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Camelot [Original recording remastered]

Various (Orig Broadway Cast Re Audio CD
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1. Camelot
2. Act I: Overture
3. March
4. I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight
5. The Simple Joys of Maidenhood
6. Camelot
7. Follow Me
8. Act I: The Lusty Month of May - Julie Andrews/Ensemble
9. The Lusty Month of May
10. Then You May Take Me to the Fair
11. How to Handle a Woman
12. Before I Gaze at You Again
13. Act II: If Ever I Would Leave You
14. The Seven Deadly Virtues
15. What Do the Simple Folk Do?
16. Fie on Goodness
17. I Loved You Once in Silence
18. Guenevere

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For one brief, shining moment, there was a place known as Camelot--and this 1961 recording is the only document available of JFK's favorite musical, the one that's been used to describe his presidential administration ever since. Truthfully, Lerner and Loewe's musical score for this retelling of the King Arthur story doesn't measure up to My Fair Lady, which was still playing when Camelot opened on December 3, 1960. That being said, the three principals here were stronger musically than their 1968 film counterparts--Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet (who became a star as Lancelot, thanks to "If Ever I Would Leave You") could sing, while the pre-Liz Richard Burton could recite those great lines with Shakespearean flair, even if he never scored a hit with "MacArthur Park." --Bill Holdship

