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HALL OF FAMEon December 12, 2002
This re-issue of the film soundtrack from FLOWER DRUM SONG coincides with the current Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein neglected masterpiece, which features an all-new book by M. BUTTERFLY's David Henry Hwang.
This recording is highlighted by wunderkind musical director Alfred Newman's orchestrations. I absolutely love the Overture/Main Title music, as well as the "Dream Ballet" which follows on from "Love Look Away" (surely one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most heart-rending ballads).
However, although the film featured original Broadway stars Miyoshi Umeki, Juanita Hall, Jack Soo and Patrick Adiarte, it also featured a few OBVIOUSLY-DUBBED performers; Nancy Kwan (as sexy nightclub performer Linda Low) has an ill-fitting singing voice provided by B.J. Baker, and Reiko Sato (as the lovelorn Helen Chao) has a singing voice by the legendary Marilyn Horne (who was then a young up-and-comer).
There is also popular matinee idol James Shigeta, displaying his lovely, untrained singing with "You Are Beautiful" and joining Juanita Hall for the comical "Chop Suey". Miyoshi Umeki sounds more polished and confident here than on the original Broadway Cast recording. She is charming and lovely both on record and on film.
This recording also features a lovely cover version of "Love Look Away", delightfully sung by the late Rosemary Clooney.
A must-have recording.
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on September 29, 2002
When it comes to Broadway musicals, I hardly ever prefer a movie soundtrack to the Orginal Cast Album, but "Flower Drum Song" is one of the exceptions. The vital diffence is in the orchestrations and musical leadership. The Broadway cast album features the routine orchestrations of Robert Russell Bennet. Maybe Bennet did too many Rodgers and Hammerstein shows. This is certainly his least inventive. "Love Look Away" has a plodding accompaniment which almost ruins this beautiful torch song. The conductor of the cast album takes everything at a maddeningly measured pace: there's no spark to the jazzy numbers. Every rhythmic accent, every syncopation is underlined in such a foursquare manner.
The film soundtrack however has clever and lush (almost too lush) orchestrations. But Alfred Newman really has fun goosing up the jazzy tunes and faux orientalisms in the score. The Opening Main Title alone is worth buying this album. And "Love Look Away" (dubbed by Marilyn Horne) is subtly and beautifully presented. Unfortunately the soundtrack seems to have been recorded in a sonic haze that prevents me from giving it a fifth star. Still the energy and elan of orchestration and conducting is miles beyond the Broadway Cast Album.
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on August 24, 2013
This has always been one of my favorite musicals. It has never been as popular as "Oklahoma" or "South Pacific", but the music is just as lyrical and pertinent to the story. Like many of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, it tackles subjects such as clashing cultures and prejudice. There is also a love triangle to add tension to the narrative. The music is beautiful. You need only to listen and enjoy.
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on October 21, 2013
Did you ever see this production on stage? I did my senior year of high school. It was so beautiful on stage. This recording of all these great Rogers and Hammerstein songs brought back the memory of this special night: the fun of this production, the beauty that was so fantastic. To sum this recording up in one word FABULOUS!
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on October 27, 2012
It was a great movie and the soundtrack is just that, great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you loved the movie and bought the DVD, then the music can go with you any time in the car, or even on your computer to just listen to the beautiful music, timeless, A Hundred Million Miracles is just one of those and you know, if you've seen the movie how many songs are like a miracle. Cudos to the writers and singers.
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on April 5, 2012
I have enjoyed the films of NANCY KWAN & though she is not the voice of her songs the movie is a great story & the music is wounderfull, You can listen over & over again. This movie came out in the early 60's so the dancing may date itself but is wounderfull to see a all asain cast. The CD gives you meny sides of love, hurt, gladness & tears all shared in one sound trac. I beleive everyone should at least listen if not have a copy for your music library. michael la vau.
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on August 2, 2013
Saw the movie many times and loved the music. I love the Broadway musicals and have seen quite a few of them.
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on March 2, 2013
I had the opportunity to meet the author of Flower Drum Song. I love the story and the music is wonderful!
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on June 4, 2015
"Flower Drum Song" movie-soundtrack was well-cushioned/packed. Hence, arrived INTACT/UNDAMAGED- dispite its' LONG, HAZARDOUS journey! Hence, would, "roll, da' dice"- with "Mild JAPAN", again. Seems, to be a "classy" outfit. Sincerely, Francisco ("Frank") Medina
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on July 13, 2007
Flower Drum Song is just as I remembered it from the BIG screen @ Gruman's Chinese Theater. The remastered audio is clear, & the added features of the subtitles is nice - especially if you don't hear/understand accents. Color of costumes is bright & clear! I really enjoyed the commentary available @ the end! If you like BIG, Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals, this is a definite buy! Enjoy it with a bowl of noodles or a fortune cookie!
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