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My Fair Lady (1964 Film Soundtrack) Soundtrack
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|1. Why Can't The English?|
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|3. With A Little Bit Of Luck|
|4. I'm An Ordinary Man|
|5. Just You Wait|
|6. The Rain In Spain|
|7. I Could Have Danced All Night|
|8. Ascot Gavotte|
|9. On The Street Where You Live|
|10. The Embassy Waltz|
|11. You Did It|
|12. Show Me|
|13. Get Me To The Church On Time|
|14. A Hymn To Him|
|15. Without You|
|16. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face|
|17. You Did It - Original Cast Recording|
|18. Just You Wait (Reprise) - Original Cast Recording|
|19. On The Street Where You Live (Reprise) - Original Cast Recording|
|20. Show Me - Original Cast Recording|
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My Fair Lady is--deservedly--one of the most famous musicals of all time. Its popular 1964 film version, directed by George Cukor, has ensured that for most people Audrey Hepburn is Eliza Doolittle, while Broadway-heads swear by Julie Andrews's stage performance, immortalized on the 1956 cast album. Of course, for the purposes of a CD review it's more accurate to compare the performances of Andrews and Marni Nixon, who sang the songs lip-synched by Hepburn in the movie. While Andrews usually comes out on top (especially on "I Could Have Danced All Night"), Nixon is no slouch (after all, she also dubbed Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King & I). Rex Harrison, of course, does his own vocals, but then he doesn't so much sing his songs as talk them. While Nixon and Harrison are tops, the truth is that Lerner and Loewe's songs are so good as to endure almost anybody's interpretation: "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "On the Street Where You Live," "Get Me to the Church on Time," and so on--not many shows can boast as many classics. The movie version's real bonus is Andre Previn's swellegant orchestration. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Nixon, one of the most underrated and briliant sopranos of our time, brings her unique personality to the songs, which were beautifully done by Andrews on the OBC. Nixon has a focussed, controlled electricity to her singing that sets her apart from Andrews.
Andrews and Nixon are both excellent, just different, and fans of the show should own both albums.
Is JVLPK aware that MY FAIR LADY is an *American* musical? After hearing the hilarious American accents attempted at times in the West End, I think JVLPK should cut Nixon a little slack. I'll never forget Denis Quilley doing Arthur Miller's early play ALL MY SONS in the West End. He and his stage family, supposedly middleclass suburban Americans, all sounded like Chicago mobsters out of a '30s gangster movie. It was like an American actress trying to impersonate Princess Diana by talking cockney. LOL.
Just as tin-earred American actors imagine that one generic English accent will do for all British characters, English actors sometimes return the favor. There are thousands of American accents across this huge continent, just as there are endless types of British accents. Actors need to learn to match the accent to the character.
On the other hand, Marni's voice sounds smooth and natural - matching Audrey's acting. Her voice has a strength, vibrancy, and enchantment to it that can't be matched. Her "I Could Have Danced All Night" is a good example. While Julie's version of the song is quiet and introspective, Marni's is joyful and soaring. In addition, Marni's "Just You Wait" and "Without You" sound sweeter and more natural than Julie's renditions.
The rest of the soundtrack is fine to me. I think that Bill Shirley has the best singing voice as Freddy compared to the other two albums. Stanley Holloway is solid. Rex Harrison sounds about the same here as in the other albums - but I'm not really a fan of him. I think that his talk - singing is a little overrated and from what I read, he was about as abrasive in real life as the character he was playing in the movie. The additions of some acting scenes (the "C'mon Dover" yell from Audrey) are nice. The orchestra sounds the best here.
I highly recommend this album, particularly because of Marni's beautiful vocals - but the rest of it is nice, too. Only the sound quality is a little weak. It's too bad that Audrey couldn't get her singing voice to the level that the filmakers wanted her to be.
The soundtrack, first and foremost, is one of the most beautifully composed collections of music of all time. It's classical yet fresh. The songs are sung with passion and are true to the play, but life is breathed into them in most places with the spectacular and versatile range Marni Nixon was famous for.
As with most musicals, all the music tells the deepest wishes or fears of the characters. The lyrics are witty, fun, serious, intuitive and are written flawlessly to coincide with the film/play. The humourous "Get Me to the Church," "With A Little Bit of Luck," "Just You Wait," and even "You Did It" are sung spectacularly and manage to be gracious even while being funny. The honest and intricate "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," is possibly the most associated with the production and is given full justice on this soundtrack that is often lacking in the plays. There are then the poetic and introspective "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" are breathtaking and easy to leave the listener humming for hours.
Some of the more powerful and independent tracks like "Show Me" and "Without You" deliver Eliza's realization of who she is and show the shift in the storyline.
The instrumentals are equally as brilliant as everything else, particularly The Embassy Waltz, though the closing music manages to be both simple and strong at the same time.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The 1964 film My Fair Lady is timeless. Fifty years after its release, I still find the music by Lerner and Loewe enchanting. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Alan Rivière
The DVD was in excellent condition and delivered on time.
Every movie lover should see "My Fair Lady" at least once every year!
This version is definately my favorite. Loved the movie and even though Audrey Hepburn does not really sing the vocals, it is still a very entertaining show. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2013 by Fred T.
I am sorry but i am a Julie Andrews fan a big one and although Audrey did a good job of making Eliza her own its the singing thats bad. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2003