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Bugsy Malone [Original Cast]


  • 1. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Overture
    2. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Bugsy Malone
    3. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Fat Sam's grand slam
    4. Bugsy Malone, musical play: That's why they call him Dandy
    5. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Tomorrow
    6. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Show Business
    7. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Bad Guys
    8. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Double Chorus
    9. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Finale Act 1: You give a little love
    10. Bugsy Malone, musical play: My name is Tallulah
    11. Bugsy Malone, musical play: I'm feeling fine
    12. Bugsy Malone, musical play: So you wanna be a boxer?
    13. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Ordinary Fool
    14. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Down and out
    15. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Finale Act 2: You give a little love
    16. Bugsy Malone, musical play: Exit Music
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1275

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Yap
    EngineerTom Ashbee; Jonathan Allen

    Music and lyrics by Paul Williams.
    Principal cast includes: Michael Sturgers (Bugsy Malone); Leanne Connelly (Blousey Brown); Chris Dyer (Cagey Joe); Nana Kumi (Leroy Smith); Sheridan Smith (Tallulah); Stuart Piper (Dandy Dan); Hannah Spearritt (Louella); Shean Williams (Fizzy); Alex Lee (Lena Marelli); Paul Lowe (Fat Sam); Matt Fraser (Knuckles); Janee Bennett, Malinda Parris (Singing Girls).
    Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, England on October 10-11, 1997. Includes liner notes by Jeremy James Taylor.
    Personnel: Shean Williams, Matt Fraser, Sheridan Smith, Janee Bennett, Malinda Parris, Nana Kumi, Paul Lowe, Michael Sturges, Chris Dyer, Leanne Connelly, Hannah Spearritt, Alex Lee (vocals); Antonio Fortin (guitar, banjo); Julian Fothergill (guitar, trumpet); John Bradbury (violin); Frank Schaefer (cello); Andrew Findon (reeds, trombone); Steve Sidwell (trumpet); Mark Nightingale (trombone); Andrew Smith (piano); Daniel Wheatley (bass guitar); Ben Gray, Ben Bray (drums); Katie Harper, Katie Byles, Amy Grima, Danielle Burns, Hayley Fitzpatrick, Tara Williams, Charlene Hammer, Lauren Godbold, Laura Whittles (dancer).
    Liner Note Author: Jeremy James Taylor.
    Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (10/10/1997/10/11/1997).
    Directors: Russell Labey; Jeremy James Taylor; John Pearson.
    Librettist: Alan Parker .
    Photographers: John Anderson ; Mark Douet.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Lewis Greenslade; Giovanni Spano; Mike Jibson; Victoria Gibbins; Jeremy Joyce; Robert Wheatley; Alistair McCalla; Leon Parris; Chris Meehan; Rudi Gordon; Barnaby Thompson; Jim Bourne; David Tan; Suzanna Khumalo; Mark Boyle; Sean Parkins; Susan Dale; Daniel Beckett; Michael Perryman; Chris Herriot; Jeannette Sutton; Adam Jenkins ; Bobby Bethel; Gavin Spencer; Sam Archer; Stuart Price.
    This 1976 soundtrack found Paul Williams turning his writing and producing skills to crafting an original song score for a musical that used child actors to bring an adult story about 1930s gangsters to life. The resulting album works like a charm because Williams uses his Tin Pan Alley sense of melodic craftsmanship to creating a series of short, tight songs that effectively blend modern pop song structures and hooks with pre-rock & roll styles like ragtime jazz and Bing Crosby-style crooner balladry. As one might expect, there are plenty of toe-tapping tunes that evoke the good-timey feel of a speakeasy: "Fat Sam's Grand Slam" mixes a horn-laced up-tempo tune with effective flapper background vocals to create an enticing portrait of the title location, while "Bad Guys" is an amusing tribute to the tough-guy lifestyle that blends a complex multiple-singer vocal arrangment with a jazzy, piano-pounding melody. The up-tempo tracks are balanced out by some surprisingly torchy ballads: "I'm Feeling Fine" is an alluring invitation to romance that boasts a richly-harmonized chorus, and "My Name Is Tallulah" sets tough-girl lyrics to a sultry melody laced with elegant piano fills and stately horns. However, the album's finest moment is the finale, "You Give a Little Love"; this charming tribute to friendship builds from a single piano to a full, ragtime-styled band arrangement that climaxes with a rousing sing-along fade out. Though the album is short, each of the songs holds up to repeated listening and the album flows effortlessly as a result. The end result is one of the best achievements in Paul Williams' career and a charming listen for fans of musicals. ~ Donald A. Guarisco

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