The Calamity Jane album marked several unusual occurrences for Doris Day, who starred in the film of the same title. Day had recorded many LPs containing songs from her movie musicals, but this was the first record to be billed as an actual soundtrack recording. The album cover featured the legend, "Including songs recorded directly from the soundtrack of the Warner Bros. Technicolor production." It did not, however, say that all the songs were recorded directly, and aural evidence suggested that half of the tracks, "The Black Hills of Dakota," "Just Blew in From the Windy City," "A Woman's Touch," and "'Tis Harry I'm Plannin' to Marry," were really studio recordings. But the rest sounded like they did come from the soundtrack, including Howard Keel's solo, "Higher Than a Hawk (Deeper Than a Well)." Unlike most other Day vehicles, this one had an all-new original score written by Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain and, unlike most other Day albums, this one spawned a hit single, "Secret Love," which hit number one. Hence, this album was a cut above the tie-in LPs Day recorded for earlier films, but the project was still derivative, particularly of Annie Get Your Gun, to which it was clearly inferior. Nevertheless, it became a big seller in early 1954.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann