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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: November 15, 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: That's Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000025HY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Wall Street
3. It's You
4. Broadway Baby
5. That Mister Man of Mine
6. Choo-Choo Honeymoon
7. The Sailor of My Dreams
8. Good Times Are Here to Stay
9. Dames at Sea
10. The Beguine
11. Raining in My Heart
12. Singapore Sue
13. There's Something About You
14. The Echo Waltz
15. Star Tar
16. Let's Have a Simple Wedding

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first "nostalgia" show is brilliant June 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When you hear "they don't write shows like that anymore", this genre of musical certainly falls into the category.
As a pastiche or send up or if taken with deep seriousness, Dames At Sea charms and delights with comedy songs, love songs, rollicking tap numbers and everything between, befitting the period of the 1930s.
The orchestration by a then fledgling Jonathan Tunick who went on to fame and fortune as Sondheims principal arranger, richly conjures up movie sound tracks of the period in the most tasteful and legitimate manner. Incidently the orchestrations were written just for the recording since the original Off-Broadway production used only two pianos and a drum/percussion set up. The overture alone is worth the price of the CD.
What can be said about Bernadette Peters debut performance that hasn't been said? Only that despite many revivals, TV adaptations and so on, she remains the quintessential Ruby at the start of a brilliant career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bernadette Peters' B'way delicious B'way debut. January 15, 1999
Format:Audio CD
If you love Bernadette Peters, you cannot miss this recording of her delicious B'way debut. "Dames At Sea" is a loving tribute to all of the corny 1940's musicals starring the likes of Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler. Peters stars as Ruby (not Keeler), the girl from "Centerville, USA" who literally gets off the bus in NYC with "a pair of tap shoes in her suitcase and a song in her heart." She starts off a chorus girl and guess what . . . she ends up a star. True to the genre, there's a fabulous diva villainess, a couple of cute sailors on leave and Joan, the high-kicking, wise-cracking hoofer with a heart o' gold. The songs are terrific even if the authentic period orchestrations seem a bit skimpy on this recording. It's a short, delightful show that you'll find a charming listen from start to finish.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dames At sea Review March 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you are in the show I highly suggest on getting both the Off-broadway and London CDs. The london cast CD is closer to the vocal/musical score but the Off-Broadway CD sounds alot better and is a good refference tool in getting into character. If you just want to listen to it, I personally prefer the Off-Broadway version but I'm bias since I love Bernadette Peters. :-)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light and Lively Entertainment August 8, 2001
By "awlai"
Format:Audio CD
"Dames at Sea" was surprisingly enjoyable listening. The plot is eerily similar to that of "42nd Street" (a girl in the ensemble steps in for the indisposed star of the show, and becomes a star herself), though "Dames at Sea" preceeded the other musical. Bernadette Peters' voice really stands out in this recording: it is as distinctive and bright as it is in the better-known "Into the Woods". The music is bouncy and quite entertaining; however, many of the songs sound like those from other musicals, whether preceding or following. "It's Raining in my Heart" has the same first 4 notes and intervals as "Lovely Ladies", from "Les Miserables", while "Choo-Choo Honeymoon" sounds vaguely like part of "Letter Song", from "The Secret Garden". "Dames at Sea" is very much like "There Ain't Nothing Like a Dame" from "South Pacific" (not in notes, but in the setting of the scene), and "Broadway Baby" has the same opening as "You are My Lucky Star" from "Singin' in the Rain", to the point that I think that it was a deliberate spoof. Still, the sound quality is good, the music is fun, and it's refreshing to leave the new millennium and step into a bit of 30's nostalgia.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars peters reigns supreme May 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
what a wonderful recording. while some of the vocalists are a tad uneven, all of ms. peters' numbers glisten. she is amazing in her recording debut. a true gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dames is a hoot! Boffo! July 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm not a huge fan of Broadway musicals, but Dames at Sea is one of my favorite things. If you already know the show, then you should love this CD. If you're not familiar with Dames, it opened WAY off Broadway in 1968 and was a spoof of those 1930's era movie musicals. The songs are melodic and catchy, and if you don't take them too seriously, endearing in a silly way. This show was early in Bernadette Peters career and helped shine a light on her considerable talent, but everyone in the huge cast of four were great. For someone like myself who's musical tastes lean more toward hard rock, this album is a serious departure and a bit of a guilty pleasure. If one of my friends pulls it from my collection with a look on their face that says, "what the hell's this?", I just say it was one of my mom's, but I may just play a cut or two for them before I put it back in it's place. There wasn't much of an orchestra originally -- more like a small four piece, but this recording was arranged by Jonathan Tunick (whom I guess is some big shot arranger). In any case the music's great. I've never heard the London revival album, but this was the original cast which had the NY theatre crowd talking about this little show, and it's the version I've always loved. It's silly, but wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great show March 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I did this show for my middle school and it was impossible to find the soundtrack. But the show is a great one spoofing 42nd Street and Gold Diggers of 1933 at the same time. It's the typical storyline of a chorus girl from Anytown USA coming to help a failing show that ends up her being the star. A good show and a good soundtrack
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