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1959-03-Film Soundtrack

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1 pour un total de 13 tracks
Pietro Alfieri, Rae Allen, Shannon Bolin, Russ Brown, Bob Fosse, Nathaniel Frey, Tab Hunter, Jimmie Komack, Albert Linville, Robert Shafer, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston
01. Overture
02. Six Months Out Of Every Year
03. Goodbye, Old Girl
04. Heart
05. Shoeless Joe From Hannibal, Mo.
06. There's Something About An Empty Chair
07. Whatever Lola Wants
08. A Little Brains, A Little Talent
09. Whatever Lola Wants
10. Those Were The Good Old Days
11. Who's Got The Pain
12. Two Lost Souls
13. There's Something About An Empty Chair (Reprise)
As compared with many Broadway-to-Hollywood transfers, the screen adaptation of the musical Damn Yankees was relatively faithful. Stage director and co-librettist George Abbott co-directed the film with Stanley Donen, and they retained not only most of the score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, but most of the Broadway cast, including Gwen Verdon (in her major movie debut) and Ray Walston. The one important concession was the casting of movie actor Tab Hunter in place of Broadway's Stephen Douglass in the starring role of Joe, the younger version of the Washington Senators baseball fan who has sold his soul to the Devil to help his team beat the New York Yankees for the American League pennant. Hunter was not known to have any singing ability prior to his appearance, but he doesn't seem to have been dubbed, and he manages to avoid embarrassing himself in his performances of part of "Goodbye, Old Girl" (most of which is carried by the older Joe, Broadway's Robert Shafer) and the duet with Verdon, "Two Lost Souls." The carryovers from stage to screen mean that the movie is a good representation of the show, but the soundtrack album is, for the most part, simply a shorter retread of the original Broadway cast album. The hits "Heart" and "Whatever Lola Wants" are still infectious. Verdon and Walston (again channeling a combination of Al Jolson, Ted Lewis, and Ray Bolger in his showcase number "Those Were the Good Old Days") are effective as usual. One interesting change is having Bob Fosse, Verdon's choreographer husband, join her on "Who's Got the Pain." But several songs have been cut, not only "The Game" (probably too risqué for Hollywood) and "Near to You," but, oddly, also "A Man Doesn't Know," which has been replaced by a newly written song, "There's Something About an Empty Chair." The song had to be written solely by Adler, since Ross died not long after the 1955 Broadway opening, and it allows him to put his individual stamp on the score, but it is not an improvement. (The Damn Yankees soundtrack album was released in monophonic sound in 1958, and all subsequent reissues also were in mono until 1989, when RCA released a stereo version with the catalog number BG2 01047.) ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi All Music Guide


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1) 1955-05-Original Broadway Cast

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