Shirley Jones / Gordon MacRae - Carousel [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Shirley Jones / Gordon MacRae - Carousel [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Release Date:
1956
Duration:
01:10:04
Recording Date:
November 17, 1955
Recording Location:
Twentieth Century-Fox Studios, Hollywood, CA
Styles:
Show/Musical, Cast Recordings, Musicals, Show Tunes, Soundtracks
Album:
Carousel [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Rodgers and Hammerstein were relatively uninvolved in the movie version of their second musical, Carousel, which was the least successful of three adaptations of their shows released within an eight-month period from October 1955 to June 1956. Oklahoma!, which preceded it, and The King and I, which followed, were both blockbusters, while Carousel failed to make back its considerable production cost. The dark-edged story had also been less of a success on Broadway, though still a big hit, and the casting of Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae (the latter a last-minute replacement for Frank Sinatra, who walked out in a contract dispute), the same pair who had just appeared in Oklahoma!, may have dampened audiences' enthusiasm. The soundtrack album, however, was musically more complete containing songs like "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan" and "Blow High, Blow Low" that had been cut from the film -- and more popular -- reaching the Top Five and selling a million copies -- than the movie. Jones (some of whose singing may have been dubbed by Marni Nixon) and MacRae perform well, as does the rest of the cast, particularly soprano Claramae Turner ("You'll Never Walk Alone"). Some lyrics have been bowdlerized, and a couple of minor songs are missing, but this is still a good version of the score, especially because of the larger orchestra. Subsequent CD reissues have expanded the album's length, and the 2001 edition is padded out with music from two lengthy ballet sections to bring the running time over 70 minutes. 2001 reissue producers Didier C. Deutsch and Charles L. Granata each contribute liner notes, and they overlap; the two essays should have been edited together.

And since they make so much of Sinatra's defection, it would have been nice to have dug up the pre-recordings he made for the soundtrack.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Carousel, musical
Introduction / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: William Le Massena1:57 Amazon
Main Title: The Carousel Waltz / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: Twentieth Century Fox Orchestra1:51 Amazon
You're A Queer One, Julie Jordan / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: Barbara Ruick1:23 Amazon
When I Marry Mr. Snow / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: Barbara Ruick3:52 Amazon
If I Loved You / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae6:20 Amazon
June Is Bustin' Out All Over / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: Barbara Ruick / Claramae Turner3:39 Amazon
June Is Bustin' Out All Over Ballet / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: Twentieth Century Fox Orchestra5:12 Amazon
Soliloquy / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae7:52 Amazon
Blow High, Blow Low / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae1:27 Amazon
When The Children Are Asleep / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: Robert Rounseville / Barbara Ruick4:48 Amazon
A Real Nice Clambake / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: Robert Rounseville / Barbara Ruick / Claramae Turner2:39 Amazon
Stonecutters Cut It On Stone / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae2:20 Amazon
What's The Use Of Wond'rin' / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae3:31 Amazon
You'll Never Walk Alone / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: Claramae Turner2:29
Ballet / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: Twentieth Century Fox Orchestra9:35 Amazon
If I Loved You (reprise) / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae2:03 Amazon
You'll Never Walk Alone (Finale) / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae2:02 Amazon
Carousel Waltz (LP version) / Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard RodgersShirley Jones / Gordon MacRae feat: Twentieth Century Fox Orchestra7:12 Amazon

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