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Silk Stockings (1955 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording, Original recording reissued

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This 1957 musical starred Don Ameche, Hildegarde Neff and GretchenWyler-but for collectors, the real star is the marvelous Cole Porter score. Includes delights like All of You; Paris Loves Lovers , and Without Love !

1. Overture
2. Too Bad
3. Paris Loves Lovers
4. Sterophonic Sound
5. It's A Chemical Reaction, That's All/All Of You
6. Satin And Silk
7. Without Love
8. Hail Bibinski
9. As On Through The Seasons We Sail
10. Josephine
11. Siberia
12. Silk Stockings
13. The Red Blues
14. Finale

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B001QBC2H6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 2, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Cole Porter's last major Broadway score, SILK STOCKINGS was based on Melchior Lengyel's "Ninotchka", which had been adapted for the screen in 1939 as a rare comedy vehicle for Greta Garbo. It's the story of a frosty Russian female communist, assigned to travel to Paris in order to collect some wayward comrades who've fallen 'victim' to the city's decadent delights. Along the way she, too, begins to thaw...

In Rick McKay's highly-recommended documentary "Broadway: The Golden Age", Gretchen Wyler almost walks away with the whole movie thanks to the recounting of how, shortly before the 1955 Broadway opening of SILK STOCKINGS, she replaced an ill Yvonne Adair--and her understudy Sherry O'Neil--as the singing and dancing lead, Janice Dayton. At the time of the doco's release, the cast album of SILK STOCKINGS (as released by RCA) was sadly out-of-print. Now DRG has brought it back into the catalogue, and Ms Wyler's new, post-"Broadway: The Golden Age" fanbase can finally hear why even Cole Porter himself raved about this talented Broadway trooper.

Not only does Ms Wyler deliver the goods with such delicious Cole Porter tunes as "Satin and Silk", "Josephine" and "Stereophonic Sound"; but her co-stars, Hildegarde Neff and Don Ameche, are hardly dead-weights in the musical department either. While Ms Neff later harboured misgivings about starring in a Broadway musical, she's a total delight, especially with the elegant "Without Love". Don Ameche was always fun in musicals (if you haven't already, check him out starring opposite Elaine Stritch in the cult flop favourite "Goldilocks"); he's totally charming with such numbers as "All of You" and "Paris Loves Lovers".

Those with the original RCA release won't find much of a reason to upgrade (sonically it's the exact same quality as before); but it's a must-buy for everyone who missed it the first time around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. T Waldmann on March 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Bill Rosenfeld wrote in the booklet for SILK STOCKINGS' original CD release: "The tryout has been described in various books as one of the most tortuous and tempestuous in Broadway history." All the firings, hirings, rewritings and delays must have sent Porter's creative muse on temporary leave. Get a load of these lyrics: "Remote from all the crowds, we'll float above the clouds as on through the seasons we sail" . . . "agitating eyes, titillating thighs, lubricating lips, undulating hips" . . . "I'd love to make a tour of you" . . . "a woman to a man is just a woman, but a man to a woman is her life" . . . "the urge to merge with the splurge of the spring" (my personal favorite). Porter obviously relished this dreadful rhyme, for within a few moments after it's sung, Ninotchka derisively tosses it back at Steve.

Thankfully, the muse returned, especially for "Too Bad (We Can't Go Back to Moscow)," "Satin and Silk'" "Siberia," and "Stereophonic Sound," which includes one of two Marilyn Monroe references in the score. A puzzlement: if "Sound" was one of the major production numbers, why did RCA record the show in mono? Two years later (1957) MGM released SILK STOCKINGS in "glorious Metrocolor, breathtaking Cinemascope, and stereophonic sound.

Of the three leads, Don Ameche is the easiest on the ears. ". . . a leading man who can sing without posing and flinging his arms about . . . " wrote John McClain in The New York Journal-American. Gretchen Wyler ". . . does not sing a song so much as she fires it point blank at the audience." (Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times) Rosenfeld further wrote that, according to Hildegarde Neff's memoir, the non-singing actress ". . . spent nearly a year wishing that [the producers] would call her and tell her that they had changed their minds.
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This is Mr. Porter's last produced Broadway show. This recording was difficult to find during the LP era so it's good to see it more accessible for those who would like to download it onto their MP3 devices. Fans of "Silk Stockings" must choose between the original Broadway cast recording (Don Ameche, Hildegarde Neff and Gretchen Wyler) and the motion picture recording (Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse (and her singing double) and Janis Paige). Ms. Neff (a/k/a Knef) wrote at some length about the show in her autobiography, "The Glass Horse" - which is recommended - so those who have read her book may wish to purchase the original Broadway cast recording. I would like to see further reviews of this recording from others who own it.
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The musical is beautiful and this recording is perfect!!!
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