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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bye Bye Birdie
2. Opening Credits
3. The Telephone Hour
4. How Lovely To Be Woman
5. We Love You Conrad
6. Honestly Sincere
7. Hymn For A Sunday Evening
8. One Boy
9. Put On A Happy Face
10. Kids
11. One Last Kiss (Gym Rehearsal Outtake)
12. A Lot Of Livin' To Do
13. The Sultans' Ballet
14. One Last Kiss
15. Rosie
16. Bye Bye Birdie (Reprise)
17. One Last Kiss (film version) (Bonus Track)
18. How Lovely To Be A Woman (Bonus Track)
19. Bye Bye Birdie (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

Based on the Broadway smash, the movie Bye Bye Birdie was released in 1963 and starred Dick Van Dyke and Paul Lynde reprising their roles from the Broadway production along with Janet Leigh, Maureen Stapleton and Ann-Margret in her first starring role. The film opened at New York's Radio City Music Hall and broke the theater's all-time box office records, going on to receive two Academy Award nominations. Fifty years later, Bye Bye Birdie continues to charm and entertain, and its songs by Charles Strouse (Annie, Applause) and Lee Adams have lost none of their appeal and vivacity. The soundtrack, featuring the well known songs 'Put On a Happy Face,' 'One Last Kiss' and 'Bye Bye Birdie,' has been remastered from the original tapes and includes three bonus tracks featuring studio recordings from film stars Ann-Margret and Jesse Pearson.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Version - Original Charm August 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What bad thing can you say about the original version of the musical that stole America's heart? Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Susan Watson are all magnificant! This C.D. has the original charm, which makes it special every time you listen to it. I've done this play, and when I first heard this C.D., I knew this was the musical for me!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very welcome re-issue October 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
In terms of content, this album is identical to the Broadway recording (apart from that recording's bonus tracks which aren't enought to tip the balance). Chita Rivera gives a definitive performance as Rosie in both recordings but is even better in the London recording. Peter Marshall sings better than Dick Van Dyke although as Van Dyke has a touch more personality, it is a close run thing. Susan Watson on the Broadway recording outsings Sylvia Tysack on the London but Tysack is the more convincing teenager. Broadway's Paul Lynde reigns supreme as Harry Mcafee but London's Robert Nichols isn't far behind. Marty Wilde as Birdie is a definite improvement on Broadway's Dick Gautier and "Honestly Sincere" and "One Last Kiss", the two rock 'n roll parodies, come off much better in his hands. He's helped in this because Alyn Ainsworth and his orchestra are also more in tune with this particular misical idiom than their Broadway counterparts. Up to this point, it's a very close run thing as to which is the better album. The deciding factor for me is the quality of the London recording which let's through much more orchestral detail than the Broadway. There isn't a huge amont of difference between the Broadway and London recordings. If you are about to buy your first "Birdie" recording, go for the London. If you have the Broadway and want another, again get the London. In any event, it is important to have a recording that features Chita Rivera as Rose. The TV soundtrack album has extra songs but Vanessa Williams is not Chita Rivera and most of the new material isn't as good as the original score. So it's a very big welcome back for the London recording.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money, buy the Broadway Cast recording September 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The only thing on the London recording that approaches the Broadway Cast album is Chita Rivera's performance as Rosie, which is also ON the Broadway version. Peter Marshall makes the character of Albert Peterson sound like a Jerry Lewis creation and Sylvia Tysick as Kim DOES sound like a teenager- one who can't sing. The kids on this album generally are awful. They screech instead of sing and many of them have pronounced accents. A lot of the singing is out of tune and the orchestra hits clams frequently. This album was recorded in an era where British versions of American musicals were frequently inferior vocally to their U.S. counterparts. Thankfully, that has changed. London has proven to be a haven for many discarded American musicals that deserve revivals here, but for financial reasons will probably never see the light of day. Perhaps someone in England will revive "Birdie" and produce a recording that does this underrated show true justice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fine recording March 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This reissue of the London cast of BYE BYE BIRDIE is most welcome to any cast-album collector. Though I do prefer the Broadway cast (available on the Sony Broadway Masterworks label), the cast here is quite excellent.
Chita Rivera reprises her role of Rose Grant; partnering her as Albert Peterson is Peter Marshall. Rivera's performance is a tad more polished on this recording, and the arrangements are paced a little more slowly here. When Rivera left the Broadway company she was replaced by Gretchen Wyler.
However, those people who have criticised Susan Watson's performance as Kim on the Broadway recording should reserve their judgement for this Kim - namely Sylvia Tysick. Tysick has a terribly-thin upper register and really struggles with most of her material. Getting back to Susan Watson...she sounds so much better on the revival cast-album of NO, NO, NANETTE (available on the Sony Broadway Masterworks label) that her lack of vocal finesse in BIRDIE can be attributed to her young age.
The rest of the cast are fantatic, with Angela Baddeley (Mrs Bridges in "Upstairs Downstairs") as Mae Peterson, and Marty Wilde as Conrad Birdie himself.
Highly-recommended. (Decca Broadway)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vanessa Williams soars with bouncy "Birdie" score April 7, 2010
Format:Audio CD
BYE BYE BIRDIE was dusted off for a television version in 1995, featuring a cast made up of Broadway veterans and newcomers alike. The soundtrack album is a bouncy and enjoyable delight.

