CAMELOT - ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST
* 1962 COLUMBIA MONO 2-EYE Masterworks 3b Label *
Based on T. H. White's The Once and Future King, which added contrasting moments of playful whimsy to the tales of treachery and illicit love, this Arthurian tale also added "merrie olde England" touches, such as "The lusty month of May." Because Disney had purchased the rights to The Sword in the Stone, the part of the four-book series that depicted Arthur's childhood, the musical only refers to that period as memories by the mature Arthur. Though a disappointment to the team at first, this even became a strength of the musical, as it provided more poignancy to those memories.
The score is lush, with special attention given to the romantic songs such as "If ever I could leave you" and "How to handle a woman" and to the rich orchestrations which conveyed as much as the idealistic text and lyrical melodies, the images of a utopian era.
The advance sales were the highest yet in Broadway history, with the audience drawn by the star-studded cast--Julie Andrews, Richard Burton making his musical stage debut, Robert Goulet, and Roddy McDowell)--as well as by the Lerner and Loewe reputation. During the tryout periods, Moss Hart, the original producer, had a heart attack, and while Lerner took on production responsibilities, Hart was still credited as producer. Opening at the Majestic Theater, it ran for 874 performances.
In 1967, Lerner wrote a screenplay for a Warner Brothers film, featuring Richard Harris (Arthur), Vanessa Redgrave, and Franco Nero. The music was given some revisions, particularly in the orchestration and the deletion of Mordred's cynically witty "The Seven Deadly Virtues."
Politicians have always seized upon images from popular culture, either to create an ethos around themselves or their administrations, or to portray an opponent. Ronald Reagan took the good versus evil science-fiction imagery of Star Wars to give an easy name and powerful imagery to the Strategic Defense Initiative. It was a favorite of John F. Kennedy, who in his speeches, often used phrases very similar to Arthur's, and after his death, his widow and those speaking of his legacy often used references to Camelot as a similar shorthand, to associate images of power, chivalry, idealism, and beauty with his administration. (Fortunately for them, Lerner and Loewe did not keep their original title, "Jenny kissed me," which just would not have been as evocative!) (AMG)
Alan Jay Lerner*, Frederick Loewe / Julie Andrews, Richard Burton (2) – Camelot (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Label: Columbia Masterworks – KOL 5620
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Mono
Country: US Released: 1962
A1 –Orchestra* Overture
A2 –Richard Burton (2) I Wonder What The King Is Doing Tonight
A3 –Julie Andrews The Simple Joys Of Maidenhood
A4 –Richard Burton (2) Camelot
A5 –Mary Sue Berry Follow Me
A6 –Julie Andrews, Ensemble* The Lusty Month Of May
A7 –Robert Goulet C'Est Moi
A8 –Julie Andrews, Bruce Yarnell, James Gannon (2), John Cullum Then You May Take Me To The Fair
A9 –Richard Burton (2) How To Handle A Woman
B1 –Robert Goulet If Ever I Would Leave You
B2 –Orchestra* Parade
B3 –Julie Andrews Before I Gaze At You Again
B4 –Roddy McDowall The Seven Deadly Virtues
B5 –Richard Burton (2), Julie Andrews What Do The Simple Folks Do
B6 –Knights* Fie On Goodness!
B7 –Julie Andrews I Loved You Once In Silence
B8 –Ensemble* Guenevere
B9 –Richard Burton (2) Camelot (Reprise)
Arranged By [Dance And Choral Arrangements By] – Trude Rittman
Directed By [Musical Director] – Franz Allers
Lyrics By – Alan Jay Lerner*
Music By – Frederick Loewe
Orchestrated By – Philip J. Lang, Robert Russell Bennett
Performer [King Arthur] – Richard Burton (2)
Performer [King Pellinore] – Robert Coote
Performer [Lancelot] – Robert Goulet
Performer [Mordred] – Roddy McDowall
Performer [Morgan Le Fey] – M'el Dowd
Performer [Queen Guenevere] – Julie Andrews
Photography By – Maynard Frank Wolfe, Milton H. Greene
Producer [Produced For Records] – Goddard Lieberson
Vocals [Singers] – Benita James, Donald Maloof, Dorothy White, Frank Bouley, Jack Dabdoub, James Gannon (2), Joan August, John Cullum, John Taliaferro, Judy Hastings, Larry Mitchell (2), Leesa Troy, Marjorie Smith, Marnell Bruce, Mary Sue Berry, Michael Kermoyan, Murray Goldkind, Paul Huddleston, Paul Richards (5), Shelia Swenson, Warren Hays
Similar to 2908604, but the labels have just 2 CBS "eyes". One at each side of the text.
Based on "The Once And Future King" by T.H. White.
Printed in U.S.A.
Inside gatefold lists KOL 5620/KOS 2031
Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): x“Lp” 51696
Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): x“Lp” 51697
CLEANED ON VPI HW-27 TYPHOON [6-STEP PROCESS]
LP’s RE-SLEEVED IN AUDIOPHILE QUALITY INNER SLEEVES
JACKETS PROTECTED BY HIGH QUALITY JACKET PROTECTORS
SHIPPED IN DEDICATED LP BOX/MAILER
***TERMS OF SALE***
1) Buyer responsible for PayPal Fees & Shipping costs.
2) MEDIA MAIL/TRACKING/INSURED [USA ONLY]
3) ASK ABOUT COMBINED SHIPPING
4) NOTE: I will not ship to certain "high risk" countries. ASK before you buy/bid.
5) Subject to prior sale on other sites, forums, & blogs
6) If you have received NEGATIVE FEEDBACK, you MAY NOT BID/BUY.
7) NO RETURNS ON SEALED LP’s FOR ANY REASON
8) !! ASK ABOUT FEE FREE OPTIONS !!
*** AURALIC AUDIO FULL LINE DEALER **
*** RYAN SPEAKERS – A FULL LINE DEALER ***
~ LP SALES & COLLECTION ACQUISITIONS ~
“WE BUY LP COLLECTIONS”
Thank you for looking.