Out-of-Print Carol Burnett Show-Tune Records Now on CD, from Decca

News   Out-of-Print Carol Burnett Show-Tune Records Now on CD, from Decca Rare Carol Burnett show-tune recordings get re-released Aug. 29 under the umbrella title, "Carol Burnett: Let Me Entertain You," a one-disc reissue of two albums she recorded for Decca in the 1960s.
CD cover art for the Carol Burnett re-release.
CD cover art for the Carol Burnett re-release.

Rare Carol Burnett show-tune recordings get re-released Aug. 29 under the umbrella title, "Carol Burnett: Let Me Entertain You," a one-disc reissue of two albums she recorded for Decca in the 1960s. The original albums were released as "Let Me Entertain You" (a collection of Jule Styne songs) in 1963 and "Carol Burnett Remembers How They Stopped the Show" in 1960. The release includes original liner notes and 24 tunes. Irwin Kostal directs "How They Stopped the Show" and Harry Zimnmerman directed "Let Me Entertain You."

On "How They Stopped the Show" are "Johnny One-Note," "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe," "Adelaide's Lament," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "April Showers," "The Trolley Song," "I Cain't Say No," "Ten Cents a Dance," "Blow Gabriel Blow," "The Lorelei," "Nobody," "Sing You Sinners."

"Let Me Entertain You" includes "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Give a Little - Get a Little," "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," "Comes Once in a Lifetime," "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry," "All I Need is the Boy," "Let Me Entertain You," "The World is Beautiful Today," "Just in Time," "Saturday Night," "Time After Time," "Everybody Likes to Take a Bow."

Burnett was embraced on Broadway in the original staging of Once Upon a Mattress and also appeared in the musical, Fade Out - Fade In, but gained wider fame in television comedy, first on the Garry Moore show, then on her own long running variety program. In her later career she appeared again on Broadway after a long absence, in the farce, Moon Over Buffalo and the 1999-2000 Stephen Sondheim musical revue, Putting It Together.

-- By Kenneth Jones