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May 12, 2004

Another peek into the pile of new releases.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Doctor X Give Us a Break (1977) Proctor and Bergman He's practicing medicine until he gets it right!
Turkey Lurkey Time Camp (OS 2003) Alana Allen, Dequina Moore, Tracee Beazer, Company In celebration of Burt Bacharach's birthday (May 12th, 1929), here's a tune from the 1968 Burt Bacharach – Hal David musical Promises, Promises (their first and only musical). This performance is from the 2003 film Camp, about a bunch of kids at a summer theatre camp.
All Hallow's Eve Ball Van Helsing (OS 2004) Orchestra and Hollywood Film Choral conducted by Alan Silvestri From Stephen Sommers (who brought you those cinema classics The Mummy and The Mummy Returns) comes this supernatural action film with Hugh Jackman as Gabriel van Helsing, employed by a secret society to fight vampires and other nasties. Just how he's related to Abraham van Helsing (from Bram Stoker's Dracula) is not clear from the film's PR.
Paris Waltz The Longest Day (2004) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Nic Raine This is from Maurice Jarre's score for the 1966 French film Paris brûle-t-il? (released in the USA at Is Paris Burning?), which starred Orson Welles, Leslie Caron, Charles Boyer and Alain Delon, among others. Gore Vidal and Francis Fold Coppola co-authored the screenplay, which describes the Nazi occupation and attempted destruction of Paris.
Prelude The Longest Day (2004) City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Nic Raine This one if from Bernard Herrmann's music for the 1958 film adaptation of Norman Mailer's Word War II novel The Naked and the Dead. Raoul Walsh directed a cast that included Also Ray, Cliff Robertson, Raymond Massey, Joey Bishop and famed stripper Lili St. Cyr (who would later create and market her own line of lingerie).
The Story of Lucy and Jessie Sketches of Broadway (2004) Janis Siegel Jazz singer Siegel (of The Manhattan Transfer) gives this Sondheim song (from Follies) about a woman with something of a split personality an upbeat "scat" treatment without losing the clever lyrics.
Surrey with the Fringe on Top / Stoned Soul Picnic Sketches of Broadway (2004) Janis Siegel Siegel says she recalls learning this old favorite from Oklahoma as far back as grade school but "our thirty-something assistant engineer promptly admitted he'd never heard of the song, and his mother roundly scolded him for it." Siegel decided to combine it with Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic" because they both "painted the picture of a lazy summer's day" and brought her back to her childhood.
Snootie Little Cutie Young Blue Eyes (2004) Frank Sinatra, The Pied Pipers, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra This disc collects live recordings Sinatra did at the very beginning of his career (1940 - 42) for the NBC radio network. Here he's joined by another legendary singer from the 1940s - Jo Stafford.
You Walk By Young Blue Eyes (2004) Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Returning to the war theme, this little ballad opens with some patter between Sinatra and Dorsey about the former's induction into the Army.
Fab Fad Fashions Give Us a Break (1977) Proctor and Bergman Mad and Tad present their new fall line. Their motto: "Don't get hung up in your closet; wear youself out!". That that, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy!


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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