Never before available on compact disc--at least, not officially--the camp classic Ethel Merman Disco Album has been transferred to CD by Fynsworth Alley and will soon be offered for sale to a clamoring public.
The album was originally released as an LP by A&M Records in 1979, at the height of the disco craze. Merman, whom many considered to be the First Lady of the American Musical Theater, jumped onto the bandwagon by re-recording some of her signature songs in pretty much the same way she always sang them, but with a pronounced disco beat to the arrangements. Word at the time was that The Merm refused to actually sing along with the disco tracks--that she recorded her vocals separately and the accompaniment was added later--but this story may (or may not!) be apocryphal.
The original LP included extended disco versions of some of Merman's greatest hits: "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "Something for the Boys," "Some People," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," and "I Got Rhythm." Fynsworth Alley coyly promises "just maybe a few surprises you won't be expecting on the CD!"
No official release date for the disc has yet been announced. If you can't wait to get your hands on this hot little item, keep checking out the website www.fynsworthalley.com.