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The Music Man (1962 Film Soundtrack) Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: June 19, 1962
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002K9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title, Rock Island, Iowa Stubborn - Orchestra, The Traveling Salesman, The Ensamble
2. Ya Got Trouble - Robert Preston & The Ensemble
3. Piano Lesson & If You Don't Mind My Saying So - - Shirley Jones & Pert Kelton
4. Goodnight My Someone - Shirley Jones
5. Ya Got Trouble & Seventy Six Trobones - Robert Preston & The Ensemble
6. Sincere - The Buffalo Bills
7. The Sadder But Wiser Girl - Robet Preston
8. Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little - Hermione Gingold & The Biddys
9. Marian The Librarian - Robert Preston
10. Being In Love - Shirley Jones
11. Gary, Indiana - Robert Preston
12. The Wells Fargo Wagon - The Ensemble
13. Lida Rose & Will I Ever Tell You ? - Shirley Jones & The Buffalo Bills
14. Gary, Indiana - Ronnie Howard
15. Shipoopi - Buddy Hackett & The Ensemble
16. Till There Was You - Shirley Jones
17. Goodnight My Someone - Shirley Jones & Robert Preston/ The Ensemble
18. Seventy Six Trombones - The Ensemble

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Product Description

Meredith Willson's score remains intact on this soundtrack to the 1962 award winning film starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones. You also get a huge Hollywood orchestra and chorus under the musical direction of Ray Heindorf! One of the best movie musicals ever made.

In light of all the hit Broadway musicals that have stumbled in their translation to the big screen, The Music Man stands out as an exception; it is one of the best-loved movie musicals of all time. A great deal of the credit goes to composer Meredith Willson, who resisted studio pressure to hire a big name for the title role (Frank Sinatra or Cary Grant) in favor of the Tony-winning stage star, Robert Preston, who turns in one of Hollywood's most magical performances as the spellbinder who hoodwinks a small town in Iowa. Shirley Jones did not perform the show on Broadway, but she had cut her teeth as a musical ingenue in the films of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and Carousel and gives Marian the librarian a lovely voice and charming personality. Most importantly, Willson's score combines marching bands and barbershop quartets to capture perfectly the spirit of America's heartland at the turn of the century. A classic. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

Received the CD rather quickly and in great shape.
Thomas Steinbach
Robert Preston is excellent as the fast-talking con man Harold Hill (reprising the role he originated on Broadway) and Shirley Jones is good as Marian the Librarian.
Jimmy L.
Not only do I love the CD, the movie was great and the musical was too.
Craig Jennex

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"The Music Man" is the most American of all the great American musicals, with a performance by Robert Preston as Professor Harold Hill that arguably ranks as the best of all time. Compare it to the few that come close and decide for yourself: Rex Harrison in "My Fair Lady," Richard Kiley in "The Man of La Mancha," Michael Crawford in "The Phantom of the Opera." THEN think of how rare it is for the Broadway star to actually make it to the Hollywood film version. Preston only got to do the movie because when they offered the part to Cary Grant he told the studio if they did not use Preston not only would Grant not be in the movie, he would not SEE it.
Preston turns in an absolutely perfect performance, made all the more amazing by the fact he was a movie actor who played villains who really could not sing or dance. Although he had some assistance with the story from Franklin Lacey, the credit for "The Music Man" goes to Meredith Wilson who did the book, music and lyrics. This is a score that features not only the last great marching band song of the century in "Seventy-Six Trombones," but what is arguably the first "rap" song in the rhythmic "Rock Island" that opens the show. For his songs Wilson makes use of piano scales ("Piano Lesson" and "Goodnight My Someone") and barbershop quartets ("Sincere" and "Lida Rose"), but the most memorable numbers are those he gives his fast-talking salesman ("Ya Got Trouble" and "Seventy-Six Trombones." This original cast album features Barbara Cook as Marion the Librarian, a singer who certainly should have done a lot more on Broadway than just this one staring role.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a great soundtrack, but it is unfortunate that Warner's did not give us more on the CD than the standard LP 44 minutes. For instance, there is extensive dance music in the "76 Trombones", "Marian the Librarian", and the "Shipoopi" numbers that could have been included on the CD, and wasn't. And although I do admire Shirley Jones, and she was a beautiful Marian, Barbara Cook was more believeable in the look of a small-town spinster librarian, and her voice is one of the greatest that the musical world has ever heard. Shirley Jones' singing is pleasant, Barbara Cook's singing is thrilling. But, Barbara Cook had as much a chance of recreating her Broadway role as Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury and Ethel Merman did in "My Fair Lady", "Mame" and "Gypsy". Hollywood has never appreciated true musical talent. But, this is a fun album. Buddy Hackett is a bit hard to take, but Hermione Gingold is a treasure.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on January 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Just like several of the other reviewers, I like the Broadway version of this show just a hair better than the movie soundtrack. However, when I decided to get a "Music Man" CD last month to replace my vinyl Broadway one, I lucked into a great price for the film rendition. Since I do love the movie anyway, the purchase was a no-brainer. Both have Robert Preston, and he is the true essential. I miss "My White Knight" and I love Barbara Cook, and Buddy Hackett can't sing...all true complaints of some other reviewers here. But those are really minor flaws. Buy whatever version YOU can afford, and let Robert Preston and composer Meredith Willson each make you proud to be an American and a music lover.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Batcho on January 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Among the many fine things which can be said regarding this Original Soundtrack Recording of "The Music man", the most impressive would be to simply say "Robert Preston"! Robert Preston IS The Music Man - the one and only Music Man! Robert didn't simply perform this role . . . he was the personification of The Music Man. I really can't imagine any one else coming even close to his characterization. Just listen to Preston's delivery of "Ya Got Trouble" and every thing you need to know about "The Music man" is there!
This album has it all: great "marching band music", great performers like Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, The Buffalo Bills, and Robert Preston, and great songs. (The Buffalo Bills/Shirley Jones' "Lida Rose/Goodnight My Someone" sticks in your musical mind and you find yourself humming and singing it throughout the day/night for inexplicable reasons at the oddest times.
I have loved this recording since it was first issued. On cd it keeps the beauty of this music and these performers more alive than ever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on July 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Very good recording, on the whole. Unfortunately, the CD carries over some limitations from the vinyl record recording, such as arranging the first three songs as a single track instead of separate tracks, which is mildly annoying without detracting from the quality of the music itself. I've knocked off a star for that (and because the CD didn't incorporate the longer versions of some of the songs, but kept the shorter versions used on the vinyl record).

"Main Title" (instrumental) - The opening title, a medley including instrumental excepts from "Seventy-Six Trombones" (which dominates the arrangement), "Being in Love", "The Wells Fargo Wagon", and "Till There Was You".

"Rock Island" (the Travelling Salesmen) - Smooth segue from dialogue into singing as the travelling salesmen aboard the train move from talking about salesmanship generally to Professor Harold Hill and how he somehow manages to make a living selling boys' bands. "And when the man dances, certainly boys, what else? The piper pays *him*."

"Iowa Stubborn" The townspeople ensemble upon Hill's arrival in River City. "We can be cold as a falling thermometer in December if you ask about the weather in July/And we're so by-God stubborn we can stand touching noses for a week at a time and never see eye to eye..."

"Ya Got Trouble" (Trouble in River City) Professor Harold Hill singing with the ensemble as an occasional chorus, working up the evils of the billiard parlor's new pool table as groundwork for selling them the need for a band later on. "Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool.
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