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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00BWQTXI6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered edition of the original 1959 Cast recording. Show Boat is a studio recording of the 1927 musical Show Boat by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Show Boat is probably one of the most famous musical shows of all-time. The album features a stellar cast that was formed especially for this recording, and features the debut recordings made by Shirley Bassey. Here she performs two songs in the role of Julie LaVerne. The score is rich with a half-dozen memorable songs, including 'Make Believe,' 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man,' 'You Are Love,' 'Life Upon the Wicked Stage,' 'Bill,' and the stunning 'Ol' Man River.' Show Boat is widely regarded as the first truly great American musical.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By New Yorker on June 3, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Some of the many Show Boat recordings are theatrical and some very
untheatrical. Some are better sung and some less well sung. This one
is extremely untheatrical yet very well sung. It may be the best
sung Show Boat ever. Shirley Bassey's two numbers do contain some
wrong notes and even wrong words, but she's probably the biggest
star singer to appear as Julie on a Show Boat album. The two romantic
singers, Don McKay and Marlys Watters, are really something. They
came to London to play the leads in West Side Story, and it's
interesting that McKay sounds exactly like Larry Kert, who
originated McKay's role in the show on Broadway. Watters is more
operatic than Carol Lawrence, who originated Maria in West Side,
but there's still a feeling that Show Boat has been taken over by
the new Broadway of Hal Prince and Stephen Sondheim. In all, this
is a really lovely Show Boat, just not a theatrical one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cody Robert at Spokane on June 4, 2014
Format: Audio CD
EMI's 1959 potted studio SHOW BOAT, all 11 tracks of it, did yeoman service for nearly three decades despite stiff competition from Sony's more idiomatic, livelier and homegrown 1962 studio recreation with Cook, Raitt, Warfield and Allers. The disadvantages here are "modern" (and very inauthentic) orchestral charts, an anemic chorus and decent but unexciting singers. With one exception: the young and already very stellar Shirley Bassey delivering two (2) of tragic Julie's torch arias. They're both showstoppers, but not at Varese's price unless you covet the great cover art, Bassey channeling Dorothy Dandridge.

I like the cover art and so will you. However, these 11 tracks (including Bassey's two) remain available much more affordably in the Classics for Pleasure rerelease, which also includes brief snippets from Kern's badly neglected MUSIC IN THE AIR and a longer, fairly chic, synopsis of ROBERTA, again by Anglo studio casts recorded 1959-61.
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