Guys & Dolls (First Complete Recording)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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: 6/18/1996
  • Label: Jay Records
  • UPC: 605288129421
  • Catalog Number: 1294
  • Sales rank: 240,456

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
The 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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