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Camelot Cast Recording

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Audio CD, Cast Recording, June 2, 1998
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The marvelous original cast features Richard Burton and Julie Andrews-and a young Robert Goulet making his Broadway debut!

For one brief, shining moment, there was a place known as Camelot--and this 1961 recording is the only document available of JFK's favorite musical, the one that's been used to describe his presidential administration ever since. Truthfully, Lerner and Loewe's musical score for this retelling of the King Arthur story doesn't measure up to My Fair Lady, which was still playing when Camelot opened on December 3, 1960. That being said, the three principals here were stronger musically than their 1968 film counterparts--Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet (who became a star as Lancelot, thanks to "If Ever I Would Leave You") could sing, while the pre-Liz Richard Burton could recite those great lines with Shakespearean flair, even if he never scored a hit with "MacArthur Park." --Bill Holdship

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Camelot: OvertureCamelot Orchestra;Franz Allers 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Camelot: MarchCamelot Orchestra;Franz Allers 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Camelot: I Wonder What the King Is Doing TonightRichard Burton 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Camelot: The Simple Joys of MaidenhoodJulie Andrews 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. CamelotRichard Burton 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Camelot: Follow MeMary Sue Berry 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Camelot: C'est moiRobert Goulet 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. The Lusty Month of MayJulie Andrews;Camelot Ensemble 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Camelot: Then You May Take Me to the FairJulie Andrews;Bruce Yarnell;James Gannon;John Cullum 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Camelot: How to Handle a WomanRichard Burton 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Camelot: Before I Gaze at You AgainJulie Andrews 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. If Ever I Would Leave YouRobert Goulet 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Camelot: The Seven Deadly VirtuesRoddy McDowall 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Camelot: What Do the Simple Folk Do?Julie Andrews;Richard Burton 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Camelot: Fie on GoodnessCamelot Ensemble 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. I Loved You Once in SilenceJulie Andrews 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Camelot: GuenevereCamelot Ensemble 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Camelot: Finale UltimoRichard Burton;Camelot Ensemble 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Julie Andrews, Mary Sue Berry, Robert Goulet, Richard Burton, Roddy McDowall
  • Composer: Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
  • Audio CD (June 2, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000007OHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Eric Paddon on April 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The original cast of "Camelot", Richard Burton as Arthur, Julie Andrews as Guinevere, Robert Goulet as Lancelot, is one of those rare coming togethers of great talent in a Broadway show that all you can do is wonder why in God's name (a) the show wasn't recorded in its entirety back then on film or tape and (b) none of these participants reprised their roles in the dreadful 1967 movie version. What was Joshua Logan smoking when he insisted on Richard Harris instead of Burton? It remains one of the most baffling stories in the history of Broadway musicals mucked up by Hollywood.
This CD of the original cast is therefore all the more precious because its your only chance to sample this wonderful assemblage of talent performing the best Lerner-Loewe score next to "My Fair Lady". The remastered CD is a must, putting the songs back in their right order and sounding much better than the earlier CD pressing did.
Ultimately, the CD gets only four stars from me not because of its presentation, but because of the manner in which this recording was first produced back in 1960. Goddard Lieberson, the head of Columbia Records who produced cast recordings back then was notorious for damaging the essence of what a cast recording was supposed to be, i.e. a document of the show and its music and instead often made some very bad tamperings with the material in order to achieve a supposedly "purer" musical listening experience. This meant (a) always eliminating all dialogue snippets that led into a song or was spoken between verses (b) sometimes eliminating whole musical sections that didn't sound "musical" enough and were more stage bound.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By TundraBee on June 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ah, the magical metaphors! Lerner & Lowe's wonderous Broadway musical of the Days of King Arthur and the Round Table has since become forever linked to the JFK presidency. Here we have the joyous voices of Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, Robert Goulet and Roddy McDowall. The rapture! And then the fall. Contrast King Arthur's/Richard Burton's uplifting version of the "Camelot" song (#5) with his Finale Ultimo (Camelot Reprise - #18)
