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Bande Originale du film "My Fair Lady" (1964)

Frederick Loewe - Alan Jay Lerner

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Inevitably, the original soundtrack to My Fair Lady is remembered, like the film, for the absence of Julie Andrews, who starred in the Broadway and London stage productions, but was deemed, at least at the time when the casting decision had to be made, not enough of a star to carry the movie. (Embarrassingly, by the time the movie opened, Mary Poppins had made her more than enough of a star to do so.) Instead, Audrey Hepburn stepped into the role of the pre-World War I London flower girl Eliza Doolittle, who aspires to a better accent and the social advantages that will come with it. Ironically, Hepburn's voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon when it came to singing. (Nixon was an accomplished Hollywood voice ghost, having previously sung for Deborah Kerr in The King and I and Natalie Wood in West Side Story, among other assignments.) Rex Harrison re-created his stage role as the elocutionist, Professor Henry Higgins (he had also appeared in the film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, the source for My Fair Lady), as did Stanley Holloway, as Eliza's flamboyant Cockney father. It was good that Harrison and Holloway got to immortalize their performances on film, but since both were making their third recordings of the score, they didn't have much to add. Nixon (no doubt with bits of Hepburn here and there) was fine, but the composite performance lacked the flair that Andrews would have given it. The result was an acceptable recording that did not surpass the Broadway or London cast albums. [The 1994 CD reissue adds a number of choral and orchestral interludes, as well as reprises of a few songs.]
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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Bande Originale du film "My Fair Lady" (1964)

Frederick Loewe

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1
Overture (Instrumental)
André Previn
00:03:24

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
Why Can't the English? (Voice)
Various Interprets
00:02:34

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
Wouldn't It Be Loverly (Voice)
Marni Nixon
00:04:19

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
The Flowermarket* (Instrumental)
André Previn
00:01:43

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
I'm Just An Ordinary Man (Voice)
Rex Harrison
00:04:42

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

6
With A Little Bit Of Luck (Voice)
Various Interprets
00:03:53

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
Just You Wait (Voice)
Marni Nixon
00:02:56

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

8
Servants' Chorus* (Voice)
André Previn
00:01:24

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
The Rain In Spain (Voice)
Various Interprets
00:02:11

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
I Could Have Danced All Night (From "My Fair Lady") (Voice)
Marni Nixon
00:03:55

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

11
Ascot Gavotte (Voice)
André Previn
00:03:06

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

12
Ascot Gavotte (reprise)* (Voice)
André Previn
00:00:38

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

13
On The Street Where You Live (Voice)
Various Interprets
00:02:56

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

14
Intermission* (Instrumental)
André Previn
00:01:28

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

15
The Transylvanian March* (Voice)
André Previn
00:01:18

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

16
The Embassy Waltz (Instrumental)
André Previn
00:02:07

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

17
You Did It (Voice)
Various Interprets
00:04:36

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

18
Just You Wait (reprise)* (Voice)
Marni Nixon
00:01:24

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

19
On The Street Where You Live (reprise)* (Voice)
Various Interprets
00:01:23

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer - Bill Shirley, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

20
Show Me (Voice)
Marni Nixon
00:02:10

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer - Bill Shirley, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

21
The Flowermarket* (Voice)
Marni Nixon
00:01:36

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer - Marni Nixon, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

22
Get Me To The Church On Time (Voice)
Various Interprets
00:05:56

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer - Stanley Holloway, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

23
A Hymn To Him (Voice)
Marni Nixon
00:03:34

Al Woodbury, Orchestrator - Robert Tucker, Arranger - Didier Deutsch, Re-Issue Producer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

24
Without You (Voice)
Rex Harrison
00:02:45

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

Originally released 1964 by SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

25
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face (Voice)
Rex Harrison
00:05:57

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

26
End Titles* (Instrumental)
André Previn
00:01:38

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

27
Exit Music* (Instrumental)
André Previn
00:01:14

Frederick Loewe, composer - André Previn, conductor & performer - Alan Jay Lerner, Lyricist - Rex Harrison, Performer

(P) 1994 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

Inevitably, the original soundtrack to My Fair Lady is remembered, like the film, for the absence of Julie Andrews, who starred in the Broadway and London stage productions, but was deemed, at least at the time when the casting decision had to be made, not enough of a star to carry the movie. (Embarrassingly, by the time the movie opened, Mary Poppins had made her more than enough of a star to do so.) Instead, Audrey Hepburn stepped into the role of the pre-World War I London flower girl Eliza Doolittle, who aspires to a better accent and the social advantages that will come with it. Ironically, Hepburn's voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon when it came to singing. (Nixon was an accomplished Hollywood voice ghost, having previously sung for Deborah Kerr in The King and I and Natalie Wood in West Side Story, among other assignments.) Rex Harrison re-created his stage role as the elocutionist, Professor Henry Higgins (he had also appeared in the film adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, the source for My Fair Lady), as did Stanley Holloway, as Eliza's flamboyant Cockney father. It was good that Harrison and Holloway got to immortalize their performances on film, but since both were making their third recordings of the score, they didn't have much to add. Nixon (no doubt with bits of Hepburn here and there) was fine, but the composite performance lacked the flair that Andrews would have given it. The result was an acceptable recording that did not surpass the Broadway or London cast albums. [The 1994 CD reissue adds a number of choral and orchestral interludes, as well as reprises of a few songs.]
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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