Guys & Dolls (First Complete Recording)

Guys & Dolls (First Complete Recording)

by National Symphony Orchestra
     
 

Recorded in London in June 1995, this is billed as the "first complete recording" of Guys and Dolls, which means that its two CDs contain extra dance music, underscoring, and dialogue for the longest version of the score yet issued on disc. Also thrown in as a bonus are the three songs written for the movie version and one song, "Travelling Light," that wasSee more details below

Overview

Recorded in London in June 1995, this is billed as the "first complete recording" of Guys and Dolls, which means that its two CDs contain extra dance music, underscoring, and dialogue for the longest version of the score yet issued on disc. Also thrown in as a bonus are the three songs written for the movie version and one song, "Travelling Light," that was written for the show but cut from it. Since George Bassman and Ted Royal's original orchestrations have been used (Larry Moore did new charts for the bonus material), this album is an important addition to the theater music library, including much music never before recorded. But beyond that, the performances are for the most part outstanding. There have been too many poorly accented British versions of this very American show, and there are a few poor accents here, too, notably Tim Flavin's as Nathan Detroit. Flavin's idea of an appropriate accent is to throw in an occasional exaggerated mispronunciation, and otherwise sing straight, which tends to mar "Fugue for Tinhorns" and "The Oldest Established," since Don Stephenson and David Green share his articulation problems. But Americans have been cast in the major singing roles, and each of them is exceptional. Gregg Edelman captures Sky Masterson's swagger, Kim Criswell seems to be channeling the original Adelaide, Vivian Blaine, and Emily Loesser, the daughter of the show's songwriter, Frank Loesser, naturally knows her way around the Sarah Brown songs. Edelman and Criswell display enough chemistry that they ought to do the show onstage sometime. The result is an outstanding studio cast recording of Guys and Dolls that compares favorably with the original Broadway cast recording and the 1992 Broadway revival cast recording, and features far more music than either of them.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/1996
Label:
Jay Records
UPC:
0605288129421
catalogNumber:
1294
Rank:
99772

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Overture
  2. Runyonland
  3. Fugue for Tinhorns
  4. Follow the Fold  - Emily Loesser
  5. The Oldest Established
  6. I'll Know
  7. A Bushel and a Peck
  8. Adelaide's Lament
  9. Guys and Dolls
  10. Havana
  11. If I Were a Bell
  12. My Time of Day / I've Never Been in Love Before
  13. Finale Act One

Disc 2

  1. Entr'acte
  2. Take Back Your Mink
  3. Adelaide's Second Lament
  4. More I Cannot Wish You  - Emily Loesser
  5. The Crapshooters' Dance
  6. Luck be a Lady
  7. Sue Me
  8. Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat
  9. Adelaide Meets Sarah
  10. Marry the Man Today
  11. The Happy Ending / Guys and Dolls
  12. A Woman in Love
  13. Pet Me Poppa
  14. Adelaide
  15. Travelling Light (cut from the original production)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

National Symphony Orchestra   Primary Artist,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer,Accompaniment
Jane Powell   Choir, Chorus
Kim Criswell   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
David Green   Vocals
Brian Greene   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Helene Miles   Choir, Chorus,cast
Liza Hobbs   Choir, Chorus,cast
Bruce Ogston   Choir, Chorus,cast
John Owen Edwards   Conductor
Hilary Western   Choir, Chorus,cast
Pamela Baxter   Choir, Chorus,cast
Elaine Boxall   Choir, Chorus,cast
David Cavendish   Choir, Chorus,cast
David Firth   Choir, Chorus,cast
Tim Flavin   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Liz Greenaway   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,cast
Carol Lesley-Green   Choir, Chorus,cast
Tinuke Olafimihan   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,cast
Rebecca Pedlow   Choir, Chorus,cast
Denise Silvey   Choir, Chorus,cast
Gareth Snook   Choir, Chorus,cast
Joyce Teevar   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,cast
Martin Nelson   Choir, Chorus,cast
Karen Broughton   Choir, Chorus,cast
Nicolas Colicos   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer,cast
Robert Fardell   Choir, Chorus,cast
Philip Griffiths   Choir, Chorus,cast
Jackie Marks   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,cast
Dominic Curtis   Choir, Chorus,cast
Steve Fortune   Choir, Chorus,cast
Katrina Murphy   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer,cast
Don Stephenson   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Gregg Edelman   Vocals,Track Performer,cast
Helen Miles Singers   Choir, Chorus
Emily Loesser   Vocals,cast
Danielle Carson   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,cast
David Green   Track Performer
Simon Masterton Smith   cast
Orchestra   Track Performer
Guys & Dolls Cast Ensemble   cast
David Green   Vocals
Donna Stephenson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer,Lyricist
Larry Moore   Orchestration
Teddy Royal   Orchestration
George Bassman   Orchestration
John Owen Edwards   Liner Notes
Simon Rhodes   Engineer
John Yap   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Rexton S. Bunnett   Liner Notes
Abe Burrows   Book
Damon Runyon   Author,Story,Character Design
Jo Swerling   Book
John A. Yap   Producer,Executive Producer

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