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Stingiest Man in Town (1956 Original TV Cast) [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] Soundtrack, Original recording remastered, Import

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Great television musical based on Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' with a star studded cast including Vic Damone, The Four Lads, Johnny Desmond, Basil Rathbone, Patrice Munsel and Betty Madigan. Included in this set are eight bonus tracks recorded by the stars of the production including Johnny Desmond. The popularity of this classic continues to this day and is still a popular fixture at schools and theatres across the country. This is a must have for the festive season.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Christmas Carol (The Four Lads)
  2. An Old-Fashioned Christmas (Johnny Desmond)
  3. Humbug (Basil Rathbone & Johnny Desmond)
  4. The Stingiest Man In Town (The Four Lads)
  5. A Christmas Carol (The Four Lads)
  6. I Wear A Chain (Robert Weede & Basil Rathbone)
  7. Spirit Theme (Basil Rathbone & Robert Wright)
  8. Medley: Golden Dreams / It Might Have Been (Vic Damone & Patrice Munsel)
  9. A Christmas Carol (The Four Lads)
  10. The Christmas Spirit (The Chorus)
  11. Yes, There Is A Santa Claus (Betty Madigan)
  12. One Little Boy (Basil Rathbone & Robert Wright)
  13. An Old Fashioned Christmas (Johnny Desmond)
  14. The Birthday Party Of The King (Johnny Desmond)
  15. A Christmas Carol (The Four Lads)
  16. I Wear A Chain (Basil Rathbone)
  17. Concerto Inferno (Fred Spielman)
  18. Mankind Should Be My Business (Basil Rathbone)
  19. The Christmas Spirit (Basil Rathbone)
  20. One Little Boy (Martyn Green & Basil Rathbone)
  21. Yes, There Is A Santa Claus (Betty Madigan)
  22. A Christmas Carol (The Four Lads)
  23. One Little Boy (Vic Damone)
  24. The Birthday Party Of The King (Johnny Desmond)
  25. An Old Fashioned Christmas (Betty Madigan)
  26. Mary's Little Boy Child (The Four Lads)
  27. We're All Kids At Christmas (Betty Madigan)
  28. The Story Of Christmas (Betty Madigan)
  29. The Lord's Prayer (Johnny Desmond)
  30. Happy Holidays To You (Johnny Desmond)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 25, 2006)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Jasmine Music
  • ASIN: B000HWXGDY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jim Jr on November 30, 2006
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I have had the LP of this wonderful show since it was first aired back in the 50s. This is the BEST musical version of Christmas Carol. The cast for this show was wonderful. Partice Munsel is fantastic as Belle, Scrooge's almost wife. Her duets with Vic Damone "Golden Dreams" and "It Might Have Been" are truely memorable. There is one song that shouldbe a Christmas staple, "Birthday Party for the King". Another is "Yes, There is a Santa Claus".The idea of using the Four Lads as caroleers who bracket parts of the story was inspired. Their "Stingiest Man In Town" is just great. The whole cast is simply perfect.

There are many extra tracks on this CD that only add to making it terrific.The Four Lads calypso "Mary's Boy Child" is exciting and will make you want to start dancing.

If you have seen the cartoon version using the same songs, it just can not give an idea of how wonderful this original version is. This is a CD that can be played all year, not just during Christman.
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This is big news, especially for fans of Disney Legend Tutti Camarata and the classic Rankin/Bass TV shows. And it has BONUS TRACKS! This is a Columbia cast album from 1956, based on the CBS ALCOA HOUR live-action musical TV special starring Basil Rathbone as Scrooge. Camarata conducted the magnificent score by Janice Torre and Fred Spielman ("Paper Roses").

THE STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN was remade as an animated ABC special by Rankin/Bass in 1978 starring Walter Matthau as Scrooge, with the same songs. There was no soundtrack album, though a promotional LP that tied in with the 1978 show was released by the "Alcoa Singers."

Some of the 1956 arrangements on the Columbia album always sounded very Rankin/Bass to me, with the sweeping violins (that sound like Rudolph taking off). It turns out, as Tutti himself recalled, that longtime R/B arranger/conductor Maury Laws may have worked with Camarata on the arrangements, by coincidence! Anyway, it's really worth a listen I had given up hope that it would ever make it to CD. What a great gift!
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I grew up with this music during the holiday's. It is a wonderful combination of inspired actors and songs. Basil Rathbone is a terrific Scrooge (who knew he could sing!?) and The Four Lads as good as any Greek chorus. For many years I'd wander into used record stores just to see if there was a copy of this album only to have record players go the way of the dodo. I do have the album and a record player but they are both well beyond their prime. This is a treat to find available on CD. The animated video does not do the music or story justice. If only a copy of the original 1956 TV special could be found; that would be wonderful!
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In 1956 when The Stingiest Man in Town was broadcast on The Alcoa Hour, my parents loved it so much they bought the record. For my entire childhood this music was loved by all the members of our family. It was our unique Christmas tradition. When my brothers and I were old enough to marry the key question was, who gets The Stingiest Man in Town? When casettes became popular copies were made for all of us - scratches and skips included. We honestly thought we were the only people in the world who knew and loved this wonderful music. In the mid-70's when a cartoon version was made we were pleased that the music was being appreciated by a new generation - but were very disappointed in the quality of the production. Every year I have googled the title just in case - but I was pretty sure our scratchy copy was all we would be able to pass on to our children - who all love it as much as we do. What a shock and a joy to find this wonderful recording this year! The joy on the faces of my mother, brothers, and children when they opened their copies was the best part of this Christmas season. Do yourselves and your families a favor and introduce them to these wonderful songs that do such a wonderful job of reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas.
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This is probably the best music I have ever heard and I find it incomprehensible that the world hasn't heard it. As a child, my father brought this tv movie home and we watched it on a sheet in our livingroom.Please, if anyone can tell me how to buy a copy of the movie, I would surely appreciate it. When you hear Johnny Desmond sing "The Birthday Party of the King" tears will come to your eyes. The cast is superb an I can't think of a better way to introduce children to this version of A Christmas carol.
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I never saw this on TV -- I was born a year after it debuted. But the album has been in my house since I was a baby. I grew up singing along with the record and can imagine every scene! I'm thrilled that it's finally been released on CD (especially since the record is too worn out to be played). The best tunes and the best acting on a Christmas special ever! The Rankin-Bass version ruined the songs, and the acting wasn't much either. Basil Rathbone and the rest of the cast of this version reign supreme!
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This is irreplacebly the best Christmas music the 20th century produced! [In my educated and deeply personal opinion.] I thought I would never find this compilation of music from the outstanding, early TV musical version of "A Christmas Carol" again. My family had the album while I was growing up. My father dubbed the album onto tape for me when I was in college. Then when I was in my first job he dubbed it onto a cassette tape for me. I had it for years and then with moves and all it got lost. I was bereft! I wish I had looked here all the years ago that it was put onto CD. I can't believe I didn't find it before 2015! But I have it now and I love it SOooo Much! I listen to this music throughout the year. It is GREAT music. It has beautiful and wonderful poetry for words. I am ecstatic that I have this again!
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