This article will attempt to compare and contrast the best of these recordings, sticking strictly to cast albums of fully realized productions of Follies sorry Follies in Concert , though you are special in your own right. The original Broadway cast recording of Follies is often disparaged for how short it is 16 tracks. Economic reasons required a one-disc treatment, and Follies simply has too much music for that. True, this recording is more like a sampler of songs from Follies , and nowhere near a complete cast recording.
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However, what there is to listen to is all spectacular, and many of the songs on the recording are so completely defined by the performers who introduced them. John McMartin 's poignant rendition of "The Road You Didn't Take" is especially moving, the shaky conflict in his voice as he muses over life choices and possible regrets making it all the more meaningful. For many, Yvonne De Carlo 's smoky rasp defines the anthem of survival "I'm Still Here," her purring growl conveying a woman who has been around the block several times and who wears her life scars as a badge of honor. The Broadway cast recording was re-released in under the Capitol label, adding the previously excised "One More Kiss" to the recording, a dreamy trip into nostalgia performed her by Justine Johnson and Victoria Mallory.
This brought the recording up to 17 tracks.
In , Bruce Kimmel of Kritzerland remixed the original recording, cleaning up the sound and establishing a clarity for this version that heightened its listenability. A total of 2, copies of this recording were made available, and it should be in the collection of any musical theatre enthusiast. The London cast recording of Sondheim's Follies by First Night Records 21 tracks has always seemed a subtler, more nuanced recording of Follies.
It is also a very different Follies , with songs traded out for others, in some cases to accommodate the production's star Diana Rigg. Also replaced is "The Road You Didn't Take," an egregious omission since the number is one of Follies ' best, establishing the character of Benjamin Stone as conflicted and indecisive adding perspective when his wife sings "Could I Leave You?
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There is something raw and basic in the emotions at the root of the eloquent music and lyrics in this show, and this recording is almost too reserved or stifled to be truly effective. The Paper Mill Playhouse recording of Follies by TVT Soundtrax 31 tracks is a must-have for collectors, not because it's definitive, complete or its performances are all that compelling. What makes it a treasure is the appendix of songs written for and cut from Follies that are included at the end of the second disc, allowing us to revel in additional Sondheim music and lyrics that we seldom get to hear.
In the end, however, this is a lovely recording of Follies without being an overwhelmingly earth-shattering one. The emotions and situation just aren't as deeply mined as they could and should be for a musical with such infinite possibilities. The recording of the revival of Follies produced by PS Classics is the closest case we have for a complete cast recording of the musical.
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It's a wonderful album, and if you are going to have only one Follies recording, this will most likely be the one that you will want. The production was chocked full of amazing performers. Ann Beattie has been included in four O. In , she received the Rea Award for the Short Story.
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