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The Music Man (1962 Film Soundtrack)

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  • Audio CD (March 1 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002K9Y
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,949 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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.


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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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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"The Music Man" is the most American of all the great American musicals, with a performance by Robert Preston as Professor Harold Hill that arguably ranks as the best of all time. Compare it to the few that come close and decide for yourself: Rex Harrison in "My Fair Lady," Richard Kiley in "The Man of La Mancha," Michael Crawford in "The Phantom of the Opera." THEN think of how rare it is for the Broadway star to actually make it to the Hollywood film version. Preston only got to do the movie because when they offered the part to Cary Grant he told the studio if they did not use Preston not only would Grant not be in the movie, he would not SEE it.
Preston turns in an absolutely perfect performance, made all the more amazing by the fact he was a movie actor who played villains who really could not sing or dance. Although he had some assistance with the story from Franklin Lacey, the credit for "The Music Man" goes to Meredith Wilson who did the book, music and lyrics. This is a score that features not only the last great marching band song of the century in "Seventy-Six Trombones," but what is arguably the first "rap" song in the rhythmic "Rock Island" that opens the show. For his songs Wilson makes use of piano scales ("Piano Lesson" and "Goodnight My Someone") and barbershop quartets ("Sincere" and "Lida Rose"), but the most memorable numbers are those he gives his fast-talking salesman ("Ya Got Trouble" and "Seventy-Six Trombones." This original cast album features Barbara Cook as Marion the Librarian, a singer who certainly should have done a lot more on Broadway than just this one staring role.
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This is a great soundtrack, but it is unfortunate that Warner's did not give us more on the CD than the standard LP 44 minutes. For instance, there is extensive dance music in the "76 Trombones", "Marian the Librarian", and the "Shipoopi" numbers that could have been included on the CD, and wasn't. And although I do admire Shirley Jones, and she was a beautiful Marian, Barbara Cook was more believeable in the look of a small-town spinster librarian, and her voice is one of the greatest that the musical world has ever heard. Shirley Jones' singing is pleasant, Barbara Cook's singing is thrilling. But, Barbara Cook had as much a chance of recreating her Broadway role as Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury and Ethel Merman did in "My Fair Lady", "Mame" and "Gypsy". Hollywood has never appreciated true musical talent. But, this is a fun album. Buddy Hackett is a bit hard to take, but Hermione Gingold is a treasure.
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The movie "The Music Man" follows the stage production more closely than some others of its genre. However, the general quality of the vocals on the soundtrack and the omission/substitution of "My White Knight" for "Being In Love" is a major flaw in the movie production and soundtrack. Why is it that when a wonderful musical is made into a movie, songs are automatically tinkered with and the level of musicianship is sacrificed? Many of the attempts by the movie to appear folksy just end up being plain old bad performances when Meridith Wilson's score sparkles and deserves better singers. Buddy Hackett is funny in his role, but the singing? Whew. Do yourself a favor on this one: browse old record shops and find an original cast recording where everyone can who is part of the production makes their living singing.
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Oh! What a great musical! My favourite in fact, even over my cherished Frank Sinatra films! I do love Sinatra, but it would have been a grave mistake to have put him in the role of Harold Hill instead of Preston! Robert Preston delivers one of the absolute most exquisite performances ever! What a voice, what an actor! His chemistry with Shirley Jones in the film was fantastic as well, I would have liked to hear more duets with the two though. Ya Got Trouble is one of the best songs in a musical, I can not even imagine ANYONE else singing/playing the part of Hill as well as Preston! The Sadder But Wiser Girl has got to be one of the most amusing songs I have ever heard...Great music, great fun, great entertainment! I highly recommend this to any musical lover!!!
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