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Ultimate Broadway
     

Ultimate Broadway

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Clive Davis's Arista label enters the burgeoning show music compilation sweepstakes with Ultimate Broadway, a 40-song, double-disc grab bag culled from the last six decades of magical musical memories. Rather than pursue a purely legitimate theatrical pedigree, Ultimate Broadway mixes cast album classics like Alfred Drake's stirring "Oklahoma!," Judy

Overview

Clive Davis's Arista label enters the burgeoning show music compilation sweepstakes with Ultimate Broadway, a 40-song, double-disc grab bag culled from the last six decades of magical musical memories. Rather than pursue a purely legitimate theatrical pedigree, Ultimate Broadway mixes cast album classics like Alfred Drake's stirring "Oklahoma!," Judy Holliday's oh-so-sad "The Party's Over" from Bells Are Ringing, and Carol Channing's shimmering "Hello, Dolly!" with Judy Collins's pop single hit "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Musicand "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables as sung by Aretha Franklin at President Clinton's inauguration gala. Recent Great White Way hits are represented by the Rent anthem, "Seasons of Love," and "As If We Never Said Goodbye" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. This collection might be just what you need to start on the path to show-tune heaven.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following in the footsteps of other installments in Arista's Ultimate series, Ultimate Broadway is an excellent sampler of some of the greatest songs and performances in the history of the Great White Way. Almost all of the 40 songs on the two discs in this collection are performed by the original Broadway casts, which makes it an excellent choice for casual fans. The Judy Collins and Aretha Franklin covers do sound a little out of place, but those are only two numbers on a generous compilation filled with great moments. The set runs from Oklahoma! to Rent, hitting such seminal performances as Carol Channing's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," Gertrude Lawrence's "Getting to Know You," Julie Andrews' "I Could Have Danced All Night," Rex Harrison's "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," Mary Martin's "The Sound of Music," Carol Channing's "Hello, Dolly!," Zero Mostel's "If I Were a Rich Man," Barbra Streisand's "People," Liza Minnelli's "Cabaret," Andrea McArdle's "Tomorrow,"and Michael Crawford's "The Music of the Night," among many, many others. It may not be a definitive show tune collection, but it's certainly tremendously entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/1998
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221899925
catalogNumber:
18999
Rank:
8855

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Collins   Track Performer
Robert Goulet   Track Performer
Ethel Merman   Track Performer
Liza Minnelli   Track Performer
Barbra Streisand   Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Jennifer Holliday   Track Performer
Michael Crawford   Track Performer
Julie Andrews   Track Performer
Mary Martin   Track Performer
Rex Harrison   Track Performer
Carol Lawrence   Track Performer
Gertrude Lawrence   Track Performer
John Raitt   Track Performer
Judy Holliday   Track Performer
Jerry Orbach   Track Performer
Carol Channing   Track Performer
Alfred Drake   Track Performer
Ray Bolger   Track Performer
Richard Burton   Track Performer
Ezio Pinza   Track Performer
Patti LuPone   Track Performer
Zero Mostel   Track Performer
Robert Preston   Track Performer
Rufus Smith   Track Performer
Jan Clayton   Track Performer
Andrea McArdle   Track Performer
Elaine Paige   Track Performer
Philippa Bevans   Track Performer
Charles Braswell   Track Performer
Larry Kert   Track Performer
Richard Kiley   Track Performer
George Hearn   Track Performer
John Cullum   Track Performer
Chita Rivera   Track Performer
Elizabeth Parrish   Track Performer
Bruce Yarnell   Track Performer
Yul Brynner   Track Performer
Ronald Dyson   Track Performer
Christine Johnson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Alain Boublil   Composer
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Claude-Michel Schönberg   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Gary Pacheco   Producer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Christopher Stern   Art Direction
Miles Kreuger   Liner Notes
Steve Bartels   Producer
Herbert Kretzmer   Composer
Jean-Marc Natel   Composer
Tom Jones   Composer

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Ultimate Broadway 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of Broadway songs is superb! I especially enjoy ''Memory'', ''The Music of the Night'', and ''Mame.'' I would highly recommend this CD Collection to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Friend lent me this CD and i was amazed at how they got all of the great songs like "Seasons of Love" and "All That Jazz" onto one great CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Packed with memorable showstoppers, including the new-to-me singing talent of Judy Holliday (on ''The Party's Over''), and superb John Cullum, the actor who played Dr Greene's dad on ''ER'', bringing down the house with ''On A Clear Day...''. Glaring omissions like a Diahann Carroll number from ''No Strings'' and the Bea Arthur/Angela Lansbury duet ''Bosom Buddies'' from ''Mame'' drop this down a notch for me. But I definitely recommend it. So much glorious singing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There were a lot of really obscure songs on there. Like why put "One" on there instead of "What I did for love" and "Rich Man" instead of "Tradition". There were alot of things like that. Also the Aretha Franklin version of Les Mis took it down a whole rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was excited the first time that I listened to it but it ended up being a let down. I feel like they came close on a lot of songs but really missed on some of the songs that would make it 'Ultimate.' Definitely not one of my favorites. It ended up being ok. I wished I had bought something else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the entire album except for this one track......yuck! Glad I have a MPEG player so I can delete it, but it would have been nice to have a version recorded at least somewhat similar to the original.