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Camelot Cast Recording

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The marvelous original cast features Richard Burton and Julie Andrews-and a young Robert Goulet making his Broadway debut!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • ASIN: B002M2Z3O2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,244 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of the best all time cast albums. Camelot was an excellent musical, a classic of the early sixties, but the cast album was even better. They kept in songs on the album that were actually cut from the stage production, Fie On Goodness, and Take Me To The Fair, and with good reason, they actually stopped the show, not enhancing character or plot at all, and added to the shows running time of over 4 hrs. Wisely excised, but thankfully preserved on the album.
The performances are now legendery, Richard Burton's only, and magnificent, musical, Julie Andrews sublime as Guenevere, and Robert Goulet's definitive version of If Ever I Would Leave You. The orchestrations are thrilling, the overture causes goose bumps, the rest of the album is on the same level. A must have for any musical theater fan.
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This is a re-release in the Masterworks Broadway eco-sleeve format (a cardboard cd holder with a booklet tucked inside) and is not a remaster or upgrade. That said the excellent remastering from 1998 sounds just fine.

The listing says this is a CD-R manufactured on demand. No, this title is a regular pressed and packaged CD. CAMELOT has always been one of the top-selling original cast recordings, and each year as hundreds of new productions are staged it continues to sell well.

In reviewing the previous release I wrote:
CAMELOT was a problematic show and despite many revisions for revivals over the years, it has never really worked on stage or screen.

But it DOES work as a recording. Richard Burton and Robert Goulet are perfectly cast and handle their musical numbers well. Julie Andrews provides the spark and sparkle that elevate this show. Guenevere is her richest part: She goes from an immature girl ("Simple Joys of Maidenhood"); to a petty young queen ("Then You May Take Me to the Fair"); through awakening emotions ("Before I Gaze at You Again"); unhappiness ("What DO the Simple Folk Do") and finally heartbroken resignation ("I Loved You Once in Silence.") Julie manages to display this huge range of emotions on the record using just her voice. Today we can only listen and imagine what a wonderful stage performance she gave.

CAMELOT was not well received by the critics. It was ignored by the 1961 Tony awards (BYE BYE BIRDIE won that year.) This original cast recording was so well produced that it, along with several scenes showcased on the ED SULLIVAN HOUR helped turn the show into a box office hit.

Columbia's deluxe Lp is reproduced here with outstanding sound and generous notes.
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No recording of "Camelot" can hold a candle to this one, the Original Broadway(perfectly)Cast w/ Richard Burtom, Julie Andrews & Robert Goulet. This recording utterly captures it's spirit(which is what "Camelot" is all about, anyway) & the exc- ellent plot synopsis(in the CD booklet & on back of the LP) fills in the non-musical gaps of Alan Jay Lerner's most inspired & meaningful work. A must have for anyone who loves good singing, music, theater, etc.-Chip Harmison END
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CAMELOT, the ravishing musical re-telling of the King Arthur legend by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, has never sounded better than in the original 1960 Broadway cast album, now happily reissued on the Columbia Broadway Masterworks label (this is the exact same disc as the previous 1999 Broadway Masterworks pressing but in a new cardboard "eco-pack" sleeve). Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet lead the cast as the troubled love-triangle of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and Sir Lancelot.

Julie Andrews, fresh from the London production of MY FAIR LADY, is in glorious voice and sings some of the score's best numbers like "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood", "The Lusty Month of May", "Then You May Take Me to the Fair" and the achingly-poignant "I Loved You Once in Silence". Richard Burton has an attractive singing voice (remember, he was a Welshman!), and has a ball with numbers like "I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight?" and the Title Song. Robert Goulet delivers the definitive "If Ever I Would Leave You".

CAMELOT enjoyed a modest run of 873 performances (modest in that the composers had hoped to outdo their MY FAIR LADY success, and MFL ended up clocking in over 2,000 performances on Broadway alone). Out of the myriad of CAMELOT cast albums available, this is still the best of the bunch. Sadly, unlike most of the titles from the Broadway Masterworks range, there are no bonus or alternate tracks.
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With this remastered compact disc of the Original Broadway Cast recording of Camelot, I have three different versions. After I wore out the first (mono) original (1960) Columbia Masterworks LP, I bought the stereo re-issue (1973) version. When the compact disc was issued in the 1980's, I bought that version. The other day I received this newest (2009) version.

This newest version replicates the cardboard sleeve in miniature of the first issues of the original LP. Later original LP versions had an alternate cover, which displayed color bust photos of Burton, Andrews, and Goulet. The first compact disc also used that alternate cover in the plastic jewel case.

The first compact disc must suffer the inferior analog to digital transfer technology of its time, even though its sample rate of 44.1 KHz at 16 bits is the same as the newest, re-mastered compact disc. But this new version approaches the sonic and acoustical clarity of the LP, while the first compact disc is filled with indistinct instrumentation and voices that are much too loud by comparison.

Most surprising is that the sequence of the individual tracks on the newest, re-mastered compact disc does not correspond to the original LP and its re-issues or to the original compact disc's sequencing, which is the same as the LP's. Four tracks on the new compact disc are in different places. Consequently, it makes me wonder which sequence (if either of them) corresponds to the original Broadway performances in 1960 and 1961 (regardless of the theatrical performance's deletions of "Then You May Take Me To The Fair" and "Fie On Goodness"). For one example, the 1982 HBO production has "C'est Moi" performed before "The Lusty Month Of May", while they are reversed on the orIginal recordings.
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