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re: The messy brilliance of the MY FAIR LADY film (VERY LONG!)
Last Edit: BroadwayTonyJ 06:36 pm EDT 04/01/21
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 06:34 pm EDT 04/01/21
In reply to: re: The messy brilliance of the MY FAIR LADY film (VERY LONG!) - Michael_Portantiere 01:02 pm EDT 04/01/21

My mom bought me the OBC LP in '56 at Goldblatt's in Chicago. I played it so often that by '64 it had considerable wear (diamond needles and turntables back then were not the greatest) and needed to be replaced.

I had not heard good things about the '59 OLC LP, even though it was in stereo. I received the soundtrack LP for Christmas in '64, but wasn't crazy about it. We drove all over Chicagoland trying to find the '56 original without any luck. I actually contacted the Columbia Record Club, offered to become a member if I could get the original recording, but was told only the London LP was available. I ended up buying the London version at our local Polk Bros. store. Ironically, my girlfriend at the time did have the '56 LP, having gotten it pre-'59. However, she dumped me for this big guy on the basketball team my senior year, so I learned to appreciate the London.

Decades later I was able to purchase the '56 recording on cassette. Today I have CDs of the '56 original, the '59 London, the '93 Jay Records, the '01 London, the '18 Broadway, and Benanti's CD of selections. The '56 is easily my favorite; however, I do enjoy the '18 revival, and Benanti's vocals (especially "I Could Have Danced All Night") are thrilling.
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