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Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre Box set

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  • Audio CD (23 Oct. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B00004XN1K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Finian's Rainbow: Overture - Orchestra
2. Finian's Rainbow: This Time Of The Year - The Hi-Lo's
3. Finian's Rainbow: How Are Things In Glocco Morra? - Rosemary Clooney
4. Finian's Rainbow: If This Isn't Love - Dean Martin
5. Finian's Rainbow: Look To The Rainbow - Rosemary Clooney
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Kiss Me Kate: Overture - Orchestra
2. Kiss Me Kate: Another Op'nin, Another Show - The Hi-Lo's
3. Kiss Me Kate: Why Can't You Behave - Jo Stafford
4. Kiss Me Kate: We Open In Venice - Frank Sinatra
5. Kiss Me Kate: So In Love - Johnny Prophet
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Disc: 3
1. South Pacific: Overture - Orchestra
2. South Pacific: Dites-Moi - The McGuire Sisters
3. South Pacific: A Cock-Eyed Optimist - Jo Stafford
4. South Pacific: Twin Soliloquies - Frank Sinatra
5. South Pacific: Some Enchanted Evening - Frank Sinatra
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Disc: 4
1. Guys And Dolls: Overture - Orchestra
2. Guys And Dolls: Fugue For Tinhorns - Frank Sinatra
3. Guys And Dolls: I'll Know - Jo Stafford
4. Guys And Dolls: The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game In New York) - Frank Sinatra
5. Guys And Dolls: A Bushel And A Peck - The McGuire Sisters
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you like "Musicals", either on the big screen or the stage, and you were attracted to them by the HIT versions of the songs, then this is the collection for you.
Take four of the greatest Broadway and Hollywood musicals, throw in the hottest vocalists of the day, and what do you have? I'll tell you....Musical Heaven! Every track is a gem.
These are the songs from the shows arranged and performed for the Hit Parade. If there is one disappointment with the collection it is this; (and it is mentioned in the accompanying booklet),
there is no version of "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" from "Kiss Me Kate". What a version that would be performed by any two from Crosby, Martin, Sinatra or Sammy Davis Jr! If there is a recording of it gathering dust in some archive, will somebody please find it, and quickly?!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Absolute fun: Sinatra & friends having a ball 16 Nov. 2000
By Jon Warshawsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's great to have all four of these albums available again -- Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Jo Stafford, Rosemary Clooney, Keely Smith and of course Sinatra, all in one collaboration. While not all of the music is exactly timeless (Debbie Reynolds' performances as Adelaide on 'Guys and Dolls' are excruciating, and the Hi-Lo's, though fun to listen to, sound like, well, 1963...), there are some real treasures here. If you can take the ride from novelty to classic and back again, you will enjoy all four albums.
'Guys and Dolls' may be the best of the four sets, but from the overtures (the orchestra is magnificent) through the reprises each album has its highlights. Sinatra's 'Luck Be a Lady' is definitive, Davis shines on 'Too Darn Hot' and Jo Stafford's performances are all flawless. Keely Smith performs on several tracks, all of which are excellent -- 'Always True to You in My Fashion' is especially fine, with lyrics that she delivers with the right balance of coyness and honesty. Smith's duets with Sinatra are a treat.
Other highlights: the ensemble performances with Crosby, Martin and Sinatra are fun in a wiseguy kind of way. Bing wasn't a kid in 1963, but his voice aged well, and it is rewarding to hear Sinatra work with the guy who inspired him to be a singer.
Shortcomings? While I did not hear the discrepancies between the Martin and Sinatra tracks mentioned in other reviews, the sound quality is just okay. Reprise in the early 1960s could not compare to Columbia or Capitol, so even these stereo recordings suffer from exaggerated channel separation (Sinatra sounds like he's in the next room on one track) and some loss of depth.
