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

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 27, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: February 27, 1990
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA red seal
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002W29
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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By A Customer on January 27, 2003
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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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I've been separated from my LP for years. I'm so happy to have this music back in my life, It's my favorite cast recording of all time. David Kernan is reason enough to purchase this collection of songs. He was clearly born to sing Sondheim. He soars on, "You Must Meet My Wife", makes you laugh, then leaves you in tears with his rendition of, (sigh) "I Remember Sky". Even if you don't know the story, you know the story, by the time Kernan reaches the final note.
Everyone is spot-on, including the piano, the unsung star of the show.
This collection of songs is a fabulous way to introduce a novice to the wonders of Steven Sonheim. His humor, is pathos, his musical complexity, and mad skills as a wordsmith are present throughout, all you have to do is close your eyes, to "see" this show again and again. You will want to re-visit every single show, in full, after your tour.
A chance to get intimate with Sondheim, without leaving your chair?
Why not?
This leaves you feeling as if you took the guided tour of the man's mind, heart, and soul.
A little bit of everything, rest assured all of it will be stuck in your head for the rest of your life..
Let me get my hat and my knife!
....sorry....
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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...
but this is a great intro to sondheim's work if you're, more or less, unfamiliar with his material.
the singers do much of it justice. i just wish they hadn't recorded it with such a 'live' sound. that 'empty theater' acoustic type of sound. too organic for my ear.
hence, only 4 stars.
but i still recommend this album.
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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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