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Sweet Smell of Success [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

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All Music Guide - Neil Shurley
Despite an impressive pedigree and a Tony award for lead actor John Lithgow, Sweet Smell of Success failed to light up the box office, ending its run after three months. This cast album reinforces some of the main criticisms against the show, including the lack of big, memorable songs and too much chorus. Still, taken apart from the show, the music works fairly well, presenting a cohesive underscore and persuasive performances. Though at times the music sounds a bit too much like one of those Broadway parodies so perfectly executed on The Simpsons, composer Marvin Hamlisch is enough of a pro to toss out a few gems along with the more run-of-the-mill material. "Don't Know ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Neil Shurley
Despite an impressive pedigree and a Tony award for lead actor John Lithgow, Sweet Smell of Success failed to light up the box office, ending its run after three months. This cast album reinforces some of the main criticisms against the show, including the lack of big, memorable songs and too much chorus. Still, taken apart from the show, the music works fairly well, presenting a cohesive underscore and persuasive performances. Though at times the music sounds a bit too much like one of those Broadway parodies so perfectly executed on The Simpsons, composer Marvin Hamlisch is enough of a pro to toss out a few gems along with the more run-of-the-mill material. "Don't Know Where You Leave Off" is pleasant enough, and the entire enterprise maintains a brilliantly orchestrated dark, jazzy, '50s feel that really suits the story. The packaging is indicative of the black-and-white tone of the stage show, with a clever synopsis and lyrics included in the liner notes. Fans of the Broadway production will get a terrific souvenir, while students of musical theater will appreciate the construction of the piece on a more theoretical level. All in all, it's a show that just may work better on album than on stage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998992221
  • Catalog Number: 89922

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Column - Brian d'Arcy James (4:42)
  2. 2 I Could Get You in JJ (2:36)
  3. 3 I Cannot Hear the City (4:31)
  4. 4 Welcome to the Night - Brian d'Arcy James (3:28)
  5. 5 Laughin' All the Way to the Bank - Bernard Dotson (1:03)
  6. 6 At the Fountain (4:27)
  7. 7 Don't Know Where You Leave Off (4:09)
  8. 8 What If - Brian d'Arcy James (3:16)
  9. 9 For Susan (5:04)
  10. 10 One Track Mind - Jack Noseworthy (2:23)
  11. 11 Break It Up - Brian d'Arcy James (5:17)
  12. 12 Rita's Tune (3:31)
  13. 13 Dirt (4:24)
  14. 14 I Could Get You in JJ (Reprise) (1:52)
  15. 15 I Cannot Hear the City (Reprise) (2:07)
  16. 16 Don't Look Now (3:19)
  17. 17 At The Fountain (Reprise) - Brian d'Arcy James (1:38)
  18. 18 Finale - Brian d'Arcy James (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Lithgow Primary Artist, Vocals
Marvin Hamlisch Piano
Dennis Anderson Reeds
Randy Andos Trombone
John Beal Bass
Joanna Glushak Vocals
Ronald Janelli Reeds
Kevin Kuhn Guitar
Larry Lunetta Trumpet
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Douglas Purviance Bass Trombone
Clay Ruede Cello
Roger Wendt French Horn
Charles Pillow Reeds
Jeffrey Huard Conductor, Musical Direction
Joel Fram Keyboards
Brian d'Arcy James Vocals
Steve Bartosik Drums
Ken Dybisz Reeds
Kelli O'Hara Vocals
Bill Hayes Percussion
Technical Credits
Drew Taylor Contributor
Craig Carnelia Lyricist, Producer
Marvin Hamlisch Producer
John Lithgow Contributor
William David Brohn Orchestration
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Joanna Glushak Contributor
Jay Landers Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Beth Williams Executive Producer
Mark Burdett Art Direction
Eric Michael Gillett Contributor
Jack Noseworthy Contributor
Nigel Parry Cover Photo
Nancy Sacks Graphic Design
Steve Ochoa Contributor
John Guare Book
Brian d'Arcy James Contributor
David Brummel Contributor
Tony Meola Sound Design
Stacey Logan Contributor
Nicholas Hytner Director
Michael Paternostro Contributor
Jodi Moccia Associate Choreographer
Larry Magid Producer
Bernard Dotson Contributor
Richard Hester Stage Manager
Lisa Gajda Contributor
Timothy J. Alex Contributor
Michelle Kittrell Contributor
Laura Griffith Contributor
Jennie Ford Contributor
Mark Arvin Contributor
Frank Vlastnik Contributor
Jill Nicklaus Contributor
Michelle Bosch Assistant Management
Christopher Jahnke Orchestral Assistant
Kelli O'Hara Contributor
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Marvin Hamlisch Score

    This is the best Broadway score I've heard since The Producers! Some of the best songs are the jazzy ones like ''Welcome to the Night'', ''One Track Mind'', and ''Dirt''. I also liked the not-jazzy tunes like ''I Cannot Hear The City'', ''For Susan'', and ''Don't Look Now''. Buy this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album

    Great onstage and great in my car. I listen to the cd all the time. The tunes are catchy and the lyrics are so smart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some of the season's best songs

    The show may well have been misconceived. The Susan-Dallas romance and Sidney's angst unbalanced everything, and what little there was of JJ didn't come off. The score was in the service of a lost cause in the theatre, but on this CD, it's mostly wonderful. The love songs that slowed the show badly are actually beautiful in themselves. Sidney's song ''At the Fountain'' is very fine. The big chorus numbers like ''Welcome to the Night'' come across with real power. This is a CD I have been playing often since I bought it in May. True, a few of Carnelia's lyrics are goofy (listen for the one about ''combing his hair with my comb'')but this is an impressive, much overlooked score.

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