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Closer Than Ever: Original Cast Recording [Cast Recording]

Brent Barrett, David Shire, Richard Maltby, Richard Muenz, Lynne Wintersteller, Sally MayesAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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listen  1. DoorsThe Company 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. She Loves Me NotBrent Barrett;Lynne Wintersteller;Richard Muenz 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You Want To Be My Friend?Sally Mayes;Richard Muenz 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. What Am I Doin'?Brent Barrett 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Bear, The Tiger, The Hamster And The MoleLynne Wintersteller 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Like A BabyRichard Muenz 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Miss ByrdSally Mayes 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Sound Of MuzakPatrick Scott Brady;Company 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. One Of The Good GuysBrent Barrett 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. There's Nothing Like ItThe Company 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Life StoryLynne Wintersteller 5:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Next Time / I Wouldn't Go BackRichard Muenz;Company 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Three FriendsSally Mayes;Lynne Wintersteller;Brent Barrett 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. FandangoLynne Wintersteller;Richard Muenz 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. ThereSally Mayes;Patrick Scott Brady 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. PatternsLynne Wintersteller 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Another Wedding SongBrent Barrett;Sally Mayes 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. If I SingRichard Muenz 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Back On BaseSally Mayes 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The March Of TimeThe Company 6:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Fathers Of FathersBrent Barrett;Patrick Scott Brady;Richard Muenz 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. It's Never That Easy / I've Been Here BeforeLynne Wintersteller;Sally Mayes 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Closer Than EverRichard Muenz;Company 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 4, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000003EZV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb songs about contemporary living March 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? CLOSER THAN EVER is probably the best musical revue ever written. It's a collection of 25 songs about the complications, joys, and woes of everyday living in America. This is the only show I've ever produced and directed, since I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. Since I first heard the score, I always include at least one song from the show in every concert I give!
THE HISTORY:
Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire have worked together for decades, although only two of their shows, BABY and BIG, have ever reached Broadway. During the creation of BABY, they wrote a song entitled "The Bear, the Tiger, the Hamster, and the Mole" to introduce the character of a female biology professor. As the song evolved, it not only introduced her character, it told her story and resolved it. Since the character had nowhere to go, both she and the song were dropped from the show.
Maltby and Shire didn't want the song to die, so they slowly created a roster of "story songs" for use at a later time. In 1989 (at the same time Maltby was also working on the English lyrics to MISS SAIGON in London), these songs were combined with other songs Maltby and Shire had written over the past 30 years (with alterations) to make the new revue, CLOSER THAN EVER.
THE LYRICS:
Let me allow some theater critics to speak first, all cited in the CD liner notes. Stephen Holden of THE NEW YORK TIMES said that the songs "communicate .... a rich sweeping sense of lives being lived and people changing over time." Howard Kissel of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: "There is more genuine drama in each ... song than in the entirety of most ... musicals." David Patrick Stearns of USA TODAY: "the most satisfying and humanizing new musical."
What are these songs about?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must buy this CD. I can't stop listening to it. February 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was an off-Broadway revue that appeared in 1989; each song tells its own story and very effectively so. I love the music for its complex and varied but accessible and sometimes haunting melodies, vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements, and its wide range of styles from jazz to folk to pop to traditional Broadway. There is an almost inexhaustible supply of simple/profound, witty/clever, wonderfully rhymed lyrics. It's hard to accept that all of it is sung by four very talented vocalists.
I've been listening to this in the car for about a week and am still learning the words. While there is a "doors" metaphor running in and out of several songs, there is very little repetition; all of the choruses have variations and expansions; it never stands still, which is very much in tune with the theme of continual change. It's very hard to pick favorites, but "Like a Baby", "Patterns", "Life Story", "If I Sing" and "Next Time" are right up there.
Something that is also striking is the dynamic range more typical of classical than of popular music.
