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    THE REPRISE MUSICAL REPERTORY THEATRE (Reprise) 1964

    Warner Reprise 4 CD Boxset featuring Frank Sinatra** and Various Artists performing songs from

    FINIAN'S RAINBOW
    KISS ME KATE
    SOUTH PACIFIC
    GUYS AND DOLLS


    **all Frank Sinatra tracks - excepting ++ - can be found on THE COMPLETE REPRISE STUDIO RECORDINGS
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    THE COMPLETE REPRISE STUDIO RECORDINGS 1995




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    (Thanks to Bernhard bvo)


    DISC 1 FINIANS RAINBOW
    Arrangers:
    Bill Loose (1)
    Warren Barker and Gene Puerting (2, 4)
    Nathan van Cleave (3, 5, 12)
    Jerry Fielding (6)
    Nelson Riddle (7, 9)
    George Rhodes (8)
    Ralph Smale (9)
    Skip Martin (11)
    Marty Paich (12)

    1. Overture
    2. This Time of the Year - The Hi-Lo's
    3. How Are Things in Glocca Morra? - Rosemary Clooney
    4. If This Isn't Love - The Hi-Lo's
    5. Look to the Rainbow - Rosemary Clooney
    6. Something Sort of Grandish - Bing Crosby
    7. Old Devil Moon - Frank Sinatra
    8. Necessity - Sammy Davis, Jr.
    9. When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love - Frank Sinatra
    10. When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich – Lou Monte & The Mary Kaye Trio
    11. Begat - The McGuire Sisters
    12. How Are Things in Glocca Morra? (Reprise) - Clark Dennis
    13. That Great Come-And-Get It Day - Sammy Davis, Jr.


    DISC 2 KISS ME KATE
    Arrangers:
    George Duning (1)
    Warren Baker and Gene Puerting (2)
    Billy May (3, 4, 9)
    Nelson Riddle (5, 13)
    Skip Martin (6, 11, 12)
    George Rhodes (7)
    Herb Spencer (8)
    Jerry Fielding (10)

    1. Overture
    2. Another Op'nin', Another Show - The Hi-Lo's
    3. Why Can't You Behave? - Jo Stafford
    4. We Open in Venice – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr.
    5. So in Love - Johnny Prophet
    6. I Hate Men - Phyllis McGuire
    7. Too Darn Hot - Sammy Davis, Jr.
    8. Were Thine That Special Face - Johnny Prophet
    9. Where Is the Life That Late I Led? - Lou Monte
    10. Wunderbar - Johnny Prophet
    11. Always True to You in My Fashion - Keely Smith
    12. Bianca - Dean Martin
    13. So in Love (Reprise) - Frank Sinatra & Keely Smith


    DISC 3 SOUTH PACIFIC
    Arrangers:
    Nathan van Cleave (1, 8)
    Skip Martin (2, 10, 15)
    Billy May (3)
    Nelson Riddle (4, 5, 14, 17)
    Bill Loose (6, 7)
    Marty Paich (9)
    Warren Parker & Gene Puerting (11, 13)
    Jerry Fielding (12)
    Terry Rosen (16)

    1. Overture
    2. Dites-Moi - The McGuire Sisters
    3. A Cock-Eyed Optimist - Jo Stafford
    4. Twin Soliloquies (Wonder How It Feels) - Frank Sinatra & Keely Smith
    5. Some Enchanted Evening - Frank Sinatra
    6. A Wonderful Guy - Keely Smith
    7. Younger Than Springtime - Bing Crosby
    8. Bali Ha'i - Jo Stafford
    9. There Is Nothin' Like a Dame - Sammy Davis, Jr.
    10. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair - Dinah Shore
    11. Bloody Mary - The Hi-Lo's
    12. Happy Talk - Debbie Reynolds
    13. Younger Than Springtime (Reprise) - The Hi-Lo's
    14. This Nearly Was Mine - Frank Sinatra
    15. Honey Bun - Dinah Shore
    16. Carefully Taught - Sammy Davis, Jr. & Terry Rosen, guitar
    17. Some Enchanted Evening (Reprise) – Frank Sinatra & Rosemary Clooney


    DISC 4 GUYS AND DOLLS
    Arrangers:
    Billy May (1, 4, 12)
    Bill Loose (2, 3, 6, 15)
    Skip Martin (5, 7)
    Nelson Riddle (8)
    Jerry Fielding (9, 11, 13)
    Nathan van Cleave (10)
    Warren Barker (14)

    1. Overture
    2. Fugue for Tinhorns – Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby & Dean Martin
    3. I'll Know - Jo Stafford
    4. The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York) – Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby & Dean Martin
    5. A Bushel and a Peck - The McGuire Sisters
    6. Guys and Dolls – Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin
    7. If I Were a Bell - Dinah Shore
    8. I've Never Been in Love Before - Frank Sinatra
    9. Take Back Your Mink - Debbie Reynolds
    10. More I Cannot Wish You - Clark Dennis
    11. Adelaide‘sLament - Debbie Reynolds
    12. Luck Be a Lady - Frank Sinatra
    13. Sue Me - Debbie Reynolds & Allan Sherman
    14. Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat - Sammy Davis, Jr.
    15. Guys and Dolls (Reprise) – Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin **



