Cole Porter - An All-Star Tribute (Bell Telephone Hour January 28, 1964)
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This is a fine television show, also featuring John Raitt and Martha Wright in superb voice. Other excellent contributions are from Peter Nero, Gretchen Wyler and Jillana. The production values are fine, with typical 60s colors and costuming throughout. It is nothing short of a miracle that this program exists in such beautiful color, as so much classic tv was only preserved in black and white.
The Merm looks terrific on this 1964 television program -- very relaxed and happy -- no doubt as she was still joyfully anticipating her marriage to Ernest Borgnine. Her two Medleys of Cole Porter songs are incredible and emotional. Her voice is captured in full cry and speaks right to the heart.
The bonus tracks, which include alternate takes, are also fascinating. They gives us a glimpse of what Merman looked and sounded like in "Gypsy" as this show was recorded during the original broadway run in 1960. Merman looks and sounds great and sings some Ragtime songs that are not often associated with her (Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, and After You've Gone) for example).
The out-takes are fascinating and they are a sterling tribute to the Merm's incredible dedication and professionalism as she jumps right into the next take with all the verve and gusto she could muster.
If I haven't yet mentioned that this DVD is a must have for any theatre buff and fan of classic popular vocalism -- please let me do it now! Cole Porter's music never sounded better. Happy viewing and listening.
viewing did cause me to have nightmares. I hope that there will be more of these great programs isued latter
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Dvd played well, but color technology of that period (60s or 50s) gave a soft kinda odd color picture, not hd quality.Published 20 months ago by Fred
What a gem. For those too young to have seen the orginal shows this program is a key link to a major period in the American Musical. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by David Smith
So pleased to have purchased a copy. Firstly I intend it as a gift to a friend who is unaware of its existence and who was, many years ago Ethels private Secretary so this will be... Read morePublished on October 27, 2006 by Gary Buckley
While it's indeed difficult to fault any production of a Cole Porter tribute, there are two aspects of this DVD that deserve being brought to the attention of any prospective... Read morePublished on November 4, 2004 by Fred Oberheide
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