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Kiss Me Kate Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (13 Nov 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: First Night Records
  • ASIN: B000024TXC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. OverturePembroke Davenport Orchestra 2:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Another Openin' of Another ShowAnnabelle Hall 1:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Why Can't You Behave?Lisa Kirk, Harold Lang 2:59£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. WunderbarPatricia Morison, Alfred Drake 3:39£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. So in LovePatricia Morison 3:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. We Open in VeniceAlfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk, Harold Lang 2:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tom, Dick or HarryLisa Kirk, Harold Lang, Edwin Clay, Charles Wood 2:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I've Come to Wive It Wealthy in PaduaAlfred Drake 2:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Hate MenPatricia Morison 2:15£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Were Thine That Special FaceAlfred Drake 4:14£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Too Darn HotLorenzo Fuller, Eddie Sledge, Fred Davis 3:37£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Where Is the Life That I Led?Alfred Drake 4:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Always True to You In My FashionLisa Kirk 4:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. BiancaHarold Lang 2:09£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. So In Love (Reprise)Alfred Drake 2:15£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Brush Up Your ShakespeareHarry Clark, Jack Diamond 1:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I Am Ashamed That Women Are So SimplePatricia Morison 1:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. FinaleAlfred Drake, Patricia Morison0:48£0.89  Buy MP3 

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1. Overture
2. Another Op'nin, Another Show
3. Why Can't You Behave?
4. Wunderbar
5. So In Love
6. We Open In Venice
7. Tom, Dick Or Harry
8. I've Come To Wive It Wealthily In Padua
9. I Hate Men
10. Were Thine That Special Face
11. Too Darn Hot
12. Where Is The Life That Late I Led?
13. Always True To You (In My Fashion)
14. Bianca
15. So In Love (Reprise)
16. Brush Up Your Shakespeare
17. Women Are So Simple
18. Finale
19. Wunderbar (Reprise)/Brush Up Your Shakespeare (Reprise)

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By Ms. D. Grey on 12 April 2013
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This is one of the best recordings of Kiss Me Kate ever made. I had a copy of the LP for years before replacing it with a downloadable version. The voices are all great . I'd particularly single out as noteworthy the musical interpretation of 'Why Can't You Behave': it's much slower than most versions I ever heard and has real sexy Blues quality to it that adds depth to the number.
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A thoroughly enjoyable, but dated, cd.
Musicals are getting ever more fast and furious. If you have seen the Chichester Festival Theatre/Old Vic production of this show you will see the truth of this progression and hope that this latter production will bring forward its own cd.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keth Neville on 29 Sep 2013
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Although this is a very good recording I did feel that not all the voices were up to the range or style of the show. Paul Jones and Nichola McAulfcliffe lacked the vocal power. The orchestrations were great though.
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Not the ORIGINAL "Original Cast" recording 19 Oct 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This EMI studio remake has been a source of confusion for buyers ever since it was first issued in 1959. While it does reunite the four principals - Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang - ten years after their original 1949 Broadway recording, there has always seemed to me something a little strained and slightly faux about this entire re-production. On the surface they are closely following the original arrangements, including the replacement singers who assume the minor roles; but the feeling they project simply doesn't match up to the original, which is still available on Sony/Columbia SK-60536.
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Original cast reunited 10 years later for this stereo remake 24 May 2004
By Mark Andrew Lawrence - Published on
Format: Audio CD
KISS ME KATE opened on Broadway on Dec 30, 1948 to rave reviews. Columbia records made the original cast recording, but 10 years later Alfred Drake produced this stereo re-make for Capitol using the exact same text as the first album. Again the record opens with the Entr'acte instead of the Overture. And the same trims have been made in the songs. Even conductor Pembroke Davenport is back to conduct the orchestra.
With both available on cd which should you get? Tough call. The performances are a little fresher on the earlier recording but the lush stereo sound and placement help the lyrics come through with even more clarity on this disc. If pushed to choose one over the other I would opt for this edition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
stereo "Kate" with the original cast reunited 15 July 2006
By Byron Kolln - Published on
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There isn't much to recommend this recording over the 1949 OBC, except that this recording is in stereo and the OBC was mono. In 1959, the original Broadway stars of KISS ME KATE were reunited, to record a studio album of the score in the new stereo format. While time did little to diminish the amazing vocal prowess of Patricia Morison, Alfred Drake, Lisa Kirk and Harold Lang, the overall recording is so similar to the OBC that it's almost frightening.

As my fellow reviewer Mark Andrew Lawrence has noted, Pembroke Davenport returned to fill the position of musical director, and the same snips and trims are evident from the original album.

Considering this was Patricia Morison's third KATE album (following the original London cast recording in 1951), her performance as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine is perhaps even slightly better than the OBC. Alfred Drake, who had been a constant presence on Broadway in the ensuing years, is as charming as ever. Lisa Kirk (who by this time, had actually abandoned Broadway for a very successful career as a cabaret singer) likewise finds new depths in revisiting the material.

If you already own the OBC, you'll probably ask why you should buy another recording, but completists will want this CD anyway.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Still looking for a good overall version of KMK 24 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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My title says it all. I have yet to find a version of Kiss Me Kate that I like in terms of orchestrations, sound fidelity, and singing ability.
The original '49 version, IMHO, is too old making the orchestra and cast sound boxy and somewhat unintelligiable. Original cast recordings of the '40s generally sound that way and no amount of digital remastering would improve them much (BTW, Brigadoon might be the exception to that rule.)
The later '59 studio version has HiFi stereo quality but while the orchestra sounds much better, the original actors sound 10 years older (Lisa Kirk's alto, in particular, has grown even huskier, and therefore unbearable for me to listen to, compared to her younger, more pleasant, late 40s-style crooning counterpart).
The recent Broadway revival has fine Tony-winning orchestrations, Stokes Mitchell and Mazzie do a fine job, but Spangler and Berresse are uninspiring as singers and song interpreters.
Finally, I went and bought this recording (1987 London Revival) on the strength of Fiona Hadleys pussycat-sexy version of "Why Can't You Behave."
I'm still looking for a good overall recording of Kiss Me Kate. Hadley sounded fine fine for me, although some would object to the English accent and her often fruity tone production. (I accept those elements as part of her sex appeal!) The new orchestrations, however, sound VERY bland and unbroadwaylike. They seem to evaporate at times, much like common elevator music. Furthermore, Paul Jones can hardly sing and Nichola McAuliffe's voice is just as stuffy as Patricia Morrison's, who was in the '49 Broadway and '59 studio versions.
Sigh. I guess the search continues...
Classic OBC 7 April 2010
By Anthony J. Adam - Published on
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This Original Broadway Cast recording brings back the excellence of the end of the golden age of musical theatre. How can one go wrong with a score by Cole Porter sung by four of the great singing performers of the past--Alfred Drake, Patricia Morison, Lisa Kirk, and Harold Lang? Drake and Morison in particular are in fine voice and recall an era when singers could had finer vocal quality and tone than many out there today. The orchestra under the leadership of Pembroke Davenport is also top-notch. A must-have for all OBC collections.
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