Finally making it's return on CD is this 1963 studio cast recording of Irving Berlin's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, starring Doris Day and Robert Goulet. This was one in a long succession of Broadway show albums put together by Columbia Records (other titles in the series included "Show Boat" and "The King and I", both starring Barbara Cook; "Oh, Kay!" with Jack Cassidy, and Mary Martin in the first complete recordings of "Babes in Arms" and "Girl Crazy").
Historically this was the first time that the AGYG score had been heard in stereo, albeit with revised orchestrations provided by Phil Lang. Franz Allers leads the orchestra and the results are very fine. There is however a certain *something* missing from the duets featuring Day and Goulet, and that's because, due to other work commitments, the two performers were unable to get together and had to record their vocals on different coasts--Day in Los Angeles, and Goulet in New York. So that means that Broadway's hottest casanova never waxed lyrical with Day in the same studio! Imagine the chemistry if they had though.
Annie Oakley is one of the musical theatre roles which strangely eluded Ms Day throughout her career; happily this recording gives us a nice idea of how she would have fared in the part. Likewise Robert Goulet never got the chance to play Frank Butler in a major revival of the show, even though the material seems tailor-made for a singer of his range.
ANNIE completists will appreciate DRG's efforts in finally bringing this recording back on CD. Recommended.