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My Fair Lady Cast Recording

4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Nov. 5 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000024PL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

Product Description

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.

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By A Customer on May 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
If only Julie Andrews had been chosen for the movie version of My Fair Lady, this film would've swept the Oscars...not that Audrey Hepburn didn't do an amazing job, but the singing is just not the same. While Julie picked up the Best Actress Oscar, Audrey didn't even get nominated. Of course, Audrey had her voice dubbed by Marni Nixon.
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".
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Format: Audio CD
This newly remastered My Fair Lady is heads above the already glorious previous edition of the cast album. With Julie Andrews as Eliza Dolittle-the role that would make her famous, and Rex Harrison as Prof. Higgins - what more can I say? We also have the fabulous Stanley Holloway as Alfred P. Dolittle, John Michael King as Freddie, and Robert Coote as Colonel Pickering.
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.
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MY FAIR LADY is understandably the world's most beloved musical. Based on one of Shaw's great plays, with Lerner & loewe's finest score, put on stage with the perfect cast, and opening on Broadway at just the right time: late in what had been a very disappointing season for musicals.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
If you already own the Original Cast cd of "My Fair Lady", and are wondering if it's worth buying the remastered cd, the answer is an emphatic YES. The remastering is definately worth buying the cd again. There is a greater fullness of sound and clarity in the remastering. Because "My Fair Lady" is one of the great Cast Albums of all time, I'd recommend getting the remastered version, even if you already have the first cd release.
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