Camelot: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1967 Film) Soundtrack
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In contrast, Richard Harris,on this CD (and NOT the mediocre 1980's revival),gives the performance of his life as King Arthur,avoiding,under Joshua Logan's direction, the outrageous hamming of the later stage revival. His Arthur is human,touching,and vulnerable,and Harris fills his songs with all sorts of voice inflections (he half-speaks,half-sings) that give the role true depth (those who want to see his entire performance should see the film - his acting is postively Shakespearean). Vanessa Redgrave,with a small, but appealing and immensely sexy singing voice, also brings out more of the character of Guenevere. Gene Merlino, who dubbed Franco Nero's Lancelot, is just OK with the songs, but even his "acting" is good. The sumptuous orchestrations are far more imposing than Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang's were in the stage version, and Bennett was a very good orchestrator, so you can imagine how good these new ones are.
Richard Harris went on to play King Arthur again in several big revivals of CAMELOT including the 1982 London production w/ Fiona Fullerton as well as the Australian tour shortly afterward. Franco Nero (with a voice dubbed by Gene Merlino) is a romantic Lancelot. Redgrave is most charming with her flirtatious "Take Me to the Fair", though her "Simple Joys of Maidenhood" is lovely, and the resignation to her fate in "I Loved You Once in Silence" is truly heartbreaking.
The takeaway here is, EMOTION! POWER! VIOLENCE! Violence? Yes... very strong passion is where it is at.. The emotional intensity that was conveyed on the silver screen is in THIS CD. NOT the Richard Burton Julie Andrews version... I do appreciate both of those performers, but having listened to both (by mistakenly buying the broadway version which is PUSHED most unfortunately) it is EASILY and CLEARLY the inferior version if you are wanting to 'live' in the feelings of the characters as they sing their songs. Why else bother? I guess if you are an understudy you'd prefer the broadway version sure... but it is less enjoyable IMHO.
Make No Mistake... BUY THIS VERSION OF THE CD!!
THE ONLY BAD THING ABOUT THIS CD IS ABOUT AMAZON... LACK OF AUTORIP OR MP3 OPTION!!!
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I grew up listening to this and other musicals and so when I heard one of these songs played on TV the other day I knew I needed to order the CD. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for a friend who loves the movie and said the music was excellent, so I thought she'd enjoy the soundtrack. She does!Published 7 months ago by Diane L.