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Contact: Music from the Broadway Show [Cast Recording]

Susan Stroman , Leonard Bernstein , Robert Palmer , Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Audio CD
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. My Heart Stood StillStéphane Grappelli 5:37Album Only
listen  2. Anitra's DanceNew York Philharmonic Orchestra;Leonard Bernstein 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Op. 24Leonard Bernstein 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2/IV. Farandole. Allegro deciso (Tempo di Marcia) - Allegro vivo e deciso (Instrumental)Leonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves YouBoyd Gaines 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Put A Lid On ItSquirrel Nut Zippers 2:40Album Only
listen  7. Sweet LorraineStéphane Grappelli 3:08Album Only
listen  8. Runaround SueDion DiMucci 2:51Album Only
listen  9. Beyond the SeaRoyal Crown Revue 3:49Album Only
listen10. See What I Mean?Al Cooper and His Savoy Sultans 3:05Album Only
listen11. Simply IrresistibleRobert Palmer 4:16Album Only
listen12. Do You Wanna Dance?The Beach Boys 2:18Album Only
listen13. TopsyRoyal Crown Revue 3:42Album Only
listen14. Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) (Parts 1 & 2)Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 8:39$1.98  Buy MP3 



Product Details

  • Performer: Susan Stroman, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Palmer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (March 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000059RWN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Susan Stroman's Contact stirred up a hornets' nest of controversy by winning the 2000 Tony Award for Best Musical. The fact that the music for the dance play was entirely prerecorded, and mostly from classic sources didn't sit well with either traditionalists or union musicians. So what exactly do you get on the CD, Contact: Music from the Broadway Show? The first segment of the three-section show takes place in the French countryside and is represented by a Stephane Grappelli recording of "My Heart Stood Still." The second part is a romantic fantasy accompanied by Leonard Bernstein recordings of Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and Bizet. The most famous segment portrays modern New Yorkers and the music they swing dance to: classic pop (Dion, the Beach Boys), neo-swing bands (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Royal Crown Revue), and of course the show's defining number, Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible."

It's extremely odd to listen to a CD representing four Tony-winning achievements and not be able to enjoy three of them: Stroman's choreography, and Karen Ziemba and Boyd Gaines's dancing/acting (not to mention Deborah Yates's striking Girl in the Yellow Dress). Fortunately for Gaines, he actually appears on this CD, as his new, suave rendition of "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You" replaces the show's usual Dean Martin recording. Comparable to the CD of music used in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, Contact: Music from the Broadway Show is without question a useful souvenir of an innovative, invigorating theater experience (only a few numbers are missing from the 56-minute CD), but as a listening experience, it's a real mixed bag. --David Horiuchi

