Tuesday, March 25, 1997

Mar. 25, 1997: Muddy Waters compilation, His Best 1947-55, released

Last updated September 7, 2018.

Best of/His Best

Muddy Waters

Released: April 1958 B, Mar. 25, 1997 H

Years Covered: 1948-54 B, 1947-55 H


Sales (in millions):
US: --
UK: --
IFPI: --
World (estimated): --


Peak:
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UK: --
Canada: --
Australia: --

B Best of
H His Best 1947-1955

Quotable: “Perfect country blues” – Ken Hohman, Amazon.com


Genre: blues


Album Tracks: H

  1. I Can’t Be Satisfied (9/18/48, #11 RB) B
  2. I Feel Like Going Home (9/18/48, B-side of “Satisfied”)
  3. Train Fare Home (1948)
  4. Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (1950)
  5. Rollin’ Stone (1950) B
  6. Louisiana Blues (1/13/51, #10 RB) B
  7. Long Distance Call (4/14/51, #8 RB) B
  8. Honey Bee (7/14/51, #10) B
  9. Still a Fool (11/24/51, #9 RB) B
  10. She Moves Me (2/23/52, #10 RB) B
  11. Standing Around Crying (1952) B
  12. Mad Love (I Want You to Love Me) (11/21/53, #6 RB) B
  13. Baby Please Don’t Go (1953)
  14. (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (3/13/54, #3 RB) B
  15. I Just Want to Make Love to You (6/5/54, #4 RB) B
  16. I’m Ready (10/23/54, #4 RB) B
  17. Mannish Boy (6/30/55, #5 RB)
  18. Young Fashioned Ways (1955)
  19. Sugar Sweet (1955)
  20. Trouble No More (1955)

All of the above tracks are featured on His Best 1947-1955 (H). Tracks featured on Best of are noted by B.


Singles/Hit Songs:

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Review:

In 1958, Chess Records released a Muddy Waters’ greatest hits collection simply entitled The Best of Muddy Waters. It compiled a dozen songs which were initially issued as singles from 1948 to 1954. Most appeared on Billboard magazine’s R&B charts. It was the first Muddy Waters album and only the third album released by Chess on the LP (long-playing) format. WK In 1983, it was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Nearly 40 years later, as part of their 50th anniversary series, Chess released a new compilation (His Best 1947-55) JH which covered all the songs on the original Best of collection plus another eight songs.

These songs represent Waters from his formative years through his peak. Listeners are “in for a lot of terrific bottleneck slide guitar work as well as electric Chicago blues.” KH These “tracks are spare, haunting and, quite frankly, perfect country blues.” KHI Can't Be Satisfied, Rollin' and Tumblin’, I’m Ready, and Mannish Boy are simply beyond reproach.” KH The latter song and “Hoochie Coochie Man have sparked endless imitations over the years – and…nobody has played them better since.” KH


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Monday, March 17, 1997

50 years ago: Brigadoon opened on Broadway

Brigadoon

Alan Jay Lerner (music), Frederick Loewe (lyrics)

Cast Album


Stage Debut: March 17, 1947


Charted: June 14, 1947


Peak: 4 US


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: show tunes


Soundtrack


Charted: November 13, 1964


Peak: 8 US


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: show tunes



Songs on Cast Album:

Song Title (Performers) [time]

  1. Overture / Once in the Highlands /Brigadoon
  2. Down on MacConnachy Square
  3. Waitin’ for My Dearie
  4. I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean
  5. The Heather on the Hill
  6. Come to Me, Bend to me
  7. Almost Like Being in Love
  8. There But for You Go I
  9. My Mother’s Weddin’ Day
  10. From This Day On / Brigadoon


Songs on Soundtrack:

Song Title (Performers) [time]

