Follies: The Complete Recording [1998 Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies opened in 1971, Capitol Records undertook to record the original Broadway cast album. But since the show had an unusually large score and the label opted for only one LP, a significant part of its music went unrecorded. Other labels have been trying to make up for that ever since. In 1985, RCA Victor Records recorded a concert version of the show specifically intended to right the initial wrong, and Follies in Concert covered two LPs. In 1987, a revised version of Follies ran in the West End, and when First Night Records issued the original London cast album, it had two CDs and was billed as "the first complete recording," even ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies opened in 1971, Capitol Records undertook to record the original Broadway cast album. But since the show had an unusually large score and the label opted for only one LP, a significant part of its music went unrecorded. Other labels have been trying to make up for that ever since. In 1985, RCA Victor Records recorded a concert version of the show specifically intended to right the initial wrong, and Follies in Concert covered two LPs. In 1987, a revised version of Follies ran in the West End, and when First Night Records issued the original London cast album, it had two CDs and was billed as "the first complete recording," even though it was missing songs that had been cut for this production. Eleven years later, TVT Records has recorded a celebrated regional production of the show from the venerable Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. It's another two-CD set, and once again the album cover prominently displays the claim "The Complete Recording." Actually, the album comes closer to justifying that boast than any of its predecessors, though it doesn't quite do so. Regional stagings don't usually get cast albums, but they also don't usually have casts like this, full of Broadway and Hollywood stars like Donna McKechnie as Sally, one of the four leads, Tony Roberts as Buddy, another of the leads, Ann Miller as Carlotta, singing "I'm Still Here", and Kaye Ballard as Hattie, singing "Broadway Baby". Phyllis Newman and Liliane Montevecchi, meanwhile, return from Follies in Concert to repeat their specialties. Given the extensive revisions inserted into the 1987 London production, it is interesting to note that this version largely returns to the original. Lyrics that were altered for London have been changed back, and songs such as "Country House" and "Make the Most of Your Music," which replaced "The Road You Didn't Take" and "Live, Laugh, Love," have been dropped, with the earlier songs restored. The only "fix" that remains from London is the substitution of "Ah, But Underneath" for "Lucy and Jesse," Sondheim explaining in a sleeve note that the former song was written for London's Diana Rigg, who was more of an actress and less of a dancer than the "Lucy and Jesse" production number called for; here it is effectively performed by Dee Hoty. Adding to the "complete" aspect of this recording is the inclusion at the end of the second disc of eight cut songs not including the other London ones, among them "Lucy and Jesse." These songs are often just as good as the ones in the show, and they are given superior performances. There would have been room left on the CDs for the London songs, which might have really made this "the complete recording," but at two hours of music, it's close enough.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • Label: Tvt
  • UPC: 016581103023
  • Catalog Number: 1030
  • Sales rank: 125,573

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue/Overture (6:13)
  2. 2 Beautiful Girls (3:51)
  3. 3 Don't Look at Me (2:14)
  4. 4 Waiting For The Girls Upstairs - Meredith Patterson (6:01)
  5. 5 Rain On The Roof (0:41)
  6. 6 Ah, Paris! (2:07)
  7. 7 Broadway Baby (3:09)
  8. 8 The Road You Didn't Take (2:57)
  9. 9 Bolero D'Amore (3:31)
  10. 10 In Buddy's Eyes - Danette Holden (3:09)
  11. 11 Who's That Woman? (6:43)
  12. 12 I'm Still Here (5:11)
  13. 13 Too Many Mornings - Danette Holden (4:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Right Girl (5:48)
  2. 2 One More Kiss - Ingrid Ladendorf (2:28)
  3. 3 Could I Leave You? (3:20)
  4. 4 Love Land (3:22)
  5. 5 You're Gonna Love Tomorrow/Love Will See Us Through - Meredith Patterson (4:47)
  6. 6 The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues - Pamela Jordan (4:27)
  7. 7 Losing My Mind (4:19)
  8. 8 Ah, But Underneath (4:49)
  9. 9 Live, Laugh, Love (4:47)
  10. 10 Finale - Meredith Patterson (1:44)
  11. 11 Bring On The Girls - Vahan Khanzadian (3:50)
  12. 12 Can That Boy Foxtrot! (3:00)
  13. 13 Pleasant Little Kingdom - Danette Holden (2:57)
  14. 14 All Things Bright And Beautiful - Danette Holden (4:23)
  15. 15 That Old Piano Roll (2:54)
  16. 16 Who Could Be Blue?/Little White House (2:18)
  17. 17 Uptown Downtown (5:12)
  18. 18 The Story Of Lucy And Jessie (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kaye Ballard Vocals, Track Performer
Jay Berliner Guitar
Tony Roberts Vocals
Martin Agee Violin
Lamar Alsop Viola
Belinda Whitney-Barratt Violin
Bruce Bonvissuto Trombone
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
John Campo Woodwind
Barry Finclair Concert Master
David Gale Trumpet
Jack Gale Trombone
Larry Lunetta Trumpet
Ann Miller Vocals, Track Performer
Sharon Moe French Horn
Eugene J. Moye Cello
Brian O'Flaherty Trumpet
Suzanne Ornstein Violin
Seymour Red Press Woodwind
Matthew Raimondi Violin
John Redsecker Drums
Al Rogers Violin
Dick Sarpolo Bass
Les Scott Woodwind
Richard Sortomme Violin
David Tofani Woodwind
Jonathan Tunick Conductor
Masako Yanagita Viola
Frederick Zlotkin Cello
Phyllis Newman Vocals
Robert Ingliss Woodwind
Dale Stuckenbruck Violin
Thad Wheeler Percussion
Maura Giannini Violin
Natalie Mosco Vocals, Track Performer
Alva Hunt Woodwind
Richard Heckman Woodwind
Beth Robinson Harp
Laurence Guittard Vocals, Track Performer
Dee Hoty Vocals, Track Performer
Donna McKechnie Vocals, Track Performer
Jillana Urbina Vocals, Ensemble
Mia Wu Violin
Jean Marie Vocals, Ensemble
Billy Hartung Vocals, Track Performer
Liliane Montevecchi Vocals, Track Performer
Carol Skarimbas Vocals, Track Performer
Jeff Siebert Ensemble
Robert Stoeckle Ensemble
Richard Sarpola Bass
Donald Saddler Track Performer
Michael Gruber Vocals, Track Performer
Arte Phillips Vocals, Ensemble
Peter Davenport Vocals, Ensemble
Tony Roberts Track Performer
Danette Holden Vocals
Meredith Patterson Vocals
Ingrid Ladendorf Vocals, Ensemble
Pamela Jordan Vocals, Ensemble
Vahan Khanzadian Vocals
Dave Eggers Ensemble
Shawn Emamjomeh Ensemble
Julie Connors Vocals, Ensemble
Laura Kenyon Vocals
Mary L. Rowell Violin
Pascale Faye Vocals, Ensemble
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Contributor, Executive Producer, Annotation
Kaye Ballard Contributor
Hillary Knight Original Cover Artwork
Ann Miller Contributor
Frank Richard Liner Notes
Jonathan Tunick Producer
Phyllis Newman Contributor
Mike Joyce Art Direction
Patricia Joseph Contributor
Robert Sher Producer
Charles Harbutt Mastering
Donna McKechnie Contributor
Theodore S. Chapin Liner Notes
Andreas Meyer Mastering
Liliane Montevecchi Contributor
Dawn Frank Mastering
Donald Saddler Contributor
Paul McKibbins Producer
Gary Chester Engineer
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