The fact that Stephen Sondheim's brilliant ode to several composers, still stands as a long-term reminder of good musical theater composing .... well, as the lyric goes, "I'm still here...." FOLLIES was one of the first Broadway musicals to drop the intermission, so that continuity in the plot could be maintained, not broken, and built on. And that it did. By the time the "Loveland" nightmare was flying in, taking over, bulldozing thru, and eventually, losing lustre, we had heard a complete score of several styles, hooks and hangups that has rarely, even today, been matched in such variety and scope. The ONLY REASON to buy this CD, is to have The Original Brdway Cast Album of the show. Well actually, you do get a 'bonus' with the added-in track of "One More Kiss," which was not included in the album's original release, due to LP "space constraints." And it IS a really lovely piece, too. There are a few better recorded revivals, concert versions, and re-stagings of the show, notably the Paper Mill Playhouse's truly COMPLETE recording (FOUR versions of "Lucy and Jessie" numbers all sung by Dee Hoty as 'Phyllis') which is FINALLY one of the recordings to include the elusive dance number, "Bolero D'Amour." But that aside, this first recording is The One to start your FOLLIES journey. I mean, how can one compare, and "Broadway Baby" dream, without the original, huh? <grin> Get it!!!