Vanessa Williams takes on her second Chita Rivera-originated role, as beleagured secretary Rose Alvarez. Jason Alexander ("The Rink", "Jerome Robbins' Broadway") returns to his musical theatre roots as Albert Peterson. The rest of the cast is sensational: Marc Kudisch (reprising his national tour role) as Conrad Birdie; Tyne Daly ("Gypsy", "Call Me Madam") as Mae Peterson; George Wendt as Mr MacAfee, and Sally Mayes ("She Loves Me") as Mrs MacAfee. The only shortcoming is the sorely-miscast Chynna Phillips, who hardly convinces in the role of pert teenager Kim MacAfee (she really only pulls off pert). Ann-Margret she ain't.

Several new songs were added for this TV version, including "Let's Settle Down", a charming ballad for Rosie; and "A Mother Doesn't Matter Anymore", a great character-turn for Tyne Daly as the grasping Mae. The other numbers, including the classics "An English Teacher", "A Lot of Livin' to Do" and "Kids" are all performed to perfection. And yes, Vanessa Williams even performs "Spanish Rose", with some slight lyric alterations.

A must-own for BIRDIE fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this music :)
Great show, wonderful music! I like this version much better than the older one with the exception of Chynna...........poor casting on that one.
Published 9 months ago by S. Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
My daughter was in the high school production and we have had a blast singing along with this CD! Great songs!
Published 11 months ago by Melinda G. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars SO much better than the 1960s movie.
The cast does a great job bringing the score to life (with the exception of Chynna Phillips, who just wasn't the right for Kim MacAfee). Read more
Published 12 months ago by KoSpazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack
I have always loved this soundtrack and I'm glad I bought it at this great of a price. I only wish Vanessa Williams would have sang more songs because her voice is amazing... Read more
Published 14 months ago by shante003
4.0 out of 5 stars Celebrate 50 years of Conrad!
Almost anyone who was involved with their school musicals knows of the classic show, "Bye Bye Birdie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steven L.
2.0 out of 5 stars Why Can't the English?
This disc has the same content as was heard on the original Broadway cast album. The score is still enjoyable. the performances here are disappointing. Read more
Published on September 9, 2004 by Mark Andrew Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I don't see why I can't give this cd 6 stars. This is the best Birdie soundtrack yet! It's Dick van Dyke and Chita Rivera and you can't beat that .
Published on February 20, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Bye Bye Birdie Great Symbol Of Americana
After having played Albert Peterson in my high school's production of "Birdie", I appreciate the music. Read more
Published on December 3, 1999 by Kris Butts
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the 60's best musicals!
Chita Rivera is marvelous and so is Dick van Dyke. It's hard to believe that "Put On A Happy Face" originated in a 60's Broadway show. Read more
Published on August 12, 1999
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