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The Genius of Lionel Bart - Stage & Pop Songs, Demos & Rarities

October 7, 2012 | Format: MP3
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Lionel Bart is chiefly remembered as the songwriter who gave us the legendary musical Oliver! and the title song for the second James Bond film, From Russia With Love. But as this three-CD set amply demonstrates, he was much, much more. Many fans of the 1960s British Invasion like myself fell in love with that music in large part because of the sheer British-ness of the music, and that's what Bart is all about. His major musicals were about small-time Cockney hoods, Restoration-period rakes, Liverpool dockworkers, London during the Blitz and, yes, Dickens' Oliver Twist. His big flop was a musical about Robin Hood. But, along with the equally incredible John Barry, he also was a key player in England's pre-Beatles rock and roll scene. If you love Ray Davies of the Kinks. then Lionel Bart is essential to your collection. For those who already are fans of Bart, the third CD is a treasure: It includes demos for several of his unproduced musicals, several of which are sung by Justin Hayward before he rose to fame and fortune in the Moody Blues.
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Sometimes life's simple. If you like Lionel Bart and want to really see his range, talent, and musicality you've already ordered "Genius of Lionel Bart" on 3 CDs from the irreplaceable Sepia Records. You'll trace the career of Bart from early pop songs through produced - and unproduced shows, music written for but not used in the Bond movie "Thunderball" with other rarities. And, Bart's recorded some of the songs himself. If you want to instill love of musical theater in a friend dipping a toe in these tricky waters, give Bart! Also, loving illuminating notes from Dominick McHugh. Get it!
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Great!!!!
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Memories from the 50's and 60's when I was growing up in England. Also interesting for the early working of the music that became Blitz.
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