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Gypsy Meets Gypsy

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First time on CD Sandra Church, the original Gypsy Rose Lee in the 1959 Broadway production
of Gypsy, on the same CD with the iconic and legendary Queen of Burlesque! Lee made an LP of
naughty songs in 1958, and Church recorded an LP of similar material in 1960. This CD combines
both! From her dazzling rise as a stripper in 1931 until her demise in 1970, Gypsy Rose Lee was
one of the most quoted and photographed women of her time. Her fame continues to this day, partly
because of the Broadway musical Gypsy. Enormously successful in 1959, it was filmed with Natalie
Wood and is frequently revived with increasing reverence.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Let Me Entertain You [From Gypsy]
  2. Wild Rose
  3. How Come You Do Me Like You Do
  4. That's What I Like
  5. Ooh, That Kiss
  6. Zip
  7. You've Got to See Mama Ev'ry Night (Or You Don't See Mama At All)
  8. She Didn't Say Yes
  9. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
  10. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  11. How'd You Like to Spoon With Me
  12. Fan Tan Fanny
  13. I Can't Strip to Brahms
  14. A House is Not a Home
  15. I Can Cook Too
  16. Ring of Keys
  17. That's Good Enough for Me
  18. The Other Woman
  19. Psychology of a Strip-Tease Dancer
  20. Flings
  21. Mr. Livingston
  22. The Heart is Quicker Than the Eye
  23. I Sleep Easier Now
  24. I Haven't a Thing to Wear
  25. Gypsy at Home [*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SEPIA RECORDINGS
  • ASIN: B004IM1PP0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Allen Bardin on March 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Miss Lee is at her charming best in her sly and sexy 1958 LP THAT'S ME ALL OVER, and Broadway's first "Gypsy", Sandra Church, sings great burlesque tunes full of bumps,grinds & whistles. If you've read Karen Abbott's fantastic AMERICAN ROSE, you'll need this disc to complete the portrait of the delightful Gypsy.
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On what's probably the best addendum to the original cast album of GYPSY, Sandra Church entertains with a stack of saucy burly-q songs, all jazzily arranged by Luther Henderson, on this fantastic Sepia Records package.

Sandra Church memorably created the title role in the Broadway smash, GYPSY, but her performance on the cast album pales in comparison to what the listener is treated to on this CD. Charging through a sparkling new rendition of "Let Me Entertain You", she has a ball with the naughty lyrics of "You've Got to See Mama Every Night", "Wild Rose", "How Come You Do Me Like You Do?", "She Didn't Say Yes", and "Zip" (the latter song modeled after a ficticious "interview" with the great Gypsy Rose Lee herself--a treat no doubt relished by Ms Church).

Despite being attached to one of the THE greatest shows in the entire Broadway canon, Ms Church herself was a transient creature of the New York theatre scene and never really found herself in the same kind of luminous success that GYPSY had been. We can at least savour her talents on this new reissue. Added as a bonus is Gypsy Rose Lee's 1958 solo platter THAT'S ME ALL OVER, in which, in her own style, she performs a series of arch comedy numbers from the Broadway shows (including "Mr. Livingston" from "Happy Hunting"--the then-current Ethel Merman extravaganza). I wonder if Ms Lee knew at the time that Merman would be playing her momma onstage?.
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Being a huge Gypsy Rose Lee fan, I wanted this CD in my collection. I read the reviews and they were so positive but I have to admit, I am not as crazy in love with this double album CD as I could have been. The song titles had my imagination spinning as I just love the old bump and grind beat and thought these songs would be a fantastic replication of old burly Q. Sandra Church has a very broadway type voice and sings her heart out but comes off a little screechie at times, and some of the arrangements are not so great. I disliked how a few songs have an up tempo that is not very burlesque driven, like "Gotta See Momma" and "Zip". Yes, there are drums and cat calls, but the pace is much too frantic to enjoy. Wish she slowed things down a bit, but it is an OK CD.

The second half is all Gypsy Rose Lee doing her numbers and it is interesting to hear her sing/speak her songs. Her affected way of speaking is amusing to hear, and I would have loved to have been in an audience to see what she did while talking these songs. It is great that her own voice is documented as she goes through several of her old routines.

The best part for a Gypsy lover is the added bonus of an interview with Jule Styne and Gypsy discussing the play Gypsy before it opened. Unfortunately, this interview is cut too short just as it was getting good. I could have listened to this part all the way though as it was such a historical event for theater.

I rate this CD with 2 stars because it was a great idea, but not carried through to the perfection it could have been.
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Sandra Church is by far the best of the bawdy burlesque singers ever. You can take the real Gypsy Rose Lee recordings and stuff em - but I will say it was interesting to listen to her - but once was enough. Let Me Entertain You, Zip, etc are fun to listen to. To hear them as they were meant to be heard (you can't reproduce some of the songs properly on a vinyl record due to the "S" distortion that you just can't avoid as part of the recording and pressing process) is the most delightful experience - after having listened to the album for decades on vinyl - the CD is absolutely worth it.
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Great ! Swell !
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