I Can Get It for You Wholesale (album)

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I Can Get It for You Wholesale: Original Broadway Cast Recording
Cast recording by Barbra Streisand
Released April 1962
Genre Showtunes
Label Columbia
Producer Goddard Lieberson
Barbra Streisand chronology
I Can Get It for You Wholesale: Original Broadway Cast Recording
(1963)
Pins and Needles: 25th Anniversary of the Hit Musical Revue
(1963)
Singles from I Can Get It for You Wholesale: Original Broadway Cast Recording
  1. "Miss Marmelstein / Who Knows?"
    Released: April, 1962

I Can Get It for You Wholesale: Original Broadway Cast Recording contains the songs from the Broadway musical I Can Get It for You Wholesale, with music and lyrics by Harold Rome. The album contains Barbra Streisand's show-stopping solo "Miss Marmelstein", which became the most memorable song of the show.

Album information[edit]

Barbra Streisand vocals are featured in the songs "I'm Not A Well Man", "Ballard Of The Garment Trade", "Miss Marmelstein" and "What Are They Doing To Us Now?". This album marks Barbra's first professional recording and Columbia Records appearance.[1]

Goddard Lieberson, who produced the album, signed Streisand to a contract, and her first solo album The Barbra Streisand Album was released two months after I Can Get It for You Wholesale closed.

Barbra remembers in Just For The Record: "My first audition for the show was on the morning after Thanksgiving in 1961. Since the action took place in the 1930s, I showed up in a '30s fur coat that I'd bought in a thrift shop for $10. I sang three songs, including my new standby "A Sleepin' Bee." They asked me to come back and gave me "Miss Marmelstein" to learn for my second audition a few hours later."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Harold Rome.

  1. "Overture" – 1:27
  2. "I'm Not A Well Man" (performed by Barbra Streisand and Jack Kruschen) – 2:21
  3. "The Way Things Are" (performed by Elliott Gould) – 1:41
  4. "When Gemini Meets Capricorn" (performed by Marilyn Cooper and Elliott Gould) – 2:48
  5. "Momma, Momma, Momma" (performed by Elliott Gould and Lillian Roth) – 2:57
  6. "The Sound Of Money" (performed by Elliott Gould and Sheree North) – 4:15
  7. "Too Soon" (performed by Lillian Roth)– 3:05
  8. "The Family Way" (performed by Elliott Gould, Lillian Roth, Marilyn Cooper, Ken LeRoy and Bambi Linn) – 3:08
  9. "Who Knows?" (performed by Marilyn Cooper) – 3:41
  10. "Ballad Of The Garment Trade" (performed by Barbra Streisand, Elliott Gould, Marilyn Cooper, Ken LeRoy and Bambi Linn) – 3:25
  11. "Have I Told You Lately?" (performed by Ken LeRoy and Bambi Linn) – 3:10
  12. "A Gift Today" (performed by Elliott Gould, Lillian Roth, Marilyn Cooper, Ken LeRoy and Bambi Linn) – 3:55
  13. "Miss Marmelstein" (performed by Barbra Streisand) – 3:22
  14. "A Funny Thing Happened" (performed by Elliott Gould and Marilyn Cooper) – 2:38
  15. "What's In It For Me?" (performed by Harold Lang)– 1:57
  16. "Eat A Little Something" (performed by Elliott Gould and Lillian Roth)– 2:10
  17. "What Are They Doing To Us Now?" (performed by Barbra Streisand) – 7:11

Unrecorded Tracks[edit]

The following songs from the musical show were not included in the cast recording:

  • "Overture" (This unrecorded overture is a medley typical of the standard Broadway musical. The recorded track titled "Overture" is actually a brief musical accompaniment to a piece of dance and movement that opens the first scene.)
  • "The Sound Of Money (Reprise)" (Harold Rome)
  • "Epilogue" (Harold Rome)

Singles[edit]

# Title Date
1. "Miss Marmelstein" / "Who Knows?" April 1962

The songs "Miss Marmelstein" (performed by Barbra Streisand) and "Who Knows?" (performed by Marilyn Cooper) were released to radio as a promotional single in April 1962.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The album peaked at #125 on Billboard's Pop Albums Chart.[3]

Chart (1962) Peak
Position
US Billboard Pop Albums Chart 1

Personnel[edit]

Produced by Goddard Lieberson

Music and Lyrics by Harold Rome

Musical Direction and Vocal Arrangements by Lehman Engel

Orchestrations by Sid Ramin

Original Recording Engineers: Fred Plaut and Ed Michalski