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Golden Boy (1964 Original Broadway Cast) [Original recording remastered]

Lee Adams, Charles Strouse, Sammy Davis Jr.Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Drg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,335 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

Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-recorded versions of some songs on this CD 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite complete March 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Although I applaud this reissue (I have a similar reissue from Bay Cities about ten years old), this is not identical to Capitol Orignal Cast album. Instead of ending with "The Fight", the LP ended with an Epilogue that told us what happened to the Davis character (he was killed in a car accident). Although it was short, it was a very moving ending to a very good show.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite scores- breathtaking! August 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The score for Golden Boy written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams is neglected. It's quite sad that it is because the entire piece is so brilliant. Strouse's music is filled with urban jazz flavored pieces that are wonderful. Adams' lyrics are sharp, sardonic and sometimes even touching.

Sammy Davis Jr. gives a performance that deserved to be be legendary. The rest of the cast is top notch as well. Billy Daniels shines in my favorite song, "While the City Sleeps."

It was the year of Fiddler on the Roof, everyone was thrilled and exited with Fiddler. Although Fiddler on the Roof is excellent and a classic, Golden Boy is my kind of show and in my opinion...better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Sammy Davis Jr.,Paula Wayne,Billy Daniels and the ensemble combine to deliver an entertaining remake of the classic story. This one had breakthrough lyrics related to the sensitive black/white relationship at the heart of the story. My favorites are 'I want to be with you,' and the light-hearted '127th Street,' although 'No More' deserves to rank with 'We Shall Overcome' in the annals of up-by-the-boot-straps spirituals. Some of the lyrics dealing with the icons of 1964 are amusing in retrospect, but the music holds up well from a distance of nearly 40 years. Onward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy pulls no punches. December 18, 2013
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I was so happy to see Golden Boy in MP3 since I wore out my vinyl copy. It has one of my favorite performers of all time, the great Sammy Davis, who left us too soon. A great score filled with great songs ranging from soul to jazz to gospel. Sammy is in good voice as well as a Paula Wayne who had a good voice but short lived career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Sixties Broadway Musical October 3, 2013
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Sammy Davis Junior was made for this role and nails the vocals. This musical was a product of its time and much will be lost on an audience that wasn't participating in life during that tumultuous era. Still, great music, great vocals, great production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great show. September 29, 2013
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Before Sammy Davis became a caricature of himself, he shined as the star of this Broadway musical. If only this had been filmed. I dare you not to walk away from this without humming the songs. Solid cast, great song writing. It deserves to be better known. .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CUSTOM-MADE COMPILATION & IT WORKS WELL... July 6, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The cast recording was studio-made on the first Sunday after the opening performance. Sammy Davis had "laryngitis"
at the recording session - his voice was a bit ragged and not as smooth as he sounded on his "pop" recordings. But this slightly hoarse and strained delivery added much dimension and character to his songs. Sammy Davis didn't like it though and a couple of years later when he and Paula Wayne starred in a London production, he insisted that they go into the studio, re-dubbing four songs to the original orchestra tracks. The re-dubbed versions substituted Sammy's free-wheeling Vegas-style delivery for the much more subtle character-centered vocal qualities that were on the original release of the record. Sammy then had the original-version master tapes for the newly
re-recorded songs destroyed. So - I located a vinyl copy of the original release and inserted the earlier versions of those songs into the remastered tracks of the rest of the score - keeping the fight from the reissue and closing with the plaintive original ending from the vinyl recording. All in all, it makes for the very best "compiled" recording that exists of this very superior Strouse-Adams score.
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