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Company Original London Cast album

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Company Original London Cast album#1
Posted: 6/10/08 at 9:39pm
I was listening to the original London cast recording of Company today, and I was wondering if anyone knew if the rerecorded everything, or just dubbed new players over the existing tracks? Most of it sounds the same, so I'm thinking it was the latter, though I'm not sure.
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re: Company Original London Cast album#2
Posted: 6/10/08 at 9:41pm
Same recording as OBC recording with Larry Kert's vocals replacing Dean Jone's.
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re: Company Original London Cast album#2
Posted: 6/10/08 at 9:42pm
Thanks! I knew it all sounded VERY familiar.
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re: Company Original London Cast album#3
Posted: 6/10/08 at 9:44pm
do london shows do that often?
(use the OBC and dub a new voice in?)
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re: Company Original London Cast album#4
Posted: 6/10/08 at 9:51pm
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re: Company Original London Cast album#5
Posted: 6/10/08 at 9:53pm
I think this was a special case. Dean Jones was only in the cast for a month or so (I think) and most people who saw the original show saw Larry Kert. Jones had already recorded the OCR, so it was a way of memorializing the performance that most people saw.
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re: Company Original London Cast album#6
Posted: 6/10/08 at 10:11pm
Unless the cast is noticeably different, most London productions didn't have a cast album. COMPANY basically had the same cast and they just overdubbed Larry Kert's vocals over Dean Jones'. Elaine Stritch was also in the cast, so no need to touch "The Ladies Who Lunch".

The London casts of BYE BYE BIRDIE and SWEET CHARITY did have brand-new cast recordings because they were completely new casts (aside from Chita in BIRDIE).


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re: Company Original London Cast album#7
Posted: 6/11/08 at 12:27am
I believe that the fact that they used the original Broadway cast tracks, just recording Larry Kert over Dean Jones, and called it the London Cast Album somehow pissed off British Actors' Equity and that album was originally available for a very short time. Before CDs, that album was a very rare one.

And if you listen to both albums, you'll hear that they brought Susan Browning in to re-record "Barcellona" because it was easier and cheaper to have Susan and Larry record it new, than to have Larry try to get Dean Jones' timing exact.
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re: Company Original London Cast album#8
Posted: 6/11/08 at 4:11am
"Barcelona" was re-recorded. If you listen to any of Larry Kert's tracks you can hear Dean Jones faintly in the background. Larry Kert was obviously in a smaller studio - he sounds very removed from th rest of the cast.

The album was put together in New York in November 1970, but never released in the U.S. Only in London where it had a limited release. Sony West End issue it on CD in 1994, but only in the U.K. and Canada and it too was quickly deleted.

Some dealers charge unheard of amounts for this recording and frankly it is not worth it. Apply to collectors for CD-R copies.

Cast albums are NOT "soundtracks."
Live theatre does not use a "soundtrack." If it did, it wouldn't be live theatre!

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re: Company Original London Cast album#9
Posted: 6/11/08 at 4:57am
I was stupid, as I once saw this CD at a local Borders once, probably about 10-12 years ago (they used to import stuff occasionally, and used to have a fairly decent "Original Cast" section, but not anymore...). I could have got it for about $20. I did not know that this was/is/would be a rarity, and didn't pick it up, as I already had the OBC, and thought the only one different was Kert.

Cut to about 4 years ago when I got a job and wanted to collect every (official) Sondheim show recording. I think I ended up getting this one on eBay for about $60, which isn't too bad (I think), though the novelty is off a little since they included a couple of the Kert tracks as bonuses on the Broadway Masterworks OBC release.
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re: Company Original London Cast album#10
Posted: 6/11/08 at 10:24am
The Broadway Masterworks re-issue of the Original Broadway Cast Recording only included Larry Kert's "Being Alive" track.

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re: Company Original London Cast album#11
Posted: 6/12/08 at 3:17pm
Oops, sorry, I kept thinking "Barcelona" was on there too for some reason. It's a shame they didn't release that one too on the Masterworks re-issue.
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re: Company Original London Cast album#12
Posted: 6/13/08 at 4:02am
The Broadway Cast Album of "Company" was one of CBS' first recordings using their new SQ quadraphonic 4 channel process. The vocals were recorded on separate isolated tracks to achieve this mix. Since the London production of "Company" included virtually the same cast as the Broadway one, including the fabulous Larry Kert, who took over the role of Bobby very soon after the Broadway opening (and was even Tony nominated for his performance), the CBS engineers recorded Kert's vocals to and simply substituted them in place of Dean Jones (who opened the show and appears on the official Broadway Cast Album) on the existing Broadway orchestral tracks. At the time of Kertís dubbing his vocals, it was decided that Barcelona had to be re-recorded completely because the timing on Kertís delivery of the song could not be matched to that of Dean Jonesí track. This involved the participation of Susan Browning, who recorded the new vocal with Kert. Kert recorded his vocals at the same studio used for the original cast recording sessions under the supervision of the original album producer, Thomas Z Shepherd. The illusion of Kert appearing isolated from the other vocalists is an artifact of the SQ recording system and the fact that Kert was not allowed much leeway in interpretation as he had to match his voice to the pre-existing tracks recorded with the vastly inferior Dean Jones. This does not diminish the fact that, regardless of how it was accomplished, Kert's brilliant performances of the songs in Company both on stage and on this recording have never been surpassed, not even by Raul Esparza in the new 2006 Broadway revival production and the only record we have of Kert's definitive Bobby is the combination Broadway/London album, which deserves to be reissued by Sony on CD and made available worldwide. With Kert replacing the super dull Dean Jones, the combination Broadway Cast Recording of Stephen Sondheim's COMPANY is transformed into the finest recording of this score ever and as such is one of the greatest recordings of the 20th. Century.

In 1972 in London, another recording was made of Barcelona with Kert and Julia McKenzie, which was to replace the New York track with Browning. By the time this new recording of the song was completed, CBS had already released the so called London Cast LP with the Kert-Browning Barcelona track. The version with McKenzie has never been released to my knowledge, although McKenzie recorded the song again with David Kernan for ďSide by Side by Sondheim in 1976.

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Updated On: 6/13/08 at 04:02 AM