By Jeeves [Original London Cast]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's musical adaptation of the Jeeves stories of P.G. Wodehouse began life as a failed musical called Jeeves in London in 1975. It was revised and remounted 20 years later with greater success as By Jeeves, opening or reopening in London on July 2, 1996. This time around, the show was scaled down considerably, and the score, which still included the songs "Travel Hopefully," "When Love Arrives," "Half a Moment," and "Banjo Boy" from Jeeves, was being played on only a handful of instruments and modestly sung by the small cast. The cast seems even smaller than it is most of the time, in fact, because the show consists for the most part...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's musical adaptation of the Jeeves stories of P.G. Wodehouse began life as a failed musical called Jeeves in London in 1975. It was revised and remounted 20 years later with greater success as By Jeeves, opening or reopening in London on July 2, 1996. This time around, the show was scaled down considerably, and the score, which still included the songs "Travel Hopefully," "When Love Arrives," "Half a Moment," and "Banjo Boy" from Jeeves, was being played on only a handful of instruments and modestly sung by the small cast. The cast seems even smaller than it is most of the time, in fact, because the show consists for the most part of a dialogue between manservant Jeeves Malcolm Sinclair and his dim-witted master Bertie Wooster Steven Pacey. The album contains 26 tracks, but only 14 of them have music; the other 12 are spoken-word sections in which the hopelessly complicated plot much too much for Wooster to follow, and for the listener as well is discussed endlessly as a succession of false identities, mixed up romantic entanglements, and other embarrassments. In the songs, Lloyd Webber clearly is drawing upon the work of 1920s and '30s show music composers; "That Was Nearly Us," for example, is dangerously similar to Rodgers & Hart's 1932 song "Isn't It Romantic?" The stupid, disengaged character of Wooster is a thin one to hang a show on, and Jeeves is too restrained to carry things. Lovers of the Wodehouse books may find the results enjoyable, but to musical theater fans this is decidedly minor Lloyd Webber.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/1997
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 731453718425
  • Catalog Number: 537184

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Some Introductory Chat - Malcolm Sinclair (0:55)
  2. 2 Wooster Will Entertain You - Malcolm Sinclair (4:01)
  3. 3 The Plot Thickens - Malcolm Sinclair (3:08)
  4. 4 Travel Hopefully, Pt. 1 - Malcolm Sinclair (3:04)
  5. 5 A Curious Hedgehog Incident - Malcolm Sinclair (1:35)
  6. 6 Travel Hopefully (Continued) - Nicholas Haverson (1:08)
  7. 7 In Which My Character Is Tested - Malcolm Sinclair (0:40)
  8. 8 That Was Nearly Us (3:47)
  9. 9 Days of Jam and Mazes - Malcolm Sinclair (2:47)
  10. 10 Love's Maze - Cathy Sara (3:24)
  11. 11 Wooster Thinks on His Feet - Malcolm Sinclair (1:19)
  12. 12 The Hallo Song (3:09)
  13. 13 An Identity Crisis (Or Two) - Malcolm Sinclair (1:31)
  14. 14 By Jeeves - Nicholas Haverson (3:18)
  15. 15 Wooster Nobly Intercedes - Malcolm Sinclair (1:19)
  16. 16 When Love Arrives - Diana Morrison (3:00)
  17. 17 I Am Let Down (Badly) - Malcolm Sinclair (0:24)
  18. 18 What Have You Got to Say, Jeeves? - Malcolm Sinclair (2:13)
  19. 19 I Answer the Call of the Code - Malcolm Sinclair (0:58)
  20. 20 Half a Moment - Cathy Sara (3:42)
  21. 21 I Risk My Neck to Save the Bacon - Malcolm Sinclair (2:07)
  22. 22 It's a Pig! - Diana Morrison (3:05)
  23. 23 A Satisfactory Outcome - Malcolm Sinclair (2:10)
  24. 24 Banjo Boy - Steven Pacey (2:44)
  25. 25 Wizard Rainbow Banjo Mix (4:03)
  26. 26 In Conclusion - Malcolm Sinclair (0:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike Smith Drums
Andy Taylor Guitar
David Cullen Synthesizer
Harold Fisher Drums, Track Performer
Fridrik Karlsson Guitar
Stephen Hill Background Vocals
Mary Carewe Background Vocals
Alyn Ross Double Bass
Anne Skates Background Vocals
Kay Bywater Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Steven Pacey Track Performer
Lucy Tregear Track Performer
Michael Dore Background Vocals
Kate Young Piano
Nicolas Colicos Track Performer
Andy Lyndwood Synthesizer
Richard Long Track Performer
Simon Day Track Performer
Technical Credits
A. L. Webber Arranger, Producer
David Cullen Arranger
Robin Sellars Engineer
Nigel Wright Producer
Alan Ayckbourn Liner Notes
Steven Pacey Contributor
Denise Silvey Contributor
Lucy Tregear Contributor
Michael Winsor Contributor
Kate Young Director
Nicolas Colicos Contributor
Robert Austin Contributor
Cathy Sara Contributor
Nicholas Haverson Contributor
Diana Morrison Contributor
Malcolm Sinclair Contributor
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