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    Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre artists (Keely Smith, The HiLos, Lou Monte, Sammy Davis Jr, The McGuire Sisters, Jo Stafford, Billy May, Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Les Baxter & The Balladeers and Mavis Rivers ) were featured on:
    1963 Reprise LP FRANK SINATRA AND HIS FRIENDS WANT YOU TO HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS


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    I believe this set was originally offered exclusively by the Saturday Evening Post magazine. Several of the LPs were eventually released on the Harmony budget label (licensed from Reprise by Columbia Records). The CD reissue has very poor sound. This needs to be remastered from the original session tapes and not the 2 track LP tapes.

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    Vinny,

    Cutting or punching holes in an album cover (lp, cass, cd...) is/was to keep stores from returning over-run or promotional copies for credit against the store's account.

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    LP box with LPs in Fold-Out jackets with liner notes is rare.

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    So what's the story here?

    LP Boxset / foldouts / liner notes is the Ist Edition?

    SE Post is 2nd Ed?

    Harmony is 3rd?

    Dates?

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    I don't know the dates, but the Saturday Evening Post box set was the first edition I believe. There was a magazine ad in the publication and a direct mail ad as well. Next came the Reprise store edition which was not a box set but individual LPs (?) and finally the Harmony LPs which listed for $1.98 mono and $2.98 stereo.

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    Hey Peter

    Thanks!

    Gee, quality scans of that SEP ad (and the direct mail also) would sure dress up this thread...

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    Rick,

    Thanks so much for posting the lists of songs and the covers from the 4-cd box set.

    I have these recordings. They are wonderful!

    Recently I acquired a copy of the 1963 Christmas lp!


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    The four LPs (sold individually) came out on Reprise in November 1963.

    Bernhard.

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    Rick,

    Thank you for posting these wonderful songs. I have them but I'm thinking of the newer fans who may not be aware that they even exist. Whenever I go into a collectible shop or flea market I always look for Frank's old LPs and have found some fantastic bargains. I never leave a Sinatra album on the shelf. I have three or four of some of them because I play them and it's nice to have extras on hand.


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    Bumping up this thread while having chosen this set's "Finian's Rainbow" disc for morning music. Rosie's "Look To The Rainbow" is my favourite here. Wish Sinatra would have chimed in (at least) on "Glocca Mora".

    Bernhard.

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    Two questions; is this set still available for sale? I have been keeping an eye on eBay, but none have popped up in a while, although there is a compilation CD out there right now, I would rather find the whole 4 CD set. And, what is the duet like of 'So in Love' with Frank and Keely? My wife and I have fallen in love (no pun intended) with the version on the 'De-Lovely' soundtrack and have been wondering if Frank had ever covered the song. Is his version a slow ballad or an uptempo swing number? I guess ultimately I should break down and buy one of the Reprise suitcases when they come up and just be done with the whole thing but I have enjoyed collecting the individual CD's.
    Brad

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    << is this set still available for sale? >>

    It was available up until recently, but a web search today is discouraging: I could find only two Amazon marketplace sellers offering used copies for exorbitant prices ($190-$200). (FYI: Original list price was in the neighborhood of $50.) The set seems to have gone out of print around last fall.

    WAIT! I found one for $45 here. Considering that it's unavailable at other online sellers (e.g. Footlight, CD Universe, etc.), that may be an outdated listing, but it's worth a try.

    << what is the duet like of 'So in Love' with Frank and Keely? >>

    Wonderful! It's a moderately uptempo number, with a tango-like backing, but a lot of strings and lush orchestration. Much closer to a ballad than a swinger, especially the way Frank and Keely do it. There's also a solo version of "So In Love" by Johnny Prophet. I enjoy this album; "We Open In Venice" with Frank, Dean, and Sammy is a lot of fun.

    I hope you can find it. The whole box set is a treat.

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    Bing does a GREAT "Younger Than Springtime".

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    Incidentally, the four-CD box set, produced by Greg Geller and mastered by Lee Herschberg, was issued September 26, 2000.

    Reprise certainly didn't leave this long neglected part of their Sinatra catalog in print for very long.

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    << Bing does a GREAT "Younger Than Springtime". >>

    And Jo Stafford does a GREAT "I'll Know" from Guys and Dolls. (My favorite rendition, including Streisand's.)

    There are many gems in this collection, besides the FS material.

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    Originally posted by Ronald Sarbo
    Bing does a GREAT "Younger Than Springtime".
    I didn't know Bing recorded that song. It's a great song.

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    I'm somewhat partial to Frank's version. See here: Younger Than Springtime.

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