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Camelot [Soundtrack]

Frederick Loewe, Camelot (Related Recordings), Alan Jay LernerAudio Cassette
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Cassette (October 17, 1990)
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KHE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude and Overture
2. I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight
3. The Simple Joys of Maidenhood
4. Camelot / The Wedding Ceremony
5. C'Est Moi
6. The Lusty Month of May
7. Follow Me / Children's Chorus
8. How to Handle a Woman
9. Take Me to the Fair
10. If Ever I Would Leave You -- Love Montage
11. What Do the Simple Folk Do?
12. I Loved You Once in Silence
13. Guenevere
14. Finale Ultimo

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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best recording of the score July 31, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I know this opinion may be controversial,but as far as I am concerned,this is the best recording of "Camelot" ever done. Although Richard Burton was a magnificent actor,his performance on the original cast LP was too uninflected--he simply sang the songs and recited the lines. Julie Andrews is one of my favorite musical stars, but she came across on the album as full of sweetness and devoid of the sweeping romantic passion Guenevere is supposed to have. Robert Goulet,on the other hand,was immensely successful with his songs.

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.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this version!! September 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I owned this (the movie version) years ago as a record and loved it. Then I got rid of my records and switched to CD's. After several years I was missing my Camelot music. So I bought the Broadway cast version with Julie Andrews & Richard Burton (how could I go wrong?!?). I was quite disappointed and over the next couple years only listened to Camelot, perhaps, once more. Finally, I realized that I needed to buy the movie version of Camelot with Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris. Wow, I am delighted once again!! Now I find myself humming the songs and looking forward to hearing Camelot again.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
After wearing out my cassette of this soundtrack, I decided to buy the CD. Mistakenly bought the original Broadway cast production, I felt it lacked alot of the nuances, intensity & drama of the movie soundtrack. We LOVE this CD. My children have listened to it since they were 2 or 3 years old, & now at 9 & 11 yrs old, still don't care for Broadway show/type musicals or soundtracks except for this one. I have always felt there was something magical about the story, the movie & the music - apparently have passed it on to another generation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magical April 11, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The singing is not in the same leage us the Broadway CD. This is a movie. So, the ambience is different. While the singers Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave are quite competent, the underscoring is something out of this world. Veteran Alfred Newman (the wonder boy conductor who started out conducting George Gershwin`s musicals in the twenties) and his longtime associate vocal director, Ken Darby put together a magical score that is definitive and gave life and meaning to Lerner and Loewe`s music and lyrics. Newman deservedly won his last Oscar for music adaptation. If you listen carefully to the scoring, you will realise it can be regarded as a wonderful music score in its own right. All through the picture, the music glows and dazzles and rejuvenates somewhat ploddish direction by Joshua Logan. Please have both Broadway and movie CDs. Both have their own merits. Enjoy.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fine, but stick to the OBC August 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The film version of CAMELOT ended up being a none-too-flattering vision of the original Lerner-Loewe musical. Directed by Joshua Logan and starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave, the movie was a modest success, it's long running-time and slow pace the main factors it it's failure. The soundtrack album is a delight, however. Vanessa Redgrave makes for an interesting Guenevere, singing in a charming speak-sing fashion (a la Rex Harrison in MY FAIR LADY), and makes the role her own. Those asking why Julie Andrews missed out on recreating her stage role should be aware that Miss Andrews was approached but had commitments to several films at the time (STAR!, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and TORN CURTAIN).

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating! August 28, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a huge fan of Broadway musicals and Arthurian Legend, this play is truely one of my favorites. The music had so much depth and passion and is performed beautifully by these gifted actors. I constantly listen to the soundtrack and repeatadly watch the movie. I assure you, buy this CD!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb soundtrack December 8, 2001
By Pope
Format:Audio CD
Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris are wonderful on this soundtrack, and the sound is so crisp and clear. While the 1960 Original Broadway Cast album (with Julie Andrews and Richard Burton) is clearly superior and is the album of choice, here we have a unique interpretation of one of Lerner and Loewe's best scores. My only gripe is the changing of lyrics in some places, most notably in "Simple Joys of Maidenhood."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Just as I remembered from the movie
Great! Just as I remembered from the movie, many years ago
Published 12 days ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars ... of Camelot and I had forgotten how much I loved the movie and the...
Its been a long time since I thought of Camelot and I had forgotten how much I loved the movie and the music . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeanne Major
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Great Soundtrack
One of the great musicals. Alan Jay Lerner at his best. Richard Harris is perfect as King Arthur.
Published 1 month ago by Martin Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another trip back to one of my early musical loves. Such strong powerful music.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Vrooman
5.0 out of 5 stars They just don't make movies/sound tracks like this any more
Whilst this might not be to every ones taste, this music has brought back many memories.
A beautiful album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Balders
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by rich schmeizer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great music from the great movie
Published 2 months ago by Joy Angelbeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived just fine, CD works fine
Arrived just fine, CD works fine! No complaints.
Published 2 months ago by Maximill
5.0 out of 5 stars GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC
I bought this for a friend that wanted it. It came right away in less time than estimated. And she loves it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melanie M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Camelot Soundtrack
Thought I was buying the movie. The music is fantastic. but was really excepting the movie which was .spectacular, so I returned this item.
Published 3 months ago by clare
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Camelot special edition?
Well there IS a music only track on the R1 edition of the movie, but that's not quite the same thing, alas.
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