Audio Mixer: Mark Wilder
Liner Note: Max O. Preeo
Recording information: London, England / New York, NY (03/19/1957-05/02/1962)
Photographers: Stan Green; Stanley Green; Don Hustein; Friedman-Abeles ; Lester Glassner.
Unknown Contributor Role: Henri Ren‚
Arranger: Robert Mersey
In effect, this compilation is "The Best of Julie Andrews on Columbia Records, 1957-1962." It is drawn from five albums released during that period:
- the television soundtrack to Cinderella (1957);
- the original London (not Broadway, as the liner notes mistakenly say) cast album for My Fair Lady (1959);
- the original Broadway cast album for Camelot (1960);
- and two Julie Andrews solo albums, Broadway's Fair Julie (1962) and Don't Go in the Lion's Cage Tonight (1962).
(There is also a previously unreleased recording of No‰el Coward's "I'll Follow My Secret Heart" made during the sessions for Broadway's Fair Julie.) The conceit here is that this is all material from Broadway musicals, but that isn't actually true, since the solo recordings include revivals of such independent songs as "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," and "Burlington Bertie From Bow" (the last later performed by Andrews in the 1968 film Star!). Never mind that, though. Andrews's stage appearances ended for decades after Camelot, and this set affords the listener a chance to hear what she might have been like in, for example, Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story ("I Feel Pretty") and Wonderful Town ("A Little Bit in Love"), even if it's hard to imagine her ever being cast in such shows. Naturally, she brings her precise phrasing and clear voice to every performance, enthusiastically trying on such diverse material as Lane and Harburg's "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" (from Finian's Rainbow) and Rodgers and Hart's "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" (from Too Many Girls). Of course, her familiar performances from the shows with which she is associated remain stellar, though listeners would have preferred the Broadway cast versions of the songs from My Fair Lady (even if they are in mono). ~ William Ruhlmann

Annotation last modified on 2014-01-08 04:15 UTC.


CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 In My Own Little Corner
2 I Feel Pretty
3 By the Light of the Silvery Moon
4 The Lusty Month of May
5 Baubles, Bangles and Beads
6 I'll Follow My Secret Heart
7 Wouldn't It Be Loverly
8 Alexander's Ragtime Band
9 A Little Bit in Love
10 How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
11 How Can I Wait
12 A Lovely Night
13 Burlington Bertie From Bow
14 I Loved You Once in Silence
15 I Didn't Know What Time It Was
16 I Could Have Danced All Night


CD 1

Robert Mersey (tracks 1–6, 8–15)
Leonard Bernstein (American composer and conductor) (tracks 2, 9)
Noël Coward (track 6)
William Hargreaves (track 13)
Burton Lane (track 10)
Frederick Loewe (tracks 4, 7, 11, 14, 16)
Richard Rodgers (tracks 1, 12)
Gus Edwards (1909) (track 3)
Irving Berlin (1911) (track 8)
Richard Rodgers (1939) (track 15)
Alfredo Antonini (track 1)
Noël Coward (track 6)
William Hargreaves (track 13)
Betty Comden (track 9)
Adolph Green (track 9)
Oscar Hammerstein II (tracks 1, 12)
Yip Harburg (track 10)
Alan Jay Lerner (tracks 4, 7, 11, 14, 16)
Stephen Sondheim (track 2)
Edward Madden (1909) (track 3)
Irving Berlin (1911) (track 8)
Lorenz Hart (1939) (track 15)
Mark Wilder (tracks 1–6, 8–15)
Robert Russell Bennett (tracks 7, 16)
Philip J. Lang (tracks 7, 16)
Julie Andrews (English actress/vocalist) (track 1)
Gus Edwards (track 3)
George Forrest (track 5)
Edward Madden (track 3)
Robert Wright (US stage & screen composer & lyricist) (track 5)
Chappell & Co Ltd. (tracks 7, 16)
Chappell & Co., Inc. (tracks 2, 16)
compiled in:
cover recording of:
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was (Pal Joey) (track 15)
is based on:
is the basis for:
Zoom Theme (track 8)
later translated versions:
Ich gefall' mir (track 2)
Me siento hermosa (I Feel Pretty) (West Side Story, Spanish version) (track 2)
Quisiera yo bailar (track 16)
Ser feliz (track 7)
踊りあかそう (track 16)
part of:
Camelot (full musical) (tracks 4, 14)
Cinderella (Rodgers & Hammerstein musical) (tracks 1, 12)
Kismet (full musical) (track 5)
My Fair Lady (full musical) (tracks 7, 16)
Paint Your Wagon (full musical) (track 11)
Wonderful Town (track 9)
Finian's Rainbow (track 10)
Pal Joey (track 15)
West Side Story (track 2)
recording of:
Baubles, Bangles and Beads (from "Kismet") (track 5)
How Are Things in Glocca Morra? (from "Finian's Rainbow") (track 10)
How Can I Wait? (Paint Your Wagon) (track 11)
I Loved You Once in Silence (Camelot) (track 14)
The Lusty Month of May (Camelot) (track 4)
A Lovely Night (1957-03-18) (track 12)
In My Own Little Corner (1957-03-18) (track 1)
I Could Have Danced All Night (My Fair Lady) (1959-02-01) (track 16)
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly (My Fair Lady) (1959-02-01) (track 7)
referred to in medleys:
West Side Story (Peter Riese arrangement) (track 2)
My Fair Lady Suite (tracks 7, 16)