Seventeen / High Button Shoes [Original Broadway Casts]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As the original Broadway cast albums of the 1940s and early '50s have fallen, one by one, into the public domain in Europe where there is a 50-year copyright limit on recordings, reissue labels have tended to focus on the big hits and big sellers in putting out unlicensed discs mastered from old records. But Britain's Sepia Records has shown an interest in the more obscure titles, while cleaning up the sometimes murky, scratchy sound of old 78s and adding good annotations to create packages of high interest to show music fans. A good example is this disc, which combines two somewhat similar cast albums, those for the 1951 musical Seventeen and for 1947's High Button ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As the original Broadway cast albums of the 1940s and early '50s have fallen, one by one, into the public domain in Europe where there is a 50-year copyright limit on recordings, reissue labels have tended to focus on the big hits and big sellers in putting out unlicensed discs mastered from old records. But Britain's Sepia Records has shown an interest in the more obscure titles, while cleaning up the sometimes murky, scratchy sound of old 78s and adding good annotations to create packages of high interest to show music fans. A good example is this disc, which combines two somewhat similar cast albums, those for the 1951 musical Seventeen and for 1947's High Button Shoes. Both shows have turn-of-the-century, pre-World War I settings, Seventeen occurring in 1907 Indianapolis and based on a Booth Tarkington novel, High Button Shoes in 1913 New Brunswick, NJ, and drawing on librettist Stephen Longstreet's short stories. The settings lead to musical similarities, as both composers Walter Kent and Jule Styne draw upon some of the Tin Pan Alley sounds of the era, and lyricists Kim Gannon and Sammy Cahn partake of the innocent charm thought to imbue life in early-20th century America. High Button Shoes was by far the more successful of the two, becoming the biggest hit of the 1947-1948 season, while Seventeen ran only 180 performances, probably not enough to pay back investors. And the Styne/Cahn score is certainly superior, boasting the minor hits "I Still Get Jealous" and "Papa, Won't You Dance With Me?" presented in pop covers by Gordon MacRae and Doris Day included as bonus tracks, but the show also benefited from the star casting of comedian Phil Silvers and the staging of Jerome Robbins. Seventeen, however, contains some pleasant material and winning performances as well, and the two together make for an excellent value. Although nominally not for sale in the U.S., where RCA Victor claims copyright on both cast albums, the disc was readily available at a reasonable price upon release by mail order and at some retail outlets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122110484
  • Catalog Number: 1048
  • Sales rank: 218,642

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Weatherbee's Drug Store - Bill Reilly (2:02)
  2. 2 This Was Just Another Day - Ann Crowley (3:46)
  3. 3 Things Are Gonna Hum This Summer - Ellen McCown (1:41)
  4. 4 How Do You Do, Miss Pratt? (2:36)
  5. 5 Summertime is Summertime - Ellen McCown (3:27)
  6. 6 Reciprocity - Bill Reilly (3:50)
  7. 7 Ode To Lola - Ellen McCown (3:44)
  8. 8 A Headache And A Headache - Doris Dalton (3:40)
  9. 9 Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, What You Do To Me! - Harrison Muller (2:26)
  10. 10 The Hoosier Way - Harrison Muller (1:46)
  11. 11 I Could Get Married Today - Maurice Ellis (4:59)
  12. 12 If We Could Only Stop The Old Town Clock - Ellen McCown (2:16)
  13. 13 After All, It's Spring - Dick Kallman (4:34)
  14. 14 Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, What You Do To Me! (Bonus Track) - Art Mooney & His Orchestra (2:22)
  15. 15 Can't You Just See Yourself In Love With Me? - Lois Lee (3:17)
  16. 16 There's Nothing Like A Model "T" - Johnny Stewart (3:10)
  17. 17 Get Away For A Day In The Country - Johnny Stewart (3:02)
  18. 18 Papa, Won't You Dance With Me? (2:58)
  19. 19 On A Sunday By The Sea (2:41)
  20. 20 You're My Girl - Lois Lee (3:23)
  21. 21 I Still Get Jealous (3:29)
  22. 22 Nobody Ever Dies For Dear Old Rutgers - Phil Silvers (2:37)
  23. 23 I Still Get Jealous (Bonus Track) (2:47)
  24. 24 Papa, Won't You Dance With Me (Bonus Track) - Doris Day (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original Broadway Cast Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor
Doris Day Vocals
Gordon MacRae Vocals
Lou Bring Conductor
Mark Dawson Vocals
Maurice Ellis Vocals
Milton Rosenstock Conductor, Musical Direction
Phil Silvers Vocals
Paul Weston Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Art Mooney Conductor
Nanette Fabray Vocals
Jerome Robbins Tap Dance, Staging
Dania Krupska Tap Dance
Jack McCauley Vocals
Hassard Short Staging
Johnny Stewart Vocals
Betty Harris Vocals
Ellen McCown Vocals
Technical Credits
Lou Bring Orchestra Director
Sammy Cahn Composer, Lyricist
Kim Gannon Composer, Lyricist
Walter Kent Composer
Philip J. Lang Orchestration
Teddy Royal Arranger
Jule Styne Composer
George Abbott Production Director
Rexton S. Bunnett Liner Notes
Dania Krupska Musical Producer
Miles White Costume Design
Richard Whorf Director
Bob Martin Vocal Arrangements
Craig Hewitt Graphic Design
Sally Benson Writer, Book
L.K. Lee Remastering
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