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Essential Recordings

Essential Recordings


There has long been a theory proffered by revisionist historians that Marilyn Monroe -- despite her worldwide icon status -- couldn't sing a lick. This single-disc collection puts the lie to that misguided theory in a most delightful fashion. Collecting up the best of her soundtrack work in various movie musicals, stray singles, TV appearances and a couple of live shows, this shows that Monroe had all the basic skills -- good pitch, range and an ability to read a lyric -- needed to put a song over and could do it as well as most of the thrushes on the hit parade during that timeframe. Of course, it also helped that she loaded these tunes with personality to spare (and she was Marilyn Monroe), but it's a long way from Betty Booping her way through "I Wanna Be Loved By You" in Some Like It Hot to the dead straight reading of "River of No Return." She duets with Jane Russell on "Bye Bye Baby" from an old Jack Benny Show appearance and "A Little Girl From Little Rock" and "When Love Goes Wrong" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. But Marilyn's live for-the-boys-in-Korea version of "Bye Bye Baby," her 1954 studio session featuring "Lazy" and "A Fine Romance" and "Kiss" from Niagara show that she definitely had a way with a ballad. The disc closes with Marilyn's breathy and infamous version of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" to JFK; it's more of a high point for Marilyn the icon than part of her case as a singer, but a nice closer nonetheless. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Richardson Heights
  • Seller rating:
  • Label: Music Club Records
  • UPC: 614475003925


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Track listings

  • 1. I Wanna Be Loved By You
  • 2. Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend
  • 3. I'm Gonna File My Claim
  • 4. You'd Be Surprised
  • 5. She Acts Like A Woman Should
  • 6. Fine Romance, A
  • 7. Bye Bye Baby
  • 8. Do It Again
  • 9. Runnin' Wild
  • 10. When Love Goes Wrong, Nothing Goes Right
  • 11. Lazy
  • 12. I'm Through With Love
  • 13. River Of No Return
  • 14. Heat Wave
  • 15. Kiss
  • 16. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
  • 17. Little Girl From Little Rock, A
  • 18. Happy Birthday Mr. President
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
Conditions Guide
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