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Coco (1970 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Rene Auberjonois, George Rose, David Holliday, Jon Cypher, Alan Jay Lerner, Andre Previn, Katharine HepburnAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Overture "Coco"Robert E. Dolan 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. But That's The Way You AreJack Dabdoub 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The World Belongs To The YoungKatherine Hepburn 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Let's Go HomeDavid Holliday 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mademoiselle Cliche De Paris / On The Corner Of The Rue CambonKatherine Hepburn 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Money Rings Out Like FreedomKatherine Hepburn 5:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. A Brand New DressGale Dixon 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Woman Is How She LovesDavid Holliday 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Medley: Gabrielle / CocoKatherine Hepburn 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. FiascoRene Auberjonois 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. When Your Lover Says GoodbyeGeorge Rose 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ohrbach's, Bloomingdales, Best & SaksKatherine Hepburn 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Medley: Always Mademoiselle / Coco (Reprise)Katherine Hepburn 7:27$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 25, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Decca US
  • ASIN: B000002P7O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a lovely forgotten musical December 3, 2002
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COCO is a lovely forgotten musical which is not without its charms. It offers some lovely Andre Previn-Alan Jay Lerner songs and features the legendary Katharine Hepburn in her ONLY Broadway musical role.
Stand-out songs include "Let's Go Home", "Mademoiselle Cliche de Paris on the Corner of the Rue Cambon", "A Woman is How She Loves" and "Gabrielle".
Katharine Hepburn's witty delivery of her numbers is faultless; even though she is by no means a singer, she is aware of the tempo and timing behind her phrasing and nails each and every number.
The musical ran for over 300 performances (quite respectable considering) and closed the day after Hepburn left the musical at the completion of her contract. Clearly the reason why the show ran so long was of the fact that Hepburn was starring in it.
The cast also features George Rose and Gale Dixon, as well as a capable ensemble.
The sound quality of this CD-remastering varies; some tracks are quite crackly and there is a large amount of click and hiss in the recording (apparently there is very little in the way of source material for this score). However, die-hard collectors of cast recordings will surely delight in having it in their collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kate Overcomes the Critics! March 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Okay, sure, the lady cannot sing. She breaks the back of the musical phrases, and her grasp of rhythm is charmingly unsteady. Yes, the Previn music is oftimes uninspired. But the sheer energy of this piece can't be denied. Nobody but a Broadway musical purist NEEDS this CD, but every musical fan will find something to enjoy here. What Previn gets right, he gets excitingly right. ("The Money Rings Out...") The title song "Coco" and "Always Mademoiselle" have a melodic sweep that is thrilling, with gorgeous orchestrations to match. Lerner's lyrics for this show have always gotten a bum rap; but the lyrics for "Coco" beat those for "Applause," which also ran that season, and beat out "Coco" for all of the major awards. (And you can't tell from the CD, but the libretto by Lerner was better, too. Certainly funnier.) Hepburn LOVES what she's doing, and that comes across in spades. (Perfectionist that she is, Hepburn went back into the studio AFTER the release of the cast album and re-recorded certain numbers, just to try and make it better. Who has that kind of passion nowadays?) Ignore the insipid sub-plot with the dreadful young lovers. This is a recording of a unique performance, and we should BE so lucky as to have a show this lively, with a leading performance so forceful, joyful and passionate, on Broadway these days!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Coco-A True Collectors Item November 10, 2004
By David
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoy obscure Cast Albums, "Coco" is a good place to start. If you are being introdued to musicals, "Coco" is to be avoided. The score is wonderful, containing some lovely ballads (That's the Way You Are, Let's Go Home) and some lively comedy numbers. When Hephburn appears on the recording, you should probally warm up to her voice before skipping a track. If you do you can discover some wonderful musical numbers.

Sound quality is sporatic on this disc. The record (originally produced by ABC Records) has a general "boxy" sound. There is a little hiss and crackle. The first track sounds like the man is singing through an antique radio. This is probally used to indicate a flashback scene, because he appears again with the same sound.

