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What is in your opinion the best recording of Carousel?

I have the OBCR - which is interresting, but heavily cut - the 1993 London version and the 1994 Broadway version. It seems the London CD is more complete than the Broadway CD, and I can't really decide which is best overall.

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I'd go with the 1994 Broadway disc. It is superbly recorded and so heartfelt, except that it includes only the last third of the ballet.


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This is an old thread, but does anybody have further opinions to offer? I've only heard the 1993 London version. I'd like to know how it compares to the others. (I haven't seen the show, but have read the libretto.) I particularly liked the 1993 instrumental music ('Prologue' in particular sounds dreamy), and 'If I Loved You'. I've heard that this cast was chosen for acting rather than singing skill, but their voices sound pleasant enough to me, and they act the roles well. My only problem is with parts of 'Soliloquy', especially at the end, where Billy's voice sounds ugly. I've been spoiled by Anthony Warlow's version. This recording also misses two (?) songs, but not having heard them I don't know if they're worth having.
Is there a recording out there with a better Billy, good acting, and good, complete versions of the 'Prologue', 'If I Loved You' and 'Soliloquy'?


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IMO the most complete and best sung is teh studio recording with Sam Ramey,Barbara Cook and company.

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I'd agree with Salome on that. Of the three recordings I have, that one is my favorite.

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Barberous wrote:
This is an old thread, but does anybody have further opinions to offer? I've only heard the 1993 London version. I'd like to know how it compares to the others. (I haven't seen the show, but have read the libretto.) I particularly liked the 1993 instrumental music ('Prologue' in particular sounds dreamy), and 'If I Loved You'. I've heard that this cast was chosen for acting rather than singing skill, but their voices sound pleasant enough to me, and they act the roles well. My only problem is with parts of 'Soliloquy', especially at the end, where Billy's voice sounds ugly. I've been spoiled by Anthony Warlow's version. This recording also misses two (?) songs, but not having heard them I don't know if they're worth having.
Is there a recording out there with a better Billy, good acting, and good, complete versions of the 'Prologue', 'If I Loved You' and 'Soliloquy'?


Highest Judge of All was not missing, it was cut. I'm not sure what the other piece was...as for the end of Soliloquy, that was a very difficult song for him because Hayden was not a very high baritone...thats why HJoA was cut...we did HJoA when I was Billy and it was a nightmare to sing, but I loved it.

Also, does Hayden's voice sound weak on the 1994 Broadway Cast than 1993 London?

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The best version is, in my opinion, the OBCR. It might be truncated but no Billy will ever compare to John Raitt's. Also, none of the other versions capture that wonderful old-fashioned feel you can only get from listening to old recordings.


Audra McDonald is a wonderful Carrie but I can't stand Billy's voice on the 1994 recording.


I don't like the studio recording, either. Barbara Cook does nothing for me and the very notion of Sarah Brightman touching this classic is a travesty. The London recording is okay.

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Cook is the best sung Juilie of all.

The John Raiit revival from the 60s is a better recording thna the OBC as well.. Jerry orbach's Jigger and Reid Shelton's Enoch Snow are also superior to Mervyn Vye and Eric Mattson on the OBC.

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Cook is the best sung Juilie of all.



well, she certainly can't act...

The only thing I've ever liked her in was "She Loves Me".

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she iso ne hell of an actress! Tony Winner for Music Man. She great as Sally in Follies in Concert. he even made Carrie the Musical wathcable when she was on stage.

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Her Sally is nothing compared to Dorothy Collins.

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She's close to Collins in the role.

Cook is a ---- legend! she is one of the few we have left.

Collins wasnt an actress..luckily she fell into a role that she was wonderful in. she did it brillaintly. but it was her only good role.

unlike Alexis SMith,John McMartin and Gene Nelson.

Nelson is still Sondheim's favorite perofrmer in ANY of his shows.

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