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Man of La Mancha (1973 Movie Soundtrack) Soundtrack, Original recording remastered


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1. Overture
2. Man Of La Mancha (I, Don Quixote)
3. It's All The Same
4. Dulcinea
5. I'm Only Thinking Of Him
6. I Really Like Him
7. Medley: Barber's Song/Golden Helmet Of Mambrino
8. Little Bird, Little Bird
9. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
10. The Dubbing
11. Medley: Life As It Really Is (Soliloquy)/Man Of La Mancha (Reprise) (I, Don Quixote)
12. Aldonza
13. A Little Gossip
14. Medley: Dulcinea (Reprise)/The Impossible Dream (Reprise) (The Quest)/Man Of La Mancha (Reprise) (I, Don Quixote)
15. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)/Finale

Product Details

  • Performer: Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion, Laurence Rosenthal
  • Audio CD (April 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • ASIN: B00080EU6M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,472 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mad Madame Me on April 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I will be entirely honest: I hate the original Broadway cast album. I bought this one because I already owned the original cast, and, quite frankly, I didn't feel it was up to par with this version. First off, James Coco is a definite improvement to the high, nasally, and extremely obnoxious shrieking of the Sancho in the original cast. Secondly, Man of la Mancha is not, has never been, and will never be The Phantom of the Opera. The intent is not, in fact, to "wow" people with the amazing, perfect pitch and quality of the singers. The point is to draw you into the story and teach you something. Aldonza should not have an operatic voice. Sophia Loren acheives a far more impacting and touching performance with her rough, uncultered singing because a "kitchen slut" would not have a trained voice. Period. Comparing the versions of "Aldonza" between the original Broadway cast and the movie soundtrack, the movie leaves the original in the dust. I have never once cried during the original version of that song. Every time I hear it on the movie soundtrack, I'm in tears. Loren sells me like none other, especially in the reprise of "Dulcinea." And, personally, O'Toole or whoever it was who actually sang as Don Quixote, sounds more like an old man than the singer in the original. The movie seems more real.

And, let's be honest, it's worth just about anything you could pay just for the "Life As It Is" speech. I don't care who you are, that speech is amazing. I just don't understand how anyone could hear that speech and NOT be breathless. O'Toole shines in that speech, and any soundtrack that doesn't include it isn't complete. And it really is worth buying the CD for that track alone.

Maybe I am mad to love this version, but who knows where madness truly lies?
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have always been facinated by the story of Don Quixote. It has facinated me since I was a young child. My mother had the soundtrack in album form, and I would sit and listen to it for hours. Two days ago, I finally saw the play at a nearby dinner theater, and purchased the soundtrack from the Broadway show afterward. There is really no comparison. The movie soundtrack gives the listener a much better idea of the chatacters, just by listening to their voices. The greatest example of this is Dulcinea, on the Broadway soundtrack, she sounds like an opera singer, whereas in this soundtrack, you can hear the attitude in her voice. It is a truly wonderful CD.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Count von Count on January 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I see Simon Gilbert being given credit for having dubbed Peter O'Toole's singing, in the leaflet it specifically mentions O'Toole working 3 hours a day with a vocal coach to do the singing. Its tough to tell, sometimes it sounds like O'Toole, sometimes it sounds decidedly unlike O'toole. As for Quixote's songs (The Quest; I, Don Quixote) I agree that the Broadway version is better.
However, I strongly disagree with the opinion that Sophia Loren's singing is terrible, but I do see how one could arrive at that opinion. My friend, who is also a big musical buff, winced the first time he heard 'Aldonza', she is off key at times, and her voice breaks occasionally as well. The passion in her voice more than makes up for that, and puts it in context if you will. I'll take a Aldonza/Dulcinea with passion whose voice has an accent and breaks when she is spitting words at Quixote over a perfectly in tune singer who conveys no passion. In short, when listening to Loren singing, I *believe* she is a trollop with no hope for anything better than where she is at, with the Broadway version I don't get that at all.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Having heard other versions of the show and having performed in it, I disagree with the other review. While it is quite possible to find technical flaws in the singing in this version, no one makes a better madman than Peter O'Toole, and the nostalgia factor alone of the movie and it's unforgettable cast will have you searching for THIS version, as I have for about 15 years. I was absolutely overjoyed to find it's available again! While O'Toole's singing may not be perfect, he is the quintessential madman, and his singing very much carries this off. Sophia Loren's may also not be perfect, but is an excellent reflection upon her role, that of a cynical, sarcastic prostitute. Certainly any lack of technical ability can be forgiven, therefore. James Coco is simply a delight in this show, both visualy and aurally. If you want the technically finest singing and have never seen the movie, perhaps you will want another version. But once having seen the movie, you may find as I have that other versions are sadly disappointing, and that no other version will do.
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45 of 59 people found the following review helpful By albertatamazon on November 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Although the 1972 movie of "Man of La Mancha" was considerably better than most people give it credit for being,the soundtrack by itself is another matter. Simon Gilbert dubs Peter O'Toole's singing (although we do get to hear O'Toole in the spoken sections),and although Peter O'Toole's acting was magnificent,Simon Gilbert is a pleasant-voiced singer,but no Richard Kiley. The other actors all do their own singing,although most of them weren't really singers at all,and they range from quite good (Julie Gregg and sole original cast member Gino Conforti) to good (James Coco and Ian Richardson) to barely passable (Sophia Loren,whose acting in the film was magnificent) to awful (Rosalie Crutchley,who in all fairness,does a comic role). Compared to the other albums,in which real singers with trained voices were used, this is a letdown,though Gilbert's singing as Don Quixote is preferable to Placido Domingo's barely understandable sung English and mediocre acting on HIS album of "Man of La Mancha".

See the movie,because in the film you get brilliant acting and beautiful photography along with the singing, but if you want an album of the songs,stick with the original Broadway cast.
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