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Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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Nothin' like tappin' your toes and whistlin' along as people are murdered and turned into meat pies, huh?! Sondheim's ghoulish smash won Tonys for Best Musical, Best Original Score and one each for Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou. Two bonus tracks (from Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall ) and a hidden track, too!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: "Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd" - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Original Broadway Cast Ensemble
  2. No Place Like London - Victor Garber
  3. The Barber and His Wife - Len Cariou
  4. The Worst Pies in London - Angela Lansbury
  5. Poor Thing - Angela Lansbury
  6. My Friends - Len Cariou
  7. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: "Lift Your Razor High, Sweeney!" - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Original Broadway Cast Ensemble
  8. Green Finch and Linnet Bird - Sarah Rice
  9. Ah, Miss - Victor Garber
  10. Johanna (From "Sweeney Todd") - Victor Garber
  11. Pirelli's Miracle Elixir - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Original Broadway Cast Ensemble
  12. The Contest - Joaquin Romaguera
  13. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: "Sweeney Pondered and Sweeney Planned" - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Original Broadway Cast Ensemble
  14. Wait - Angela Lansbury
  15. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: "His Hands Were Quick, His Fingers Were Strong" - Richard Warren Pugh
  16. Johanna - Edmund Lyndeck
  17. Kiss Me - Victor Garber
  18. Ladies in Their Sensitivities - Jack Eric Williams
  19. Pretty Women - Victor Garber
  20. Epiphany - Len Cariou
  21. A Little Priest - Len Cariou

Disc: 2

  1. God, That's Good! - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Original Broadway Cast Ensemble
  2. Johanna - Victor Garber
  3. By the Sea - Len Cariou
  4. Wigmaker Sequence: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: "Sweeney'd Waited Too Long Before" / The Letter - Victor Garber
  5. Not While I'm Around - Ken Jennings
  6. Parlor Songs - Jack Eric Williams
  7. Final Sequence - Victor Garber
  8. The Ballad of Sweeney Todd: "Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd" - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Original Broadway Cast Ensemble
  9. Symphonic Sondheim: Sweeney Todd (From Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) - Jerry Hadley
  10. Green Finch and Linnet Bird (From "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street") - Harolyn Blackwell


Product Details

  • Performer: Len Cariou, Angela Lansbury
  • Composer: Stephen Sondheim
  • Audio CD (March 20, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • ASIN: B0009941IE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is closer to the operatic world of Verdi and Donezetti than it is to Rogers & Hammerstein or Lerner & Lowe, and there have been times when it has been performed in opera houses as well it should. This show is replete with arias and quintets, duets and chorus numbers. More than any other American "musical" I can think of, there are different characters singing different things at the same time, just what you would expect to find in an opera. Besides, like an opera, most of the main characters are dead by the time the curtain rings down.
This is Sondheim at his best, coming up with some of his most beautiful melodies in a show where the "hero" and "heroine" cut people's throats and bake them into pies. Consequently while you have "Not While I'm Around" sung by a poor boy to his surrogate mother and "Johanna" sung by young Anthony to his intended, you also have "My Friends" sung by Todd to his set of sharp razors. Sondheim has always delighted in such ironies.
The highlight of the show/CD is the trio of numbers that ends Act I. From the sweet duet between Todd and the Judge ("Pretty Women"), to the savage intensity of Todd's "Epiphany", concluding with the ghastly humor of the Todd and Mrs. Lovett in "A Little Priest."
Angela Lansbury is a wicked delight as Mrs. Lovett, and a revelation to those who do not remember that she was always a strong performer in musical theater ("Mama," "Gypsy").
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Stephen Sondheim is my hero for scoring this musical. "Sweeney Todd" is most definitely one of the top five musicals of all time, if not THE top musical, at least in my opinion.
The blackly humorous and gruesome story of a barber who goes berserk with revenge after being wrongly imprisoned is one of the most original stories I've ever heard. I don't want to spoil the musical for anyone who hasn't seen it, but let me just say that the method by which Sweeney and his accomplice (Mrs. Lovett, played with tremendous hilarity by Angela Lansbury) dispose of the bodies is horrid and hilarious at the same time.
The music is truly inspiring. Sondheim's score consists of sweet love songs, frightening ballads of redemption and overall great music, all puncuated by the deafening pierce of a factory whistle (which sounds each time Sweeney claims another victim).
Len Cariou played Sweeney almost to perfection, balancing the tender man who loves his daughter to no end with the homicidal maniac who can't wait to get his hands (or his razor, rather) on the Judge who put him away (As the Judge sits down on the barber stool, Sweeney tells him the shave will be "the closest I ever gave").
This is an utterly fantastic musical, and if you are into Sondheim this is the ultimate treat. Check it out.
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Stephen Sondheim is my favorite composer and lyricist, and he is incredibly good at both. Sweeney Todd is the best of his works, and 50 years from now, Sondheim will be the Mozart to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Salieri. Once day, the muddled masses will lose the perception that show tunes have to be repetitive enough to get stuck in your head and trivially escapist, and will recognize Sondheim and his phenomenal talent for what it is: genius.
What makes Sweeney so good is the sheer complexity of the score, plot, characters, and message. The show, on one level, is about murder and cannibalism. Deeper, it's about vengeance. Still deeper, it's about the breakdown of an ordered society. Even deeper than that, it's about the nature of good, evil, justice, the terrible dark side to the Industrial Revolution, and the corruption of innocence. The show's wealth of topics and moral questions is infinite, and I personally have had many a debate with myself and others about this show and the questions proposed. Told in such an unconventional, uncompromising, and graphic manner, the messages are that much more powerful.
The score may not be the most "hummable" (whatever that means) score you come across, but it is unbelievably deeper, stronger, and more intelligent than "hummable" shows, like The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, etc. I notice something new every time I listen. Sondheim never writes songs just so they can be pop hits (*cough* Webber). He always writes the song perfectly in context with what's happening in the plot. Thus, very few of his songs can be taken out of context, but in context (which is how they're supposed to be) they are phenomenal.
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For those of you who already have the original issue of this cd and are wondering if the remastered version is worth investing in, let me save you some trouble. There is almost no audible difference in the remastered version, unless you count the fact that they've added a ton of reverb - for those who don't know, it's the sound of singing in a cave. The cd here is otherwise still "trebly," and the discrepancies in volume level are still there. Don't get me wrong, this cast is amazing, but don't pay again for this "remastered" version, unless of course you're dying to hear Julie Andrews sing the second part of "Sweet Polly Plunkit" as a bonus track.
Edit: How could I forget my other big gripe? NO LYRICS! "MasterworksBroadway," who reissued this along with a bunch of other Sondheim, decided to axe lyrics that were previously available in favor of fat, uninspired essays. I've confirmed this with my Into the Woods "Remastered" edition (treble and reverb in full effect) which lacks the lyrics the original cd had.
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