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Camelot [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Camelot, a musical based on the Arthurian legend, reunited most of the creative talent that produced My Fair Lady, including lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner, composer Frederick Loewe, and leading lady Julie Andrews. Lerner had once again found a story that conformed to his favorite theme, a romantic triangle involving an older man, a younger woman, and an ardent suitor. As with My Fair Lady and his and Loewe's recent movie musical Gigi, the older man was played by a distinguished actor not known for his singing, in this case Richard Burton, who was making his musical comedy debut. Loewe wrote some melodies of limited range for Burton, but he proved to be a much ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Camelot, a musical based on the Arthurian legend, reunited most of the creative talent that produced My Fair Lady, including lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner, composer Frederick Loewe, and leading lady Julie Andrews. Lerner had once again found a story that conformed to his favorite theme, a romantic triangle involving an older man, a younger woman, and an ardent suitor. As with My Fair Lady and his and Loewe's recent movie musical Gigi, the older man was played by a distinguished actor not known for his singing, in this case Richard Burton, who was making his musical comedy debut. Loewe wrote some melodies of limited range for Burton, but he proved to be a much more accomplished singer than his predecessors, Rex Harrison and Louis Jourdan, and certainly Harrison's equal in his articulation and phrasing of the English language. This made his performances of such songs as "I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight" and the title song delights. Andrews brought her own beautiful English pronunciations and pure singing to light songs like "The Lusty Month of May" and "Then You May Take Me to the Fair," but she didn't really have a big number. Robert Goulet, making his Broadway debut, did, the show's standout song, "If Ever I Would Leave You," and he wrapped his powerful baritone voice around it. His was a career-making performance. Critics naturally compared Camelot with My Fair Lady and often found it wanting. The criticisms had more to do with the stage production than the score, but it too is not up to the standards of the earlier work. In particular, it often seems that Lerner intends the lyrics to be funnier than they come across as delivered. For example, Goulet as Sir Lancelot is introduced with "C'Est Moi," a boastful song that might have made him more ridiculous than he should be, if the words weren't swamped by Loewe's music. And songs like "The Lusty Month of May" and "Then You May Take Me to the Fair" recall similar and more impressive efforts by earlier Broadway lyricists such as Oscar Hammerstein II "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and Lorenz Hart "To Keep My Love Alive", respectively. But the performers sell the songs effectively, particularly by the end, when Burton's melancholy reading of the reprise to the title song, with its evocation of "one brief, shining moment that was known as Camelot," moistens the eyes of every listener. [The digitally remastered 1998 reissue contains no bonus tracks, but it re-sequences the tracks to conform to the actual order in which they were performed on-stage, which means that "March Parade" now immediately follows the "Overture" instead of being relegated to side two of the LP; that, as a result, the "Overture" and "I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight" are now separate tracks instead of a single one; that "The Lusty Month of May" follows "C'Est Moi" instead of preceding it; and that "Before I Gaze at You Again" precedes "If Ever I Would Leave You" instead of following it. The package also contains extensive liner notes by Marc Kirkeby.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646054246
  • Catalog Number: 60542

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture
  2. 2 March (parade)
  3. 3 I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight - Richard Burton
  4. 4 The Simple Joys of Maidenhood - Julie Andrews
  5. 5 Camelot - Richard Burton
  6. 6 Follow Me - Mary Sue Berry
  7. 7 C'est Moi - Robert Goulet
  8. 8 The Lusty Month of May - Julie Andrews
  9. 9 Then You May Take Me to the Fair - Bruce Yarnell
  10. 10 How to Handle a Woman - Richard Burton
  11. 11 Before I Gaze at You Again - Julie Andrews
  12. 12 If Ever I Would Leave You - Robert Goulet
  13. 13 The Seven Deadly Virtues - Roddy McDowall
  14. 14 What Do the Simple Folk Do? - Richard Burton
  15. 15 Fie on Goodness
  16. 16 I Loved You Once in Silence - Julie Andrews
  17. 17 Guenevere
  18. 18 Finale Ultimo (Camelot Reprise) - Richard Burton
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Goulet Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Julie Andrews Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Roddy McDowall Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Moss Hart Staging
Richard Burton Vocals, cast
Franz Allers Musical Direction
David Hurst cast
Dorothy White Vocals
Mary Sue Berry Vocals, Track Performer
John Cullum Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Paul Richards Vocals
Frank Bouley Vocals
Jack Dabdoub Vocals, cast
Michael Kermoyan Vocals, cast
John Taliaferro Vocals
Bruce Yarnell Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Virginia Allen Vocals, cast
Michael Clarke-Laurence cast
Robert Coote Vocals, cast
Peter DeVise cast
James Gannon cast
Christina Gillespie Vocals, cast
Mel O'Dowd cast
Richard Kuch Vocals, cast
John Starkweather Vocals, cast
Robin Stewart cast
Leesa Troy Vocals, cast
Judy Hastings Vocals
Warren Hays Vocals
Benita James Vocals
Murray Goldkind Vocals
Melinda Dowd Vocals
Leland Mayforth Vocals, cast
Marjorie Smith Vocals, cast
Technical Credits
Robert Russell Bennett Orchestration
Franz Allers Musical Director, Music Direction
Bud Graham Engineer
Philip J. Lang Orchestration
Alan Jay Lerner Lyricist, Book
Goddard Lieberson Producer, Original Album Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Frederick Loewe Composer
Marc Kirkeby Liner Notes
Gary Schultz Reissue Producer
Ken Fredette Artwork, Art Direction
Hanya Holm Choreographer
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Trude Rittman Choir Arrangement
Buddy Graham Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LERNER AND LOEWE'S SECOND BEST SCORE

    After the briliance of "My Fair Lady" this is Lerner and Loewe's most melodic and heartfelt score. Although the Broadway stage musical "Camelot" was not the critics' darling when it premiered in 1960 it enjoyed a healthy run and the music was almost unanimously praised. This remastered CD of the Original Broadway Cast Album shows why this famous Lerner and Loewe score has endured for over 40 years. With the vocal talents of Julie Andrews , Richard Burton and Robert Goulet, songs such as "I Loved You Once In Silence", "Camelot" and "If Ever I Would Leave You" get their definitive renditions on this sonically gorgeous disc.

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