Somewhere in socialist Czechoslovakia: “Amerika” Portoriko


So I’ abandoned you for over a year now. But that doesn’t mean that the blog is dead. I’d like to share with you a very exquisite version of “America” from West Side Story; in Czech!!! It was the friend of a friend who apparently has the vinyl who wanted to share it with me. If I ever get to put my hands on that jewel, I’ll be lost in the music like forever.

For those of you who don’t remember the song, it’s when Anita describes Puerto Rico as being underdeveloped and with all kind of natural disasters. It short, it’s an exclamation of the American Dream.

ANITA:
Puerto Rico
My heart’s devotion
Let it sink back in the ocean
Always the hurricanes blowing
Always the population growing
And the money owing
And the sunlight streaming
And the natives steaming
I like the island Manhattan
Smoke on your pipe
And put that in…

Let me know wich version you like the most:

From LP: “Scény z nejslavnějších amerických muzikálů”

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Czech version (1966:

Jedná se o nahrávku z roku 1966, která vyšla u Supraphonu ve stereu. Upozorňuji, že deska vyšla v socialistickém Československu. Dále si dovolím poukázat na rým v čase 1:16 : “mám rači ostrov manhattan, kdo je proti je kretén”. Příjemný poslech.

Original Version:

Bernardo (George Chakiris) and Anita (Rita Moreno)are hot, hot, hot! Everyone in this film is excellent, but these two really stand out. No wonder they both got Oscars for the role. I also include the little drama before the song because I love seeing them bickering like an old married couple.

    • “America” Leonard Bernstein ( • )
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2 Responses to Somewhere in socialist Czechoslovakia: “Amerika” Portoriko

  1. -- says:

    LP – Scény z nejslavnějších amerických muzikálů

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    Various ‎– Scény Z Nejslavnějších Amerických Musicalů
    Label: Supraphon ‎– SV 9016, Gramofonový Klub ‎– SV 9016
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Stereo
    Country: Czechoslovakia
    Released: 1966
    Genre: Jazz, Pop, Stage & Screen
    Style: Musical, Vocal, Swing

    Tracklist Hide Credits
    Kiss Me Kate (Líbej Mě, Káťo)
    A1 –Waldemar Matuška Mě Zmáhá Hic (Too Darn Hot)
    Chorus [Sbor] – Sbor Lubomíra Pánka*
    Chorus Master – Lubomír Pánek
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Ivo Havlů
    Vocals [Zpívají] – Waldemar Matuška
    Written-By – Cole Porter
    A2 –Miluše Dvořáková Měj Mě Rád (So In Love)
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Ivo Havlů
    Vocals [Zpívá] – Miluše Dvořáková
    Written-By – Cole Porter
    My Fair Lady
    A3 –Věra Vlková Jen Se Těš (Just You Wait)
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Ota Ornest
    Vocals [Zpívá] – Věra Vlková
    Written-By – Frederick Loewe
    A4 –Milan Chladil V Ulici, Kde Žiješ Ty (On The Street Where You Live)
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Ota Ornest
    Narrator [Hovoří] – Nelly Gaierová
    Vocals [Zpívá] – Milan Chladil
    Written-By – Frederick Loewe
    Wonderful Town (Překrásné Město)
    A5 –Jarmila Veselá Začínám Si S Láskou Hrát (A Little Bit In Love)
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Zdeněk Borovec
    Vocals [Zpívá] – Jarmila Veselá
    Written-By – Leonard Bernstein
    A6 –Eva Pilarová Swing
    Chorus [Sbor] – Sbor Lubomíra Pánka*
    Chorus Master – Lubomír Pánek
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Zdeněk Borovec
    Vocals [Zpívají] – Eva Pilarová
    Written-By – Leonard Bernstein
    West Side Story (Příběh Ze Západní Čtvrti)
    B1 –Karel Gott Kdo Ví… (Something’s Coming)
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Petr Kopta
    Vocals [Zpívá] – Karel Gott
    Written-By – Leonard Bernstein
    B2 –Eva Pilarová, Marta Kubišová Amerika (America)
    Chorus [Dívčí Sbor] – Unknown Artist
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Petr Kopta
    Vocals [Zpívají] – Eva Pilarová, Marta Kubišová
    Written-By – Leonard Bernstein
    Annie Get Your Gun (Anko, Vezmi Pušku!)
    B3 –Helena Vondráčková A Waldemar Matuška Úžasná Láska (They Say It’s Wonderful)
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Jiří Aplt
    Vocals [Zpívají] – Helena Vondráčková, Waldemar Matuška
    Written-By – Irving Berlin
    B4 –Helena Vondráčková Kdo Má Jen Slunce A Měsíc (I Got The Sun In The Morning)
    Chorus [Sbor] – Sbor Jiřího Linhy*
    Chorus Master – Jiří Linha
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Ivo Fischer
    Vocals [Zpívají] – Helena Vondráčková
    Written-By – Irving Berlin
    Can – Can (Kankán)
    B5 –Eva Pilarová A Miloš Zavřel C’est Magnifique
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Ivo Havlů
    Vocals [Zpívají] – Eva Pilarová, Miloš Zavřel
    Written-By – Cole Porter
    B6 –Eva Pilarová Krásná Paříž (I Love Paris)
    Chorus [Sbor] – Sbor Jiřího Linhy*
    Chorus Master – Jiří Linha
    Lyrics By [Český Text] – Ivo Havlů
    Vocals [Zpívají] – Eva Pilarová
    Written-By – Cole Porter

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