Prime Music

Buy New

Includes FREE MP3
version
of this album.
or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
$9.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details

or
 
   
More Buying Choices
Tuition and Mission Add to Cart
$12.50  & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Follies (Highlights from the 1971 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Stephen Sondheim , Dorothy Collins , Alexis Smith Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Price: $12.50 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
 : Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
   Provided by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Terms and Conditions. Does not apply to gift orders.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, Oct. 1? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Complete your purchase to save the MP3 version to your music library.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 17 Songs, 2008 $9.49  
Audio CD, Cast Recording, 1992 $12.50  
Vinyl --  
Audio Cassette, 1989 --  

Listen to Samples and Buy MP3s

Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Samples
Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Prologue: Beautiful GirlsFollies 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Don't Look At MeDorothy Collins 1:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Waiting For The Girls UpstairsKurt Peterson 5:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ah, Paris! / Broadway BabyFifi D'Orsay 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Road You Didn't TakeJohn Mcmartin 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. In Buddy's EyesDorothy Collins 2:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Who's That Woman?Follies 3:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I'm Still HereYvonne De Carlo 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Too Many MorningsDorothy Collins 4:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Right GirlGene Nelson 4:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. One More KissVictoria Mallory 2:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Could I Leave You?Alexis Smith 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. You're Gonna Love Tomorrow / Love Will See Us ThroughKurt Peterson 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me BluesSuzanne Rogers 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Losing My MindDorothy Collins 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. The Story Of Lucy And JessieAlexis Smith 1:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Live, Laugh, Love / FinaleFollies 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 


Amazon Artist Stores

All the music, full streaming songs, photos, videos, biographies, discussions, and more.
.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Includes FREE MP3 version of this album Here's how (restrictions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

Follies (Highlights from the 1971 Original Broadway Cast) + Company + Little Night Music
Price for all three: $33.61

Buy the selected items together
  • Company $10.11
  • Little Night Music $11.00


Product Details

  • Performer: Stephen Sondheim, Dorothy Collins, Alexis Smith
  • Audio CD (November 17, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002SNP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

The scene: an abandoned theater, where a group of performers--alumni from the fictional musical revue The Weismann Follies--is holding a reunion shortly before the building is to be turned to rubble. The long-retired players relive their careers through Stephen Sondheim's brilliant pastiches of past songwriters, sometimes accompanied in song or dance by the ghosts of their previous selves. At the same time, four of the people (two married couples) are remembering their pasts and wondering whether they chose their spouses--and the course of their lives--correctly. The 1971 original cast of Follies included many former Broadway and Hollywood stars--Dorothy Collins, Gene Nelson, Alexis Smith, Mary McCarty--and the pedigree and sheer size of the cast kept the show from profitability despite a decent run (and also keep it from being frequently revived).

This recording of Stephen Sondheim's legendary show has become something of a legend itself. The score included 22 songs, but because the cost of recording a two-LP set was considered prohibitive, a number of songs were omitted and others were abridged. As a result, this too-brief 58 minutes can't be considered the final statement on Follies (for more music, try the uneven but sometimes electric 1985 concert recording or the 1998 New Jersey revival), but listen to Yvonne DeCarlo sing the anthem "I'm Still Here" or Collins sing the heartbreaking "Losing My Mind" and you'll know that the original cast had a special magic that has yet to be surpassed. --David Horiuchi


