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Out Of This World (1950 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 19, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000027WP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Gordon Holt on February 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Now is the perfect time to buy the CD of this.

Sony's transfer engineers used state-of-the-art restoration software to remove the roughness and surface noise from the originals, but (thankfully) they resisted the urge to tart-up the sound with artificial reverb, faux stereo, and thundering bass. This is by far the best-sounding CD of this ever released, and it may be the last.

The age of music ownership in America may be drawing to a close. Five years from now, this music may only be available by download, you may only be "borrowing" it, and it probably won't come with the the authentic cover art or the 16-page booklet.

(See also the original broadway Out of This World.)
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Even second-rank Cole is better than no Cole at all, and this Porter show from 1950 that played only 157 performances is at least worth listening to. A typical Cole Porter conceit -- the Greek gods were horny and responded best to it in high-level Tin Pan Alley diction -- I'm surprised it didn't do better. Highlights include "Cherry Pies Ought to be You," a typical Porter list song for a quartet, and "Nobody's Chasing Me," sung by Charlotte Greenwood as Juno. It is my sad duty to inform you that "From This Moment On," that George Abbott removed from this show, is not on this cast album precisely because George Abbott removed it. (Yet it became a highlight of the 1953 film of KISS ME KATE, go figure.)

If you're hankering after a revival with better sound quality that includes "From This Moment On," here's a good one: Out Of This World (1995 New York Revival Cast). (Andrea Martin does a darn good "Nobody's Chasing Me," too.)

And thank you, Joe!
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One of Cole Porter's unsung scores, this has had two recordings. The second one is a lively, but censored (i.e. "cleaned up") from City Center Encores, but this one has lyrics that critics deemed dirty in 1950. Charlotte Greenwood is everything that a musical comedy of this nature needs with her two big comedy numbers, "I Sleep Easier Now" and the deliciously funny "Nobody's Chasing Me". Andrea Martin, my favorite comic in today's Broadway world, was a more than excellent replacement for the second version, but unfortunately was required to sing sanitized lyrics. This score is even funnier than his predecessor, "Kiss Me Kate", and certainly more tuneful than Cole's last two shows ("Can-Can" and "Silk Stockings") which have a few standards but aren't nearly as memorable overall. Gods from Mount Olympus come down to earth (shades of "One Touch of Venus") and make whoopee with the humans; Funny circumstances put the Gods and humans back with their appropriate partners, but not before hysterical mayhem ensues. Other great songs include "Cherry Pies Ought to Be You", "What Do You Think About Men?" and "I am Loved", but you'll fall absolutely head-over-heels in love with the leggy Greenwood once she makes her entrance with the hysterical "I Got Beauty".
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This is one of those show legends - intriguingly written, never revived, leaving only the original cast recording for us to muse over. This is the second of four extant Cole Porter original cast recordings (KISS ME KATE preceded, CAN CAN and SILK STOCKINGS followed). About half of the score is run of the mill but there are some real gems. Charlotte Greenwood excels in the humorous I SLEEP EASIER NOW and NOBODY'S CHASING ME - hymns to old age. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MEN? is a trio for divergent attitudes concerning the male sex and a wonderful example of Porter's incisive lyric writing. There is also great wit in THEY COULDN'T COMPARE TO YOU and a lush composing moment in NO LOVER. Truly pleasant listening and lots of fun. Worth a listen.
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"Out of This World" was one of Cole Porter's few Broadway shows that stiffed. In spite of its failure, Charlotte Greenwood shines on this recording. Of all her musical comedy work, only this and the film version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" are testaments to her talent, as none of her prior efforts ever made it to a recording studio.
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The book was a mess, but the score is pure-Porter! From the first, the brassy overture more than hints at the humor that we are in store for. Mercury's introduction is a delight. Jupiter, his Father, turns his "I Jupiter Rex" into a football cheer. The "List" songs don't end---who would want them to! There are lovely love songs, but every time Greenwood starts singing, it's those humorous songs that remain in your mind. "When I Was Younger" and "Climb Up The Mountian" are really masterpieces. The musical themes and borrowings are everywhere. From Afro-American spirituals to Yale-inspired cheerleader lieder---this is one rich patch-work quilt of a show. And it has been revived! City Center's "Encores" series brought out a fine CD, several years ago---and a few daring colleges have staged this silly and very sexy show. Go for it, no Porterite will be disappointed.
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This 'plagued' show went through a lot of issues before it finally made it to Broadway. The attraction of Charlotte Greenwood on Broadway had much to do for the amount of success the show had. Only a couple of the tunes achieved a mild amount of play, and the plot involving Greek gods didn't have a lot of appeal for the average theatre goers. However, it IS a Cole Porter show and that alone, while it may not be on the top of the list for a revival, it is a good reason to have the disc is any musical enthusiast's collection.
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