Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

September 4, 2012 | Format: MP3

$10.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 31, 2012
  • Release Date: August 31, 2012
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
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  • Total Length: 1:12:04
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  • ASIN: B0090CM6BK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,910 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

It was sung in French!!!
Kitty
Megan Hilty wisely recreated the character in her own fashion and it worked VERY well.
ArtDC
A must for all GPB fans...
frances hayward

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Fisch on September 19, 2012
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This is an excellent new recording of a very much neglected musical. No, Meg Hilty is not Carol Channing--but she is very good and a good singer, so if you haven't heard Channing you'll be very impressed. Rachel York is also great and really is a co-star, although she doesn't get the big billing. The recorded sound is amazing and the recording is very complete. In my opinion, a little too complete--some of the Park Scene ballet music (which I never knew existed) might be great on stage but seems to meander on a recording. We also get the songs complete with all of Leo Robin's racy lyrics. And, as pointed out in the booklet, Hugh Martin's choral arrangements are beautifully performed. You really need the original and this new recording in your collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ArtDC on September 11, 2012
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Im too young to have seen Carol Channing in the original Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but I was dazzled by her in the revival (retitled as "Lorelei" in the '70s). Her star power, however, left little room to appreciate the show, itself, which is a truer reflection of Loos' source material than the film version. This is a good old fashioned musical with a lively and humorous book - its not Shakespeare, its just fun and light. The score is breezy, brassy, and contains more than a few standards. Megan Hilty wisely recreated the character in her own fashion and it worked VERY well. Rachel York held her own against both Hilty and the Lorelei character - creating a Dorothy who stands firmly on equal footing with Lorelei in character, song, and that belting voice. In fact, I prefer York to any of previous Dorothys. Standout songs include A Little Girl From Little Rock, Just A Kiss Apart, You Say You Care, Keep It Cool With Coolidge, and, of course, Diamonds.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Olsen on September 10, 2012
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Encores! always does a great job in recording shows that have fallen out of fashion or are coming back into the spotlight. Their concerts and recordings have helped people regain interest in Broadway Classics. "Blondes" is no exception. Solid performances and orchestrations make this a great recording.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob on September 23, 2012
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This recording of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" is probably the most complete reading of the score on records. It was a pleasure to finally hear all the music of the show, right down to "Button Up with Esmond's," which produced great delight in me, having heard it for the first time. All performances and character work are spot on and well sung. There is much joy to be had on this recording. Kudos to all concerned. I recommend it highly!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elden Buck on September 11, 2012
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This is not my favorite score (although I've never seen the stage show, so I can't say how it works in context). But the orchestra and chorus sparkle. My favorite is the dance break to "I Love What I'm Doing." I'm also quite fond of "It's Delightful Down in Chile."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2014
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This is what revivals ought to be! Before I heard this Encores! revival of GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1949) recorded in 2012 after playing a week, I only knew of the 20th-Century Fox movie (1953) with Marilyn Monroe (the blonde, Lorelei Lee) and Jane Russell (her brunette buddy Dorothy Shaw). It will detract none of my fondness for that amazing movie when I note that this is a VERY packed one-CD recording that has many, many more songs than in the celluloid remake. For example, there is a title song here, as well as Lorelei's expository number, "A Little Girl from Little Rock," while the movie combined both actresses into "Two Little Girls From Little Rock," put the number up front, and dispensed with the title song.

Overall, GENTLEMEN is a brilliant show: Book by Anita Loos (who wrote the original Twenties novel) and Joseph Field, lyrics by Leo Robin, music by Jule Styne. Although this show is an affectionate look at what can only be called Rich Folks' Twenties, it is not a pastiche or a wallow in camp: Styne's music and Robin's lyrics are too sophisticated for that. The way the songs are sung was not of the Twenties, either. I'll let the CD booklet explain why back in 1949, composer/arranger Hugh Martin gets so much of the credit for "bringing the modern sound of Hollywood . . . to the stages of Broadway. . . Martin's technique in choral writing was to use the close, tight jazz voicings employed by popular vocal groups of the day such as the Modernaires. The arrangements in GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES are typical of his method of writing in eight-part harmony, in which the men sing the same four harmony parts as the women, but down one octave. The result is a thick, textured sound that resembles a saxophone or brass section in a jazz band." And how! And since the Encores!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trudi L. Wood on August 11, 2013
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Purely wonderful! I loved the movie with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, and this renditions is really enjoyable. My MIL will love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hollymac on August 3, 2013
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In almost anything she does. Although this was not her Broadway debut, some critics rated her performance higher than predecessors in the role including Marilyn, herself, and Carol Channing. That's not bad company to be in!
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