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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A charming, bouncy, extravaganza! May 7 2004
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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
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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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My comments appeared elsewhere here a while ago. Here are some more observations. This is an odd cast album in that rather than place the songs in the order they appear in in the original show, Decca jumbled them all up. So if you take the sequential numbering of the songs as they appear in the original 78 rpm release and the LP version that followed, the order as they appeared in the original is thus: 1,9,3,12,2,5,19,4,7,8,11,6. This is a further oddity in that Merman as the star participates in nine out of the original 15 songs - six solos, two duets and one ensemble. All of her songs are in a row for the first 8 selections on the original cast album with the remaining 4 in which she does not participate trailing along like poor relations. One would have thought Decca would have broken up the potential monotony of hearing Merman in eight cuts in a row with the interspersed original show order. Also odd is that the big number THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS is not sung by Middleton and Merman with the two other players (the names escape me) who played Buffalo Bill and the manager as a quartet as in the original but by chorus and selected male soloists. Very very odd. It all adds up to an even 37 minutes and is still quite fine. Best performances are those in MY DEFENSES ARE DOWN and ANYTHING YOU CAN DO.
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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 Beautifully Remastered Dec 11 2000
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Plain and simple, any true lover of Annie Get Your Gun needs to have the following in their libary: 1.) This 1946 original version with Ethel Merman in her prime (sure her voice is gritty, but perfectly suited to the character); 2.) the 1966 Lincoln Center revival with Ethel Merman again (Old Fashioned Wedding alone is worth the purchase); 3.) the Kim Criswell studio recording on EMI (sadly out of print right now); 4.) the movie soundtrack with Betty Hutton and Howard Keel who are simply fabulous (the recording quality is a letdown, however) 5.) THE MOVIE!..... buy it on video or DVD, but just buy it! These are your essential AGYG purchases. A lot of people also like the new Broadway recording starring Bernadette Peters. Although she does a fine job, I cannot give this version my recommendation as for numerous reasons that I have pointed out in a previous review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars She's Quick On The Trigger
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. Read more
Published on April 1 2003 by Geoffrey Mark Fidelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I'm Confused!
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. Read more
Published on April 1 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Annie
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2002 by Pope
2.0 out of 5 stars SLOW SLOW SLOW
Slow is the word for this. The tempo is slow. There's no spirit. Frank's voice just DRAGS. Merman's voice grates on the ears. Read more
Published on May 6 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars BERLIN'S MOST FAMOUS SCORE
Like KISS ME KATE and SOUTH PACIFIC, the original recording of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN has great historical value since ETHEL MERMAN was so much identified with the character. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2001 by ALAIN ROBERT
1.0 out of 5 stars In this case, the revival was better.
Eeee. I did not like this CD at all. I MUCH prefer the revival. I do not care for Ethel Mermans voice at all, the revival has much more rythm and spirit. Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The One And Only Original Annie
This recording sounds as delightful as it always has with Ethel Merman belting out the Irving Berlin Score. Nice remastering. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2000 by Peter Kline
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