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The Very Best of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn MonroeAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend 3:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Some Like It Hot 1:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. My Heart Belongs To Daddy 5:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. When Love Goes Wrong, Nothing Goes Right 3:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bye Bye Baby 5:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. A Little Girl From Little Rock 3:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. River Of No Return 2:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I'm Gonna File My Claim 2:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. She Acts Like A Woman Should 2:46$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Kiss 3:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Lazy 3:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Wanna Be Loved By You 3:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It 3:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. You'd Be Surprised 3:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Heat Wave 4:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Happy Birthday Mr. President0:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. When I Fall In Love 3:00$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. A Fine Romance 2:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Do It Again 3:13$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Down In The Meadow 2:27$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B00000K0MV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,731 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bloody excellent.... January 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Marilyn Monroe, as an actress, I can only stand in small doses. Her movies are excellent, all of them have something worthwhile and redeeming - even the more mundane offerings like 'Bus Stop' and 'Niagra' are finely-crafted pieces of film - and the more sublime ones like 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' and 'Some Like It Hot' are honest-to-God classic examples of the comic genius of both 1950s Hollywood and Monroe herself.

For all that, however, I can still only watch the pink and fluffy Goddess for short bursts before I long for something that takes itself a little more seriously.

And that's when I turn to this!

Monroe as a singer I could listen to forever and a day. Worthy of a far higher degree of praise than popular culture has traditionally accorded her, Monroe's singing is a very rare experience indeed. Her range is impressive, and her style is actually quite thought-provoking - listen to the contrast between the bubblegum-light 'Down In The Meadow' and the melancholic, heavy 'River of no Return', and you'll appreciate the fact that, at least as a singer, Monroe was more than capable of shrugging off her Fantasy Gal image for a deeper and more developed means of communication.

This CD is particularly noteworthy for having all the classics, and also some rarer gems like 'I'm Gonna File My Claim' and 'After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It', both great numbers that are so often omitted from Monroe anthologies and such. Her interpretation of 'A Fine Romance' is one of the best ever, and her pairing with the immaculate Jane Russel on 'Little Girl from Little Rock' is worth the price of the CD alone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of Marilyn Monroe June 16, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This a a very good collection of songs that Miss Monroe sang from circa 1953 - 1962. The clarity of this CD and variety of songs that span her tragically short career will be appreciated by those who enjoyed her highly artistic and vocal talents. I truly recommend buying this CD!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must-have for all those marilyn monroe fans! December 20, 1999
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I've long been wanting to hear Marilyn Monroe's music since I'm only 22 but I'm familiar w/ her success story in Hollywood & I've never seen her movies & thank God I found her album here in Amazon. All the best songs from Ms. Monroe are compiled in this album... including the very famous "Happy Birthday, Mr. President". This is truly a collector's item & I'm glad I didn't miss this chance to own her music. I love Marilyn! Thank you for making it happen!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Though not particularly known for her musical attributes, this collection of sex symbol Marilyn Monroe's vocal abilities is pleasant. Sure, she's breathy and doesn't have much range, but her innate fire and talents as an actress give some of these tunes a real kick. "After You Get What You Want" from "There's No Business Like Show Business" may be the best song Monroe was ever offered; "I'm Gonna File My Claim" and "River of No Return" are equally impressive. Two songs noticeably missing are "Runnin' Wild" from "Some Like It Hot" and a charming version of "That Old Black Magic" from "Bus Stop", which Monroe recorded in character(with a hick-town twang). Otherwise, a first-rate package.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MarilynMonroe4Ever March 29, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Marilyn Monroe fan for 20+ years and the more i learn about her the more i appreciate her as a human being as well as an actress.I only found out a few years ago she had a recording contract with MCA.I must tell you she was one of the most underrated actress as well as a recording artist.I personally don't own this CD BUT i do have the songs on here and she was an amazing singer.Everytime i listen to her, i admire her even more then before.The ONE flaw on this cd is track 18 When I Fall In Love.This is NOT her voice.Ask any Marilyn fan, and they'll tell you the same thing.The vocalist that sang that song was and low pitched and had no emotion. Marilyn on the other hand, had emotion as well as melody.
So the only reason i'm giving it 4 instead of 5 is because of that song.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MARILYN AT HER BEST July 12, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I love the cd. Sound is good, and it was a treat to hear Down in the meadow and her rendition of WHEN I FALL IN LOVE, shows Marilyn had a great range. Recomended.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A better singer then you'd expect... November 29, 2000
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O.K. so Marilyn Monroe isn't Ella Fitzgerald, heck she aint even Dianh Shore(not to say Shore couldn't sing jazz when she wanted to, just try "Dinah Sing Some Blues With Red" Red Norvo, that is), however she is better then most of the talentless popular singers of the 50's like the awful Patti Page and Teresa Brewer. In fact on "A Fine Roamce"(included on this CD) if you close you're eyes and listen you'll swear you're listening to Daris Day(And I don't mean the Que Sera Sera Day, I mean the young and swingin' sentimental Journey Day(before she was a virgin). Marilyn Monroe always cited Ella Fitzgerald as being a big influence on her singing, and it clearly is on "A Fine Romance." Other songs(not included on this CD) taht proove Monroe was at least a good singer are "I'm Through With Love" where she shows signs of being a decent torch singer, and on "Runnin' Wild" she re-creates a sort of Annette Hanshaw 20's swinging flapper style. This CD is not the greatest but it will show taht Monroe might have been a good jazz influenced pop singer like Doris Day or Rosemary Clooney.
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