For those with a hankering to hear the infamous, long out-of-print Ethel Merman disco album, your wait will soon be over. On Nov. 19, Merman fans around the world will be able to order "The Ethel Merman Disco Album" through the Fynsworth Alley website.
The new CD — which includes the original liner notes by Peter Matz and Paul Jabarra — contains disco versions of such Merman staples as "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." The re-release will also offer a bonus track of Merman singing Irving Berlin's "They Say It's Wonderful" as well as a picture of the Merm in the studio recording her only disco venture.
"The Ethel Merman Disco Album" will not be available in stores until January 2003.
After a career that included starring roles in the original productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Call Me Madam and Gypsy, Ethel Merman — the star arguably most synonymous with Broadway musical theatre — went disco when she released "The Ethel Merman Disco Album" in 1979. The seven-track recording on the A&M Records label did not sell particularly well, but it did go on to achieve a cult status. Fynsworth Alley is located on the internet at www.fynsworthalley.com —By Andrew Gans