This Is the Army [Original Broadway Cast]

This Is the Army [Original Broadway Cast]

     
 
This CD reissue combines recordings from three Broadway shows of the World War II era: Irving Berlin's This Is the Army, a musical revue staged by the U.S. Army that ran on Broadway in 1942 and then toured around the world during the war for the next three years; Harold Rome's Call Me Mister, a musical revue concerning the social adjustments of the

Overview

This CD reissue combines recordings from three Broadway shows of the World War II era: Irving Berlin's This Is the Army, a musical revue staged by the U.S. Army that ran on Broadway in 1942 and then toured around the world during the war for the next three years; Harold Rome's Call Me Mister, a musical revue concerning the social adjustments of the immediate postwar period that opened in 1946 and ran until 1948; and Winged Victory, a play with incidental music concerning the U.S. Army Air Force that ran in 1943-1944. All three shows were recorded by Decca Records during their Broadway runs, with the results issued on 78-rpm cast albums. This Is the Army and Call Me Mister were reissued on 10" LPs in 1950, but the four songs from Winged Victory (originally issued on two 12" 78s) have never been reissued until this CD. It may be coincidence, but British reissue label Jasmine put out a CD of This Is the Army/Call Me Mister in 2002, taking advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe. This release provides stiff competition to that gray-market release, particularly because the sound quality is far superior. Recorded in the early days of original Broadway cast albums, they nevertheless provide good, if truncated, versions of these complementary shows. Both Berlin and Rome take a somewhat satirical view of military life (the brief Winged Victory choral music is far more formal). Berlin, reprising his World War I song "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," provides some of the humor himself, while Rome gives Betty Garrett the comic hit "South America, Take It Away." Both shows also feature integrated casts and songs specifically intended for African-American listeners. Berlin's "What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear" is a conventional production song, while Rome's black-oriented numbers, notably "Going Home Train," have a more ethnic flavor and are distinctively rendered by Lawrence Winters. Taken together, the CD provides a big chunk of 1940s Broadway music that has long lingered in the vaults or been reissued only in inferior form.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2003
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0044003858220
catalogNumber:
000083102

Tracks

  1. Overture: This is the Army, Mr. Jones / I Left My Heart at the Stage Do
  2. I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep
  3. I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen
  4. The Army's Made a Man Out of Me (sketch)
  5. The Army's Made a Man Out of Me (song)
  6. What the Well Dressed Man in Harlem Will Wear
  7. How About a Cheer for the Navy
  8. American Eagles - Intro: With My Head in the Clouds
  9. Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning
  10. Going Home Train
  11. Along With Me
  12. Little Surplus Me
  13. The Red Ball Express
  14. Military Life
  15. Yuletide, Park Avenue
  16. When We Meet Again
  17. The Face on the Dime
  18. South America, Take it Away
  19. Call Me Mister
  20. Winged Victory
  21. My Dream Book of Memories
  22. The Whiffenpoof Song
  23. The Army Air Corps

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Irving Berlin   Vocals
Lehman Engel   Conductor,Choir Master
Milton Rosenstock   Conductor,Choir Master
Stuart Churchill   Vocals
Harry Clark   Vocals
Robert Crawford   Vocals
Tod Galloway   Vocals
Earl Oxford   Vocals
Betty Garrett   Vocals
Paula Bane   Vocals
Bill Callaghan   Vocals
Lawrence Winters   Vocals
Meade Minnigerode   Vocals
Jules Munshin   Vocals
All-Soldier Chorus   Choir, Chorus
All-Soldier Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
All-Soldier Swing Band   Ensemble
Chandler Cowles   Vocals
Danny Scholl   Vocals
Soldier Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Winged Victory Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Winged Victory Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
This is the Army Cast Ensemble   cast
Robert Shanley   Vocals
Call Me Mister Male Quartet   Group
Call Me Mister Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Call Me Mister Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ezra Stone   Vocals
Call Me Mister Male Chorus   Choir, Chorus
This is the Army Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Philip Truex   Vocals
Julie Oshins   Vocals
Call Me Mister Vocal Septet   Horn Section
James "Stump" Cross   Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer,Lyricist
Harold Rome   Composer,Lyricist
Lehman Engel   Director
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
David Rose   Orchestration
Milton Rosenstock   Director
Penny Bennett   Art Direction
Robert Crawford   Composer
Tod Galloway   Composer
Brian Drutman   Reissue Producer
Olivier Delhaye   Reissue Design
Meade Minnigerode   Composer
George S. Pomeroy   Composer
Call Me Mister Male Trio   Contributor
Chris Roberts   Executive Producer

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