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars But not as good as being there... March 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This wonderful show is capped off with Van Morrison's "Moondance", a warm and romantic song that celebrates the mood and emotion that the Broadway show leaves you with. Including it on this CD would have made it the perfect souvenir of the show. But it isn't here. Shame. It's too bad that Broadway shows are rarely released on video, because this one would be a keeper. The music on this CD is great, but it is better to hear them in the context of the visual presentation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful dance music! March 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you like swing/good dancing music this CD is a must for your collection. And no, you don't have to have seen the play to enjoy these songs. Hearing any one of them on the radio would be reason to crank up the volume! Yes, the first half is classical music but they are tuneful and delightful to listen to. And seeing the show (which I highly recommend!) will give an added dimension to your enjoyment but is definately not necessary to enjoy this cd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how can I get a video of this incredible show. January 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Never have I seen a show as wonderful as this. I'd do almost anything for a video of it? Any possiblility?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mix of songs! April 19, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After seeing Contact's performance on the Tony Awards last year, I feared I may spend up to $200 on CDs to get the songs from the show that I loved; many just for the one song used in Contact. However I'm glad I was financially challenged (and too stubborn to get all those CDs and then not even be able to put them in my Broadway part of my CD collection where they rightfully belonged) because now I have them all on CD and not only that but a wonderful booklet with pictures from the show (I'm a sucker for those, he he). This is a wonderful mix, and the music choices for each vingette was so original. Take for instance the first vingette, set in 18th Century France set to swing music (although there is a wonderful pun going with it as the story centers around a girl on a swing *g*). And the second set in an Italian restaurant in Queens in 1954 set to classical music. Finally, the third story is a complete mix of everything from The Beach Boys to Squirrel Nut Zippers to Benny Goodman. Included is cast member Boyd Gaines' version of "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You." This is a wonderful CD not only for fans of the show but dancers looking for a good mix to prance around to *g*
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music...Bad Representation April 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Now granted, some of these songs are great, but they don't compare in the least to the show itself. Contact is a fabulously entertaining show, and a wonderful new concept for Broadway...even though it is TRULY NOT a musical (one might classify it as a play with music, or even better, a "modern ballet"). So this is a good CD if you are just interested in a random compliation of good music, but unlike many broadway cast albums, it is NO substitution for the show...and the exclusion of Moondance? That's just silly...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One sad omission... March 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
... the Van Morrison recording of "Moondance", which is used for the marvelous curtain call sequence (in which all the characters from the three pieces get to dance together), is not included on the CD. What a shame!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wacky mixture, but it works March 24, 2001
By "pspa"
Format:Audio CD
It makes sense if you have seen the show (the first show I know of to be based on prerecorded music), but if you haven't this is a wacky mixture of classical, jazz, and rock/pop dance numbers, and if you have eclectic tastes it is certainly entertaining listening. The version of Beyond the Sea is pretty weak, with Bobby Darin's version being about a thousand times better, but other than that it is hard to quarrel with any of the music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous dance June 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Although I do not have the cd as of yet, I just saw this show on Broadway, and it was amazing. Although the first scene is somewhat uninteresting, the remaining sketches build in intensity and elaborate technique. Although not having an orchestra was a bit odd, I still enjoyed the music enough to order the cd. The different styles of music kept the show intriguing and energetic. I highly reccomend this 2000 Tony Award winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Contact
this is a great soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this cd are all of them if you have not listened to this soundtrack then i recommend you do
Published on June 20, 2011 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I saw a part of the musical on TV a long time a go and wanted to see the whole thing but since no recordings are for sale, so I got this. Read more
Published on July 29, 2009 by Artem
5.0 out of 5 stars As dealers would say, "Just a sweet taste..."
Another reviewer stated the ultimate truth: It's not as good as being there.

Though that's true, that's also the reason my wife and I bought this CD. Read more
Published on September 16, 2008 by Drew Cheney
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw this on TV a few years ago
I found that the dances were mesmerizing and the music invigorating. While I enjoy listening to the sound track, I keep hoping for a copy of the TV show video. Read more
Published on July 6, 2007 by K. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Diverse and original: A sure bet
If you thought you had listened to everything about Broadway tunes, wait and listen to this one: it will leave you breathless! Read more
Published on July 8, 2006 by Julio Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Show EVER
Contact is the best musical that I have ever seen. This is defiantly one of the reasons why I bought the CD. Read more
Published on September 22, 2002 by Sarah E. Pavis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent musical and music!
I had the pleasure of seing this show on the stage, and then the next day I got the CD. However, I do have to say that you would enjoy this CD better if you saw the musical first. Read more
Published on April 7, 2002 by Roger D. Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars Recorded Music can be good!
Many people say that "Contact" is bad, because it is not live music. I sad that too, until I bought the CD. Having unlike music is great for this type of thing. Read more
Published on March 8, 2002 by Eric Kuhn
1.0 out of 5 stars no thanks
Having worked in the same office area where Stroman's late husband (Mike Ockrent) worked for a film studio, I know this musical started out as a film idea researched and developed... Read more
Published on September 23, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous dance
Although I do not have the cd as of yet, I just saw this show on Broadway, and it was amazing. Although the first scene is somewhat uninteresting, the remaining sketches build in... Read more
Published on June 18, 2001 by Consuelo Warner
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When will Contact be available on DVD?
I second the idea. Saw it on PBS and would love a DVD since I stupidly never saw it at Lincoln Center.
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