Camelot [1982 London Revival Cast]

Camelot [1982 London Revival Cast]

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by Richard Harris
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/1996
Label:
Jay Records
UPC:
0605288129520
catalogNumber:
1295

Tracks

  1. Act 1. Overture / Prologue
  2. Act 1. I wonder what the king is doing tonight
  3. Act 1. The simple joys of maidenhood
  4. Act 1. Camelot
  5. Act 1. Follow me
  6. Act 1. C'est moi
  7. Act 1. Lusty month of may
  8. Act 1. How to handle a woman
  9. Act 1. The jousts
  10. Act 1. Before I gaze at you again
  11. Act 1. Resolution
  12. Act 2. Entr'acte / Madgrigal
  13. Act 2. If I ever would leave you
  14. Act 2. The seven deadly virtues
  15. Act 2. Fie on goodness
  16. Act 2. What do the simple folk do?
  17. Act 2. I loved you once in the silence
  18. Act 2. Guinevere
  19. Act 2. Finale

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Harris   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
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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Camelot [1982 London Revival Cast] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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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.