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Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Despite its deliberately provocative title, RCA Victor's The Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need really claims only to "give an overview of what 'Broadway' music is about," according to compiler Bill Rosenfield. What it really does is survey the last 50 years of theater music from the point of view of the most popular songs from the genre available in the company's vaults. RCA was the last of the major labels to begin recording Broadway cast albums, not entering the field until 1947's Brigadoon from which "Almost Like Being in Love" is included here. Even then, it had to compete with the others and didn't really emerge as an equal competitor until the 1960s. As a result,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Despite its deliberately provocative title, RCA Victor's The Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need really claims only to "give an overview of what 'Broadway' music is about," according to compiler Bill Rosenfield. What it really does is survey the last 50 years of theater music from the point of view of the most popular songs from the genre available in the company's vaults. RCA was the last of the major labels to begin recording Broadway cast albums, not entering the field until 1947's Brigadoon from which "Almost Like Being in Love" is included here. Even then, it had to compete with the others and didn't really emerge as an equal competitor until the 1960s. As a result, relatively few of these tracks, which are presented chronologically by each show's opening date, come from original cast recordings, being drawn rather from revival casts, TV soundtracks, and individual artist discs for the most part. Nevertheless, some major performers sing songs associated with them: Ethel Merman and "There's No Business Like Show Business," Carol Channing and "Hello, Dolly!," Zero Mostel and "If I Were a Rich Man." The set seems designed for the casual and recent fan of Broadway, who won't be upset that Cabaret's "Money" and 42nd Street's "Lullaby of Broadway" are technically movie songs or that Colm Wilkinson never sang "The Impossible Dream" on stage, and who will recognize the material from four shows that were still running on the album's release date, Titanic, Ragtime, and revivals of Chicago and Cabaret. But this is a Broadway without Andrew Lloyd Webber and with precious little Stephen Sondheim despite RCA's extensive Sondheim holdings, which means it doesn't really address much of theater history from the mid-'60s on. Thus, even as a label sampler, The Only Broadway CD You'll Ever Need is woefully inadequate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1998
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266325627
  • Catalog Number: 63256
  • Sales rank: 98,765

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ol' Man River - William Warfield (2:48)
  2. 2 Anything Goes - Patti LuPone (4:04)
  3. 3 Oh, What a Beautiful Morning - Laurence Guittard (2:55)
  4. 4 You'll Never Walk Alone - Katherine Hilgenberg (1:45)
  5. 5 There's No Business Like Show Business - Bruce Yarnell (3:09)
  6. 6 Almost Like Being In Love - David Brooks (2:42)
  7. 7 Luck Be A Lady - Peter Gallagher (3:01)
  8. 8 Shall We Dance? - Yul Brynner (5:05)
  9. 9 America - Barbara Yeager (4:16)
  10. 10 Everything's Coming Up Roses - Angela Lansbury (3:03)
  11. 11 Rosie - Jason Alexander (3:50)
  12. 12 Consider Yourself - Bruce Prochnik & Company (3:51)
  13. 13 Hello, Dolly! - Carol Channing (5:41)
  14. 14 If I Were A Rich Man - Zero Mostel (4:54)
  15. 15 The Impossible Dream - Colm Wilkinson (2:47)
  16. 16 Money - Alan Cumming & Kit Kat Girls (3:16)
  17. 17 All That Jazz - Bebe Neuwirth & Company (5:05)
  18. 18 Lullaby Of Broadway - Jerry Orbach & Company (5:02)
  19. 19 The Proposal/The Night Was Alive - Martin Moran (4:38)
  20. 20 Wheels Of A Dream - Brian Stokes Mitchell (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ethel Merman Track Performer
Vanessa Williams Track Performer
Jerry Orbach Track Performer
Patti LuPone Track Performer
Michael Goodman Track Performer
Nancy Hess Track Performer
Zero Mostel Track Performer
Rufus Smith Track Performer
Constance Towers Track Performer
Angela Lansbury Track Performer
Marion Bell Track Performer
William Warfield Track Performer
Debbie Gravitte Track Performer
Colm Wilkinson Track Performer
Jason Alexander Track Performer
Charlotte d'Amboise Track Performer
Laurence Guittard Track Performer
Katherine Hilgenberg Track Performer
Renée Stork Track Performer
Bruce Yarnell Track Performer
Elaine Wright Track Performer
Barbara Yeager Track Performer
Yul Brynner Track Performer
Audra McDonald Track Performer
Brian d'Arcy James Track Performer
Martin Moran Track Performer
Jerry Orbach & Company Track Performer
Bebe Neuwirth & Company Track Performer
Alan Cumming & Kit Kat Girls Track Performer
Bruce Prochnik & Company Track Performer
David Brooks Track Performer
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer, Lyricist
Irving Berlin Composer, Lyricist
Ethel Merman Contributor
Rodgers Composer
Jerry Orbach Contributor
Carol Channing Contributor
Lionel Bart Lyricist
Sheldon Harnick Lyricist
Jerry Herman Composer, Lyricist
Kander Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Lyricist
Patti LuPone Contributor
Russ Case Producer
Al Dubin Lyricist
Irwin Fisch Producer
Charles Gerhardt Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist
Joe Linhart Producer
Zero Mostel Contributor
Norman Newell Producer
Eli Oberstein Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Jay David Saks Producer
Charles Strouse Composer
Andy Wiswell Producer
Maury Yeston Composer, Lyricist
Angela Lansbury Contributor
Lowe Composer
George R. Marek Producer
Bill Rosenfield Liner Notes
William Warfield Contributor
Peter Gallagher Contributor
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer
Colm Wilkinson Contributor
Jason Alexander Contributor
Fred Ebb Composer, Lyricist
Stephen Flaherty Composer
Ann Reinking Contributor
Yul Brynner Contributor
Audra McDonald Contributor
Hsi-Ling Chang Remastering
Alan Cumming Contributor
Lynn Ahrens Composer, Lyricist
Brian Stokes Mitchell Contributor
Lee Adams Composer, Lyricist
David Brooks Contributor
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