Masterworks Broadway to Release Albums from Roslyn Kind, ON THE TOWN Original London Cast Recording
Masterworks Broadway releases two classic albums from the archives previously unavailable on CD - Roslyn Kind - Give Me You/This is Roslyn Kind (July 22) and On the Town - Original London Cast Recording (August 19).
On a late spring morning in 1968, seventeen-year-old Roslyn Kind graduated from high school in Brooklyn and immediately began a new job later the same day. "I graduated to 'Pomp and Circumstance' in the morning," she recalls, "and that evening I was in RCA Studio B, down around 23rd Street in Manhattan, making my first recording." Kind's two RCA albums Give Me You and This Is Roslyn Kind are fascinating time capsules from a period - 1968-69 - when American popular music was undergoing seismic changes. There is a bit of Broadway to be heard, but most of the material reflects Kind's own taste and then-current trends in popular music. Kind rarely looked back to the albums that started her career, until 2014. At the behest of her director, she began to sing some of the material from Give Me You and This Is Roslyn Kind in her live act. Audiences loved it. "It was a surprise to me that I could return to this," Kind says. "But people love the vintage material. They love to know your history." Give Me You/This Is Roslyn Kind, available for the first time on CD and together for one price, will be released exclusively for purchase via MasterworksBroadway.com on July 22 in a limited quantity of Manufacture-On-Demand CDs as well as digital download. The CD will be available through Arkiv Music on August 19, plus streaming and downloads via digital service providers the same day.
With music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, On The Town enjoyed a successful Broadway run during the 1940s. The London production opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1963 and starred Elliott Gould along with Don McKay, Carol Arthur, Andrea Jaffeand Gillian Lewis. The Original London Cast Recording of On the Town has never before been available in the U.S. and arrives in advance of a new Broadway production this fall. On the Town - The Original London Cast Recording will be released exclusively for purchase via MasterworksBroadway.com on August 19 in a limited quantity of Manufacture-On-Demand CDs as well as digital download. The CD will be available through Arkiv Music on September 16, plus streaming and downloads via digital service providers the same day.
Masterworks Broadway is a label of Sony Music Masterworks.
Photo by Walter McBride