The Music Man [Original Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Coming along in the summer of 1962, four and a half years after the Broadway opening, the film version of The Music Man appeared in an era when Hollywood was more likely to be faithful to stage musicals, rather than dramatically altering them, as had been the practice in the past. The Music Man found Robert Preston re-creating his starring role as conman Professor Harold Hill, intent on swindling the good people of River City, IA, by selling them on a fictitious boys' band, and some minor roles were also filled by the Broadway originals. More important, Meredith Willson's score was rendered intact, the only change being a revision of the song "My White Knight" into ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Coming along in the summer of 1962, four and a half years after the Broadway opening, the film version of The Music Man appeared in an era when Hollywood was more likely to be faithful to stage musicals, rather than dramatically altering them, as had been the practice in the past. The Music Man found Robert Preston re-creating his starring role as conman Professor Harold Hill, intent on swindling the good people of River City, IA, by selling them on a fictitious boys' band, and some minor roles were also filled by the Broadway originals. More important, Meredith Willson's score was rendered intact, the only change being a revision of the song "My White Knight" into "Being in Love." The major casting change was the substitution of Shirley Jones, who had a box-office track record, for Barbara Cook, who did not, in the role of Marian the librarian. Cook may have been preferable, but Jones handled the part well, too. Musically, the big change had to do with scale; the Broadway pit orchestra and original cast were replaced by a vast Hollywood orchestra and chorus, and musical director Ray Heindorf made the most of the larger effects on songs like "Seventy Six Trombones." Still, the music fan who already owned a copy of the original Broadway cast recording didn't really need to plump for the original motion picture soundtrack, which didn't keep the album from racing up the charts and going gold as the film became one of the year's top grossers. But it remains true; unless you are a Shirley Jones fan or want to hear future Andy Griffith Show co-star and film director Ronnie Howard sing "Gary, Indiana" with a lisp, stick to the Broadway version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992715829
  • Catalog Number: 1459
  • Sales rank: 9,517

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Title/Rock Island/Iowa Stubborn - The Orchestra (7:12)
  2. 2 Ya Got Trouble - Ensemble (3:58)
  3. 3 Piano Lesson/If You Don't Mind My Saying So (1:58)
  4. 4 Goodnight, My Someone (2:51)
  5. 5 Ya Got Trouble/Seventy Six Trombones - Ensemble (2:48)
  6. 6 Sincere (1:38)
  7. 7 The Sadder but Wiser Girl (1:48)
  8. 8 Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little (2:01)
  9. 9 Marian the Librarian (2:41)
  10. 10 Being in Love (3:48)
  11. 11 Gary, Indiana (1:16)
  12. 12 The Wells Fargo Wagon - Ensemble (2:37)
  13. 13 Lida Rose/Will I Ever Tell You? (4:14)
  14. 14 Gary, Indiana (0:58)
  15. 15 Shipoopi - Ensemble (2:21)
  16. 16 Till There Was You (2:59)
  17. 17 Goodnight, My Someone - Ensemble (1:30)
  18. 18 Seventy Six Trombones (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shirley Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Heindorf Conductor, Track Performer
Hermione Gingold Vocals, Track Performer
Buddy Hackett Vocals, Track Performer
Robert Preston Vocals, Track Performer
Warner Bros. Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Pert Kelton Vocals, Track Performer
Mary Wickes Vocals
Ron Howard Vocals
Buffalo Bills Track Performer
Biddys Track Performer
Traveling Salesmen Track Performer
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Frank Comstock Arranger
Lee Herschberg Remixing
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Musical EVER (w/ the best soundtrack EVER)

    I was in the pit band at my highschool where the musical was (of course) "The Music Man". Let me just say that after spending weeks practicing and playing and learning this music inside and out, how much more I appreciate it. It is so much more challenging than one would think and there are so many cues that have to be just perfect. The way the original cast and band made all this seem so effortless is a testament to thier true talent. I thouroughly enjoy the play and the music, and can honestly say I will be singing "Shipoopi" for the rest of my life! Jilly Clyde!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STILL GREAT, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!

    I first saw "The Music Man" when I was a kid about Ron Howards age. I deveoped a big crush on Monique Vermont, who played the part of "Amarylis" and would perform the opening train sequence for anyone willing to listen. I'm now 50 (and have seen it at least 50 times) and almost know the entire film line for line. I'll never grow tired of it. Robert Preston was created for this role. The Buffalo Bills and Shirley Jones with the added 'counterpoint' tunes still cause me to shake my head in dis-belief. This is a special musical that I feel opened the door to those that followed. My highest rating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Now if You'd like a logical ExPPlanation...........

    I love it, period! I bought it and it was excellent, although the original Broadway cast was much different. I was in a tiny little play for it, I'm in the St. Elizabeth Chorale and it was an opprotunity to participate in something great. Five, I say, one, two, three, four, five stars! Stars that mark the difference between good movie and a bad! All of their songs are stuck in my head. Winthrop who was portrayed by Ronnie Howard was great along with all the others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was enchanting!

    The music was good like the broadway show.I also liked the movie songs. Robert Preston, and Shirley Jones make good music together! I liked ''Pick a little Talk a little'', and ''Seventy Six Trombones'', also ''Gary Indiana'', also ''Ya got trouble''. The music was so enchanting.

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