The Souvenir Album

Julie Andrews

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The Souvenir Album Review

by William Ruhlmann

The 1992 Australian Julie Andrews compilation The Souvenir Album consists of recordings Andrews made for Columbia Records in the late '50s and early '60s. Specifically, her performances of "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Just You Wait," and "Without You" are drawn from the original London cast recording of My Fair Lady, and the rest of the material comes from her two studio albums of 1962, Broadway's Fair Julie (which found her covering show tunes by Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, and others) and Don't Go in the Lion's Cage Tonight, a collection of English music hall novelties. Mixing up the material from the two studio albums certainly makes for contrasting moods, as, for example, a heavily echoed rendition of the sublime Gershwin ballad "How Long Has This Been Going On?" is followed by a raucous treatment of "Who Threw the Overalls in Mistress Murphy's Chowder." Andrews' versatility is demonstrated abundantly, but the album veers from one style to another.

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