  1. Brigadoon: Main Title (MGM Studio Orchestra) [1:30]
  2. Once in the Highlands (Dick Beavers & MGM Studio Chorus) [0:52]
  3. Brigadoon (MGM Studio Chorus) [2:06]
  4. Down on MacConnachy Square (Villagers with MGM Studio Chorus) [3:13]
  5. Waiting for My Dearie (Carol Richards, Bonnie Murray, Anne Biggs, Betty Allen, & MGM Studio Chorus) [5:46]
  6. I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean (John Gustafson, Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Paul Roberts & MGM Studio Chorus) [5:17]
  7. Come to Me, Bend to Me (outtake) (John Gustafson) [2:59]
  8. Heather on the Hill (Gene Kelly) [6:36]
  9. Almost Like Being in Love (Gene Kelly) [4:21]
  10. Talk to the Dominie (MGM Studio Orchestra) [2:29]
  11. Till the End of Our Days (MGM Studio Orchestra) [1:14]
  12. There But for You Go I (outtake) (Gene Kelly) [4:13]
  13. Two Hundred Years Later (MGM Studio Orchestra) [4:43]
  14. The Wedding Dance (MGM Studio Orchestra) [4:08]
  15. The Chase (John Gustafon, Bill Reeve, Ernie Newton, & MGM Studio Orchestra & Chorus) [3:48]
  16. Fiona’s Search (MGM Studio Orchestra) [1:01]
  17. From This Day On (outtake) (Gene Kelly & Carol Richards) [4:17]
  18. Heather on the Hill (New York – Reprise) (Carol Richards) [2:19]
  19. Even Miracles (MGM Studio Orchestra) [1:35]
  20. Brigadoon – Finale & End Credits (MGM Studio Chorus) [1:01]
  21. Dinna Ye Know, Tommy (outtake) (Carol Richards) [0:25]
  22. Come to Me, Bend to Me (outtake) (Carol Richards) [0:56]
  23. Heather on the Hill (instrumental reprise) (MGM Studio Orchestra) [3:43]


Singles/Hit Songs:

As was common in the pre-rock era, songs from musicals were often recorded by artists not associated with the musical and released as singles. Here are some of the most notable hit singles resulting from the show:

  • “Almost Like Being in Love” – Frank Sinatra (#20, 1947), Mildred Bailey (#21, 1947), Mary Martin (#21, 1947), Michael Johnson (#32, 1978)

Rating:

4.096 out of 5.00 (average of 10 ratings for cast album and soundtrack combined)


Awards (Cast Album and Soundtrack): (Click on award to learn more).

About the Show:

Brigadoon was the fourth time Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe collaborated on a musical. The first one, Life of the Party, didn’t make it past tryouts but the next two had moderate success. Inspired by the success of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and Carousel, Lerner & Loewe wrote Brigadoon with a serious love story for the main plot and a lighter romance as a subplot.

The story deals with two American tourists who stumble across the mysterious Scottish village of Brigadoon which only appears one day every 100 years. A tourist named Tommy falls for Fiona from Brigadoon. The village was fictional, but named after the Scottish bridge Brig o’ Doon. The music incorporated elements of traditiona Scottish folk dance.

The original production opened on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theatre on March 13, 1947, and ran for 581 performances. It starred David Brooks (Tommy), Marion Bell (Fiona), George Keane (Jeff), James Mitchell (Harry), and Pamela Britton (Meg). The musical opened on April 14, 1949, at Her Majesty’s Theatre on London’s West End and ran for 685 performances.

The New York Daily Mirror’s Robert Coleman called it “an unconventional musical show of marked originality” WK and The New York Sun’s Ward Morehouse called it “a stunning show.” WK In the New York Herald Tribune, Howard Barnes called it “a scintillating song and dance fantasy.” WK Richard Watts Jr. wrote in the New York Post “I have seen other musical comedies that I enjoyed more, but few for which I have a deeper admiration.” WK

In 1954, Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse starred in a film version of Brigadoon. A television broadcast aired on ABC on October 15, 1966, and won five Primetime Emmy Awards. It starred Robert Goulet (Tommy), Peter Falk (Jeff), Sally Ann Howes (Fiona), Edward Villella (Harry), and Marlyn Mason (Meg).

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First posted 12/21/2021; last updated 12/23/2021.