Overall, if you like lesser known musicals, Coco is a good choice. If you are being introduced to obscure musicals, start somewhere else. If you are a collector, "Coco' would be a wonderful addition to your collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Broadway Musical Come Back To Life! December 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
As sweet, decadent, and giddy as a glass of champagne, "Coco" is a felicitous, endlessly clever gem of a musical. Maybe it does require a couple of listenings to be fully appreciated, but afterward, it's a delight every time you hear it. From the bright, sparkling overture to Chanel's triumphant declaration of eternal independence, "Coco" is a magical ride.
Starring the legendary Katharine Hepburn (perfectly cast as the witty, fiercely independent "Coco" Chanel), and a supporting cast including Rene Auberjonois, David Holliday, Gale Dixon, and George Rose, this seven-time-Tony-nominated show (two-time winner) is a mix of glossy, bouncy, moving, and fun songs from start to finish.
Circa 1953. The revered fashion designer Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, having been in retirement for fifteen years, is ready to stage the comeback of a lifetime, feeling that the current fashion "world belongs to the young". She stages the comeback with the aid of a model, Noelle (Dixon), her attorney (Rose), and the nuisance of a seething fashion "expert" (Auberjonois). Although the comeback is badly received in Paris, the new collection becomes a smash in America. Chanel has conquered the fashion world all over again.
The songs are wonderful: Hepburn's indignant refusal to be trounced on by other designers ("The World Belongs to the Young") is most amusing. Her memories of being a courtesan ("Mademoiselle Cliche de Paris On The Corner Of The Rue Cambon") is a pungent smirk of a song. The score's best (and most hilarious) number, "The Money Rings Out Like Freedom" has Chanel reviewing her past innovations: costume jewelery, pants for women, and the little black dress. ("Alex gone... what a shame...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars something I will never forget
I was lucky enough to be taken to CoCo when it was running on Broadway during the first week. I was in awe !!!
I went back as many times as I could get tickets. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dan Klemuk
3.0 out of 5 stars Deservedly Obscure
In real life, famed designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971) was talented, driven, ambitious, and so opportunistic that she did not stint at being a Nazi sympathizer if it would help... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Kate
I love Broadway and I love Katharine Hepburn so this is wonderful. Buy this today! You're in for a treat!
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars love katherine
not for most musical enthusiasts.........but a must for those that loved Katherine Hepburn. The music is still good, but story is better.
Published on April 29, 2012 by orlandodavid
5.0 out of 5 stars Coco is preserved.
This CD ia a remix and remaster of the second studio recording, and in the notes somewhere is an apology, but it is the best it can get. There were 2 original vinyl LPs. Read more
Published on June 24, 2011 by Gerard J. Kraus
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare Katharine Hepburn musical!
I was lucky enough to have seen this wonderful musical and even luckier to have met Katharine Hepburn and received a rare autograph on the program for "Coco" forty years ago. Read more
Published on February 7, 2011 by L'escribe
2.0 out of 5 stars Theater History Poorly Recorded
While CoCo was not the greatest musical ever written, the score does have it's merits, and Lerner's wit shines through in the lyrics. Read more
Published on May 12, 2009 by Tom George
4.0 out of 5 stars Unjustly Maligned
Given the uniformly negative reviews, "Coco" must really not have worked onstage. But you would never know it from this marvelous cast recording. Read more
Published on November 15, 2008 by David Cady
4.0 out of 5 stars Hepburn as a Musical Star
Katharine Hepburn was among the most unique talents of the 20th century if for no other reason (and there are many reasons) than for her daring. Read more
Published on September 4, 2006 by James Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Hepburn ala Rex Harrison!
Just think Chanel meets Henry Higgins and you've got Ms. Hepburn's singing in this musical! It may not be melodic, but it's certainly worth listening to, if only to once again hear... Read more
Published on August 16, 2006 by Paris fan
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