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Oh! Calcutta! (1969 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording, Original recording remastered

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With its notorious opening scene (can you say "full frontal nudity"?) and its racy humor, this 1969 musical revue became one of Broadway's great cult classics. This release marks its CD debut and includes revelatory new liner notes!

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Legendary British theater critic Kenneth Tynan, one of the masterminds behind Oh! Calcutta!, described the show as "an evening of civilized erotic stimulation." Indeed, the revue--and its abundant full-frontal nudity--was an instant scandal when it opened in 1969. Along with Tynan, the creative team included Sam Shepard, John Lennon (who allegedly wrote "Four in Hand"), and co-composer Peter Schickele, well before he gained fame as P.D.Q. Bach. The title song neatly fits among '60s suggestive lounge, as well as later offerings such as the Vampyros Lesbos soundtrack. Some of the tracks ("Clarence & Mildred") are hopelessly dated in their raunchy daddy-o hipness, but a few stand-alone, delicious pop songs ("Sincere Replies," "Much Too Soon") will delight fans of such explorers as Brian Wilson, Beck, and Bertrand Burgalat. As a piece of musical theater, the show is so creaky that it may be impossible to stage ever again. Fans of eccentric pop music, on the other hand, will find plenty to enjoy here. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Oh! Calcutta!
  2. Dick & Jane
  3. Sincere Replies
  4. Coming Together, Going Together: Don't Have A Song To Sing - I'm An Actor - Ballerina - I Want It - Freeze Music - I Want It
  5. Clarence & Mildred: One On One
  6. Oh! Calcutta!
  7. Much Too Soon
  8. Green Pants
  9. Jack & Jill
  10. Suite For Five Letters
  11. Exchanges Of Information
  12. I Like The Look


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 8, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Drg
  • ASIN: B00006JSEF
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Oh Calcutta! was a Braodway Musical in 1969. It explored exclusively sex, when people were JUST starting to talk about tastes, fetishes, homosexuality and prematerial sex in public. The performers were nude on stage.

Musically, this opens with wonderfully psychadelic, shimmering varations on a theme. It is like watching a dark tie-dye snake change shape.

This is, of course, a musical. It is NOT rock, although the songs have rock tinges. A lot are basic show tunes--pretty hip for the time, this is not My Fair Lady--but concious story-telling vehicles. Not bad, but not as great as the first track. For my tastes. this then-edgey musical could have been a lot more psychadelic.

There is probably a lot on HBO that you would not see in Oh Calcutta: but we're talking about a time when married couples could not be in the same bed on TV. For all the counterculture and hippy stuff, America was still a very morally conservative place 1969.

And that made Oh Calcutta truely edge.
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