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My Fair Lady Cast Recording
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|1. Overture; Why Can't The English?|
|2. Wouldn't It Be Loverly?|
|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. You Did it|
|11. Show Me|
|12. Get Me To The Church On Time|
|13. A Hymn to Him|
|14. Without You|
|15. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face|
The 2,700 performances of Lerner and Loewe's musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion gracefully spanned the Eisenhower and Camelot eras, then begat a wildly popular film version, whose 1965 Best Picture Oscar capped the show's decade of prominence. The crowning achievement of Lerner and Loewe's rich body of work began its recording life on this 1956 cast recording, a collection of performances that long ago became a ubiquitous and indispensable fixture of American musical theater. Indeed, it's hard to imagine anyone else but Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison in the roles of the cockney Eliza Doolittle and her long-suffering mentor, Henry Higgins, delivering definitive versions of the show's embarrassment of riches: "Why Can't the English?," "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face." This new edition offers a digitally burnished take of the already glorious recording, now supplemented with a post-recording conversation track featuring Harrison, Andrews, Lerner, conductor Franz Allers, and original producer Goddard Lieberson, as well as a 1961 audio interview with Lerner and Loewe. --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
But enough of my fuming, the songs:
Rex Harrison is a delight, though his singing abilities are limited, his enunciation and clear, British english makes all of his numbers absolutely delightful.
Julie is, of course, the highlight of this album. I am an avid fan and positively adore her voice. This recording was made in her younger years, therefore you can really hear the clarity and crystalline quality of her voice. My personal favorites are "I Could've Danced All Night" and "Just You Wait".
The supporting cast is also very strong. Stanley Holloway's "Get Me To The Church On Time" shows off his deep baritone. The man who plays Freddy (I forget his name) is also very good. "On the Street Where You Live" is also one of my favorites.
To those who enjoy this album, I recommend "The Music Man", "Sound of Music", "Cinderella", and "Mary Poppins".
The album has been digitally remastered (something it's been deserving for quite some time) and as a result the orchestrations seem tighter and all of the voices are given more depth and fullness-ALL FOR THE BETTER. There are also 2 bonus tracks at the end; one is a postrecording conversation with records producer Goddard Lieberson, Julie Andrews, and others. The other is an interview with the writers of My Fair Lady.
This new edition is so wonderful it will make you want to take your copy of the film soundtrack out into the front yard and bury it. The original London cast, with the same leads, can give you stereo and the film soundtrack can give you fuller orchestrations all around (and dubbed in voices), but this new version is THE My Fair Lady to have.
This original Broadway cast album, made just days after the premire, captures all the freshness and excitement of the triumphant opening. (Avoid the London cast recording which has teh same cover art but printed on a gold background. The ORIGINAL original cast album with the white cover is the one to get!)
This Cd hardly needs my endorsement. It's been a best-seller for 48 years now.
Most recent customer reviews
I recently purchased the Broadway recording, then turned around and got the London cast recording (both with Rex Harrision, Julie Andrews and Stanley Holloway). Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by K. Marker
The perfect album of the perfect show! What more could you ask? Few cast albums have achieved the legendary status of this one, and it deserves all the superlatives heaped on it. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Cam Op
Julie's voice is truly beautiful and this is definately the CD to get instead of the movie version CD. Other than Julie though I was really not impressed with the other singers. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by J. Ourada