The Magic Of Marilyn
B- Music: B
market for Marilyn Monroe has had some dips, but optical media has seen an
upswing in her work lately. A special
edition of her singing on CD was updated in 2001 by DRG under the title The Magic of Marilyn, which adds the
“never before released track “Down In The
Meadow” to the previous 15-track set Never
Before & Never Again. With
collections scattered about, how good is this CD?
Well, “Down In The Meadow” also found itself
the same year on the exceptional DVD The
Complete Marilyn Monroe, which featured 24 songs form her career (film
music) in only Dolby Digital Stereo or Mono, but not the snippet of “Happy Birthday Mr. President” that is
way too short on this CD. Of course,
when the DVDs of the actual films are available in at least 4.0 Dolby Digital
Stereo, they tend to sound a bit better.
That is still not DTS, and none of her work has yet to surface on Super
Audio CD or DVD-Audio high-definition sound-only formats, so that argument has
limits to begin with.
hundreds of CD-only players still out there, there is still room for a good
Marilyn CD. As compared to others on the
market, it is one of the better sets. A Marilyn Monroe Anthology was issued
July 2003 that offered music form TV appearances, but does not have all the
tracks here. Varese Sarabande has a CD
tie-in to Fox’s DVD Diamond Collection
series, but also does not have tracks featured here. There are many other CDs that are cheap or so
old, that their price is being lowered.
As for imports, that is too scattered to even begin to address.
Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend
A Little Girl From Little Rock
When Love Goes Wrong
Bye Bye Baby
Do It Again
You’d Be Surprised
(This Is) A Fine Romance
She Acts Like A Woman Should
I’m Gonna File My Claim
River Of No Return
Down In The Meadow
My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Happy Birthday to JFK
some limits on the sonics here, this is one of the best CDs of her material to
date and is nicely packaged. The Magic of Marilyn is collectible
enough for fans who want a well-rounded collection, but this is a special
limited edition, so get it while you can.
- Nicholas Sheffo