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Annie Get Your Gun

1946 Original Cast + 1950 Film Versions , Irving Berlin Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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With all due respect to Bernadette Peters's wonderful, Tony-winning portrayal in the 1999 revival of Annie Get Your Gun, the role of sharpshooting Annie Oakley belongs to Ethel Merman. Her bold, brassy performance of Irving Berlin's best score is legendary, as are the songs themselves, including "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," "You Can't Get a Man with a Gun," "They Say It's Wonderful," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "Anything You Can Do," and, of course, the classic industry anthem "There's No Business Like Show Business." This rerelease of the original 1946 cast recording includes four bonus tracks recorded in 1972: the overture, "Colonel Buffalo Bill" and "I'm a Bad, Bad Man" (both removed along with "I'm an Indian Too" for the politically correct 1999 revival), and "An Old-Fashioned Wedding," which was written for the 1966 revival. --David Horiuchi

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In '96, Richard Rogers (then President of the Music Theater of Lincoln Center) succeeded in bringing back Ethel Merman to the show that made her a star. Broadway-goers were thrilled; listen as she, Bruce Yarnell and the rest of the cast sing They Say It's Wonderful; There's No Business Like Show Business; Doin' What Comes Natur'lly , and more!

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5.0 out of 5 stars A charming, bouncy, extravaganza! May 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wonderful. Simply wonderful. Of course, having never heard any other recordings i cannot be said to be the definitive judge, but i can assure all prospective buyers that I have got a great deal of enjoyment out of this light larking piece, and would certainly reccomend it to any musical fan. In some ways it, like Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate which dates from a similar period, is a breath of fresh air from the soaring romantic musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Dont get me wrong, I adore R+H's work, but the music in many of their most popular shows, (South Pacific comes to mind, as does The King and I) is so powerful and overwhelmingly beautiful, that is is almost a relief to listen to this lighter, less serious piece, which to my mind echos back to an earlier era in Broadway history. The fun, catchy music, combined with the wonderful lyrics, help to make this piece the master piece it really is. Ethel Merman, who, i must admit is not my favorite Broadway performer, is superb; she was born to sing this part. Ray Middleton is slightly dissapointing, but nevertheless good. The overall feeling of the piece is especially well captured in such songs as: "You Can't Get A Man With A Gun", "There's No Business like Show Business", "Moonshine Lullaby", and "I got the Sun In The Morning". The bonus tracks are also delightful- "An Old Fashioned Wedding"is especially good. Overall this fun, sunshiny piece truly deserves all the fame it acquired and is a must for any serious musical fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Annie Get Your Gun recording EVER!!! April 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
Annie Get Your Gun has always been one of my favorite Broadway musicals. Ethel Merman definitely brings it to its best. All (or at least most) of the songs have enough bounce in them to interest me and my little sisters and to cause my dad to start singing like Ethel Merman. Even the slow songs are good, especially "I Got Lost In His Arms". My favorite is "I Got The Sun In The Morning" because the lyrics are original and the tune 9is catchy, but among the other good ones are 'Doin' What Comes Natur'lly", "You Can't Get a Man With a Gun", "Colonel Buffalo Bill", "I'm An Indian Too' and "Moonshine Lullaby".
Another good thing about this CD is that it left in all the songs that the 1950 movie cut like "I Got Lost in His Arms", "Moonshine Lullaby", "I'm A Bad, Bad Man", "An Old Fashioned Wedding", and part of "There's No Business Like Show Business". ALso cut and changed in the movie was "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly" and "I'm An Indian Too", which was much better in it's full version.
If you want a good original Broadway musical you should definitely get this CD. Ethel Merman rules, and she really put everything she had into the songs. Well done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars She's Quick On The Trigger April 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
For Broadway aficianados, this CD is a must-have. Berlin and Merman together. What could be better? Well, to be honest, the 1966 revival CD is better. Stereo sound, lusher orchestrations, a better playmate for Ethel (Bruce Yarnell), and Merman in what might be the best recordings she ever made. But for historical purposes, put this one in your library as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ethel Merman did ruin it. Jan. 8 2003
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I told myself that I'd take the Ethel Merman version and like it.
I decided this CD had less songs than the Betty Hutton; that would just make it easier. Boy, was I dumb! Man, Ethel Merman has always subtly rubbed me wrong---I cannot see her as Annie Oakley, either. She doesn't have the innocence and I so cannot picture that woman youthful to play Annie either. BUT it is good.
Tolerable. Just don't listen to it too much. She'll get to you.
And you know, when you have, "I've got the sun in the morning and the moon in the evening..." stuck in your mind and you play it over and over, your'e in Ethels territory.
I recommend the Betty Hutton one. Because Annie is about being brash and uncultured. But Ethel and Judy are---well, Ethels brash but shes known as a singer. I think you have to keep it in character and belt the hell out of it---exactly like someone untrained and UNTAMED should do. Go BETTY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now I'm Confused! April 1 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I had seen AGYG on Broadway with Bernadette Peters, and I thought that it was the best thing since chocolate. Well, maybe the second-best, but right up there with Gameboy color. I got the CD and listened to it about a million times. But then I borrowed this one from a friend, and I was amazed! I thought that Bernadette Peters was amazing at being Annie, but Ethel Merman is phenomenal! Now I don't know which one I like!! It's an amazing CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Annie Jan. 16 2002
By Pope
Format:Audio CD
This is how Annie Get Your Gun sounded when it first debuted on Broadway in 1946. Sound quality here is extremely good, considering it is a Decca album of the '40s. Ethel Merman appears here in what is probably her most famous role. No other leading lady has become more synonymous with Annie Oakley than Ethel; she is the best.
On the main body of the album, there is no Overture, "I'm A Bad Bad Man," and "Colonel Buffalo Bill." Those three are tacked onto the end as bonus tracks, along with "An Old-Fashioned Wedding," which was written for the 1966 Lincoln Center Revival (which also starred Ethel Merman). Most of the albums of AGYG on the market are great, but this is the one you'll want to start with. These bonus tracks are taken from Decca's London studio cast album recorded in 1973 or 74 (yes, that album starred Ethel Merman as well)
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