Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Barbra Streisand, Michael Crawford|
Hello, Dolly! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
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Pope | Wisconsin, United States | 01/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hello Dolly is one of my favorite films. It's one of those movies that I have seen time and time again and never tire of watching. The score is beautifully sung by all involved (yes, even Michael Crawford with his nasal, but pleasant, singing voice). Streisand steals the show as Dolly, of course. And no, she does not seem too young for the role ... The film would be at a loss without her beautiful, flawless singing voice. I also have the Carol Channing 1964 original cast album. Sorry to say it, die-hard-Carol-Channing-fans, but I have a hard time visualizing her as Dolly in the film (although she is great on the album). Her voice is unique and charming, but the score is really better done by someone who can sing!I have to hold back from giving 5 stars, though, due to the sound quality of the disc and incompleteness of this recording. The sound quality on several parts of the disc has much to be desired. The sound is somewhat distorted and tinny during the louder sequences. The disc is also incomplete. While the music contained herein would have been quite sufficient for the limited playing time of vinyl records, an effort should be made to expand the CD to include additional material. Missing from the disc are the "Call on Dolly" chants which open the film, the wonderful OVERTURE, additional material in DANCING and BEFORE THE PARADE PASSES BY, the entire Waiters' Dance in the Harmonia Garden sequence, as well as the chase music which closes that sequence. Wasn't there Exit Music too? There is also a lot of underscoring that accompanies the Harmonia sequence that we would like to see released. Perhaps 20th Century-Fox will put out a RESTORED and EXPANDED soundtrack album when this film comes out on DVD (whenever that happens; hopefully soon!).Even with its FEW flaws, I highly recommend this soundtrack. And see the movie if you get a chance, too. The VHS is out of print and not yet released on DVD. It airs on the Fox Movie Channel from time to time. Oh to see this spectacle in the movie house, in W I D E S C R E E N and 6 track STEREO! When it comes out on DVD I'll be the first in line to get a copy!"
Great Songs, Great Singing, OK Sound
Pope | 05/16/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was so glad when this was released on CD. It's such a great musical and such a treat to hear Streisand singing the part of Dolly. I was disappointed in the sound quality and the missing songs from the score. Where's the wonderful overture and the clever arrangements for "Call on Dolly?" This soundtrack deserves a re-release!"
Yadayadayada! Barbra, Barbra, Barbra!
James W. Mccully | Wake Forest, NC United States | 10/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yadayadayada, yes Barbra was too young for the part, but!!!!she has a great voice. Listen to Before the Parade Passes By and listen to that long note that she holds forever at the end. Yes, Carol Channing was a better Dolly as a character and old enough for the part and she probably should have played Dolly in the movie. I have seen Carol Channing in the play and she was fantastic!!!! However, she is not a singer. She is however, noted for her voice. People including myself do imitations of her all the time. Maybe they could have had Barbra's singing voice and Carol in the role. Maybe not. Anyway, the world would be at a loss with Barbra's great singing voice. Love the song It Only Takes a Moment and yes part of the verses are missing and Michael Crawford then wasn't much of a singer, but the song itself makes me cry. The words and music are beautiful. And we'll recall when time runs out...that it only took a moment to be loved a whole life long. Crawford was a character actor and his voice wasn't trained then!!!!That's a big then, but he was right for the part.Ribbons Down My Back is also a tearjerker... The words making me recall how lovely love can be... and so I will proudly wear...ribbons down my back.Dancing and Put on Your Sunday Clothes, We've Got Elegance wonderful tunes. This is one of Jerry Herman's best scores. Yes the play/movie is silly. Someone said that. It's supposed to be. It's light musical comedy for heaven's sake. So if you want to hear great music sung well by Barbra, buy this cd. I sure wouldn't buy Carol Channing's version for listening pleasure. I would buy a video of Carol if that ever came available and I'm sure there must be a video somewhere.As far as listening to something over and over, get this one!"