Coveted Ethel Merman Album to be Compact Discoed by Fynsworth Alley
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!"