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Golden Boy (1964 Original Broadway Cast) Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B000CQNVQC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,635 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Workout * The Boxers
2. Night Song * Sammy Davis
3. Everything's Great * Kenneth Tobey And Paula Wayne
4. Gimme Some * Terrin Miles And Sammy Davis
5. Tick Around * Sammy Davis
6. Don't Forget 127th Street * Johnny Brown, Sammy Davis And Company
7. Lorna's Here * Paul Wayne
8. This Is The Life * Billy Daniels, Sammy Davis And Company
9. Golden Boy * Paul Wayne
10. While The City Sleeps * Sammy Davis
11. Colorful * Billy Daniels
12. I Want To Be With You * Sammy Davis And Paula Wayne
13. Can't You See It * Sammy Davis
14. No More * Sammy Davis And Company
15. Finale - The Fight * Louiss Gossett And Sammy Davis

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Sammy Davis Jr. had already scored 14 pop hits by the time he made his Broadway-musical debut in this Clifford Odets classic. The interracial kiss between Sammy and Paula Wayne drew lots of attention at the time, but what interests us is this fabulous jazz score, featuring many tunes that became staples of Sammy's nightclub act.

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Golden Boy already had quite a showbiz legacy by the time this 1964 Broadway musical debuted. Clifford Odets's heavy drama was originally produced (sans music) in 1937 as part of New York's Group Theater, featuring in its cast, among others, Lee J. Cobb, Elia Kazan, and Francis Farmer; John Garfield starred in a 1952 Broadway revival of Golden Boy, while the film version was what turned William Holden (in the title role) into a star. Sammy Davis Jr. was already a star--the Rat Pack was in full bloom--when he made his Broadway musical debut as the title character in the Charles Strouse-Lee Adams transformation of Odets's original play, directed by soon-to-be-great film director Arthur Penn, no less. Davis's presence added a racial theme to this story of a prize boxer, addressed in such songs as "Colorful." Unfortunately, the Strouse-Lee score isn't nearly as impressive as their earlier Bye Bye Birdie--no standards were created here--although the fine "Gimme Some," with its rock & roll progression, could have been an outtake from that show. And "Don't Forget 127th St." is the kind of grand production number Broadway rarely delivers anymore. Sammy, meanwhile, is in full, uh, Sammy glory here, and a few of these songs were part of his nightclub repertoire during the mid-'60s. His fans will undoubtedly cheer this remastered rerelease on CD at last. --Bill Holdship

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Sammy Davis Junior was made for this role and nails the vocals.
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Although it was short, it was a very moving ending to a very good show.
Thomas Martin
Billy Daniels shines in my favorite song, "While the City Sleeps."
Kathleen Donaldson

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Andrew Lawrence on March 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
GOLDEN BOY was a 1964 Broadway musical starring Sammy Davis Jr. It was edgy and dramatic and despite some turmoil during the out-of-town try-out, it came into New York in good shape and was greeted by strong reviews.

Capitol taped the cast album a few days after the opening. But Sammy Davis has been experiences bought of laryngitis and felt his vocal performance sounded raspy. (It does, but it serves the gritty material well.) SO, some months later he persuaded Capitol to let him re-record his tracks. The newer versions reveal a smoother voice but he takes many liberties with the vocal lines adding stylizations that were not part of the original score. The remixed LP was issued (with a different cover art) and reissued again in 1977.

There have been 4 CD releases of this title. The first on Bay Cities had only a short catalogue life. EMI's release in their Broadway Angel series of Broadway classics lasted a little longer (and had excellent liner notes in the booklet.) Razor&Tie did a cheap re-release and now it's back on DRG. All 4 CD editions use the re-mixed LP master. A shame no one thought to include the original tracks even if they have to be dubbed from an LP (the master tapes were said to be destroyed.)

The re-recorded songs are: Night song, Gimme Some, Stick Around, I Wanna Be With You, and Can't You See it. Also the re-mix uses "The Fight" as the Final Track (A ballet fight scene with mostly rhythm accompaniment) whereas the original LP included a dramatic and moving reprise of "Gimme some." Collectors should watch for the original LP in used record stores to hear the full score.

Still, this is one of the best and most under-rated scores by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jaime J. Weinman on October 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's true that Davis wasn't at his best when he recorded the album (and even the re-recorded tracks can't fully disguise this, since they couldn't afford to re-record the songs where Davis sings with other cast members). But I must respectfully dissent on the score. Strouse and Adams are at their considerable best here in a dark, jazz-flavored score that ranges from Paula Wayne's two depressed ballads ("Lorna's Here" and "Golden Boy") to Davis's "Night Song," an excellent example of that old standby the "I-Want" song (where a just-introduced hero tells us what he wants out of life), to the bitter, sarcastic "Don't Forget 127th Street." Best of all is Billy Daniels in "While the City Sleeps." Strouse's tunes, if not as hummable as one might expect from him, are imaginative and well-crafted, and the underrated Adams provides fine lyrics ("Will I ever get smart? I doubt it/ Tell me something's bad and I can't live without it"). So while this may not be the best disc for Sammy Davis fans, it's an excellent purchase for Strouse and Adams fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you like Sammy Davis, Jr., you'll almost certainly enjoy this album; if you're a fan of musicals, it's a little more problematical. There are some good songs here, but none that became standards. At least two that I know of, "Gimme Some" and "This is the Life" were covered by other singers, and Davis added "I Want to Be With You" and "Night Song" to his own repertoire, and made more commercial recordings of those two songs elsewhere. "Night Song" is one of my favorite songs - a sort of impressionistic portrait of a city at night and a young man yearning to find his place in the world. But with the very notable exception of "While the City Sleeps," Davis gets all the good songs. Or it might be the songs are not all that great, but Davis performs them brilliantly; you'll have to make that call.
One of the things I really like about this score are all the period references. Since it was supposed to take place in contemporary 1964, there are references to bossa nova music, Ray Charles, Adam Clayton Powell, and even Dean Martin. Interesting to think of a young black boxer mentioning Dean Martin in a song. How times have changed.
Anyway, since buying this a couple years ago, I've listened to it a lot - and you probably will too if you're a fan of Sammy Davis. If not, then you pays your money and you takes your chances.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Sonne on July 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
At first - I must admit - listening to the selected parts on the amazon page I was wildly disapointed because there didn`t seem to be anything melodic on it. And it didn`t sound like a Strouse score but then I got to know it better by playing it myself on the piano and I was overwhelmed by the beauty of these melodies. Don`t trust these few selections presented on amazon. No doubt, this is not "Annie" or "Bye Bye Birdie" but it is brilliant in its very own way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Petrucelli on February 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Sammy Davis Jr. starred in this musicalization of the Clifford Odets play about (among other things) a black prizefighter and his white gal pal. (The on-stage kiss between Sammy and co-star Paula Wayne is still talked about; many 1964 audiences left the theater in shock. One fan of the show was Martin Luther King Jr., who praised the show's message.) Long out of print, DRG has reissued the heavily infused jazz score by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse, and it sounds fresh and vibrant as if it were recorded yesterday. Many of the tunes became Davis nightclub favorites, but too often long-forgotten co-star Billy Daniels is overlooked for his mesmerizing performance and stunning voice. A knock-out for the true theater buff of a lost gem as sterling as it is Golden.
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