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Sweet Smell of Success (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Sweet Smell of Success (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

April 23, 2002

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 23, 2002
  • Release Date: April 23, 2002
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
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  • Total Length: 1:00:00
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  • ASIN: B00138F7SI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,767 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

There are, however, a few notable songs.
AJK
It really is a shame that he doesn't sing that much in the show, because he isn't represented majorly on the recording.
Jeffrey J. Coyle
It's a great score sung by very gifted performers who sound like they actually have fun with this show.
Jon Lewis

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kris Joseph on June 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The much-maligned Hamlisch-Guare-Carnelia musical will close on June 15, but thankfully the Original Cast Recording will remain behind to remind us of the missed potential of Sweet Smell of Success.
In the cast recording, the creative team of Marvin Hamlisch (music), Craig Carnelia (lyrics) and John Guare (book) have presented a dark and gritty (if somewhat inconsistent) representation of 1952 Manhattan, bolstered to great extent by the fabulous orchestrations created by William David Brohn. The score's lighter moments pulse with riffs crooned on woodwinds, punctuated by blats from the brass section; its slower jazz numbers evoke smoky lounges. The first few tracks will grab listeners with their energy, but they set a tone for the rest of the recording that is difficult to maintain and does not appear consistently again until the CD's final few tracks.
The story of Sweet Smell of Success, despite its trumpeting of John Lithgow as JJ Hunsecker, is really about a press agent named Sidney Falcone (Brian D'Arcy James). Sidney's only client is a backwater jazz club, and the boss has told him that unless he gets the club plugged in JJ's column, he's out of work. Desperate to find new clients, Sidney offers his services to Dallas (Jack Noseworthy) - a nobody of a jazz pianist - and Susan (Kelli O'Hara), a young beauty and aspiring actress who is at the club to see Dallas, her lover. Neither of them bite.
We soon learn that Susan is JJ Hunsecker's (John Lithgow) sister, and that she lives in fear that JJ will discover her relationship with Dallas and condemn it because he's a nobody. So when Hunsecker shows up at the club looking for her, Susan insists that Sidney is her acting class partner and Dallas slips away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "broadwaynydream2" on July 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Yes, this is a very good Broadway recording of a show that has comedy, thriller, and romance twisted into one. All of the songs are sung well, and sound crisp and energetic as the live performance onstage.The Highlights of the CD are definately Brian D'Arcy James & John Lithgow. Though John Lithgow doesn't have a very strong voice, he makes up for it in the quick-witted humor and laid-back New Yorker character that he plays. Brian D'Arcy James has a very unique and powerful singing voice that will soften your heart and almost cause you to get chill bumps at the incredible "At the Fountain" & "At the Fountain (Reprise)". Other favorite tunes of mine include the fast-paced opener "The Column", "Welcome to the Night", "For Susan", "One Track Mind", and "Break it up". Overall, a very classy and enjoyable recording. If you are a Broadway fanatic, this CD is a must.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katie on August 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't expecting too much out of "The Sweet Smell of Success" given its general success and singing abilities of John Lithgow. Overall, I do enjoy the jazz feel of the score, and the cast boasts some amazing stars like Brian D'Arcy James, who gives an incredible performance. There are a few memorable songs, like "Don't Know Where You Leave Off", but the show is not as entertaining as some of the other hits of the year, like
"Urinetown", or the lesser-known "The Last Five Years". On the whole, I'd say only purchase this show if you are a huge fan of marvin hamlisch or if you're an intensely dedicated musical theatre collector.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I saw this musical on Broadway a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing. Being my first Broadway experience, I wasn't sure what to expect...but I was pleasantly surprised. The ensemble was my favorite part of the show (although the leads were great). Being a Greek chorus, the ensemble did not simple blend into the background, but remained constantly involved in the action. The vocal performances live (and on cd) are very strong. The music, with its jazzy tune and shady undertone, complements very well to the entire mood of the musical. My favorite song would have to be "The Column", its very catchy and I found myself singing it on my way out of the theatre. Other great ones include "Dirt" and "What If", Lithgow's sketchy numbers are also profoundly entertaining, yet at the same time menacing. He was excellent in his role as JJ. The cd does not contain a few songs (including a witty yet disturbing song between Sidney and JJ, in a church ) Yet the cd is great. I recommend it!
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Yes, this is a very good Broadway recording of a show that has comedy, thriller, and romance twisted into one. All of the songs are sung well, and sound crisp and energetic as the live performance onstage.The Highlights of the CD are definately Brian D'Arcy James & John Lithgow. Though John Lithgow doesn't have a very strong voice, he makes up for it in the quick-witted humor and laid-back New Yorker character that he plays. Brian D'Arcy James has a very unique and powerful singing voice that will soften your heart and almost cause you to get chill bumps at the incredible "At the Fountain" & "At the Fountain (Reprise)". Other favorite tunes of mine include the fast-paced opener "The Column", "Welcome to the Night", "For Susan", "One Track Mind", and "Break it up". Overall, a very classy and enjoyable recording. If you are a Broadway fanatic, this CD is a must.
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