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Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far...

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. America, song (from "West Side Story")
    2. Tonight, song (from "West Side Story")
    3. West Side Story, musical: Gee, Officer Krupke
    4. Gypsy, musical: Everything's Coming Up Roses
    5. Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, musical: Comedy Tonight, A
    6. Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, musical: Everybody Ought To Have A Maid, A
    7. Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, musical: There's Something About A War, A
    8. Hot Spot, musical play: Don't Laugh
    9. Anyone Can Whistle, musical: Anyone Can Whistle
    10. Anyone Can Whistle, musical: A Parade in Town
    11. Anyone Can Whistle, musical: A Hero Is Coming
    12. Do I Hear a Waltz?, musical: This Week, Americans
    13. Do I Hear a Waltz?, musical: Perhaps
    14. Do I Hear a Waltz?, musical: Everybody Loves Leona
    15. Mad Show, musical play: The Boy From..., The
    16. Evening Primrose, musical play: (If You Can Find Me) I'm Here
    17. Evening Primrose, musical play: Arts and Crafts
    18. I remember (from "Evening Primrose")
    19. Evening Primrose, musical play: When?
    20. Evening Primrose, musical play: Take Me to the World
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Another hundred people, song (from Company)
    2. Company, musical: The Ladies Who Lunch
    3. Being alive, song (from Company)
    4. Company, musical: Happily Ever After
    5. Waiting for the girls upstairs, song (from Follies)
    6. Follies, musical play: Broadway Baby
    7. Losing my mind, song (from Follies)
    8. Follies, musical play: I'm Still Here
    9. Can That Boy Foxtrot! (cut from Follies)
    10. Miller's son, song, The (from A Little Night Music)
    11. Little Night Music, musical: Liaisons, A
    12. Send in the Clowns (from the musical "A Little Night Music")
    13. Little Night Music, musical: Night Waltz, A (Love Takes Time)
    14. Little Night Music, musical: Silly People, A
    15. Little Night Music, musical: Not Quite Night, A
    16. Pacific Overtures, musical play: Welcome To Kanagawa
    17. Pretty lady, song (from Pacific Overtures)
    18. Pacific Overtures, musical play: Prayers
    19. Pacific Overtures, musical play: There Is No Other Way
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Sweeney Todd, musical play: The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd
    2. Green Finch and Linnet Bird, song (from Sweeney Todd)
    3. Sweeney Todd, musical play: A Little Priest
    4. Sweeney Todd, musical play: The Worst Pies In London
    5. Not a day goes by, song (from Merrily We Roll Along)
    6. Old friends, song (from Merrily We Roll Along)
    7. Sunday in the Park with George, musical play: Finishing The Hat
    8. Into the Woods, musical play: Agony
    9. Children will listen, song (from Into the Woods)
    10. Into the Woods, musical play: Have To Give Her Someone
    11. Into the Woods, musical play: Interesting Questions
    12. Into the Woods, musical play: Second Midnight
    13. Assassins, musical: Everybody's Got The Right
    14. Assassins, musical: The Ballad Of Booth
    15. Passion, musical play: Happiness
    16. Passion, musical play: I Wish I Could Forget You
    17. Bounce, musical play: Bounce
    18. Bounce, musical play: Isn't He Something!
    19. Frogs, musical play: Invocation and Instructions to the Audience, The
    0. DISC 4:
    1. I Must Be Dreaming, song (from All That Glitters)
    2. Two Of You, The (added to Side By Side By Sondheim)
    3. Saturday Night, musical play: Class
    4. Love's a bond, song (from Saturday Night)
    5. In the movies, song (from Saturday Night)
    6. Saturday Night, musical play: I'm All For You
    7. They Ask(ed) Me Why I Believe In You: They Ask Me Why I Believe In You
    8. Invitation to a March, incidental music: Incidental Music a) Cue #3 / b) Cue #4 / c) Cue #7 / d) Cue #13
    9. Truly Content (for the one-act musical Passionella)
    10. No, Mary Ann (written for an unproduced film, "The Thing of It Is")
    11. Enclave, incidental music: Incidental Music a) Cue#3 / b) Cue#4, The
    12. Stavisky, film score: Theme
    13. Stavisky, film score: Auto Show
    14. Stavisky, film score: Arlette By Night
    15. Stavisky, film score: Operetta
    16. Stavisky, film score: Theme (European Version)
    17. I Never Do Anything Twice, song (for the film Seven Percent Solution)
    18. Goodbye for now, song (for the film score "Reds")
    19. Sooner or Later, song (for the film "Dick Tracy")
    20. Live Alone and Like It, song (for the film "Dick Tracy")
    21. What Can You Lose?, song (for the film "Dick Tracy")
    22. Back in Business, song (from the film "Dick Tracy")
    23. More, song (for the film "Dick Tracy")
    24. Singing Out Loud, film [unproduced]: Water Under The Bridge
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 94255

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Rubinson; Dick Jones; Goddard Lieberson; Jay David Saks; Andy Wiswell; Phil Ramone; Robert Hurwitz; Thomas Z. Shepard; Tommy Krasker; Didier C. Deutsch (Compilation); Darcy M. Proper (Compilation)

    Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim.
    Personnel: Stephen Sondheim (vocals, piano); Cheryl Bentyne , Chita Rivera, Christopher Durang, John Cameron Mitchell, Chuck Wagner, Claude Bolling, Cy Walter, William Parry, Charmian Carr, Daisy Prince, David Winters, Dean Jones, Debra Monk, Donna Murphy, Eddie Korbich, Eddie Roll, Elaine Stritch, Ethel Merman, Sarah Rice, Kim Crosby, Jonathan Hadary, Sarah Stanley, Gedde Watanabe, George Hearn, George Lee Andrews, Glynis Johns, Greg Germann, Grover Dale, Hank Brunjes, Marcus Olson, Howard McGillin, Tony Mordente, Maureen Moore, Jack Cassidy , Janis Siegel, Jim Walton, Lee Remick, Lee Wilkof, Len Cariou, Linda Lavin, Liz Callaway, Liza Minnelli, Lonny Price, Lorraine Feather, Marilyn Cooper, Madonna, Mandy Patinkin, Mel Torm, Michael Cerveris, Michael Rupert , Nathan Lane, Pamela Myers, Patrick Cassidy, Patti LuPone, Angela Lansbury, Ann Morrison, Annie Golden, Robert Westenberg, Roger Bart, Arte Johnson, Stan Freeman, Stephen Collins, Barbara Cook , Victor Garber, Zero Mostel, Bernadette Peters, Hermione Gingold, Marin Mazzie, Billy Stritch, Richard Kind, Larry Kerr, Carol Bruce, Carol Burnett, Carol Lawrence (vocals); John Barrow (French horn); Paul Gemignani (percussion).
    Liner Note Authors: Hal Prince; Stephen Sondheim.
    Recording information: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY; The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
    Authors: Frank Rich; Judi Dench; Laura Benanti; Lonny Price; Mandy Patinkin; Michael Feinstein; Patti LuPone; Victor Garber; Paul Gemignani.
    Photographer: Martha Swope.
    Arrangers: Jim Tyler; Jeremy Lubbock; Shirley Walker .
    Stephen Sondheim: The Story So Far is a four-CD box set of 82 recordings of music by the Broadway songwriter, with a running time just under five hours. It is far from the first compilation of Sondheim's work, or even the first box set, but it follows a pattern in such compilations and in box sets in general, in that the selection seems aimed at two different classes of potential purchasers, those general fans looking for a single omnibus collection of the best or most popular of an artist's efforts, and the aficionados primarily interested in rarities. Despite his renown, particularly among musical theater buffs, and a mantelpiece straining with Tony, Grammy, and Academy Awards, Sondheim does not have a slew of "hits," as in, songs that have made the Top 40. Among his early efforts as a lyricist only, West Side Story (with music by Leonard Bernstein) generated such hits as "Somewhere" and "Tonight," and Johnny Mathis' recording of "Small World" from Gypsy (with music by Jule Styne) made the Top 20. Since then, only "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music produced a Top 40 hit for Judy Collins in 1975. Sondheim tends to downplay his lyrical collaborations, and they are typically underrepresented here, with only "Tonight" included. "Send in the Clowns" appears in the recording from the original Broadway cast album of A Little Night Music, sung by Glynis Johns, for whom it was written. Of course, fans have their favorites among Sondheim's large catalog, and his songs have been extensively performed and recorded outside their shows. But, like its many predecessors, this sampler of his work leaves out many of those favorites. Basically, its first three discs trace his career in the musical theater from 1957's West Side Story to a 2004 revised version of the 1974 musical The Frogs. Usually, two or three songs (not necessarily the best-known) from a show are excerpted, accompanied by songs cut from the scores, often performed in informal demonstration recordings, many of those by the composer himself. The fourth disc is given over almost entirely to obscurities, including music written for films. Thus, of 82 tracks, 33 are previously unreleased and 13 are sung by Sondheim himself. That's a selection and a proportion of rarities that will delight Sondheim fans, who may only wish the set was all rarities. For others, the collection may be more problematic, but then they are less likely to want to fork over the money for a box like this in the first place. Certainly, anyone encountering this music without previous knowledge would be amazed by its variety, from old-time show music to approximations of traditional Japanese music, with a lot of Western classical references thrown in, along with the consistently sparkling wit and seemingly endless verbal facility of the lyrics. And, if nothing else, the album boasts performances by a bevy of star performers including Carol Burnett, Barbara Cook, Hermione Gingold, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Madonna, Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Zero Mostel, Mandy Patinkin, Anthony Perkins, Bernadette Peters, Jane Powell, Lee Remick, Chita Rivera, Elaine Stritch, and Mel Torm. All are given powerful material to interpret. At the end, one may only ask what, if this is, as the producers say, only "the story so far," they expect still to come from the songwriter, who was 78 years old on the day this album was released. Even given that one of the set's final songs is called "More," what is here seems like more than enough already, even if it is less than what it could have been. ~ William Ruhlmann

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