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Finian's Rainbow (1947 Original Broadway Cast)
Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg
Finian's Rainbow (1947 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
While Finian's Rainbow's plot of racial injustice and heroic tobacco sharecroppers may be dated (never more so than as presented in Francis Ford Coppola's bloated 1968 film), Burton Lane and Yip Harburg's score is still a ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Burton Lane, E.Y. Harburg
Title: Finian's Rainbow (1947 Original Broadway Cast)
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 5/30/2000
Album Type: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Style: Musicals
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 696998920828, 5099708920821, 069699892082

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While Finian's Rainbow's plot of racial injustice and heroic tobacco sharecroppers may be dated (never more so than as presented in Francis Ford Coppola's bloated 1968 film), Burton Lane and Yip Harburg's score is still a pot of gold. Finian McLonergan (Albert Sharpe) is an elderly Irishman who has traveled to America in hopes of planting some pilfered gold near Fort Knox and watching it grow. As his daughter, Ella Logan (who was actually Scottish) earns her top billing with charming renditions of "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "Look to the Rainbow." Playing Og the leprechaun is Tony winner David Wayne, who has fun with the lyrics of "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love," and Donald Richards as the leader of the sharecroppers croons "Old Devil Moon" and other tunes. This 2000 reissue of the 1947 original Broadway cast restores a missing passage of "Look to the Rainbow," replaces "The Begat" with a superior take, and adds a previously unreleased version of "That Great Come-and-Get-It Day." In three bonus tracks, Harburg sings and presents "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love" for a live audience, and Harburg sings a song cut from the production, "Don't Pass Me By," with Lane at the piano. The booklet includes the original LP's front and back covers, photos, a detailed synopsis, new production notes, and comments on the reissue. It's also midprice. Other than a lack of printed lyrics, this is everything a reissue should be. --David Horiuchi

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Recorded Magic!
Richard Simonton | Florida | 05/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great sound; great music; great vitality. I don't know how this music manages to cast such a spell. Maybe it's because it was the first show I ever saw, though I'm more inclined to credit the talent that created and performed it. This recording captures the magic of Finian's Rainbow at its most potent, and the reissue engineers deserve applause for not adding reverb or other gimmicks to make the sound more "modern" and less immediate. But I did notice one difference in a lyric from the 1947 book: She sings "swellish condish" instead of "hellish condish." Apparently, the h-word was acceptable on the stage 60+ years ago, but not in the living room."