Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [Original Broadway Cast] [1991 Reissue]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The hit of the 1949-1950 Broadway season, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was based on Anita Loos' best-selling 1925 novel (she also co-authored the musical's libretto with Joseph Fields) about gold-digging flapper Lorelei Lee (a star-making performance by Carol Channing) who proclaims herself just "A Little Girl from Little Rock" and declares that "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Those were the really memorable numbers from the score, which also included the romantic duet "Bye Bye Baby," performed by Channing with Jack McCauley. Yvonne Adair, who had appeared with Channing in the '20s-themed revue Lend an Ear!, leading to their casting here, had just as much time ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The hit of the 1949-1950 Broadway season, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was based on Anita Loos' best-selling 1925 novel (she also co-authored the musical's libretto with Joseph Fields) about gold-digging flapper Lorelei Lee (a star-making performance by Carol Channing) who proclaims herself just "A Little Girl from Little Rock" and declares that "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Those were the really memorable numbers from the score, which also included the romantic duet "Bye Bye Baby," performed by Channing with Jack McCauley. Yvonne Adair, who had appeared with Channing in the '20s-themed revue Lend an Ear!, leading to their casting here, had just as much time on-stage and on record (her showcases were "It's High Time" and "I Love What I'm Doing," as well as the duets "You Say You Care" and "Sunshine" with Eric Brotherson), but it was hard holding attention as the straight half of a comedy duo in which Channing got to be the zany one. It didn't help that the new songwriting team of composer Jule Styne (who had split from his old partner, lyricist Sammy Cahn) and lyricist Leo Robin (best known for his work in Hollywood with the late Ralph Rainger) gave the best material to Channing, or perhaps Styne and Robin were just better at writing comic songs for her than romantic ballads for Adair. Whenever the tone turned serious, the songs seemed to get pedestrian. But that didn't matter when Channing could ring as much humor and fun as she did from her big numbers and even from an ordinary Latin-styled effort like "It's Delightful Down in Chile." Just as audiences did at the Ziegfeld Theater, listeners to the cast album waited until Channing reappeared. For the 1991 reissue of the original Broadway cast recording of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the album's sequencing, which had differed from the order in which the songs had been performed on-stage, was altered to conform to the stage version. This meant that "Just a Kiss Apart," formerly the fifth track, and "I Love What I'm Doing," formerly the sixth, were flipped; "You Say You Care," formerly the ninth track, and "Sunshine," formerly the 11th track, switched places; "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," formerly the 12th track, and "Mamie Is Mimi," formerly the 13th track, were flipped; and "Homesick Blues," which used to be the 14th track, coming ahead of a medley of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Keeping Cool with Coolidge," now was placed in between those two songs, which were split up to make for a total of 16 tracks instead of 15. Meanwhile, "Scherzo," the seventh track, was retitled "The Practice Scherzo." No new music was added, however. (Don't be fooled by the double-jewelbox packaging, which is necessitated only by the CD booklet, padded out to 42 pages by production photographs and translations of the liner notes into German, French, and Italian as if this were an opera recording.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/1991
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644801323
  • Catalog Number: 48013

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - The Orchestra (3:26)
  2. 2 It's High Time (2:46)
  3. 3 Bye Bye Baby - Jack McCauley (3:14)
  4. 4 A Little Girl from Little Rock (3:04)
  5. 5 I Love What I'm Doing (2:18)
  6. 6 Just a Kiss Apart (3:00)
  7. 7 The Practice Scherzo - The Orchestra (1:09)
  8. 8 It's Delightful Down in Chile - Ensemble (3:20)
  9. 9 Sunshine (3:19)
  10. 10 I'm A'tingle, I'm A'glow (2:27)
  11. 11 You Say You Care (3:41)
  12. 12 Mamie Is Mimi - Ensemble (3:04)
  13. 13 Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (2:58)
  14. 14 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1:04)
  15. 15 Homesick Blues - Yvonne Adair (3:25)
  16. 16 Keeping Cool with Coolidge - Ensemble (2:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pat Donohue Vocals
Carol Channing Vocals, Track Performer
George S. Irving Vocals, Track Performer
Hugh Martin Vocal Director
Robert Cooper Vocals
Bob Burkhardt Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Joan Coburn Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Agnes de Mille Ensemble, Dancer
Kazimir Kokic Vocals
William Krach Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jack McCauley Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Neukum Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Junior Standish Vocals
Lucille Udovick Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Dave Vogel Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Hope Zee Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Cholly Atkins Vocals, Track Performer
Anita Alvarez Vocals
Angela Castle Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Alice Pearce Vocals, Track Performer
Beverly Weston Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Yvonne Adair Vocals, Track Performer
Peter Birch Vocals
Eric Brotherson Vocals, Track Performer
Jerry Craig Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Crandall Diehl Vocals
Rex Evans Vocals, Track Performer
Nicole France Vocals
Peter Holmes Vocals
Fran Keegan Vocals
Shelton Lewis Vocals, Background Vocals
Mort Marshall Vocals
Irving Mitchell Vocals
Candy Montgomery Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Reta Shaw Vocals
Judy Sinclair Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Curt Stafford Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Eddie Weston Vocals
Marjorie Winters Vocals
Howard Morris Vocals
The Orchestra Track Performer
William Diehl Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Honi Coles Vocals
Ellen McCown Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Producer, Liner Notes, Remixing
Goddard Lieberson Producer, Engineer
Hugh Martin Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Milton Rosenstock Musical Director, Direction
Tim Tiedemann Remastering
Selber Eux-Mêmes Contributor
Don Walker Arranger
Seth B. Winner Contributor
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