Show Boat - Studio Cast Recording
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Show Boat - Studio Cast Recording

May 30, 2000

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  Song Title Artist
Overture (Instrumental) Franz Allers
Cotton Blossom (Voice) Franz Allers
Where's the Mate for Me? (Voice) John Raitt
Make Believe (Voice) Barbara Cook;John Raitt
Ol' Man River (Voice) William Warfield
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Voice) Anita Darian
Life Upon the Wicked Stage (Voice) Fay De Witt;The Merrill Staton Choir;Franz Allers
You Are Love (Voice) Barbara Cook;John Raitt
Finale Act I (Voice) Jack Dabdoub;Franz Allers
Opening Act II: Sports of Gay Chicago (Voice) The Merrill Staton Choir;Franz Allers
Why Do I Love You? (Voice) Barbara Cook;John Raitt
Bill (Voice) Anita Darian
After The Ball (Voice) Barbara Cook
Finale Act II: Ol' Man River, reprise (Voice) William Warfield
Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Album Version) Tess Gardella
Bill (Voice) Helen Morgan
I Still Suits Me from Showboat Paul Robeson Jr.;Lawrence Brown
Nobody Else But Me (Voice) Jan Clayton;Edwin McArthur

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 30, 2000
  • Release Date: May 30, 2000
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 1:00:15
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  • ASIN: B00138F4W2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,933 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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4.0 out of 5 stars a lovely recording June 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This lovely studio cast of SHOW BOAT, originally minted in 1962, is one of the best recordings of the immortal score by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein.
The cast is headed by Broadway stars John Raitt and Barbara Cook, as Gaylord and Magnolia, along with a superb supporting cast including Anita Darian and Fay DeWitt.
John Raitt's full-throated voice is perfectly suited to the score, particularly "Where's the Mate For Me?" and his duets with Barbara Cook in "Make Believe", "You Are Love" and "Why Do I Love You?".
Barbara Cook, as always, is a delight. Her sprightly reading of "After the Ball" is almost worth the price of admission alone, but she is winning in all her numbers. Her clarion-like soprano never fails to amaze me.
Anita Darian is a suitably-tragic Julie LaVerne, and sings the plaintive eleven o'clocker "Bill" with emotion dripping in every note. Fay DeWitt's performance as Ellie is pure perfection, and her "Life Upon the Wicked Stage" is the comical highlight of the score.
This recording makes great use of the stereo speaker-seperation system, where the voices shift from speaker to speaker as though they are actually performing on the theatre stage.
This CD includes some bonus tracks that are very fascinating, including the original Julie, Helen Morgan, singing her own emotional "Bill"; the original Queenie, Tess Gardella, singing "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"; and Jan Clayton, performing "Nobody Else But Me" from the 1946 Broadway revival of SHOW BOAT. Clayton played both Magnolia as well as Magnolia's daughter Kim in the revival.
This was (and still remains) a very popular recording, and 2 years later Barbara Cook and Anita Darian were recruited again by Columbia to appear on their celebrated studio album of THE KING AND I (which I also recommend that you purchase).
A must-own recording.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great recording of a classic June 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Some might say that Show Boat, with music by Jerome Kern and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein & P.G. Wodehouse, started the birth of musical theatre. I wholeheartedly agree with the above statement. Showboat is a classic in its own right.
Stellar performances are given on this CD by William Warfield, John Raitt, and Barbara Cook, who play Joe, Gaylord Ravenal, and Magnolia respectively. Classic songs such as Ol' Man River, Bill, and Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man are sung beautifully. You can hear William Warfield's pain as he sings Ol' Man River.
On some studio cast recordings you may find that since the cast does not perform on stage together, they do not have a sense of closeness and in turn do not give heartfelt performances. This is the case with this CD. While all of the songs are great you are just missing something. I can't put my finger on it but it just lacks gusto in some parts. That is why it only gets 4 stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Columbia's stereo album of SHOW BOAT recorded in December 1961 has been a steady best-seller ever since it was first released.

It's a fine recording of the key highlights of the score. Barabra Cook, John Raitt and William Warfield are well cast and the stereo spread is effectively used in the staging. This is a santaized version of the original text: the openng chorus here is sung "HERE we all word on the Mississippi..." and other Hammerstein lyrics have been censored. Also the recording eliminates key numbers: "Till Good Luck Come's My Way", "I Might Fall Back on you", "Queenie's Ballyhoo" among others. Why was Joe (William Warfield) left out of the quartet segment of "Can't help Lovin' Dat man?" And, Why does Anita Darian pull the tempos around so much in Julie's songs?

EMI's 3 CD set using the original 1927 text and orchestrations is as definitive as we'll likely ever get, and the (now out-of-print) Toronto cast offers a good highlights version documenting the Tony winning 1994 Broadway revival. Still, this 1961 version is preferable to the 1966 Lincoln center version also starring Barbara Cook.

BONUS MATERIAL: In addition to the 4 listed Bonus tracks, those familiar with the original LP release will be pleased to discover a longer take of the Overture included here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Recording of the Bunch November 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There are several recordings of this landmark musical, and in my view, this is the best overall.

I've heard the soundtrack from the 1951 movie, which is pretty good. That recording, however, whitewashes some of the lyrics and is not as good in quality as this 1962 recording (which still edits some lyrics). There is also a 1988 recording which seems to be well liked, but I don't like the tempos, and the quality of the performers seems to be lower, especially with respect to "Ol' Man River." It is a thorough recording, though (3 CDs, w/ more dialogue)

My favorite recording of "Ol' Man River" happens to be on the Lincoln Center cast, but the rest of that recording is a hack-job. There is also the 1993 Toronto cast version with Michel Bell and Robert Morse, but I haven't heard it yet.

Which brings me back to this version. The recording quality is great, William Warfield does a good job, and the performances are very strong overall for all the hits-"Make Believe," "Bill," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and "Ol' Man River." I'm glad I bought it.
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