But, it is difficult or impossible to remaster quality that wasn't there to begin. If you really love the music, the performers and the era, sometimes you must take what you can get.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Giovanni M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
About 8 years ago, when a revival of "Guys And Dolls" was sweeping the Great White Way, Reprise re-issued the 4th disc of this set on its own. Since then, the search has been on by music lovers everywhere for the other three volumes devised by Ol' Blue Eyes of some of Broadway's most beloved musicals. Here they are, presented in cd format at long last. Frank commissioned fellow pallies Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin among other label mates to put across their spin on these great musicals, and the results are incredible. Already owning the "Guys And Dolls" disc for many years, I went directly to the "Kiss Me Kate" disc, which, in this reviewer's humble opinion, holds the best of this entire wonderful set. Dean Martin's "Bianca" is nothing short of sensuous, tender, and even more emotion-filled than how the immortal Cole Porter ever dreamed of penning it. Dean is abetted by a fine Skip Martin arrangement. Not to be missed. And while you're on the way to that track, stop by Keely Smith's "Always True To You In My Fashion" (also arranged by Skip Martin, who's Riddle-like sound is no stranger to anyone at Reprise or Capitol for that matter) And for a laugh or two, the always comical Lou Monte asks the rhetorical question "Where Is The Life That Late I Led?", along with Billy May and orchestra, another bunch of comics, per se. The "Finian's Rainbow" sides are equally well performed, although I'm not a fan of the Hi-Lo's; they seem to cramp Dino on "If This Isn't Love" and seem over exuberant on any tracks they touch. Rosie Clooney's "Look To The Rainbow" is wonderful, and the reprise of "How Are Things In Glocca Morra" will astound you. The "South Pacific" package boasts some wonderful music as well, including "der Bingel" on "Younger Than Springtime", and a great reprise of "Some Enchanted Evening" by Frank and Rosie Clooney. The standout here is Sammy Davis Jr.'s "There Is Nothing Like A Dame" with Marty Paich's great arrangement. The "Guys And Dolls" disc closes the set, and from Billy May's overture to Sinatra's beautiful "I've Never Been In Love Before" (orchestrated by Nelson Riddle) right down to Sammy's "Sit Down Youre Rockin' The Boat", its one wild ride after another. Debbie Reynolds is spectacular as the bewildered Miss Adelaide on "Take Back Your Mink" and with Allan Sherman on "Sue Me". The ultimate gem for us Rat-Packers to own, we just need Reprise to re-issue the soundtrack to "Robin & The Seven Hoods" now, and we can relax....whether you're a Broadway aficianado or just a great music fan, get this set today!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Give This One A Dozen Stars At Least 26 Sept. 2000
By "marleyscott" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Forget all the Rat Pack nonsense, this collection represents some of the brightest recording stars of the sixties under the Reprise umbrella and headed up by the Chairman of the Board himself, Francis Albert Sinatra. Yes these are serious interpetations of four of the all-time biggest Broadway Hits, Finian's Rainbow, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific amd Guys and Dolls.
The highlights are too numerous to list, but for starters there's....How Are Things In Glocca Morra beautifully sung by Rosemary Clooney and Old Devil Moon by Frank, both from Finian's Rainbow. If you've enjoyed the recent Broadway revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate, as I have then you'll love Frank, Dean and Sammy's version of We Open In Venice. Sammy's Too Darn Hot is just that and Keely Smith, who would sound great doing the weather report, does a beautiful rendition of Always True To You In My Fashion. Also the lovely Jo Stafford shines on Why Can't You Behave. From Rogers and Hamerstein's South Pacific we get Sammy belting it out on There Is Nothing Like a Dame and Dinah Shore's delightful reading of I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair. The real topper of this set goes to Frank Loesser's masterpiece Guys and Dolls. This material suits the boys to a T. There's Frank, Bing and Dean hamming it up on The Oldest Floating Crap Game and Frank's stellar rendition of Luck Be A Lady. Dinah Shore is positively charming on the perennial If I Were A Bell and I love Sammy's swinging, Sit Down You're Rockin The Boat.
With beautifl packaging, inteligent liner notes and exclusive photos, this boxed set is a must-have for both broadway afficiandos and newcommers alike. I'd give it a dozen stars if I could, that's one for each great artist represented here.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Performance: 5 stars Quality of Sound: 2 1/2 stars 5 Oct. 2000
By Hoc Stercus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first became aware of these recordings back in the early 1970's when someone gave me a few dozen LP's they no longer wanted. Like the other reviewers, I found much to admire and enjoy in them. Recently I was able to acquire them on reel-to- reel tape at an on-line auction site. It was nice to hear the music without the clicks and pops; but, to be honest, the quality of the sound on tape was faded in comparison to the sound on vinyl. So when I recently saw the opportunity to acquire CD versions of this material, I jumped at the chance to obtain what I thought would be the ultimate recorded version. What a disappointment!
I have recently acquired quite a few CD's of material recorded back in the 1960's; and the remastering was so good, they sounded as if they were recorded within the last decade. Whoever did the transfers on these CD's did not put in the same kind of loving care and attention. I suspect that secondary tapes, rather than the original masters, were used in the transfer process. Sad to say, there is more transparencey and sense of space on the original LP's. On the CD's the sound is much more compressed and claustraphobic in character. So while I agree that these performances are truly gems; the sonic setting leaves much to be desired.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Can You Argue with the HI-LOS? 30 May 2002
By Stephen D. Geller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sinatra, wise beyond his years, hired the Hi-Los when he formed Reprise. This vocal group is perfect in range, technique, quality of musicianship, arrangements, wit, and has won every Jazz Poll hands down while they recorded and performed! Their use on these recordings is a delight.
I would also add that Johnny Prophet -- a name as true to life as Johnny Rocket -- is a revelation...Especially in the KISS ME, KATE section. The arrangement of WERE THINE THAT SPECIAL FACE is magnificent, penned by an arranger's arranger. (Note that well, Billy and Nelson!). Also, his SO IN LOVE is a gem.
Needless to say, Sinatra, Martin, Sammy and Crosby are amazing, as always.
This is an essential album for fans of Sinatra, and the great American songbook!
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