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The Music Man (1962 Film Soundtrack) Soundtrack
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Preston turns in an absolutely perfect performance, made all the more amazing by the fact he was a movie actor who played villains who really could not sing or dance. Although he had some assistance with the story from Franklin Lacey, the credit for "The Music Man" goes to Meredith Wilson who did the book, music and lyrics. This is a score that features not only the last great marching band song of the century in "Seventy-Six Trombones," but what is arguably the first "rap" song in the rhythmic "Rock Island" that opens the show. For his songs Wilson makes use of piano scales ("Piano Lesson" and "Goodnight My Someone") and barbershop quartets ("Sincere" and "Lida Rose"), but the most memorable numbers are those he gives his fast-talking salesman ("Ya Got Trouble" and "Seventy-Six Trombones." This original cast album features Barbara Cook as Marion the Librarian, a singer who certainly should have done a lot more on Broadway than just this one staring role.Read more ›
This album has it all: great "marching band music", great performers like Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, The Buffalo Bills, and Robert Preston, and great songs. (The Buffalo Bills/Shirley Jones' "Lida Rose/Goodnight My Someone" sticks in your musical mind and you find yourself humming and singing it throughout the day/night for inexplicable reasons at the oddest times.
I have loved this recording since it was first issued. On cd it keeps the beauty of this music and these performers more alive than ever.
"Main Title" (instrumental) - The opening title, a medley including instrumental excepts from "Seventy-Six Trombones" (which dominates the arrangement), "Being in Love", "The Wells Fargo Wagon", and "Till There Was You".
"Rock Island" (the Travelling Salesmen) - Smooth segue from dialogue into singing as the travelling salesmen aboard the train move from talking about salesmanship generally to Professor Harold Hill and how he somehow manages to make a living selling boys' bands. "And when the man dances, certainly boys, what else? The piper pays *him*."
"Iowa Stubborn" The townspeople ensemble upon Hill's arrival in River City. "We can be cold as a falling thermometer in December if you ask about the weather in July/And we're so by-God stubborn we can stand touching noses for a week at a time and never see eye to eye..."
"Ya Got Trouble" (Trouble in River City) Professor Harold Hill singing with the ensemble as an occasional chorus, working up the evils of the billiard parlor's new pool table as groundwork for selling them the need for a band later on. "Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool.Read more ›
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This is what a musical is all about. 5 stars all around. Definitive. Iconic. Superlatives fail to describe adequately the excellence in artistry that this combination of people... Read morePublished 20 days ago by S. Carlsen
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