57 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Plenty of energy, but sadly lacking in precision.,
This review is from: West Side Story Original Soundtrack Recording (Audio CD)
This soundtrack recording taken from the oscar winning film contains all the excitement, energy and flair that you would expect from a recording of a Bernstein score. However, it also contains some noticeably poor performances from those involved in it's production. Some members of the Jets and Sharks were clearly chosen for their ability to dance rather than for their polished singing. At the beginning of the 'Quintet', for example, the Sharks are hideously out of tune and not necessarily singing the correct words. Also, there is some shoddy playing from the woodwind in the 'Prologue'. Having said that, the percussion are very good, and the trumpets, absolutely outstanding with some gravity defying acrobatics in the 'Dance at the Gym'. Natalie Wood does, of course, shine as Maria and is competently supported throughout by Tony. It is worth buying this recording just for its moment in cinema history and the sheer enthusiasm of the artists involved. But, if you're looking for a tight and precise account of Bernstein's incredible score, then I would suggest a more recent recording would be for you.
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2008 11:31:59 BDT
vlad the impalla says:
the two people who rubbish this album have not got a clue. It Is the one and only recording. Great
Posted on 12 Sep 2008 07:59:28 BDT
I just wanted to point out to the original reviewer that Natalie Wood does NOT SING MARIA. She was dubbed for the singing by Marnie Nixon, who has only recently started to get the credit she deserves. Most of the rest of the cast were dubbed as well, due to the demanding score. Later re-releases of the original soundtrack acknowledge this.
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