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Louisiana Purchase - The Musical Comedy Smash Hit: 1996 Original New York Cast Recording [Cast Recording]

George Irving, Judy Blazer, Tania Elg, Michael McGrath, Irving BerlinAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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listen11. Dance With Me (Tonight At The Mardi Gras) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Entr'acte_Louisiana Purchase 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen18. Fools Fall In Love/Old Man's Darling-Yound Man's Slave (Ballet) [Medley] 7:08Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000000PL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Berlin's best and little-known scores. August 23, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Great performances, snappy tunes and clever lyrics make this one of the best recordings of a show to come along in many a moon. Not for the A. Lloyd-Webber crowd. This is a toe-tapper in the tradition of great American musicals.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Louisiana Purchase November 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Louisiana Purchase, which is often omitted from Berlin biographies, turns out to be a most pleasant surprise. With a musical score by Irving Berlin, Louisian Purchase provides theater-goers with delightful music. It is bouncy, often in the style of swing. There are some solid ballads with a haunting quality about them---"It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow", "Fools Fall in Love". A duo of Latin-like numbers prove to be top drawer songs as well, namely, "Wild About You" and "Latins Know How". Another fine melody shines through in "You're Lonely and I'm Lonely". "It'll Come to You" is another delightful number. This musical score ranks among the best ever by Berlin though the story line is a bit silly. However with the recent success of musical farces like "The Producers" and "Hairspray", Louisiana Purchase might just start reappearing on the American musical scene. After all it does have a lively score by the master himself. The recording has some interesting musical arrangements. Michael McGrath and Debbie Gravitte give winning renditions of the Berlin songs. Three songs cut from the show in l940 are included on the CD. They are "I'd Love to Be Shot from a Cannon with You", the aforementioned "It'll Come to You", and "Wild Bout You". Afficionados of musical comedy should enjoy this lost musical gem.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Recording of Little-Known Gem December 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
What a find! I had no idea, when I purchased this disc, that I held in my hands one of the rare gems of the American Musical Comedy. It's one of Berlin's best scores, right up there with "Annie Get Your Gun" and "Call Me Madam", and features such great tunes as "You're Lonely and I'm Lonely" "You Can't Brush Me Off", and "I'd Love to be Shot From a Cannon with You". And the performances, led by Debbie Shapiro Gravitte, are first-rate.
All in all, this recording is highly recommended. If you thought you knew Irving Berlin, check this out. You're in for a delight!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Just Got This July 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
and I have to agree that it's a marvelous surprise. Wow! As one of the other reviewers noted, this one ranks right up there w/ Annie Get Your Gun and Call Me Madame among Berlin's shows. Definitely better than Miss Liberty, which was no slouch of a score either. Here you have a man who had been writing songs and shows for almost thirty years by the time he did this (1940), and yet the score was right up to moment for that year. Swing, Latin, Ballads - it all sounds exactly like you'd want 1940 music to sound. My taste generally runs more towards Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart. I've never fully appreciated what a master Berlin was, but this one has me sold. It makes you understand why Porter always professed to admire Berlin so much. Since I got this CD last night, I haven't stopped listening to it. In fact, I'm listening as I write.

You'll know what I mean if you get this recording yourself. There's not a single clinker here - even the songs that were cut from the original production and restored for these performances are superb. All of the numbers are tuneful, charming, and bright, and most are very lively, to boot. You may have heard It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow and (if you're lucky) What Chance Have I With Love before. They're great. I've also heard the title song, also great, in the movie version. Unfortunately, for some unfathomable reason the movie version used almost none of the sparkling score, so I didn't hear the rest of it there.

Among the songs, Latins Know How is a luscious and lush rhumba. Wild About You is another good latin-influenced song. Louisiana Purchase and You Can't Brush Me Off are great swing numbers - you want to get up and dance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neglected Hit! August 17, 2006
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This CD is well orchestrated, played and sung. Unlike many undiscovered revivals, this one truly did not deserve its fate and is pure fun from start to end. If you're a Berlin, Porter, Gershwin or Kern fan, it's a must have.
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