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The marvelous original cast features Richard Burton and Julie Andrews-and a young Robert Goulet making his Broadway debut!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Julie Andrews and Richard Burton in fine voice July 13 2004
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CAMELOT, the ravishing musical re-telling of the King Arthur legend by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, has never sounded better than in the original 1960 Broadway cast album, now happily reissued on the Columbia Broadway Masterworks label. Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet lead the cast as the troubled love-triangle of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and Sir Lancelot. Julie Andrews, fresh from the London production of MY FAIR LADY, is in glorious voice and sings some of the score's best numbers like "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood", "The Lusty Month of May", "Then You May Take Me to the Fair" and the achingly-poignant "I Loved You Once in Silence". Richard Burton has an attractive singing voice (remember, he was a Welshman!), and has a ball with numbers like "I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight?" and the Title Song. Robert Goulet delivers the definitive "If Ever I Would Leave You". CAMELOT enjoyed a modest run of 873 performances (modest in that the composers hoped to outdo their MY FAIR LADY success. MFL ended up running over 2, 000 performances). Out of the myriad of CAMELOT cast albums available, this is still the best of the bunch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far from day, far from night... April 1 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I absolutely loved this recording and would reccomend it to any potential buyer. Even though i have never seen it performed, or watched the movie, Lerner and Loewe's brilliant musical has become one of my favorites, entirely on the strength of this recording. The music is sweetly pretty, and the lirics are superb, but it is the stars that make this recording such a timeless classic. Being a confirmed Julie Andrews fan means that I invariably enjoy her singing, but in my opinion she is at her personal best in this recording. The shine and the sparkle that shines through in such songs as The Simple Joys of Maidenhood and Take Me To The Fair, is unquestionably wonderful, even to those who dislike Julie Andrews. The other stars are equally talented. Richard Burton's voice is perhaps not astonishing, but his enthusiasm and energy fully makes up for this. Robert Goulet fully deserved the fame he recieved for If Ever I Would Leave You. The company songs are equally good. Guineviere, for example, is an excellent song. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that there is not a single song on this recording that is not a classic. A must have. BUY IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cast album is even better than the show March 1 2004
Format:Audio CD
CAMELOT was a problematic show and despite many revisions for revivals over the years, it has never really worked on stage or screen.
But it DOES work as a recording. Richard Burton and Robert Goulet are perfectly cast and handle their musical numbers well. Julie Andrews provides the spark and sparkle that elevate this show. Guenevere is her richest part: She goes from an immature girl ("Simple Joys of Maidenhood"); to a petty young queen ("Then You May Take Me to the Fair"); through awakening emotions ("Before I Gaze at You Again"); unhappiness ("What DO theSimple Folk Do") and finally heartbroken resignation ("I Loved You Once in Silence.") Julie manages to display this huge range of emotions on the record using just her voice. Today we can only listen and imagine what a wonderful stage performance she gave.
CAMELOT ws not well recieved by the critics. It was ignored by the 1961 Tony awards (BYE BYE BIRDIE won that year.) This original cast recording was so well produced that it, along with several scenes showcased on the ED SULLIVAN HOUR helped turn the show into a box office hit.
Columbia's deluxe Lp is reproduced here with outstanding sound and generous notes. (The many colour pictures that decorated the Lp cover are reproduced here in black & white!) The note reveal some interesting trvia: the voice of Nimue on this recording is actually the understudy as the actress who created the role on stage was too ill to make the recording.
For years rumours persisted that "The Jousts" and "The Persuassion" had been recorded because the original Lp cover listed the songs. This proved to be false, and all the recorded numbers were used on the finished Lp. The CD has no bonus tracks but does correct the track order to follow the order the songs are heard in the show.
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CAMELOT was revived in London in 1982 with Richard Harris reprising his role of Arthur from the 1967 movie version of the musical. Fiona Fullerton played the troubled Guenevere and Robert Meadmore essayed the role of the dashing Lancelot.
This album presents 'highlights' from the 1982 London revival (there is a higher-priced album on the JAY label, but I have never heard it). What you get here is all the main numbers from the show, with some fantastic performances from the leads.
Richard Harris had honed and refined his performance as Arthur since appearing in the movie version, and seems more comfortable with the songs here. Fiona Fullerton perfectly brings to life the flirty, naive Guenevere of the early scenes though copes less well with the shattered character of the final scene.
Robert Meadmore brings a thrilling voice to Lancelot, and the cast also features Claire Moore (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) as Nimue, Robin Bailey as Pellinore, Michael Howe as Mordred and William Squire as Merlyn.
A fine addition to your collection. [MADACY/SHOWTIME M-2-0763]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular voices, beautiful score, flawed, but lovely
The level of talent helped to elevate this overlong work to "classic" status. This is an unwieldy piece - it aspires to be operatic, but falls short. Read more
Published on April 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Julie is wonderful...but
Well as always Julie's voice is so magnificent and pure. It is worth it to hear her voice, but I wasn't impressed with the rest of the cast. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2003 by J. Ourada
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
This is a wonderful musical performed wonderfully by Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet. Only I prefer Richard Harris for the role of King Aurthur. Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by "billydylan"
5.0 out of 5 stars For one brief shining moment...
What a great album! There are things about the movie and musical that are better in each than in the other, but this soundtrack is the best. Read more
Published on May 11 2003 by C. J. Kellerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful--a work of genius
Where to begin with this lovely work of art? Well, I suppose we must begin with the actors...
Richard Burton, as Arthur, is stunning in his powerful, lordly acting, is... Read more
Published on Dec 5 2002 by Rebecca M. Deaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you , Frank Kelly from Long Island
I had to scroll through to the 30th and last review to find someone who got it right. THE BOOK OF THIS SHOW IS HORRIBLE. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by Edward L. Teti
5.0 out of 5 stars Lerner and Loewe score a delight!
CAMELOT is one of the gems of the Lerner and Loewe musicals, which also include BRIGADOON, PAINT YOUR WAGON, MY FAIR LADY, and GIGI. It is clearly one of their best. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2002 by Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Magical Camelot recording
This recording is absolutely brilliant! I was taken to see the show as a birthday treat when I was eleven years old, when it came to Londons West end. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2001 by Richard Braybrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid Cast Singing A Brilliant Lerner and Loewe Score
Truly this is one of the better cast albums I've heard from an original Broadway cast. Richard Burton, and especially, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet are magnificent; yet Goulet... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2001 by John Kwok
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