Camelot [1982 London Revival Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This album by the 1982 London revival cast of the musical Camelot is the fourth major recording of lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe's score, following the original Broadway 1960 and London 1964 cast LPs and the movie soundtrack 1967. There have also been several minor recordings. It is also the second, following the soundtrack, to feature Richard Harris in the role of King Arthur. By the early '80s, the show had evolved from a work more or less equally featuring three major characters, Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot, into a star vehicle for the actor playing Arthur. Richard Burton, who originated the part in 1960, headed a Broadway revival in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This album by the 1982 London revival cast of the musical Camelot is the fourth major recording of lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe's score, following the original Broadway 1960 and London 1964 cast LPs and the movie soundtrack 1967. There have also been several minor recordings. It is also the second, following the soundtrack, to feature Richard Harris in the role of King Arthur. By the early '80s, the show had evolved from a work more or less equally featuring three major characters, Arthur, Guenevere, and Lancelot, into a star vehicle for the actor playing Arthur. Richard Burton, who originated the part in 1960, headed a Broadway revival in 1980, but he gave way to Harris, first on Broadway in 1981, and here from the West End production of the following year. The recording reflects the change in emphasis the show has undergone. There is much more Arthur than on previous albums, and the performers handling Guenevere and Lancelot are less distinguished. Related to the change is a change in performing style. Burton, essentially a non-singer who could carry a tune, gave a lighter, more nuanced performance as Arthur. Harris, more of a singer, on his second go-round is intent on getting across Arthur's kingly manner and dominating the show. There is none of Burton's underplaying here; on the contrary, Harris, if anything, overplays, not hesitating to bellow when it suits him. In so doing, he invests the show with drama, but fans of the original Broadway cast album may find him hammy. Fiona Fullerton as Guenevere has less to do than Julie Andrews did on the first recording one of Guenevere's songs, "Then You May Take Me to the Fair," was cut from the show after the 1960 Broadway opening, although it appeared on the cast album, and was replaced by the ensemble number "The Jousts," heard here. She is also, not surprisingly, not as gifted a singer as Andrews. But then, who is? Robert Meadmore isn't even the same sort of singer that Robert Goulet, the original Broadway Lancelot, was. Goulet was a manly baritone; Meadmore is a middle tenor, which makes his showpiece, "If Ever I Would Leave You," less impressive. And that really leaves things to Harris, who gets an extra track in "Resolution," not really a song but a spoken and yelled soliloquy over background music. Other bits of dialogue and the set piece "Entrance/Madrigal" pad the disc out to an hour, the longest cast recording of the show yet. The original Broadway cast album remains the one to own, but Harris fans and musical theater fans interested in the development of the work over time will want to hear this version.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1996
  • Label: Jay Records
  • UPC: 605288129520
  • Catalog Number: 1295
  • Sales rank: 80,204

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act 1. Overture / Prologue - Original 1982 London Cast (3:07)
  2. 2 Act 1. I wonder what the king is doing tonight - Original 1982 London Cast (1:58)
  3. 3 Act 1. The simple joys of maidenhood - Original 1982 London Cast (3:30)
  4. 4 Act 1. Camelot - Original 1982 London Cast (2:32)
  5. 5 Act 1. Follow me - Original 1982 London Cast (2:55)
  6. 6 Act 1. C'est moi - Original 1982 London Cast (3:54)
  7. 7 Act 1. Lusty month of may - Original 1982 London Cast (3:06)
  8. 8 Act 1. How to handle a woman - Original 1982 London Cast (3:44)
  9. 9 Act 1. The jousts - Original 1982 London Cast (3:37)
  10. 10 Act 1. Before I gaze at you again - Original 1982 London Cast (2:12)
  11. 11 Act 1. Resolution - Original 1982 London Cast (3:07)
  12. 12 Act 2. Entr'acte / Madgrigal - Original 1982 London Cast (3:37)
  13. 13 Act 2. If I ever would leave you - Original 1982 London Cast (3:29)
  14. 14 Act 2. The seven deadly virtues - Original 1982 London Cast (1:41)
  15. 15 Act 2. Fie on goodness - Sue Burton (1:32)
  16. 16 Act 2. What do the simple folk do? - Original 1982 London Cast (3:41)
  17. 17 Act 2. I loved you once in the silence - Original 1982 London Cast (3:35)
  18. 18 Act 2. Guinevere - Original 1982 London Cast (5:01)
  19. 19 Act 2. Finale - Original 1982 London Cast (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Harris Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Michael Neil Choir, Chorus
Peter Barry Choir, Chorus
Graham Bruce Choir, Chorus
Claire Moore Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
David Bexon Vocals, Track Performer
Caro Gurney Choir, Chorus
Donal O'Sullivan Choir, Chorus
Darren Rheault Choir, Chorus
William Squire Choir, Chorus
Tony Stansfiled Choir, Chorus
Nevil Whitnig Choir, Chorus
Marcus Mackenzie Choir, Chorus
Michael Howe Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Paul Dennis Choir, Chorus
Gerry Allison Musical Direction
Robert Meadmore Vocals, Track Performer
Sue Aldred Choir, Chorus
Caroline Tatlow Choir, Chorus
Morag MacKay Choir, Chorus
Camelot Cast Ensemble cast
Camelot Pit Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
John Kurlander Engineer
Alan Jay Lerner Lyricist, Book
Norman Newell Producer
John Yap Executive Producer
Marcus Mackenzie Contributor
Gerry Allison Director
Robin Bailey Contributor
Jonathan Deans Sound Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    all generational

    camelot is one of my most favorite musicals of all time. richard harris is at his best. he can go from whimsical to power to anger to loving gentle soft fearsome guiding. each expression you feel what he feels.

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