Monday, May 29, 2006

Are Revival Cast Recordings Necessary?

4 Comments:

Blogger Rrramone said...

Great question. I'm going to say YES! Especially due to improved sound quality, etc. :-)

8:19 PM  
Blogger OBC Collector said...

The talent pool to draw from today is far greater.in numbers, therefore in gifted singers.

Some of the first Original Cast Recordings were on 78 rpms. No matter how those are remastered it could never equal what we have as far as SOUND today.

Taken case by case though, Faith Prince isn't Judy Holiday!(Bells are Ringing) No matter how dated or lack of quality and technology you'll never equal the Original.

The same can be said of Gwen Verdon in Sweet Charity, or her and Chita in Chicago. With more revival (and even sountrack and Academy Award) recordings available for any one show. Anyone know if it's a record for the number of recordings for one show?

In My Opinion no one has come close to making the songs their own like Gwen and Chita.

Favorites would include Roxie (of course, "I'm gonna get me a whole bunch of boys") My Own Best Friend ( Ha, Ha, Ha), When Vilma takes the Stand ("And I'd Slump,and I'd I Slump, and finally, I'd Faint!)
And of course Jerry Orbach who was so much more than Law & order (even though he was terrific!).

One day I plan to do a post devoted to OBC that are limited to ONLY the orignal cast recording. Examples being On a Clear Day, On the Twentieth Century,A Chorus Line (which could be in the works in the not too distant future)Bye Bye Birdie (I really hoped they would have recorded the Tommy Tune tour) and Funny Girl (who has the balls, step forward.)

I'd like to do an entry on that very topic. What to do with Funny Girl when such a POWERFUL stamp she has placed upon every song.

Can you people out there come up with any additional titles? I shouldn't be doing all the thinking myself here.

Revivals have their place, but never let go of your OBCs.
WE are blessed to have both to couse from!

11:24 PM  
Blogger StephenMosher said...

HEARTBROKEN!!! I wrote a dissertation of an answer and when I clicked on 'post' it disappeared into oblivion. I will try to recreate it and post it again later.

6:24 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Stephen,
What was your point of the paper? Did you decide whether revival cast recordings were necessary? I have come to conclusion that whether they are necessary or not, I certainly enjoy them. I'll never say that one is actually better than the other. The original captures history, while the revival has a sound quality that could never be matched with the original even if it's "remastered."

Kiss Me Kate
Damn Yankees
Carousel
Oklahoma
The King & I
Do Re Mi
Pajama Game

are terrific additions while

Do I Hear a Waltz
42nd Street
Countless "Gypsy"
Funny Thing Happened.......
Into the Woods
Wonderful Town

in my judgment unnecessary.

3:43 PM  

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