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My Fair Lady [Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Inevitably, the original soundtrack to My Fair Lady is remembered, like the film, for the absence of Julie Andrews, who starred in the Broadway and London stage productions, but was deemed, at least at the time when the casting decision had to be made, not enough of a star to carry the movie. Embarrassingly, by the time the movie opened, Mary Poppins had made her more than enough of a star to do so. Instead, Audrey Hepburn stepped into the role of the pre-World War I London flower girl Eliza Doolittle, who aspires to a better accent and the social advantages that will come with it. Ironically, Hepburn's voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon when it came to singing. Nixon was...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Inevitably, the original soundtrack to My Fair Lady is remembered, like the film, for the absence of Julie Andrews, who starred in the Broadway and London stage productions, but was deemed, at least at the time when the casting decision had to be made, not enough of a star to carry the movie. Embarrassingly, by the time the movie opened, Mary Poppins had made her more than enough of a star to do so. Instead, Audrey Hepburn stepped into the role of the pre-World War I London flower girl Eliza Doolittle, who aspires to a better accent and the social advantages that will come with it. Ironically, Hepburn's voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon when it came to singing. Nixon was an accomplished Hollywood voice ghost, having previously sung for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Rosalind Russell in Gypsy, among other assignments. Rex Harrison re-created his stage role as the elocutionist, Professor Henry Higgins he had also appeared in the film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, the source for My Fair Lady, as did Stanley Holloway, as Eliza's flamboyant Cockney father. It was good that Harrison and Holloway got to immortalize their performances on film, but since both were making their third recordings of the score, they didn't have much to add. Nixon no doubt with bits of Hepburn here and there was fine, but the composite performance lacked the flair that Andrews would have given it. The result was an acceptable recording that did not surpass the Broadway or London cast albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/1994
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646671122
  • Catalog Number: 66711
  • Sales rank: 1,692

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - The Orchestra
  2. 2 Why Can't The English? - Wilfried Hyde-White
  3. 3 Wouldn't It Be Loverly - Marni Nixon
  4. 4 The Flower Market
  5. 5 I'm An Ordinary Man - Rex Harrison
  6. 6 With A Little Bit Of Luck - Stanley Holloway
  7. 7 Just You Wait - Marni Nixon
  8. 8 Servants Chorus
  9. 9 The Rain In Spain - Wilfried Hyde-White
  10. 10 I Could Have Danced All Night - Marni Nixon
  11. 11 Ascot Gavotte - Accentus Austria
  12. 12 Ascot Gavotte (Reprise)
  13. 13 On The Street Where You Live - Bill Shirley
  14. 14 Intermission
  15. 15 The Transylvanian March
  16. 16 The Embassy Waltz - Orchestra African Fiesta
  17. 17 You Did It - Wilfried Hyde-White
  18. 18 Just You Wait (Reprise) (1:24)
  19. 19 On The Street Where You Live (Reprise)
  20. 20 Show Me - Isobel Elsom
  21. 21 The Flowermarket
  22. 22 Get Me To The Church On Time - Stanley Holloway
  23. 23 A Hymn To Him - Marni Nixon
  24. 24 Without You - Rex Harrison
  25. 25 I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face - Rex Harrison
  26. 26 End Titles
  27. 27 Exit Music
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Theodore Bikel cast
André Previn Conductor
Marni Nixon Vocals
Julie Andrews Track Performer
Rex Harrison Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Jeremy Brett cast
Stanley Holloway Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Audrey Hepburn Track Performer, cast
Alan Jay Lerner Lyre, Track Performer
James Morris Track Performer
Reid Shelton Track Performer
Philippa Bevans Track Performer
Glenn Kezer Track Performer
John Michael King Track Performer
Herb Surface Track Performer
Bill Shirley Vocals
Wilfried Hyde-White cast
Orchestra African Fiesta Track Performer
Robert Coote Track Performer
Gladys Cooper cast
John Holland cast
Servants Track Performer
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
André Previn Musical Supervision
Alexander Courage Orchestration
Didier C. Deutsch Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer, Lyricist, Book
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Darcy Proper Remixing, Mastering
Robert Tucker Vocal Arrangements
Robert Franklyn Orchestration
Bob Peak Cover Art
Jack Warner Producer
Al Woodbury Orchestration
Brooks Atkinson Liner Notes
Andreas Meyer Engineer
Cecil Beaton Cover Photo
Darcy M. Proper Remixing, Mastering
Audrey Auld Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Fair Lady is a must have!

    Every time you listen to this great CD your mind will drift back to Audrey Hepburns terrific portrayal of Eliza Doolittle and the formidable Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins. The songs will delight you and have you singing and humming tunes for weeks (or longer). Did you know that Rex Harrison had a hidden microphone so that all of his songs are live and not recorded. You need this CD in your collection. After all, wouldn't it be loverly?

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