Annie Get Your Gun Soundtrack Re-release of 1950 Film
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Judy Garland had recorded most of the music for the 1950 film version of Annie Get Your Gun when she was replaced by Betty Hutton. The film won four Oscar nods behind Hutton's performance, while Garland's wonderful recordings went unused. Well, this Rhino CD brings you it all: 31 tracks ( There's No Business Like Show Business; Doin' What Comes Natur'lly , etc.) including 13 unused Garland takes, all the Hutton takes and nine unissued tracks. A showstopper!
Irving Berlin's Wild West Show-themed romp Annie Get Your Gun has long been a Broadway evergreen, including a wildly successful modern revival starring Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. But its original 1950 MGM film translation was fraught with production problems and recasting; Judy Garland was initially signed to star and even recorded her vocal numbers before being dismissed (due largely to her notorious personal problems) and replaced by Betty Hutton. While several of Garland's performances as Annie Oakley have been released on other compilations, this generous, 31-cut release not only marks the CD debut of the film's original soundtrack (originally just eight tracks), it compiles all of the various Garland versions (including the first release of a spectacular stereo Garland version of "There's No Business Like Show Business") onto its second half, essentially re-creating the "Annie that never was," in addition to the first complete release of the Hutton score. Also included is a superbly illustrated and well-annotated booklet that tells the complete story of the show's Broadway origins and rocky journey to Hollywood. --Jerry McCulley
Top customer reviews
The quality of the sound is better than a lot of reviewers have stated, (IMO), ranging from good to very good. All in all, an enjoyable album!
By today's standards there are racist songs and lines but in the time it was written and produced we were still innocent in regards to all those issues.
Basically, good, clean fun, if a little corny.