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Side By Side By Sondheim (1976 Original London Cast) [Cast Recording]

Stephen Sondheim, Julia McKenzie, Millicent Martin, David KernanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 20, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA red seal
  • ASIN: B000002W29
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: Comedy Tonight/Love is in the Air - Cast Recording
2. Company: The Little Things You Do Together - Cast Recording
3. A Little Night Of Music: You Must Meet My Wife - Cast Recording
4. Company: Getting Married Today - Cast Recording
5. Evening Primrose: I Remember - Cast Recording
6. Follies: Can That Boy Foxtrot! - Cast Recording
7. Follies: Too Many Mornings - Cast Recording
8. Company/Another Hundred People - McKenzie, Julia
9. Company: Barcelona - Cast Recording
10. Company: Being Alive - Cast Recording
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Everybody Says Don't
2. There Won't Be Trumpets
3. Anyone Can Whistle - Kernan, David
4. Send in the Clowns
5. Pretty Lady
6. We're Gonna Be All Right
7. A Boy Like That
8. The Boy From...
9. If Momma Was Married
10. Losing My Mind - McKenzie, Julia
See all 18 tracks on this disc

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Glorious Exploration of Sondheim April 5, 2000
By Mr G
Format:Audio CD
I admit to being a little dubious before purchasing this recording: having heard the marvellous original cast albums of Sondheim's work (including the beautiful orchestrations of Jonathan Tunick) I was concerned that this album's setup might not deliver. This proved, however, to be a vain worry. This is an extremely fine and well-conceived exploration of the theatre's finest musical dramatist. The cast do great justice to a very well-chosen programme of Sondheim's work up to and including "Pacific Overtures". They are very individual performers, each contributing something special to the proceedings. Kernan possesses a glorious voice, warm and extremely sensitive. His rendition of the highly evocative "I Remember" would be hard to better; he also shows great skill in his gay version of "Could I Leave You" which has never sounded funnier. Julia McKenzie, showing ample evidence of her claim to being England's premier Sondheim interpreter, gives an extremely well thought-out version of "Broadway Baby", and her "Losing My Mind" is magic. Perhaps my personal favourite of these fine performers on this occasion is Millicent Martin, who shows a remarkable range of emotional attack, from an hilarious "The Boy From..." to a beautiful "Send In The Clowns" to a wonderfully dry and bare "I'm Still Here". Throughout all this fun, the two pianists give great support; in many ways, the spare accompaniament allows Sondheim's tremendous lyrics to shine through with uneuqalled clarity. All in all, do not miss this set. It's worth buying just for "Pretty Lady". Gorgeous.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Return Visit January 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was reminded of this recording when given the CD of 'Hey, Mr Producer' recently (soundtrack of a celebration of Cameron Mackintosh productions). Hearing the original cast members of 'Side by Side' reassembled for the occasion, inspired me to track down this recording: it is literally impossible to obtain in Australia.
For any lover of Sondheim, this recording is an absolute must. It encapsulates the immense talent of the man - the unforgettable music and the delicious wordplay of his lyrics - up to 1976 at least. And for the uninitiated too - give this one a go. I can pretty much guarantee that you'll gain an appreciation for the work on first hearing. And the liner notes are insightful and informative too.
Of particular interest is the track 'The Boy From...'. If this doesn't have you in stitches, you need your funny bone checked out. I first heard it some years ago sung as an audition piece for the role of Squeaky in a Sydney (Aust) production of Sondheim's 'Assassins'. Each of the memorable numbers on this recording provided me with a great return visit to the work of a man who will surely be remembered as one of the greatest composer/lyricists of our time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sondheim Treat August 25, 2006
By ~Amante
Format:Audio CD
Sondheim is definitly one of the most amazing broadway composers of the 20th century hands down. And this MUSICAL REVUE displays some of his best pieces with great performers. The show goes through many of his early shows. The orchestration is just on piano which adds such simplistic beauty that Sondheim loves. I would suggest this CD to ANYONE. It displays great music, great theater, and a great lyricist/composer. Favorite songs: "The Little Things You Do Together" and "I Remember"
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST COMPILATON OF SONDHEIM'S WORK June 26, 2004
By David
Format:Audio CD
While America was celebrating it's independece, something great was brewing on the other side of the ocean. Sondheim himself had his share of doubts. He said in a telegram "Go ahead but I cannot think of anything more boring, other than the book of Kells". His doubts were soon removed. It moved to Broadway and went through many hosts. Still, the original is the only one recorded. All the songs are performed to perfection, except two. The first is "Comedy Tonight" It really needs the full orchestra to work. Second, "Losing My Mind" is not so performed so well.Otherwise this recording is great. The songs are great. Some are obscure, and some are mega-hits, i.e "Send in the Clowns". A must for anyone who wants to become more famillar with one of Broaways last giants.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Little Things You Do Together. . . August 18, 2014
Format:Audio CD
This was a gift to a dear friend who is just getting to know the genius of Stephen Sondheim. Although this show took place before some of his later successes--he's had so many--it covers those that endear him through his wit, his internal rhyming, his oh-so-fresh treatments of classic plotlines. It has long been a favorite album of mine, listening to the soundtrack from "Company," before seeing the show, and marveling at the brilliant lyrics set in fresh melodies. This is not your Rodges & Hammerstein musical theatre composer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Entertaining! May 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD
SSbS is a wonderful mix of songs written by a master composer lyricist who has been highly productive for many years. Even with that said, each piece is fresh, individual, and delicious. the cast presents every note and nuance with an incredible combination of technique and emotion. A must have for anyone who collects the best in modern show-tunes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding performance May 31, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great show, lovely venue, and the performers were outstanding….very simple sets let the voices of the cast shine through….SUPERB effort!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This was my introduction to the words and music of America's greatest living lyricist. I went on to see the shows themselves but this was wonderful
Published 11 months ago by Paul Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Same old Sondheim. Good old Sondheim.
It was a pleasure to revive the memories of hearing this on the London stage when the world was young, and it was 1976.
Published 18 months ago by James D. Fanning
4.0 out of 5 stars great collection of sondheim's work.
it's not so much the execution. and, considering that the only backing instrument is a piano, there's nothing all that much in the way of arrangements... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Isaac Mizrahi
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I gave it as a gift, and the recipient loved it. A comprehensive overview of a master's work. If you're familiar with the composer's successes, it will stand firm. Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by Fellow Traveler
1.0 out of 5 stars sbsbs
the london production has dated considerably, and the customs tax payable (nearly £13) was exorbitant : frankly, given the original purchase price, the product was just not worth... Read more
Published on September 6, 2010 by sodheim fan
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars for the material alone...
Erratic performances mar this cast recording of a revue consisting of what was, up until then, the "best" of Sondheim. Read more
Published on April 11, 2007 by TeeBee
4.0 out of 5 stars SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
Nobody should give Stephen Sondheim anything less than 5
stars because his music is the best but there was a poor
selection for the vocalist on Broadway Babe and I'm... Read more
Published on January 14, 2003 by Joseph Hayes
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