Lorez Alexandria: Show Me
Lorez Alexandria (vocals)
Alexandria The Great (Impulse 000268602)
Arranged by Bill Marx. Composed by Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe.
Recorded: Los Angeles, 1964
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Who knew? Turns out the Cockney Cinderella who morphs into a duchess for a musical set in Mayfair actually hailed from Missouri. Or so suggests this waltz from Broadway's My Fair Lady (1956). Lorez Alexandria's "Show Me" halves the tempo of Eliza Doolittle's stop-beating-about-the-bush-you-limey- blighters grievance, yet doubles its temperature. Whereas Eliza was girlishly impatient, Lorez is womanly seductive, proving there's more than one way to skin a stubborn Missouri mule. When Bill Marx's arrange- ment does break a sweat, it's only to exult Lorez's triumph, after which order is restored for a bluesy finale. Show me the way to Alexandria, Missouri.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz