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Lucky To Be Me - A Life In Music

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Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
2
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Available
Release Date:
26-04-2019
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5055122190622
Packaging:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
STAGE9062
Lucky To Be Me - A Life In Music
Lucky To Be Me - A Life In Music

Description

'Lucky To Be Me - A Life in Music' represents the first time a solo album of Alfred Drake's recordings has been issued. Presented as a Deluxe 2CD set, the album includes an entire disc of "Demos, Live Performances and Rarities" culled from Drake's own private archive of recordings.

Alfred Drake is undoubtedly one of the most iconic figures in the history of musical theatre. In a career that encompassed every possible aspect of the performing arts, from Gilbert and Sullivan operetta to classic Broadway musicals and the plays of Shakespeare, his legacy is unparalleled. However, when you listen to his elegant voice a true picture of his spectacular artistry emerges.

Stage Door have selected beloved songs from 'Oklahoma!', 'Kiss Me, Kate', and 'Kismet', but have used less familiar performances to create a truly unique compilation with which to honour the great man. Of special note is the inclusion of the great "Soliloquy" from Carousel, the recording of which he was most proud.

Highlights from these unreleased treasures on disc 2 include his 1940 Metropolitan Opera Audition and demos recorded for the Broadway musicals 'The Liar' and 'Courtin' Time'. Compiled with the assistance of Broadway historian and Alfred Drake archivist George Dansker, 'Lucky To Be Me - A Life in Music' showcases the brilliance of Alfred Drake's work on stage and in the recording studio. There were many great stars on Broadway in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The distaff side had, of course, Mary Martin and Ethel Merman, to name only two of the most famous of that era. But there was only one comparable male star in this musical theatre galaxy - and that was the great Alfred Drake - who remains to this day Broadway's ultimate leading man.

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Lucky To Be Me (from 'On The Town')
  3. Maria (from 'West Side Story')
  4. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (from 'Oklahoma!')
  5. Were Thine That Special Face (from 'Kiss Me Kate')
  6. Wunderbar (from 'Kiss Me Kate) - Alfred Drake, Jane Pickens
  7. Why Can't You Behave? (from 'Kiss Me Kate') - Alfred Drake, Jane Pickens
  8. The Olive Tree (from 'Kismet')
  9. And This Is My Beloved (from 'Kismet')
  10. You're Devastating (from 'Roberta')
  11. In The Spring Of The Year
  12. Spring Came Back To Vienna
  13. Forgotten
  14. Till The Sands Of The Desert Grow Cold
  15. The World Is Mine Tonight
  16. The Happy Wanderer (Val-De-Ri, Val-De-Ra)
  17. Destiny's Darling
  18. Beyond The Sunrise (from 'The Adventures Of Marco Polo')
  19. So In Love (from 'Kiss Me Kate')
  20. Greensleeves
  21. Tea For Two (from 'No, No Nanette') - Alfred Drake, Mimi Benzell
  22. The Nightmare Song (from 'Iolanthe')
  23. If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You
  24. Lonely Town (from 'On The Town')
  25. Soliloquy (from 'Carousel')
  26. Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' (from 'Oklahoma!') - Introduced By Andy Williams
  27. People Will Say We're In Love (from 'Oklahoma!') Piano Rehearsal
  28. Where (from 'Sing Out, Sweet Land!) Piano Rehearsal
  29. We're On Our Way (Infantry Song) - Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, Alfred Drake
  30. Almost Like Being In Love (from 'Brigadoon') - Alfred Drake, Roberta Roberts
  31. The Heather On The Hill (from 'Brigadoon')
  32. A Glass is A Glass (from 'The Liar') - Demo
  33. Maiden Fair (from 'The Liar') - Demo
  34. Rose By Any Other Name (from 'The Liar') - Demo - Alfred Drake, Esther Harvey Brown
  35. The World Is So Dull (from 'The Liar') - Demo
  36. You Often See Men At The Fair (from 'The Liar') - Demo
  37. Fixing For A Long Cold Winter (from 'Courtin' Time) - Demo
  38. Hat In Hand (from 'Courtin' Time) - Demo
  39. In The Still Of The Night - Practice Recording
  40. I See Your Face Before Me - Practice Recording
  41. Thoughts Of You - Practice Recording
  42. None But The Lonely Heart - Metropolitan Opera Audition
  43. Crudel! Perchè Finora (from 'Le Nozze di Figaro') - Metropolitan Opera Audition
  44. Queen Mab Aria (from 'Roméo et Juliette') - Metropolitan Opera Audition
  45. I Have A Song To Sing (from 'The Yeomen Of The Guard') - Alfred Drake, Barbara Cook
  46. Oh! A Private Buffoon (from 'The Yeomen Of The Guard')
  47. Love Me Tonight (from 'The Vagabond King') - Live
  48. Where Or When (from 'Babes In Arms') - Live
  49. For Every Man There's A Woman - Live
  50. Wandering (from 'Sing Out, Sweet Land!') - Live
  51. Sweet Danger (from 'Kean') - Live
  52. Let Her Not Be Beautiful (from 'Zenda') - Live
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