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I'm thinking of getting a soundtrack of the show, but I don't know which one is best... Does anyone have any suggestions?


Mon Mar 22, 2010 1:12 pm
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The OBC is by far the best of the 3.

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I agree.


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The Original Broadway Cast without doubt!

The more "operatic" London cast is way to "sung" to be Sondheim, and I don't really know what's up with the New Broadway Recording.

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Okay, thanks everyone for the suggestion! I've been in a Sondheim completionist mood lately, so maybe this can be my birthday present to myself.

Incidentally, can someone explain to me what they did for the revival? All of the people I've asked about it praise it to high heaven, but that doesn't seem to be the case. :)


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Well, the revival, as most Sondheim revivals, lost the feel it had on the OBC, and it really became more of a typically Broadway 2000's Pop-wannabe album. Although it stays true to the script and score, it is just awkward.

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Belated thank you!


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To elaborate, the revival and all of the other PSClassics recordings sound very produced, and perfectly clean - which you may interpret as having "no life". The trend of thin orchestrations exaggerate this too.

But I don't think they were trying to be 'poppish', even if you associate this kind of production with pop-albums. (They just want a high quality recording).


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But one can get a high-quality recording without trying to be a pop-star. I am talking about the actors. The recordings are leagues ahead of the originals if you consider the mixing, but before the dawn of Pop-musicals Broadway had a "wider" range of performers. Now the only one we hear are those with pretty voices who can barely act, and that is a pity. Especially the new A Little Night Music which has to be the worst PS Classic / Nonesuch recording of a Sondheim Show!


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The Sondheim revivals this decade have been REALLY odd. They've been all over the spectrum.

The 2005 Sweeney Todd SUCKS in my opinion. Meanwhile, the PO revival isn't that great either. The ALNM revival was a pretty terrible recording too. The recordings to Sunday and Company are really good, however, if not compared to the flawless originals, and Assassins is tolerable. Into the Woods was a mess too.

Pity, really.

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By far best sondheim revival to date has got to be the 2006 Company revival, and no Assassins can stop my love for it.

But other then that, the revival used minimal costumes and changed many of the notes that were used in the original, it's hard to explain but it was the little things, such as makeing Commadore Perry a weird puppet like thing that really made this production close early.

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