Original Broadway Cast (Bonus Tracks) CD (2001)

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Label Sony
SKU 60469409
UPC 696998954526
UPC 14 00696998954526
Format CD
Release Date 3/20/2001
Author Bells Are Ringing
Technical Info
CatalogID 89545
Lable Name Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Released 03/20/2001
Original Release 1957
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 47m : 36s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00696998954526
Album Notes and Credits
Music composed by Jule Styne.
Principal cast includes: Judy Holliday, Sydney Chaplin, Jean Stapleton.
Producer: Goddard Lieberson.
Compilation producer: Thomas Z. Shepard.
Engineers include: Fred Plaut, Bud Graham, Richard King.
Includes liner notes Didier C. Deutsch and Thomas Z. Shepard.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Jule Styne (vocals, piano); Eddie "The Old Philosopher" Lawrence, Eddie Heim, Patrick Wilkes, Frank Milton, Frank Green, Bernie West, John Perkins, George S. Irving, Frank Aletter, Steve Roland, Jean Stapleton, Judy Holliday , Peter Gennaro, Sydney Chaplin (vocals); Dave McDaniel, Ed Thompson, Paul Michael, Anne Wallace, Billy Wilson, Barbara Newman, Frank Derbas, Mark Leon, Will Sumner (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Tim Geelan.
Audio Remixer: Tim Geelan.
Liner Note Authors: Didier C. Deutsch; Thomas Z. Shepard.
Recording information: CBS 30th Street Studios, New York, NY.
Photographer: Friedman-Abeles .
Lyricist/librettists Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote the musical Bells Are Ringing as a vehicle for Judy Holliday, their old partner from their nightclub act the Revuers. Holliday was an Academy Award-winning comic actress (Born Yesterday, 1950), but her musical talents had gone largely unregistered until now. Comden and Green set their original, New York-based story at an answering service, with Holliday as an operator who becomes involved with her clients, one in particular. Sydney Chaplin played that romantic interest, and both he and Holliday won Tony Awards. The show opened on November 29, 1956, and ran 924 performances. The original Broadway cast album reveals the production's strengths and weaknesses. The chief strength, of course, is Holliday, who barnstorms through comic numbers like "Is It a Crime?" but also handles romantic material such as the hit "The Party's Over" well. Jule Styne's music is typically tuneful, and Comden and Green are typically witty in such songs as "It's a Simple Little System" and "Drop That Name." The chief weakness is Chaplin, who just doesn't have much of a voice. The show's other hit, "Just in Time," was written for his narrow range and was already on the charts for Tony Bennett on opening night; Chaplin certainly couldn't have made a standard out of it, and his rendition of "I Met a Girl" is painful. Still, the good far outweighs the bad. [An original Broadway cast album was also released.] ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Overture
2 Bells Are Ringing
3 It's A Perfect Relationship
4 On My Own
5 It's A Simple Little System
6 Is It A Crime?
7 Hello, Hello There!
8 I Met A Girl
9 Long Before I Knew You
10 Mucha-Cha-Cha
11 Just In Time
12 Drop That Name
13 Party's Over, The
14 Salzberg
15 Midas Touch, The
16 I'm Going Back
17 It's A Perfect Relationship - (demo recording, bonus track)
18 Just In Time - (demo recording, bonus track)
19 Boogie Woogie Shoogie, Baby Of Mine - (demo recording, bonus track)

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