Company (Original Broadway Cast)
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There is nothing like the original COMPANY
If you're waiting for the revival album, FORGET ABOUT IT. The revival (such as it is) is one of those gawdawful concept shows, with the actors playing the instruments. I saw it and, well, to be kind, it was not a good idea. As a result, we get mediocre muscians who can't sing a very complicated Sondheim score. The original (and yes, I did see the original marvelous sensational cast) is the best. Plus you'll get Tick-Tock (not in the revival at all) and Elaine Stritch doing her monumental version of Ladies Who Lunch (if you've seen the documentary about the recording of this album, you'll know what I mean). By far, this is everyone at their best (including the Columbia engineers). You want to hear Dean Jones sing Being Alive (though Larry Kert acquits himself well). You want to hear Jonathan Tunick's orchestrations (all brilliant) and the late Wally Harper's dance arrangements (listen to Tick-Tock or Side-by-Side, which is heartbreaking in its dance arrangements). Accept no substitute. This is the best recording of COMPANY, now and forever.
Simply Sublime Sondheim
With Stephen Sondheim's "Company" returning to Broadway in 2006, why not celebrate by giving the original 1970 cast a listen? You won't be sorry--- but grateful, instead!
Great show with an amazing score!
I have to sat that I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY disagree with everyone saying bad things about the revival. It was so powerful and the actors playing the instruments did not take away from the show AT ALL! The Original Recording is amazing just like the revival is. If you like Sondheim, than this is the show for you. Buy this recording, and even though people are bitter about the new revival, go and see it for yourself. I think that you will be just as moved as I was...