Legends of Broadway

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Utilizing the combined resources of the Columbia and RCA Victor Records catalogs, compilation producer David Foil has constructed a Barbara Cook compilation out of six albums originally released between 1956 and 1985: the original Broadway cast recording of Candide; a 1962 studio cast recording of Show Boat; a 1964 studio cast recording of The King and I; the 1966 Broadway revival cast recording of Show Boat; the 1975 Cook solo album Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall; and Follies in Concert, a 1985 concert cast recording of the musical Follies. Foil's use of five songs from Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall allows him to incorporate music from several Broadway shows that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Utilizing the combined resources of the Columbia and RCA Victor Records catalogs, compilation producer David Foil has constructed a Barbara Cook compilation out of six albums originally released between 1956 and 1985: the original Broadway cast recording of Candide; a 1962 studio cast recording of Show Boat; a 1964 studio cast recording of The King and I; the 1966 Broadway revival cast recording of Show Boat; the 1975 Cook solo album Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall; and Follies in Concert, a 1985 concert cast recording of the musical Follies. Foil's use of five songs from Barbara Cook at Carnegie Hall allows him to incorporate music from several Broadway shows that starred Cook, but had cast albums released by other labels: The Music Man, The Gay Life, and She Loves Me. Thus, he is able to give a good sense of the highlights of her career as a Broadway star, from her repeated high Cs as Cunegonde, singing "Glitter and Be Gay" in Candide to the two performances of Follies staged to be recorded, nearly 30 years later, at which she gave a heartbreaking interpretation of "Buddy's Eyes." In between are other songs many fans would count among her "greatest hits," among them "My White Knight" from The Music Man and -- as the burst of applause that greets it demonstrates -- "Ice Cream" from She Loves Me. The studio cast recordings and a song such as "Magic Moment" from The Gay Life, a flop, may be less familiar, but Cook's renditions are no less impressive. She particularly makes a powerful Magnolia in Show Boat, whether she is playing against the Gaylord Ravenal of John Raitt (in 1962) on "Make Believe" and "Why Do I Love You?" or Stephen Douglass (in 1966) on "You Are Love." Cook has had such an extensive second career as a concert singer since her Broadway days that this album, which only samples the start of that period, cannot be considered a comprehensive look at her work. But it does make the case for her on both the Broadway and concert stages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/26/2006
  • Label: Sony Classics
  • UPC: 828768839829
  • Catalog Number: 88398
  • Sales rank: 144,996

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Glitter and Be Gay (5:44)
  2. 2 You Were Dead, You Know - Robert Rounseville (2:30)
  3. 3 Hello, Young Lovers (3:12)
  4. 4 Getting to Know You (3:14)
  5. 5 In Buddy's Eyes (3:01)
  6. 6 Too Many Mornings - George Hearn (4:54)
  7. 7 Losing My Mind (4:19)
  8. 8 Make Believe - John Raitt (3:07)
  9. 9 You Are Love - Stephen Douglass (5:04)
  10. 10 Why Do I Love You? - John Raitt (2:34)
  11. 11 After the Ball (3:01)
  12. 12 My White Knight (4:13)
  13. 13 Magic Moment (3:37)
  14. 14 Dear Friend (2:40)
  15. 15 Will He Like Me? (3:22)
  16. 16 Ice Cream (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbara Cook Primary Artist, Interviewee
Franz Allers Conductor
Paul Gemignani Conductor
Wally Harper Conductor
Samuel Krachmalnick Conductor
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Richard Wilbur Composer
Sheldon Harnick Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Charles K. Harris Composer
Jerry Bock Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
John Latouche Composer
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Meredith Willson Composer
Andy Wiswell Producer
George R. Marek Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer
David Foil Executive Producer, Interviewer
Thomas & Richard Frost Producer
David Oppenheim Producer
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