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The Music Man (1962 Film Soundtrack)

Ray Heindorf Audio CD
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1. Main Title, Rock Island, Iowa Stubborn - Orchestra, The Traveling Salesman, The Ensamble
2. Ya Got Trouble - Robert Preston & The Ensemble
3. Piano Lesson & If You Don't Mind My Saying So - - Shirley Jones & Pert Kelton
4. Goodnight My Someone - Shirley Jones
5. Ya Got Trouble & Seventy Six Trobones - Robert Preston & The Ensemble
6. Sincere - The Buffalo Bills
7. The Sadder But Wiser Girl - Robet Preston
8. Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little - Hermione Gingold & The Biddys
9. Marian The Librarian - Robert Preston
10. Being In Love - Shirley Jones
11. Gary, Indiana - Robert Preston
12. The Wells Fargo Wagon - The Ensemble
13. Lida Rose & Will I Ever Tell You ? - Shirley Jones & The Buffalo Bills
14. Gary, Indiana - Ronnie Howard
15. Shipoopi - Buddy Hackett & The Ensemble
16. Till There Was You - Shirley Jones
17. Goodnight My Someone - Shirley Jones & Robert Preston/ The Ensemble
18. Seventy Six Trombones - The Ensemble

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In light of all the hit Broadway musicals that have stumbled in their translation to the big screen, The Music Man stands out as an exception; it is one of the best-loved movie musicals of all time. A great deal of the credit goes to composer Meredith Willson, who resisted studio pressure to hire a big name for the title role (Frank Sinatra or Cary Grant) in favor of the Tony-winning stage star, Robert Preston, who turns in one of Hollywood's most magical performances as the spellbinder who hoodwinks a small town in Iowa. Shirley Jones did not perform the show on Broadway, but she had cut her teeth as a musical ingenue in the films of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and Carousel and gives Marian the librarian a lovely voice and charming personality. Most importantly, Willson's score combines marching bands and barbershop quartets to capture perfectly the spirit of America's heartland at the turn of the century. A classic. --David Horiuchi

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Meredith Willson's score remains intact on this soundtrack to the 1962 award winning film starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. You also get a huge Hollywood orchestra and chorus under the musical direction of Ray Heindorf! One of the best movie musicals ever made.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Only" Music Man Jan. 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Among the many fine things which can be said regarding this Original Soundtrack Recording of "The Music man", the most impressive would be to simply say "Robert Preston"! Robert Preston IS The Music Man - the one and only Music Man! Robert didn't simply perform this role . . . he was the personification of The Music Man. I really can't imagine any one else coming even close to his characterization. Just listen to Preston's delivery of "Ya Got Trouble" and every thing you need to know about "The Music man" is there!
This album has it all: great "marching band music", great performers like Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, The Buffalo Bills, and Robert Preston, and great songs. (The Buffalo Bills/Shirley Jones' "Lida Rose/Goodnight My Someone" sticks in your musical mind and you find yourself humming and singing it throughout the day/night for inexplicable reasons at the oddest times.
I have loved this recording since it was first issued. On cd it keeps the beauty of this music and these performers more alive than ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love it! (With the occasional disappointment) June 12 2003
By Laura
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love this soundtrack--I think the songs are even better on the album than in the movie. However, as most of us feel...Shipoopi (I didn't like the song to begin with) sung by Buddy Hackett? What? That was disappointing. But it's worth a listen, just for my personal favorites: 76 Trombones (of course), Goodnight My Someone, and Till There was You.
This is a CD I keep returning to--it's marvelous...one of a small list of musicals I truly enjoy listening to. You'll find something you really like--I'm sure of it. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Performances/ Painful Sound !! March 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
I don't fault the performances of Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, etc..... they're all great. My major complaint with this movie soundtrack is the harsh sound quality. There is too much treble and not enough balance in the mid to lower range. The result is a recording that is actually painful to the ears. I believe a much better remastering job is needed. Am I the only reviewer who noticed this? Beware.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music Man is better than ANYTHING!!! Jan. 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is THE BEST music I have ever heard! I listen to the soundtrack all the time, and I love it so much that it is severely worn out. I would definately reccomend this to anyone who likes good quality music.
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Format:Audio CD
Just like several of the other reviewers, I like the Broadway version of this show just a hair better than the movie soundtrack. However, when I decided to get a "Music Man" CD last month to replace my vinyl Broadway one, I lucked into a great price for the film rendition. Since I do love the movie anyway, the purchase was a no-brainer. Both have Robert Preston, and he is the true essential. I miss "My White Knight" and I love Barbara Cook, and Buddy Hackett can't sing...all true complaints of some other reviewers here. But those are really minor flaws. Buy whatever version YOU can afford, and let Robert Preston and composer Meredith Willson each make you proud to be an American and a music lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy this album--if not here, then somewhere. June 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love this music and have to recommend it to everyone. From sweet love ballads like "Goodnight, My Someone" and "My White Knight" to rollicking marches like "Seventy-six Trombones" to humorous ditties like "Pick-a-little-talk-a-little" and "Marian the Librarian," this album is singable, happy and fun. I especially recommend it if you or your child is or has been in band. I played cornet in high school and liked the part about "with a hundred and ten cornets close at hand." I dreamed about being first out of those hundred and ten!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Music Man" Rules! Feb. 2 2002
By Alyssa
Format:Audio CD
I think "The Music Man" is one of the best ever written! It is definetely one of my favorites! I like every song from "Rock Island" to the last "76 Trombones". Oh....at my school we are doing this play. I just know it will be as great a success as our production of "Annie" went last year! So, all in all, this is absolutely wonderful! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music Man Soundtrack is a great buy! Aug. 18 2001
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is a great one, and what's even greater is that whether you liked the movie or the stage production (if you were lucky enough to have seen it back then), you can get the soundtrack starring the originals. This CD is a must for any Broadway fan, and Meredith Wilson's beautiful, jazzy, and fun music is appealing to any age and any kind of person. My aunt puts on this CD for her kids during long road trips, and they adore it- they'll either listen in awe or sing along happily. I highly reccommend this CD.
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