Cover Photo
George Forrest Composer
Charles Strause Composer
Manie Sachs Producer
Frank Rich Essay
Robert Wright Composer
Karen Harris Composer
Edward C. King Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT A Best of the Century Collection

    This 2 disc collection is fine. It has the best of the Columbia Music recordings, and only songs from that label. It contains a nice 50+ page color booklet with background info on each song. Most of the songs are from the 1950s. It runs from 1930s to 1997 in the dates of the shows. Some of the early songs sound like record quality, not CD. Those are some things you should know. It is a nice collection however. It is primarily for those interested in the recordings from the 50s and 60s.

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