So there you are, cruising along, with the CD cranked up, reveling, and the last song comes on. Unless you are in a particularly buoyant mood, that last song can produce a profound wave of melancholy and the people next to you at the stop light will wonder why you are crying.
"... Ask every person if he's heard the story
& tell it strong & clear if he has not -
That once there was a fleeting wisp of Glory
called Camelot.
... Don't let it be forgot
That once there was a spot
For one brief shining moment
That was known as Camelot."
Goosepimple stuff.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Peter on January 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Though I never saw this show on Broadway, this cast album gives me a very good impression. The words and music really are perfectly entwined, and the songs are really good, much more memorable than they were when sung in the film, (though the film, IMHO, is still pretty good). What's really great about this recording is the great voices you hear singing these songs. Julie Andrews is surprisingly operetic as Guenevere, but nevertheless is by turns, vibrant, lusty, and sad, and is always good. Robert Goulet as Lancelot has a robust voice that comes in handy during "C'est Moi" and makes "If Ever I Would Leave You," a beautiful song anyway, a joy to listen to. Roddy McDowell as Mordred sparks the album with his one song, "The Seven Deadly Virtues." You even get to hear John Cullum; he's one of the knights in "Then You May Take Me to the Fair." As for Richard Burton's Arthur, he does struggle a bit at first, talk-singing "I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight" and the first part of "Camelot" a bit shakily. However, he pulls himself together to give a great performance of "How to Handle a Woman" and, though he goes right back to talking, is still powerful in the final reprise of "Camelot."
We truly shouldn't let this show be forgot, or this cast album. It was one brief shining moment of many in Broadway's history.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LightJesusMaryLover on June 26, 1998
Format: Audio CD
"Camelot" is one of my 3 favorite musicals & the definitive version is this one, the 1960 Original Broadway Cast w/Richard Burton, Julie Andrews, & Robert Goulet. However, the old CD version of this was so poor(filled w/hiss & highly-compressed)that I held on to my LP copy. So this digitally-remastered version is a welcome find!(no hiss or compression; I even hear instrum- ents in the background I've not heard before). And what more can be sd about Lerner & Loewe's most glorious & varied score or about this moving show about idealism brought down by the baser elements of human nature? A MUST-have!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dewey Mee on September 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I was ten year old, I received the LP version of this album for my birthday. I didn't know the plot, so I made up my own as I listened to the album. Needless to say, "Camelot" blew me away!! In 1960, many critics felt that "CAMELOT" couldn't hold a candle to Lerner & Loewe's previous masterpiece MY FAIR LADY. True, the show had troubles; director Moss Hart suffered a heart attack; Alan Lerner suffered an ulcer, and Lerner and Loewe were not speaking to each other by the time the show reached Broadway. Forty years later, "CAMELOT" holds its own quite well, thanks to Loewe's melodious score, and the absolutely perfect, dream casting of Richard Burton and Julie Andrews as Arthur and Guenevere. Burton is a commanding King Arthur (and he's much better at "talk-singing" than Rex Harrison in MY FAIR LADY). Julie Andrews is beguiling and, finally, world-wise and world weary as Queen Guenevere. I've never liked Robert Goulet. He's too stiff and wooden, but the lyrics to his "C'est Moi" are exceptionally clever and witty. Roddy McDowall is also heard as Arthur's illegitimate son, Mordred, singing mean-spiritedly of "The Seven Deadly Virtues." You'll also hear two songs cut by director Moss Hart after the Broadway opening. They are "Take Me To The Fair", sung by Julie Andrews as Guenevere tries to turn a group of Knights against the insufferably arrogant Lancelot (Goulet), and "Fie On Goodness!" sung by the Knights as they tire of Arthur's peaceful kingdom. All 18 tracks are heard on the CD in their original show order. On the original LP, the order of some songs was "mixed;" out of their proper place. I've never understood why. When you hear the thrilling opening notes of the Overture, you'll be transported to another world-- the enchanted kingdom of Camelot
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