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Show Boat Comp

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002SJL
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Overture
2. Show Boat: Act One, Scene One - Cotton Blossom: Niggers all work on d Mississippi... (Stevedores, Gals, Queenie, Steve, Pete, 1st Mincing Miss, 2nd Mincing Miss, Beaux, Girls & Boys)
3. Show Boat: Act One, Scene One - Cotton Blossom: 'Andy!!!...' (Parthy, Windy, 1st Mincing Miss, 2nd Mincing Miss)
4. Show Boat: Act One, Scene One - Cap'n Andy's Ballyhoo: 'Here comes the Show Boat parade!...' (Boy, Girls, Boys, Andy, Parthy)
5. Show Boat: Act One, Scene One - Cap'n Andy's Ballyhoo: 'Hey Julie...' (Pete, Julie, Steve, Parthy, Andy, Ellie)
6. Show Boat: Act One, Scene One - Cap'n Andy's Ballyhoo: 'It's a man...' (Ellie, Ravenal, Vallon)
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Disc: 2
1. Show Boat: Act One, Scene Five - I Would Like to Play a Lover's Part: Her face is fair to look upon... (Boys, Girls, Ellie, Frank)
2. Show Boat: Act One, Scene Five - I Might Fall Back on You: Little girl, you are safe with me... (Frank, Ellie, Girls)
3. Show Boat: Act One, Scene Five - Queenie's Ballyhoo: 'Is de theatre fillin' up, Cap'n Andy?...' (Queenie, Andy, Colored Chorus)
4. Show Boat: Act One, Scene Six - Villain Dance
5. Show Boat: Act One, Scene Seven - You Are Love: 'That you, Nola?...' (Ravenal, Windy, Magnolia, Parthy)
6. Show Boat: Act One, Scene Eight - Finale Act One: Oh tell me, did you ever!... (Firls, Boys, Chorus, Andy, Women, Men, Negro Women, Magnolia, Parthy, Vallon, Pete)
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Disc: 3
1. Show Boat: Act Two, Scene Nine: Cottom Blossom (Reprise): Cotton Blossom... (Chorus)
2. Show Boat: Act Two, Scene Nine - It's Getting Hotter in the North: Now up in the northern land... (Kim, Chorus)
3. Show Boat: Act Two, Scene Nine - It's Getting Hotter in the North: 'Say, Cap'n Andy...' (Frank, Ellie, Andy)
4. Show Boat: Act Two, Scene Nine - Finale Ultimo: 'Hello, Gay...' (Andy, Hope, Ravenal, Girl, Man, Magnolia, Old Lady, Chorus)
5. Show Boat: Appendix - Pantry Scene (Act One, Scene Two; deleted
6. Show Boat: Appendix - Waterfront Saloon Scene (Act One, Scene Three; deleted
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Product Description

John McGlinn's sprawling, monumental three-CD set is about all the Show Boat any listener could ever ask for. In an obvious labor of love, McGlinn reconstructs the show as it ran on opening night, November 15, 1927, including every song, the original orchestrations, and all underscored dialogue. The most significant restoration is the dark choral number "Mis'ry's Comin' Aroun'," as Show Boat's serious subject matter helped establish its place as the most important turning point in the history of American musical theater. McGlinn also adds an appendix that includes songs cut before opening night and every song subsequently written for the show's many productions, most notably the love duet "I Have the Room Above Her," written for the 1936 film. (The recording is also available in a one-disc reduction called the "Broadway Show Album.")

Rest assured this 221-minute blockbuster is not just dry scholarship; it's also terrific listening, with McGlinn conducting a dynamic London Sinfonietta and a strong cast including Frederica von Stade as Magnolia, Jerry Hadley as Ravenal, Teresa Stratas as the tragic Julie, Bruce Hubbard as the worldly wise Joe, Karla Burns as Queenie, and David Garrison and Paige O'Hara as the comic couple Frank and Ellie. And of course the songs by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II are among the most glorious ever written: "Ol' Man River," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "Make Believe," "Why Do I Love You," "Bill," "You Are Love," and "Life upon the Wicked Stage." Also included are exhaustive production notes, a history of the show, a detailed synopsis, and a libretto. John McGlinn's Show Boat is a staggering achievement and a recording for the ages. --David Horiuchi

