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Camelot Soundtrack

4.7 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

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CASSETTE.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude and Overture
  2. I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight
  3. The Simple Joys of Maidenhood
  4. Camelot / The Wedding Ceremony
  5. C'Est Moi
  6. The Lusty Month of May
  7. Follow Me / Children's Chorus
  8. How to Handle a Woman
  9. Take Me to the Fair
  10. If Ever I Would Leave You -- Love Montage
  11. What Do the Simple Folk Do?
  12. I Loved You Once in Silence
  13. Guenevere
  14. Finale Ultimo


Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (October 17, 1990)
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002KHE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I know this opinion may be controversial,but as far as I am concerned,this is the best recording of "Camelot" ever done. Although Richard Burton was a magnificent actor,his performance on the original cast LP was too uninflected--he simply sang the songs and recited the lines. Julie Andrews is one of my favorite musical stars, but she came across on the album as full of sweetness and devoid of the sweeping romantic passion Guenevere is supposed to have. Robert Goulet,on the other hand,was immensely successful with his songs.

In contrast, Richard Harris,on this CD (and NOT the mediocre 1980's revival),gives the performance of his life as King Arthur,avoiding,under Joshua Logan's direction, the outrageous hamming of the later stage revival. His Arthur is human,touching,and vulnerable,and Harris fills his songs with all sorts of voice inflections (he half-speaks,half-sings) that give the role true depth (those who want to see his entire performance should see the film - his acting is postively Shakespearean). Vanessa Redgrave,with a small, but appealing and immensely sexy singing voice, also brings out more of the character of Guenevere. Gene Merlino, who dubbed Franco Nero's Lancelot, is just OK with the songs, but even his "acting" is good. The sumptuous orchestrations are far more imposing than Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang's were in the stage version, and Bennett was a very good orchestrator, so you can imagine how good these new ones are.
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I owned this (the movie version) years ago as a record and loved it. Then I got rid of my records and switched to CD's. After several years I was missing my Camelot music. So I bought the Broadway cast version with Julie Andrews & Richard Burton (how could I go wrong?!?). I was quite disappointed and over the next couple years only listened to Camelot, perhaps, once more. Finally, I realized that I needed to buy the movie version of Camelot with Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris. Wow, I am delighted once again!! Now I find myself humming the songs and looking forward to hearing Camelot again.
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The singing is not in the same leage us the Broadway CD. This is a movie. So, the ambience is different. While the singers Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave are quite competent, the underscoring is something out of this world. Veteran Alfred Newman (the wonder boy conductor who started out conducting George Gershwin`s musicals in the twenties) and his longtime associate vocal director, Ken Darby put together a magical score that is definitive and gave life and meaning to Lerner and Loewe`s music and lyrics. Newman deservedly won his last Oscar for music adaptation. If you listen carefully to the scoring, you will realise it can be regarded as a wonderful music score in its own right. All through the picture, the music glows and dazzles and rejuvenates somewhat ploddish direction by Joshua Logan. Please have both Broadway and movie CDs. Both have their own merits. Enjoy.
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After wearing out my cassette of this soundtrack, I decided to buy the CD. Mistakenly bought the original Broadway cast production, I felt it lacked alot of the nuances, intensity & drama of the movie soundtrack. We LOVE this CD. My children have listened to it since they were 2 or 3 years old, & now at 9 & 11 yrs old, still don't care for Broadway show/type musicals or soundtracks except for this one. I have always felt there was something magical about the story, the movie & the music - apparently have passed it on to another generation.
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The film version of CAMELOT ended up being a none-too-flattering vision of the original Lerner-Loewe musical. Directed by Joshua Logan and starring Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave, the movie was a modest success, it's long running-time and slow pace the main factors it it's failure. The soundtrack album is a delight, however. Vanessa Redgrave makes for an interesting Guenevere, singing in a charming speak-sing fashion (a la Rex Harrison in MY FAIR LADY), and makes the role her own. Those asking why Julie Andrews missed out on recreating her stage role should be aware that Miss Andrews was approached but had commitments to several films at the time (STAR!, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and TORN CURTAIN).

Richard Harris went on to play King Arthur again in several big revivals of CAMELOT including the 1982 London production w/ Fiona Fullerton as well as the Australian tour shortly afterward. Franco Nero (with a voice dubbed by Gene Merlino) is a romantic Lancelot. Redgrave is most charming with her flirtatious "Take Me to the Fair", though her "Simple Joys of Maidenhood" is lovely, and the resignation to her fate in "I Loved You Once in Silence" is truly heartbreaking.
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I don't care what flowery language others write or declaim about broadway, director, bla bla bla...
The takeaway here is, EMOTION! POWER! VIOLENCE! Violence? Yes... very strong passion is where it is at.. The emotional intensity that was conveyed on the silver screen is in THIS CD. NOT the Richard Burton Julie Andrews version... I do appreciate both of those performers, but having listened to both (by mistakenly buying the broadway version which is PUSHED most unfortunately) it is EASILY and CLEARLY the inferior version if you are wanting to 'live' in the feelings of the characters as they sing their songs. Why else bother? I guess if you are an understudy you'd prefer the broadway version sure... but it is less enjoyable IMHO.

Make No Mistake... BUY THIS VERSION OF THE CD!!

THE ONLY BAD THING ABOUT THIS CD IS ABOUT AMAZON... LACK OF AUTORIP OR MP3 OPTION!!!
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