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I admit it. I love Follies, and have three recordings of it - this original Broadway recording, the single CD version of the 1987 London recording, and the double CD New Jersey 1998 recording. This latter recording is possibly the finest, being the most complete, and also including some extra tracks. However, it seems to be no longer available from amazon.com.
So to the recording at hand. The original cast, and to an extent then, the definitive recording. Well, it would be if there were more of the music on here, but what there is just happens to be pure class.
Alexis Smith and Dorothy Collins give up great performances as the two leading Follies girls. They are ably supported by their husbands, Gene Nelson and John McMartin.
Standing above the rest of the supporting cast is Yvonne de Carlo (best remembered as Lily Munster) with the song written especially for her, I'm Still Here. She sings it surprisingly pacily compared to the other available recordings that I know of. As the intended artist, we must assume that this is the definitive reading.
The other Follies ladies all give good performances, but as has been said by other reviewers, this cast recording is sadly incomplete.
Well, OK, so what if it is? As an introduction to this great work, full of rich pastiche numbers, clever lyrics, and towards the end the heartbreaking Losing My Mind, this is a good place to start....
If you cannot find the 1998 New Jersey recording, then this is the next best thing.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete But Satisfying Nonetheless October 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was privileged to see Follies in its initial Broadway run three times, including the most memorable and emotional closing night I have ever spent in a Broadway theatre. Follies remains my favorite Sondheim musical (and Sondheim remains my favorite Broadway composer) even though I admit that those who consider Sweeney Todd his masterpiece certainly have good reasons for doing so. The Follies "highlight" original cast album - funny it wasn't released that way - it was released simply as "the cast album" - is a bittersweet experience; to this day, I regret as do other reviewers here that the producers could not see their way to releasing a two-disc complete recording. It's not so much the numbers that were completely left out as the songs that were butchered and cut to their bare essentials that one regrets most. I can live without "Loveland", but the loss of almost half of the lyrics to "I'm Still Here" and "Broadway Baby" are omissions that have puzzled me since the day this abortion of a cast album (as my ex-boyfriend called it at the time) was released. Although most of this has already been said, the main reason I wanted to add my two-cents was to trumpet the song that for some reason is one of the least mentioned but, for me, the most impressive. "Too Many Mornings' is, to me, both lyrically and musically the most touching, heartbreaking and emotionally potent song that Mr. Sondheim ever wrote. The sentiment behind the lyric is one that makes me literally choke up with tears and is still capable - 34 years after I first heard it - of making me break out in goose bumps. "Two many mornings, waking and pretending I reach for you, thousands of mornings, dreaming of my girl. All that time, wasted, merely passing through, time I could have spent, so content, wasting time with you... Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FOLLIES - a cast album that should have been better August 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Stephen Sondheim was still a relatively young man whose career was just taking off when FOLLIES premiered in 1971. As the last in a long line of cast albums from Capitol, it was given a routine record production. But FOLLIES was an enormously complex show: people still debate its merits some 30 years later. While it may have been a sound business decision to limit the recording to a single Lp, it is unforgivable that better use was not made of the available time. A little more dialogue, some electronic adjustment so we could tell when the "ghosts" were singing, the transition into (and out of) the "Loveland" sequence, and coaxing sharper performances from the cast might have resulted in a recording that captured the spirit of the show better. Still, it remains an outstanding score (one can't call it one of Sondheim's "best" because all his scores show him at his best!) and moments captured here have never been surpassed: Dorothy Collins' "In Buddy's Eyes"; Ethel Shutta's "Broadway Baby", Yvonne De Carlo's "I'm Still Here" and Alexis Smith smoldering "Could I Leave You." For the Cd Angel has comissioned new and insightful liner notes, but unfortunately they do not reprint the very detailed synopsis that was included with the original Lp release. The sound has been "fixed" as best it could be but much distortion remains. If forced to choose just one FOLLIES album I would have to go with RCA's 1985 concert recording, but the original cast album, despite its many flaws, is still worth having.
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for What There IS of the Performance! June 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like watching Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons" -- another masterpiece truncated in the name of crass commercialism -- one cannot but feel regret that the unbutchered version will never be experienced. Many later versions have been recorded, with the full score -- but they all have the feeling of what they in essence were -- concert performances by disparate performers. This original cast gives the definitive performance of every number Capitol deigned to include: and butchered though the form of the score may be, none of the later, fuller recordings captures the complexity, regret, lushness and sarcasm that this does. All things considered, I have several of the recordings, but the others are more "archival" -- I turn to THIS recording, still, when I want to experience this brilliant musical. And as another reviewer has aptly noted, this version, much more than later ones, bears repeated hearings. In fact they make you love it all the more. So -- yes -- flaws and all -- FIVE STARS!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Stripped Down Version with Some Great Moments
I had never even heard "Follies" until seeing the 2011 Broadway revival and was just blown away by those shows (I saw it twice). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Stephen C. Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars The first is the best
I broke my original of this CD, so ordered a different version. BLAH! It was not half as good as this long-time-ago original cast recording. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Bette Kahn
3.0 out of 5 stars A "band-aid" recording at best.
Sondheim said himself that this recording is a butchering of the Follies score. The label agreed to give him only one LP for the record, so almost every song is cut short or... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael Genese
5.0 out of 5 stars Follies Is Superb !
Follies CD is worth having. My particular favorites are I'm Still Here, by Yvonne DeCarlo, Broadway Baby, Losing My Mind, and In Buddy's Eyes. Read more
Published 19 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show... even better now
What a show! What incredible music and unbelievable lyrics! Went to see the new production right after I got this CD and it did refresh my memory in time for the event... Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by Bruin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure and a Tragedy
Everything about this show is legendary. This recording immortalizes the as-yet unmatched cast of one of the greatest shows to ever take the Broadway stage. Read more
Published on August 10, 2011 by Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL ALWAYS BEST
Waited years for this album to be put to disc. Who can beat Alexis Smith, Dorothy Collins, Gene Nelson, John McMartin, and the fantastic Yvonne DeCarlo, not to mention all the... Read more
Published on March 20, 2011 by John H. Marvin, Madison, WI - Broadway devotee
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE FOLLIES
I saw the original Broadway production with the original cast (except for Yvonne DeCarlo who, sadly, was out that day and replaced by the lovely Constance Towers). Read more
Published on April 30, 2010 by William Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Sondheim produces music that I can never get out of my head. I don't always catch onto the tunes and rhythms right away, but with time they become embedded in my mind. Read more
Published on February 29, 2008 by Edward Aycock
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in Loveland
Here's the bottom line: The original cast recording of Follies is one you should own. This is truly one of the most satisfying cast recordings out there. Read more
Published on December 12, 2007 by Ms. Mazeppa
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Look for Similar Items by Category