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The term "original score" as used in this recording is literally true-- John McGlinn has made a career out of having found a warehouse in New Jersey where all the orchestra parts of Broadway shows were filed away after the show closed, and bringing the shows back to life. This recording is not merely a re-creation of the original score, but was made with musicians using the actual 1927 parts.
The prominent banjo part heard with the orchestra here was eliminated in later revivals as sounding too much like the 1920's, but adds just the right 1880's Mississippi River touch to this CD. Robert Russell Bennet also orchestrated all the Rodgers and Hammerstein shows that we still hear, and influenced all Broadway orchestrations after him, so these are great orchestrations, not just period pieces. (But it is fun to hear the occasional reminders that the show was written in the 1920's.)
Another amazing feature of this recording is that the Ambrosian Chorus, a London-based opera chorus, sounds not just "American" here, but like the Americans one would hear on Broadway. The use of opera stars in lead roles in this CD might conjure up the heavy-handed "operatic" style produced by previous generations of opera singers trying to sing Broadway songs, but these performers sound like real Broadway singers. Jerry Hadley grew up in rural Illinois, and Frederica VonStade grew up in Brooklyn, NY, so their English is natural, and they are familiar with Broadway singing.
This recording is the closest we can come to traveling back to NYC in 1927 on opening night of "Showboat," but this performance has to be what Jerome Kern heard in his head as he was writing it.
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i was leery of spending [money] on this version of showboat when i already had two other versions of it, but i am glad i did. this three cd boxed set provides the most complete version of the show and gives you the best sense of what jerome kern and oscar hammerstein had in mind for their epic 1927 broadway opera.
more than ever, after listening to this set, i am convinced that showboat, the first real broadway show, is still the best. were it ever to be done the way it was envisioned, it would be too long and controversial, but at the same time, cathartic and overwhelming. it would be too much for an overly sensitive and overly dulled and sated audience to handle.
at first i did not think i would like all the talking before and after the songs, but i got used to it and, with the musical bridges, it provides the context of the songs, continuity and a virtually complete story, like opera sets do.
i unqualifiedly recommend frederica von stade, the best magnolia since jan clayton, and also teresa stratas as julie. the other voices are good enough; some of the previous male leads, Gaylord and joe on earlier versions have maybe been better (robeson's and warfield's 'ol'man river' are still tops), but there is no bad voice on here, unless you count nancy culp as parthey -- she sounds like a cross between julia child and mr. bill, absolutely ridiculous.
the third cd in this set is a grab bag of various songs cut and pasted since the show was first performed, historical footnotes to an epic that started out as our musical 'gone with the wind', but which became more of a shallow minstrel show as producers and directors grew leery of its harsh racial content and did not know what to make of it.
i recommend you buy this if you collect versions of showboat or want to get a sense of what the show as originally conceived is really about, or just want some extended listening to beautiful music, beautifully arranged and performed.
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There have been recordings of "Show Boat" since the 1930's, and there will be more recordings of it in the future. And there is a definitive 1936 film version, with four of the original Broadway cast members and one London cast member, which gives one as close an idea of what the original stage production may have been like. But for those who want to experience all of "Show Boat"'s astonishingly beautiful score, well sung with its original lyrics (which do include the "n" word--be warned if you are playing this album for an unsuspecting guest), as well as the original 1927 orchestrations and vocal arrangements, this is the album to have.
It is not so much the individual singers that make this album so great. After all, the 1951 soundtrack album does have Howard Keel and William Warfield, the 1936 film does have Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Helen Morgan and Paul Robeson, and the 1994 Harold Prince revival (the Toronto version), is one of the finest sung show albums ever made. But in the case of the 1988 EMI recording, what really impresses is the delicate care with which the score has been treated. The songs are never overdone, and conductor John McGlinn never "interprets" the score by changing the tempos of the songs. The score is never sentimentalized as it so frequently has been in earlier albums, and that includes the soundtrack to the overly popular 1951 film version. It is performed romantically and with great depth of feeling without the schmaltziness that often makes 1920's musicals sound syrupy.While listening to this album, we know we are in the hands of people who love this show and wish to represent it as best they know how.
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