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Applause (Oc) [Remastered] Original recording remastered, Cast Recording


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 17 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Cast Recording
  • Label: Decca - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00004ZDV0
  • Other Editions: Paperback  |  Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Backstage Babble
3. Think How It's Gonna Be
4. But Alive
5. The Best Night of My Life
6. Who's That Girl?
7. Applause
8. Hurry Back
9. Fasten Your Seat Belts
10. Welcome to the Theatre
11. Good Friends
12. She's No Longer a Gypsy
13. One of a King
14. One Hallowe'en
15. Something Greater
16. Finale
17. Applause -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) (bonus track)
18. The Loneliest Man in Town -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) - bonus track
19. Smashing N.Y. Times -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) - bonus track
20. God Bless -- Charles Strouse (vocal and piano) - bonus track

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By M. HATELEY-BARTER on April 1 2004
Format: Audio CD
Love the CD ( I have had the vinyl recording ever since it came out), but wish it could be released on Video or DVD(does anyone out there know if this will ever happen?). I saw the television production with Lauren Bacall and Larry Hagman back in the early 1970's and saw an amateur production of it here in Melbourne as well and having always loved the whole concept of the movie, I feel that it transferred well to the stage.
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Format: Audio CD
First... a request to people reviewing stage cast albums, Several reviews refer to these recordings as "soundtracks."
WRONG!!!!
"Soundtrack" recordings are records/cds transfered from from movies ONLY.
Live theatre does not use pre-recorded "soundtracks" - the casts perform live on stage and these "original cast recordings" are made in recording studios and designed for home listening.
PLEASE.... maintain your credibility by using the correct term!
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Finally, after years of negotiation Decca Broadway is making the 1970 Tony winning musical APPLAUSE avaialble on Cd. Was it worth the wait? Well, yes and no. APPLAUSE is one of those late 60's musicals adapted from a hit play/novel/movie and offering lots of glitz and energy to cover up the deficiencies of the show itself.
Star Lauren Bacall provided the "star" quality though she has no real singing voice but as an actress she rises above it bringing the character to vivid life. Len Cariou sings well as Bacall's boyfriend but has very little to do.
Bacall gets the key gems and with two major exceptions any of the numbers in which she does not appear can be ignored. The first exception is the lively title song - a tribute to the power of applause. It has almost nothing to do with the plot but still stopped the show nightly. The other,is a dramatic soliloque for Penny Fuller in the (virtually) non-singing role of Eve: "One Hallowe'en." This is Eve's big moment to really show her true colours and Fuller makes the most of it. Missing from the recording - becasue it is a dialogue scene - is the following moments when Eve recieves humiliating comeuppance.
The original Lp release was done by ABC records and had an annoying "boxy" sound quality that has not been corrected on the cd.
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By BOBBY C on Dec 4 2003
Format: Audio CD
i have a copy of this recording on LP, and have enjoyed it for approx 25 yrs. couldn't wait for the cd. bought it the first time i saw it.
i am wondering if anyone has seen the tv production of APPLAUSE starring LAUREN broadcast circa 1974 on tv? and is there any possibility of obtaining a copy on anything? the production was FANTISTIC, to say the least!!!
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By Byron Kolln on Jan. 29 2003
Format: Audio CD
APPLAUSE is the acclaimed musical stage-version of the classic film "All About Eve", which memorably told the tale of conniving Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) who worms her way into the life of stage diva Margo Channing (Bette Davis) and begins her climb to eclipse Margo as the most successful actress on Broadway.
The stage version moves the story forward from the 50's into the swinging 70's, making good use of the music-style from the period. APPLAUSE opened on Broadway starring Lauren Bacall (in her musical debut) as Margo Channing, and Penny Fuller as Eve Harrington. The cast also included Len Cariou (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC), Bonnie Franklin, Lee Roy Reams (42ND STREET), Ann Williams and Robert Mandan.
The songs, written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, are uniformably excellent, with standouts including "But Alive", "The Best Night of My Life", "Applause", "Who's That Girl?"; the canny "Welcome to the Theatre"; and Eve's semi-breakdown in "One Hallowe'en" which dissolves into a frenzied and frightening reprise of "But Alive".
Later in the run when Bacall completed her contract, producers scored a huge coo by convincing Anne Baxter (Eve in the movie) to replace Bacall as Margo. A fantastic, must-own cast-album.
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Format: Audio CD
A good, charged musical. No, it's not perfect, but it has so many successful and emotionally charged moments that it climbs on up there. Of course not to be missed is Bonnie Franklin singing the title number (I'd buy the recording for that alone), and Lauren Bacall's voice stakes out its own ground as unique and character-ful, especially once one accepts it on its own terms.
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By B.C.M. on Nov. 23 2002
Format: Audio CD
At the risk of being tarred and feathered by discipiles of this show, I can't in good conscience recommend this soundtrack to those who are not familiar with the the music. Since it's debut on Broadway in 1970 there has yet to be a major revival of this show - for many reasons. First and foremost, the score is simple and repetitive and wholly lacking any sort of originality. Furthermore, the songs have become extremely dated; you need only listen to first minute or two of this soundtrack and you too will hear the cheesy late-60s showtune orchestration, complete with horribly uninspired percussionist. While the other two major shows by Strouse & Adams ("Annie" and "Bye Bye Birdie") are equally "simple" in terms of musical creativity, they at least contain catchy melodies and are filled with exuberant charm. "Applause" is one of those shows that succeeded because of 1) lack of competition and 2) the public's failure to appreciate the truly great musical revolutions of the time, namely Stephen Sondheim's "Company," that also bowed in 1970 to a much less enthusiastic response. Unfortuantely, a Tony Award doesn't always mean equal quality, as demonstrated by "Applause."
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