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Oh That Towering Feeling,
This review is from: My Fair Lady (Audio CD)
Can you imagine an 11 year old with a small record player listening almost every day in 1956 to this original cast recording? That was me. Most New Yorkers after the show's opening and the broadcast of the music, caught My Fair Ladyitis. The album was featured in the window showcase of my neighborhood record store. It sold like hotcakes. Julie Andrews became an overnight sensation. "Sexy Rexie" Harrison created a men's fashion vogue with his tweed hat. The sheer exhilaration that Lerner & Lowe created a musical masterpiece is captured in this and only this recording. The 1959 London stereo recording finds the cast members having lost the enthusiasm and energy that so informs the 1956 recording. Although not stereo, this is still a high fidelty recording and the remastering is excellent. This is a cornerstone of the American Musical Theatre. A must have.
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Initial post: Sep 29, 2015 12:50:24 AM PDT
Great review and you are spot on, the original broadway mono recording is the best for the reasons you have stated and also this recording fully captures Julie Andrews voice, sadly this is not the case with the London recording.
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