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Sondheim: A Celebration (1997 AIDS Charity Benefit Cast) Cast Recording


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Disc: 1
1. Overture - The Orchestra
2. Invocation To The Gods And Instructions To The... - Jane Carr & Roger Rees
3. Everybody Ought To Have A Maid - Michael Jeter
4. No More - Wally Kurth
5. Someone In A Tree - Deborah Nishimura, Sab Shimono
6. Multitude Of Amys - Jamie Anderson
7. Getting Married Today - Nancy Dussault
8. The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd - James Campbell, Leo Daignault, Larry Rabin
9. Loving You - Ellen Harvey
10. Quartet - Bill Hutton, Dale Kristien, Calvin Remsberg
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Disc: 2
1. You Could Drive A Person Crazy - David Cassidy, Patrick Cassidy & Shaun Cassidy
2. Sorry-Grateful - Bill Hutton
3. The Miller's Son - Tia Riebling
4. More - The Tonics
5. Move On - Dale Kristien
6. Good Thing Going - 'Nita Whitaker
7. There Won't Be Trumpets - Joan Ryan
8. Losing My Mind - Tim Curry
9. Everybody Loves Louis - Sally Mayes
10. Not while I'm Around/Children Will Listen - leratta Devine
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 12, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00000151B
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I find it hard to be too critical of any concert put on for charity, as this one was. However, there are several uneven performances on this collection, as well as a few flat-out bad ones. These, luckily, are balanced by some great performances and some clever interpretations of Sondheim standards. I especially enjoyed David, Shaun, and Patrick Cassidy singing "You Could Drive a Person Crazy", the cast of Forever Plaid singing "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd", "Barcelona", and Tim Curry's interpretation of "Losing My Mind." This is not a collection for the Sondheim purist, nor is it a good introduction for someone who knows little about Sondheim's work. But if you're willing to wade through a few questionable performances to get to the good stuff, you'll enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
maybe visuals would help? maybe you had to be there?
it starts off with this horrible muddy rendition of "invocation to the gods" with two people singing and seemingly competing rather than cooperating. most of the numbers are fine but far from the best renditions i've heard of those songs, but not a few are the worst renditions i've heard, in my opinion. dale kristien does "move on" in a higher than usual key and it sounds strained and unhappy up there. all right, i really enjoyed carole cook's "can that boy foxtrot" (although i have an eerie feeling that i was missing a lot without the visuals). and glynis johns singing "send in the clowns" was a lovely revisit. but mostly this was an uninspired CD--one that i'll keep because i'm a completist, but seldom revisit.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By efrex on December 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album has been derogatorily referred to as the "Send in the singers" album by Sondheim afficianados, and not without reason: The interpretations of "Someone in a Tree" and "Invocation" are off-key, off-tempo, and off-full. There are some redeeming features (A hysterical parody of "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" by the Forever Plaid cast; Glynis Johns's proof of her ownership of "Send in the Clowns"; and the Cassidy brother's "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" are probably the major ones for me), but this is by far and away the most mediocre of the Sondheim compilations out there. If you must have every thing ever done, then get this album; otherwise, get the considerably better Carnegie Hall celebration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ShowTunes on January 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
How can Sondheim be dull? Easy--just check out this disc. It's definitely got its good points (the Plaids, Michael Jeter's "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid," a few others), but it's flaccid and disappointing in many ways. There are few A-list musical theatre performers in the cast--the biggest names are the Cassidy brothers, Michael Jeter, Glynis Johns, and Tim Curry--and some of the musical arrangements are very peculiar. For completists only.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "lord_oberon" on April 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Before I picked this CD up I read the other reviews. Many of them suggested that it was a really bad show, I didn't believe them, I figured that it was just people who were snobs. I was wrong. The first couple songs are dreadful, about the middle it picks up and there are a few songs that I do actually like. But really this is not Broadway's elite and if you are looking for a broad overview of Sondheim's work, I wouldn't start here. Better options would be "Sondheim: A Celebration AT CARNEGIE HALL" or "The Stephen Sondheim Album". Don't waste your $$$ on this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lovethatjazz on July 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This was a live recording of a charity event to benefit AIDS.
None of the performers got paid.
They had one private rehearsal with the musical director and then a brief sound check kind of rehearsal.
Give them ALL a break and give them ALL a big hand!
There were some stunning performances and some hysterical ones too.
Having seen the live show I can tell you that watching and not just listening probably makes a difference. I'm just glad they recorded it.
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