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Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Stephen Sondheim , Len Cariou , Angela Lansbury Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Len Cariou, Angela Lansbury
  • Composer: Stephen Sondheim
  • Audio CD (March 20, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B0009941IE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd
2. No Place Like London
3. The Worst Pies In London
4. Poor Thing
5. My Friends
6. The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd
7. Gren Finch And Linnet Bird
8. Ah, Miss
9. Johanna
10. Pirelli's Miracle Elixir
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Disc: 2
1. Pretty Women
2. Epiphany
3. A Little Priest
4. God, That's Good!
5. Johanna
6. By The Sea
7. Not While I'm Around
8. The Judge's Return
9. The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd

Editorial Reviews

Nothin' like tappin' your toes and whistlin' along as people are murdered and turned into meat pies, huh?! Sondheim's ghoulish smash won Tonys for Best Musical, Best Original Score and one each for Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou. Two bonus tracks (from Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall ) and a hidden track, too!

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Operatic Masterpiece of the American Musical Theater September 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is closer to the operatic world of Verdi and Donezetti than it is to Rogers & Hammerstein or Lerner & Lowe, and there have been times when it has been performed in opera houses as well it should. This show is replete with arias and quintets, duets and chorus numbers. More than any other American "musical" I can think of, there are different characters singing different things at the same time, just what you would expect to find in an opera. Besides, like an opera, most of the main characters are dead by the time the curtain rings down.
This is Sondheim at his best, coming up with some of his most beautiful melodies in a show where the "hero" and "heroine" cut people's throats and bake them into pies. Consequently while you have "Not While I'm Around" sung by a poor boy to his surrogate mother and "Johanna" sung by young Anthony to his intended, you also have "My Friends" sung by Todd to his set of sharp razors. Sondheim has always delighted in such ironies.
The highlight of the show/CD is the trio of numbers that ends Act I. From the sweet duet between Todd and the Judge ("Pretty Women"), to the savage intensity of Todd's "Epiphany", concluding with the ghastly humor of the Todd and Mrs. Lovett in "A Little Priest."
Angela Lansbury is a wicked delight as Mrs. Lovett, and a revelation to those who do not remember that she was always a strong performer in musical theater ("Mama," "Gypsy").
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic in its scope, with an incomparable score May 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This review is by Crosley
Stephen Sondheim is my favorite composer and lyricist, and he is incredibly good at both. Sweeney Todd is the best of his works, and 50 years from now, Sondheim will be the Mozart to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Salieri. Once day, the muddled masses will lose the perception that show tunes have to be repetitive enough to get stuck in your head and trivially escapist, and will recognize Sondheim and his phenomenal talent for what it is: genius.
What makes Sweeney so good is the sheer complexity of the score, plot, characters, and message. The show, on one level, is about murder and cannibalism. Deeper, it's about vengeance. Still deeper, it's about the breakdown of an ordered society. Even deeper than that, it's about the nature of good, evil, justice, the terrible dark side to the Industrial Revolution, and the corruption of innocence. The show's wealth of topics and moral questions is infinite, and I personally have had many a debate with myself and others about this show and the questions proposed. Told in such an unconventional, uncompromising, and graphic manner, the messages are that much more powerful.
The score may not be the most "hummable" (whatever that means) score you come across, but it is unbelievably deeper, stronger, and more intelligent than "hummable" shows, like The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, etc. I notice something new every time I listen. Sondheim never writes songs just so they can be pop hits (*cough* Webber). He always writes the song perfectly in context with what's happening in the plot. Thus, very few of his songs can be taken out of context, but in context (which is how they're supposed to be) they are phenomenal.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, most entertaining musicals ever April 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Stephen Sondheim is my hero for scoring this musical. "Sweeney Todd" is most definitely one of the top five musicals of all time, if not THE top musical, at least in my opinion.
The blackly humorous and gruesome story of a barber who goes berserk with revenge after being wrongly imprisoned is one of the most original stories I've ever heard. I don't want to spoil the musical for anyone who hasn't seen it, but let me just say that the method by which Sweeney and his accomplice (Mrs. Lovett, played with tremendous hilarity by Angela Lansbury) dispose of the bodies is horrid and hilarious at the same time.
The music is truly inspiring. Sondheim's score consists of sweet love songs, frightening ballads of redemption and overall great music, all puncuated by the deafening pierce of a factory whistle (which sounds each time Sweeney claims another victim).
Len Cariou played Sweeney almost to perfection, balancing the tender man who loves his daughter to no end with the homicidal maniac who can't wait to get his hands (or his razor, rather) on the Judge who put him away (As the Judge sits down on the barber stool, Sweeney tells him the shave will be "the closest I ever gave").
This is an utterly fantastic musical, and if you are into Sondheim this is the ultimate treat. Check it out.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who already have the original issue of this cd and are wondering if the remastered version is worth investing in, let me save you some trouble. There is almost no audible difference in the remastered version, unless you count the fact that they've added a ton of reverb - for those who don't know, it's the sound of singing in a cave. The cd here is otherwise still "trebly," and the discrepancies in volume level are still there. Don't get me wrong, this cast is amazing, but don't pay again for this "remastered" version, unless of course you're dying to hear Julie Andrews sing the second part of "Sweet Polly Plunkit" as a bonus track.
Edit: How could I forget my other big gripe? NO LYRICS! "MasterworksBroadway," who reissued this along with a bunch of other Sondheim, decided to axe lyrics that were previously available in favor of fat, uninspired essays. I've confirmed this with my Into the Woods "Remastered" edition (treble and reverb in full effect) which lacks the lyrics the original cd had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great CD
Published 19 days ago by Gilbert Mitchell Mazaher
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic.
Published 20 days ago by E Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars But I'm confused as to which recording of Sweeney Todd to buy ....
There is no choice here. This is the recording of the show to buy. Don't even talk about the movie soundtrack ....
Published 3 months ago by HappyCustomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical theatre buff loves this!
My daughters wanted to purchase this after being cast as leads in a community theatre production of Sweeney Todd. Read more
Published 5 months ago by H. C. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Todd And Lovett Period
Of Course This Comes From A Man Whose So Biased Toward Any Recording With Angela Lansbury Or Julie Andrews Who Also Makes A Brief Appearance At The Very End Of Disc 2 About A... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Earl Millard
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD!
This is a great show, and I love this CD. The CD arrived in excellent condition and very quickly. I am pleased with the product and services.
Published 9 months ago by Brenda J. Lyttle
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't beat a classic!
A dark musical but one of my favs. Didn't like the movie nor the revival. Len C is a real singer unlike Johnny Depp.
Published 9 months ago by Larry Schwartz
4.0 out of 5 stars You are there on Fleet Street
Whenever I sat down to listen to this recording, I could tell where I was--deeply routed in the dirty streets of London. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Diva1Us
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me quite a bit
I got cast as Mrs. Lovett in a production, so being able to listen to the soundtrack was beneficial. This includes all of the songs, even the ones cut from the 1983 DVD. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Paige Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Musical
Wonderful Musical: Love listening to it! The MP3 Downloads are great so that I can have them on my iPhone and take them wherever I go!
Published 17 months ago by Lois Lynette Guthrie
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This is the original cast recording, in which Len Cariou originated the role. George Hearn came on board after Cariou left. With respect to Hearn, basically the only reason he is known at all for the role is because he was part of the touring cast when they filmed it for PBS in Los Angeles.... Read More
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