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Favorite Company Cast Recording

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Mark Waltz
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Favorite Company Cast Recording#26
Posted: 1/13/20 at 12:39pm

Across the board, the original has many highlights, particularly the fact that the opening screams "Early 70's". Elaine Stritch's screeching adds a charm to the original, not just in "The Ladies Who Lunch" (knowing the drama she went through to get it right), but as part of the ensemble of the title song and her sudden burst into "Poor Baby" where you hear the other wives for a good minute before Elaine comes in and draws out "Tall!", coming back a few seconds later "She's tall enough to be your mother!". 

As for the 1995 revival, I was a bit disappointed by Debra Monk's take on "The Ladies Who Lunch" even though she's one of my favorite musical actresses through "Steel Pier" and "Curtains". Something just seems a bit flat with her "Company" CD performance. On the other hand, Jane Krakowski and La Chanze really score. La Chanze's "Another Hundred People" is probably my favorite rendition of that song.

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Favorite Company Cast Recording#27
Posted: 1/13/20 at 2:34pm

I'm 100% in the camp of the Original London Cast Recording being the best. It's the same orchestra and vocal tracks of everybody except Dean Jones who was replaced with Larry Kert. Best version for my money.

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Favorite Company Cast Recording#28
Posted: 1/14/20 at 7:51am

The quadraphonic pressing of the original cast recording. Hands down. It has better sound, and the subtle changes involved in some of its tracks make all the difference in the world.

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Favorite Company Cast Recording#29
Posted: 1/14/20 at 10:45am

The 1995 version was the first one I heard so it holds a special place in my heart but, as put many times in this thread, nothing can beat the original. 

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Favorite Company Cast Recording#30
Posted: 1/14/20 at 12:33pm

SeanD2 said: "I'm 100% in the camp of the Original London Cast Recording being the best. It's the same orchestra and vocal tracks of everybody except Dean Jones who was replaced with Larry Kert. Best version for my money."

Has it ever gotten a CD/sound file release?

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Favorite Company Cast Recording#31
Posted: 1/14/20 at 1:24pm

I knew somebody with the raw mixes of the quadrophonic album; I had been hoping that there was a mix isolating the music for "Tick Tock" without the "porno movie dialogue," but it was baked right into the master and couldn't be mixed out.

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Favorite Company Cast Recording#32
Posted: 1/15/20 at 11:12am

joevitus said: "Has it ever gotten a CD/sound file release?"

It was definitely released on CD - I used to own it but I sold it a number of years ago. 


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