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listen  1. Overture "St. Louis Woman"The Coffee Club Orchestra 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Li'l Augie Is A Natural ManChuck Cooper 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Sweeten' WaterVanessa Williams 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is HomeVanessa Williams 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Feel My Luck Comin' DownStanley Wayne Mathis 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Had Myself A True LoveHelen Goldsby 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Legalize My NameVictor Trent Cook 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Cakewalk Your LadyJoseph Webster 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Come Rain Or Come ShineVanessa Williams 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Chinquapin Bush / LullabyVanessa Williams 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Sleep Peaceful, Mr. Used-To-BeHelen Goldsby 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Entr'Acte "St. Louis Woman"The Coffee Club Orchestra 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Funeral Scene: PreludeVanessa Williams 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Leavin' TimeVanessa Williams 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Reprise)Vanessa Williams 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. It's A Woman's PrerogativeYvette Cason 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ridin' On The MoonStanley Wayne Mathis 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Wonder What Became Of MeHelen Goldsby 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Least That's My OpinionChuck Cooper 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Come On Li'l AugieVanessa Williams 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Finale: Come Rain Or Come ShineVanessa Williams 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (January 28, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Verve
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000DBYZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After it flopped in 1946, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's musical about nightclubs and jockeys featuring an all-black cast had simply vanished. The original cast album was long out of print, and, worst of all, no orchestral scores had survived. After lengthy sleuthing, New York's Encores! team brought the show back to life. From pulsing big-band dance stomps to a cakewalk to near-operatic blues (yes, it works) the score is breathtaking, and both orchestra and singers rise up to the challenge, obviously exhilarated by the material. A special mention goes to Vanessa L. Williams, who confirms her natural affinity for Broadway ("Come Rain or Come Shine" with Stanley Wayne Mathis, "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home"). Original cast recording of the year for 1998, bar none. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If your only familiarity with Harold Arlen is through his saccharine score for the film "The Wizard of Oz", you are in for a wonderful surprise. From the first notes of the newly orchestrated overture, you'll be irresistably singing, humming, and whistling these tunes throughout the day. The musical styles cover jazz, blues, big band, standard ballads, and traditional spiritual. The emotional gamut is equally as broad, from the haunting introspection of "Leavin' Time" to the cheerful optimism of "Ridin' on the Moon". Although Vanessa Williams lends "star" name quality to the recording, the entire ensemble is splendid. After listening to this masterful soundtrack, you'll wonder incredulously how this show failed to enter the category of classic American musicals represented by the works of Rodgers & Hart, Lerner & Loewe, and the Gershwin brothers. Kudos to the folks at City Center Encores! for resurrecting this undeservedly forgotten treasure. With any luck, a savvy producer will also soon rediscover this spectacular score and we'll be treated to St. Louis Woman on the stage once again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John McWhorter on October 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Taken in itself, this is a really nice CD. But it is unique among the ENCORES recordings in that it really is more a revival recording than a careful recreation of the original piece.
The original orchestra parts for this show were lost, but the problem here is that the new ones that Ralph Burns and Luther Henderson created do not sound ANYTHING like what Broadway arrangements sounded like in 1946. Rather, they sound like the kind of arrangements Burns and Henderson crafted starting in the 1960s. These nightclubby/Vegasy sounds are wonderful in themselves, but in the proper sense, ST. LOUIS WOMAN didn't sound like LITTLE ME, SWEET CHARITY and PLAY ON! -- it sounded more like PORGY AND BESS. Saxophones swinging through densely intricate passages as a matter of course as if Ellington and Strayhorn had written the parts, Count Basie pedal point bass lines -- this kind of arranging didn't exist yet in 1946 Broadway pits. As presented on this CD, I FEEL MY LUCK COMIN' DOWN sounds about as unlike what this song surely sounded like in 1946 as the 1971 NO NO NANETTE revival's arrangements -- glorious in themselves -- sounded unlike the originals from that show in 1924 -- and pointedly, it was precisely Burns and Henderson who did the new orchestrations for that revival. If Burns and Henderson, having lived through all of this as a lifetime rather than as a vintage record collection, do not spontaneously draw these kinds of distinctions, surely the youngish aficionados who produce these recordings do.
And how we know what the original sounded like is the ST.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Frank Kelly on January 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
NY's City Center ENCORES series has produced a number of great revivals, but none more worthy than this complete recording of this stunning score. Previously available only on a truncated 29 minute original cast recording with Pearl Bailey, this new 67 minute recording with Vanessa Williams, Stanley Wayne Mathis, and Helen Goldsby glows with vitality and warmth in such classics as "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home," and "I Had Myself a True Love."
Musical director Rob fisher conducts the swingin' Coffee Club Orchestra. Just great!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ALAIN ROBERT on March 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While they wrote many greats songs together(THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC,BLUES IN THE NIGHT),HAROLD ARLEN and JOHNNY MERCER were never really BROADWAY bound.However, this show had all kinds of misfortunes in 1946 and really deserved the second chance it got in 1998.Of course the original orchestrations were not quite the same as they are here,but the fact that the show could have a rebirth is in itself a reward that can not be denied.VANESSA WILLIAMS is wonderful.The show has one character miscast;it's easy to find out if you listen to the cd at least twice.Try to indentify it because i won't tell you.Overall, this revival is perhaps not perfect, but was certainly worth doing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This 1998 recording of the Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer ST. LOUIS WOMAN score features the acclaimed Encores! concert cast headed by the lovely Vanessa Williams.
ST. LOUIS WOMAN is yet another of those long-forgotten musicals (SARATOGA and HOUSE OF FLOWERS are two more) which have heavenly scores that hardly anyone have heard. This 1998 recording has done a lot in helping to rectify that situation. The original cast album with Pearl Bailey was issued on CD in the early 90's but was quickly deleted.
Vanessa Williams (INTO THE WOODS) is a dynamite in the lead role, especially fetching belting out "Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home". The score also features "Cakewalk Your Lady", "Ridin' on the Moon", "I Wonder What Became of Me" and "I Had Myself a True Love".
At least one of the numbers from ST. LOUIS WOMAN became a standard for Judy Garland: "Come Rain or Come Shine" (the best-known song in the score).
This great cast album also features Stanley Wayne Mathis and Yvette Cason. [DECCA BROADWAY 314 538 148-2]
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