For this musical and (for Maltby's cryptic crossword puzzles in Harper's), I'm indebted to this amazing musical duo. If Maltby or Shire is reading this, thanks to you both.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By cindy
Format:Audio CD
I am a lighting designer by trade and had the wonderful experience of working on this show. I must say that I was singing along night after night. I LOVED IT ! some of the songs are hard to follow the words (She loves me Not) and so I actually spent $ 50 and bought the entire SCORE.. I loved it that much.. Hearing a show night after night may get tiresome... but not this one. If you like shows that are about 98% music (these characters sing the show, they don't just break out into song) I highly suggest this CD for everyone the trunes are catchy and modern you'll be singing along in no time !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Maltby and Shire success November 9, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I became interested in finding this CD after hearing one of the songs from it (It's Never that Easy/I've Been Here Before) in a production of another one of their musicals, Starting Here, Starting Now(which if you haven't heard, you should). The sung struck me- it was so powerful. All of the music in this recording displays strong emotions. The different beats used, such as the dance Tempo in Fandango,the bar-stlye singing in There, the scat in Back on Base, along with many beautiful ballads offers a variety of listening enjoyment. They are also wonderful for singing and audition pieces if I could ever find the sheet music(if you know where I could find it, could you email me?). I strongly recommend this CD. It is a lot of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of Musical Theatre songs October 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
These days great writers for the musical theatre are few and far between. David Shire and Richard Maltby have been writing songs together since the late 1950s. To date they have had only two book musicals reach Broadway... BABY and BIG. Neither show was a success but hopefully they will write other shows together. These are two very talened men who know how to construct songs that are the equivilent of one-act plays. Some funny ("You Want To Be My Friend?") some angry ("The Bear, The Tiger, The Hamster and The Mole"), some wistful ("One of the Good Guys") and some filled with longing ("She Loves Me Not.") These songs give the performers plenty of subtext to make the songs actable. ANd fortunately we have 4 very fine actor/singers on this 2 CD set. The notes give the histories of each song, but you don't really need to know any context. The songs stand on their own.
Anyonw who is even considering a career writing or performing in musical theatre should get this set and listen. The music is very enjoyable..tueful in fact. But the lyrics will reverberate long after the Cd has ended.
My personal favourite is "Life Story" - Listen to this song as an example of what I am trying to explain above. A well-written character study. And "If I Sing" is a terribly moving piece. I can easily understand actors who ahve done this show raving about how much they enjoy singing these songs!
Get this CD and see if you do not agree that these are outstanding songs. And I await a new show from Messers Shire and Maltby!
(If you enjoy this disc, seek out their earlier revue called STARTING HERE STARTING NOW which is also available on RCA Victor.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly A Classic!
Love this musical and this CD! The voices are spectacular, the songs are witty, thought provoking and just plain great theatre! A MUST HAVE for anyone who likes musical theatre!
Published 7 months ago by Bill Mutimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!
This is great fun to listen to, and I'm not a musical theater buff. The lyrics are hysterical and touching as well. It really hits home for anyone over 40. Read more
Published 14 months ago by T. Seltzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Closer than Ever--Five Star Quality!
Hilarious and highly entertaining. Maltby and Shire are an outstanding musical team that ranks right up there with the greats! Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Closer Than Ever: Original Cast Recording
Delightfully witty songs which are skillfully performed. Great fun to listen to. I recommend it to anyone who likes intimate theatre.
Published 22 months ago by Eldeetee
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty Plus Pretty
A review crammed with lovely songs, still relevant after all these years. They don't make Broadway musicals like this any more, unless Stephen Sondheim is involved.... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stanley Hochman
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Malby and Shire have written some of the best songs about contemporary issues and relationships, many gathered together here on two discs (and on the cast album of "Baby"). Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by LeoM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Music Good Show
The show has produced some great musical songs. Life Story is a great number summerizing a woman's life. Back on Bass is a great jazz number.
Published on February 5, 2011 by Eric Andrews-Katz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous music and stories told through song!
"Closer Than Ever" is certainly one of Maltby and Shire's finest. I had the pleasure of performing in the Midwest premiere of this show back in 1991. Read more
Published on December 16, 2008 by R. Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Different Musical
"Closer Than Ever" is one of the best Off-Broadway musicals to be produced,and won a much-deserved Outer Critics Circle Award for best Off-Broadway Musical. Read more
Published on June 5, 2008 by Jay Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Ever
This is my third CD of this off-Broadway revue, illustrating how many times I have played the music in the last 15 years. I'm sure I'll wear this one out, too. Read more
Published on August 7, 2006 by R. Brewer
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