This is the Army (Original All-Soldier Cast); Call Me Mister (Original Cast Members)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1942, Irving Berlin organized This Is the Army, an all-soldier musical to benefit war relief that updated his similar World War I show Yip! Yip! Yaphank. It ran on Broadway from July 4 to September 26, then toured the U.S. and around the world over the next three years. Berlin himself reprised "Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning" from Yip! Yip! Yaphank, and other songs included the stirring "This Is the Army, Mr. Jones," the romantic "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen," and the African-American-oriented "What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear." Songwriter Harold Rome's 1946 musical revue Call Me Mister successfully commented on the immediate ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1942, Irving Berlin organized This Is the Army, an all-soldier musical to benefit war relief that updated his similar World War I show Yip! Yip! Yaphank. It ran on Broadway from July 4 to September 26, then toured the U.S. and around the world over the next three years. Berlin himself reprised "Oh, How I Hate to Get up in the Morning" from Yip! Yip! Yaphank, and other songs included the stirring "This Is the Army, Mr. Jones," the romantic "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen," and the African-American-oriented "What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear." Songwriter Harold Rome's 1946 musical revue Call Me Mister successfully commented on the immediate postwar world, opening on Broadway on April 18, 1946, and running 734 performances through January 10, 1948. Betty Garrett achieved stardom singing the hit "South America, Take It Away," in which a USO hostess complains about rhumba rhythms, and she also had fun with "Little Surplus Me," while "Military Life" took a less-than-reverent look at veterans. Decca Records recorded both shows and issued 78 RPM albums in 1942 and 1946, respectively. Columbia Special Products and the bootleg label JJA have combined them on single LPs since then, and now that the recordings are out of copyright in Europe, Jasmine has done the same on this CD, which also adds later material such as "My British Buddy," which Berlin wrote for the London opening of This Is the Army. The JJA LP also featured this material. Paul Pelletier's liner notes are informative, and since the recordings had been out of print in the U.S. for a long time before this release, they are welcome.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • Label: Jasmine Music
  • UPC: 604988011524
  • Catalog Number: 115
  • Sales rank: 155,703

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture: This is the Army, Mr. Jones / I Left My Heart at the Stage Do - All-Soldier Orchestra (3:03)
  2. 2 The is the Army, Mr. Jones - Chorus (2:17)
  3. 3 I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep - Soldier Octet (2:50)
  4. 4 I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen - Soldier Chorus (3:14)
  5. 5 This is the Army, musical play (Dialogue) - Corporal Philip Truex (1:05)
  6. 6 The Army's Made a Man Out of Me - All-Soldier Orchestra (2:03)
  7. 7 What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem will Wear - Corporal James "Stump" Cross (2:54)
  8. 8 How About a Cheer for the Navy - All-Soldier Orchestra (2:47)
  9. 9 American Eagles / With My Head in the Clouds - Private Robert Stanley (2:59)
  10. 10 Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning - Soldier Chorus (3:15)
  11. 11 My British Buddy - Chorus (2:50)
  12. 12 This Time - Cote Glee Club (1:20)
  13. 13 Going Home Train - Lawrence Winters (3:07)
  14. 14 Along With Me - Danny Scholl (3:11)
  15. 15 Little Surplus Me (3:10)
  16. 16 The Red Ball Express - Male Quartet (3:08)
  17. 17 Military Life - Chandler Cowles (3:00)
  18. 18 Yuletide, Park Avenue - Vocal Septet (3:05)
  19. 19 When We Meet Again - Chorus (2:03)
  20. 20 The Face on the Dime - Lawrence Winters (3:02)
  21. 21 South America, Take it Away - Male Trio (3:16)
  22. 22 Call Me Mister - Chorus (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Irving Berlin Vocals
Lehman Engel Conductor
Milton Rosenstock Conductor
Stuart Churchill Vocals
Harry Clark Vocals
John Watt Announcer
Earl Oxford Vocals
Betty Garrett Vocals
Paula Bane Vocals
Bill Callaghan Vocals
Lawrence Winters Vocals
Jules Munshin Vocals
All-Soldier Chorus Choir, Chorus
All-Soldier Orchestra Performing Ensemble
All-Soldier Swing Band Ensemble
Cote Glee Club Choir, Chorus
Chandler Cowles Vocals
Danny Scholl Vocals
This is the Army Cast Ensemble cast
Robert Shanley Vocals
Call Me Mister Cast Ensemble cast
Call Me Mister Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ezra Stone Spoken Word
Philip Truex Spoken Word
Julie Oshins Spoken Word
James "Stump" Cross Vocals
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer, Lyricist
Harold Rome Lyricist
Lehman Engel Orchestra Director
Paul Pelletier Liner Notes, Annotation
Mick Graphic Design
John Watt Introduction
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