Guys & Dolls: A Musical Fable Of Broadway (1950 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording
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Audio CD, Cast Recording, Extra tracks, June 27, 2000
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So just in case you do not yet own a copy, know you by this presence that Decca has reissued it on CD (012 159 112-2) with four bonus tracks from the film for those who think Marlon Brando renditions are worth hearing. Add to which, the booklet has some excellent photos from the 1950 production. 'Nuff said. Run out and grabbit.
If we only had critics even on the level of John Chapman around today.
The reason I gave only 4 stars to the recording is the 50's sound of the recording and that they didn't record so much of the score. But if you listen to the original orchestrations you can hear how even the relate to whats being said, listen to "I'll Know" and the difference between Sky's section and Sarah's Then listen to what they did in the revival.
Decca's original cast album was taped just a few weeks after the show had opened to rave reviews. The voices are full of character: Robert Alda and Isabel Bigley make an ideal Sky and Sarah. Vivian Blaine forever owns the role of Adelaide (and she got to preserve her performance in the 1955 film.) Sam Levene is NOT a singer (the cast even asked him NOT to sing in the chorus numbers) and his appearances on the recording are limited. Still, GUYS AND DOLLS would not work with opera singers. The flat Decca sound does not exactly make the vocals sound warmer, but in remastering the original tapes, we can at least hear everything clearly and especially some of the orchestral textures lost in the previous releases. And no one can beat Stubby Kaye's "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat" Like Blaine, he got to repeat his role in the film but neither of them appear on the soundtrack album.
No complete soudntrack album was made of the 1955 film because of Frank Sinatra's contract with Capitol Records. Decca put out a 4-song EP with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons singing their numbers from the film and that mini-album is included here as bonus tracks.
The 1992 Broadway revival was a spirited production with a great cast (Peter Gallagher, Nathan Lane and Faith Prince) and a recording that captures all the fun. It's more complete, and has better sound. What it lacks are Stubby Kare and Vivian Blaine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
recordings of original production reflect level of technology available at the time of recording - sound as if were created from clean vinyl disc recordings, but without RIAA... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Howard Lang
The Broadway Original version has some great songs that were left out of the movie version. I love it!!!!!Published 13 months ago by Laurie Estep
One of the greatest Broadway musicals. I have a special place for it in my heart as it was the first musical I ever saw, and years later I directed it in summer stock, accompanied... Read morePublished 15 months ago by George Goldberg
Ok, but Robert Alda can't compare to Peter Gallagher. Rest of cast is ok.Published 16 months ago by Nancy Miami
I feel that this is the best recorded version of Guys & Dolls that I have heard. Definitely Recommend!Published 16 months ago by Arthur S. Racer