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  • Audio CD (12 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sepia
  • ASIN: B009EJSNZW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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28 tracks from film star and Oscar-winner George Chakiris, most of which are appearing on CD for the first time.

George Chakiris played the role of "Riff" in the London stage production of "West Side Story" before being summoned to Hollywood to play "Bernardo" in the film version for which he won an Oscar. He then made an LP "George Chakiris" which made the Top 30 in the U.S. best-seller charts. The 12 tracks from the LP begin this CD release, followed by another 16 tracks recorded earlier, the bulk of which were waxed in London.

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By C. FULLER TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2012
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This is a fascinating CD from Sepia as it covers the formative years of George Chakiris's singing 1959 to 1962 and has him vocalising on some classy material. I had not realised that he had such a deep and resonant voice and it is most evident on the first 12 tracks his album for Capitol "George Chakiris" which was originally released in September 1962. On this album the orchestra is conducted by Milt Raskin with arrangements by him, Billy Byers; Billy May & Van Alexander. The stereo is very clear and the sound transfers very good.
"My Colouring Book" was a Capitol single and is with the Dick Hyman orchestra. Tracks 14 to 17 are with Johnny Gregory and his orchestra and were recorded in London in 1960. All the songs are show songs and he is particularly up beat on "Kids". Tracks 18 to 28 were recorded with Norman Stenfalt and the London Variety Theatre orchestra/ Alan Clare 4 in 1959. All of the Gershwin songs are handled very effectively and show a depth of performance that demonstrates how good a singer George Chakiris was. It is clear that both the size of backing and the arrangements were just right for the occasion with outstanding versions of "For you, For me, For Evermore" & "They all Laughed".
As with Sepia CDs the running time is lengthy reaching almost 76 minutes and the overall sound excellent. The liner booklet is detailed and nicely illustrated with colour images. This will be a much sought after CD and considering the most reasonable price, a bargain in my opinion.
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Generally known for his starring role in the movie version of WEST SIDE STORY (1961), George had already appeared in the preceding London production of that hit musical. However, recalled also as an excellent chorus dancer he can be seen in Hollywood's GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953) and WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) to name but two of the many films he appeared with featured roles gained in many later movies. He was also a personable vocalist and I'm pleased to welcome this two-album pairing of GEORGE CHAKIRIS and GEORGE CHAKIRIS SINGS GERSHWIN recorded in 1962 and 1959 respectively. It proves to be a great showcase for George with the singer ably handling both ballads and more rhythmic material with smooth application and pure understanding of the lyrics emotional needs.

The latter album was likely to have been recorded in London whilst George appeared in WEST SIDE STORY and with the London Variety Theatre Orchestra he embraces eleven Gershwins' standards with I'VE GOT RHYTHM, EMBRACEABLE YOU and LOVE WALKED IN amongst those nicely expressed and often swung to great effect along with DO IT AGAIN written by George with Buddy DeSylva and a swinging and appropriatle placed IT AIN'T NECESSARILY SO added from a later session recorded with Johnny Gregory and his Orchestra.

The Capitol album, GEORGE CHAKIRIS, hit the US album charts at #28 and not only includes standards BY MYSELF, ILL WIND and YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM but heavily relies on songs from then-current Broadway musicals with ONCE UPON A TIME (ALL AMERICAN), TONIGHT and MARIA (both WEST SIDE STORY), I BELIEVE IN YOU (HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING), ONE GIRL and A LOT OF LIVIN' TO DO (both BYE BYE BIRDIE) and ALL I NEED IS THE GIRL (GYPSY) ensuring the album's topicality.
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Some years ago in America I was fortunate to find two LP's by George Chakiris in perfect condition so I was delighted when I heard about this cd.

George does indeed have a very good singing voice and I can only confirm what has already been said - with one exception.

George's version of My Colouring Book has been ruined by a dreadful vocal backing. I am so used to hearing Dusty Springfield's excellent version that this one really had me cringing - that aside this is well worth adding to your collection.
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By Pam on 18 Oct. 2014
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Finally! A cd to show off this man's lovely voice and style. A great compilation, although I was puzzled why the West Side Story number's lyrics had been mixed up. Still, it didn't spoil the collection, and I wish there were more around. Until I found this, I had only ever seen George's songs on vinyl.
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HASH(0x9836ed8c) out of 5 stars GEORGE CHAKIRIS SINGS 17 Dec. 2012
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I enjoyed the selection of songs on this cd with 28 songs and all the songs on one cd and I play it often. If you like the songs of years ago you will you will enjoy it.
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HASH(0x9836efd8) out of 5 stars loved this by george chakaris 5 Mar. 2013
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wonderful marvelous fantastic classic music to listen to both while at home or listening to the cd in the car.
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HASH(0x98370234) out of 5 stars Everything old is new again 12 Dec. 2013
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I bought it as a whim. It has survived time nicely. There arwe enough Broadway and Movie songs to make it quite enjoyable and though not a great singer,. Chakiris is quite solid, enough so that I wondered why he didn't dub Richard Beymer in "West Side Story"! All in all, a good trip back through time that has enough contemporary elements to make it quite enjoyable even in 2013.
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Really like it. Knew I would, as I have it on LP. Really good voice in addition to being a dancer.
HASH(0x983701bc) out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Dec. 2015
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5 star beautiful voice and song's.
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