On the Town Cast Recording, Import, Original recording remastered
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|1. On The Town|
|2. "Three Dance Episodes from ""On the Town"""|
|3. "Opening: New York, New York"|
|4. Come Up To My Place|
|5. Carried Away|
|6. Lonely Town|
|7. Carnegie Hall (Do-Do-Re-Do)|
|8. "I Can Cook, Too"|
|9. Lucky to Be Me|
|10. Dance: Time Square|
|11. "Night Club Sequence - a) So Long, Baby; b) I'm Blue; c) Ya Got Me"|
|12. I Understand|
|13. Ballet: The Imaginary Coney Island: a) Subway Rider; b) Dance of the Great Lover; c) Pas de Deux|
|14. Some Other Time|
|15. Dance: The Real Coney Island|
|16. Overture to On the Town|
|17. I. The Great Lover|
|18. lI. Lonely Town: Pas de Deux|
|19. III. Times Square: 1944|
Many people are more familiar with Hollywood's version of On the Town than with the original Broadway show. While Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly's movie is pretty swell in its own right, the score ditched much of Bernstein's electrifying compositions as well as songs like the hilarious "I Can Cook Too." Since the 1944 show had never been properly recorded, original cast members Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Nancy Walker, and Chris Alexander finally got in a studio in 1960 while Bernstein himself conducted the New York Philharmonic. The Philharmonic can be a bit stiff at times, but this tale of three sailors on leave in New York is so full of energy and humor that it could be done by a string quartet and still blow the roof off. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Saul Chaplin, the arranger for the film version, said he preferred the Broadway score to the film score, and most people agree with him, myself included.
Arthur Freed, who produced the movie, said the Broadway songs were "too sophisticated" for movie audiences, and that a new score had to be written, really only retaining "Let's Go To My Place" and the Pas de Deux.
Among the gems you will find here are "Carried Away", "Lucky To Be Me", "Ya Got Me" and the wistful "Some Other Time" which candidly speaks of the fact that the three sailors might not return from the warfront.
The Overture has been added, along with some of the dance numbers.
This is a great version to have for purists of the score.
(PS- I should have also mentioned, in my list of songs that shouldn't have been cut from the film, the hilariously depressing "I'm Blue," sung by a somewhat overemotional singer in a nightclub before Hildy and company push her offstage to express their devotion to the depressed Gabey in the jazzy "Ya GOt Me." Every time I hear this singer's overwrought, nasally version of the song, I crack up)