Gypsy [Original Broadway Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
This tribute to burlesque was a star vehicle for Ethel Merman. The score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim includes the Merman standard "Everything's Coming Up Roses," and the song that is invariably used to introduce anything having to do with the strip tease, "Let Me Entertain You." A 702-performance hit in its original production which is captured here, the show was considered the definitive Merman performance and the crowning achievement of her long career. It marked her final appearance in a new Broadway musical, though she later appeared in revivals. It is also considered one of the great American musicals of all time, balanced between the broad show business entertainment represented by composer Jule Styne and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
This tribute to burlesque was a star vehicle for Ethel Merman. The score by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim includes the Merman standard "Everything's Coming Up Roses," and the song that is invariably used to introduce anything having to do with the strip tease, "Let Me Entertain You." A 702-performance hit in its original production which is captured here, the show was considered the definitive Merman performance and the crowning achievement of her long career. It marked her final appearance in a new Broadway musical, though she later appeared in revivals. It is also considered one of the great American musicals of all time, balanced between the broad show business entertainment represented by composer Jule Styne and the modern, dark, psychological drama typical of Stephen Sondheim, who, as with his previous effort, West Side Story, was contributing only lyrics, though he would go on to write music and lyrics for a series of musicals from the 1960s on. The 1999 reissue produced by Thomas Z. Shepard reconceived the original Goddard Lieberson production, returning to the original session tapes for several fixes, extensions, and alterations to the tracks "Baby June and Her Newboys," "All I Need Is the Girl," "You Gotta Get a Gimmick," "Let Me Entertain You," and "Rose's Turn." The reissue also added four bonus tracks, among them two songs cut from the score before it reached Broadway, "Momma's Talkin' Soft" and "Nice She Ain't," as well as scratchy piano demos of "Some People" with different lyrics and a medley of "Mr. Goldstone" and "Little Lamb," the latter sung by Merman for the first time. ~ Marjorie Ellen Ruhlmann & William Ruhlmann
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646084847
  • Catalog Number: 60848

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (4:51)
  2. 2 Let Me Entertain You - Jacqueline Mayro (1:12)
  3. 3 Some People (3:41)
  4. 4 Small World - Jack Klugman (2:17)
  5. 5 Baby June and Her Newsboys (1:40)
  6. 6 Mr. Goldstone, I Love You (2:22)
  7. 7 Little Lamb - Sandra Church (2:30)
  8. 8 You'll Never Get Away from Me - Jack Klugman (2:31)
  9. 9 Dainty June and Her Farmboys (2:28)
  10. 10 If Momma Was Married - Sandra Church (2:50)
  11. 11 All I Need Is the Girl - Sandra Church (4:31)
  12. 12 Everything's Coming Up Roses (3:06)
  13. 13 Together (Wherever We Go) - Sandra Church (2:46)
  14. 14 You Gotta Get a Gimmick - Chotzi Foley (4:03)
  15. 15 Let Me Entertain You - Sandra Church (3:11)
  16. 16 Rose's Turn (4:27)
  17. 17 Some People (4:03)
  18. 18 Mr. Goldstone/Little Lamb (5:12)
  19. 19 Momma's Talkin' Soft - Laura Leslie (2:51)
  20. 20 Nice She Ain't - Bernie Knee (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ethel Merman Primary Artist, Track Performer
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Stephen Sondheim Track Performer
The Saturday Night Live Band Track Performer
Bernie Knee Track Performer
Jack Klugman Track Performer
Maria Karnilova Track Performer
Faith Dane Track Performer
Karen Moore Track Performer
Laura Leslie Track Performer
Chotzi Foley Track Performer
Paul Wallace Track Performer
Lane Bradbury Track Performer
Jacqueline Mayro Track Performer
Sandra Church Track Performer
Technical Credits
Freddie Mercury Composer
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Mort Goode Liner Notes
Thomas Z. Shepard Reissue Producer
George B. Dale Liner Notes
Martin Gottfried Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Authentic, robust performance

    Wonderful performances by some of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest musical ever.

    "Gypsy" may not be my favorite musical. But somehow I can't listen to the recording and watch the various filmed versions without marvelling at the eclectic and absolutely wonderful score, perfect colloquial lyrics, and unique and oddly touching storyline. It is, indeed, the perfect Broadway show. Jule Styne's score rings with originality and yet cannot be mistaken for anything but quintessential "Broadway." Sondheim's lyrics shine with astute insight and clever rhymes. Songs that were both catchy and jazzy, Styne and Sondheim wrote soft and lovely ballads like "Small World" and "Little Lamb", wild burlesque numbers like "You Gotta Get A Gimmick" and "Let Me Entertain You", toe-tapping musical comedy tunes like "Together Wherever We Go", and most importantly, powerful songs that delved into the very root of a character's personality such as "Some People" and the legendary "Rose's Turn." "Rose's Turn" deserves a review of its own. It is this song that completely makes the show what it is. Sondheim's work on it, both musically and lyrically, was perfect in its ingenuity and originality. Mama Rose's striptease, parodying her daughter's elevates to an emotionally-charged number, completely showing every facet of her personality. The motif ("What did I do it? What did it get me? Scrapbook shots of me in the background.") that runs through the show works wonderfully in this song, creating a nervous, desperate atmosphere that hardly needs Sondheim's agitated lyrics to convey the mood. With all that said, I have to admit that I am not an Ethel Merman admirer. Perhaps it's because I'm from a different generation that doesn't quite understand the "art of belting." It is interesting, however, to note that neither Styne nor Sondheim (who called her "the singing dog") felt Merman the perfect Mama Rose, a claim made by many just on this review page. Honestly, I prefer the more tender and yet strong- willed voices of Bette Midler or Angela Lansbury. Merman just doesn't really strike me the way she seemed to have stricken those who had a chance to see her or grow up with her portrayal. Still, even with Merman, this recording is still wonderful. The perfect score and lyrics come out strong and clear, and the liner notes help us gain a better understanding of the story and the development of the show. This is the greatest musical ever. Listen to the CD and you'll find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Everything's coming up Roses!

    I love that song. I can't wait for it to be revived on Braodway in spring of 2003!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is what ''THE Broadway Musical'' is all about!

    Simply one of the best scores ever written for a musical. It gave Ethel Merman the best role of her career. Although subsequent actresses playing Mama Rose (Angela Lansbury and Tyne Daly) won Tony awards for their performance, Ethel Merman lost the TONY Award to Mary Martin (in ''The Sound of Music''). Sometimes life (and the Tony voters) ain't fair! This album shows Ethel Merman at her very best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Broadway Score?

    I've collected over 400 original cast albums and this has to be in the top three ever. Perhaps only Showboat and Porgy come close to its overall brilliance.

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