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Oliver! [Original 1960 London Cast] [2002 Universal]

  • 1. Oliver!, musical: Food Glorious Food
    2. Oliver!, musical: Oliver!
    3. Oliver!, musical: I Shall Scream
    4. Oliver!, musical: Boy For Sale
    5. Oliver!, musical: That's Your Funeral
    6. Oliver!, musical: Where Is Love?
    7. Oliver!, musical: Consider Yourself
    8. Oliver!, musical: You've Got to Pick a Pocket Or Two
    9. Oliver!, musical: It's A Fine Life
    10. Oliver!, musical: I'd Do Anything
    11. Oliver!, musical: Be Back Soon
    12. Oliver!, musical: Oom-Pah-Pah
    13. Oliver!, musical: My Name
    14. Oliver!, musical: As Long As He Needs Me
    15. Oliver!, musical: Who Will Buy?
    16. Oliver!, musical: Reviewing The Situation
    17. Oliver!, musical: Oliver! (reprise)
    18. Oliver!, musical: As Long As He Needs Me (reprise)
    19. Oliver!, musical: Reviewing the Situation (reprise)
    20. Oliver!, musical: Finale: Food Glorious Food/Consider Yourself / I'd Do Anything: Food Glorious Food / Consider Yourself / I'd Do Anything
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 820590

  • Credits

    Music and lyrics written by Lionel Bart.
    Principal cast includes: Keith Hamshere (Oliver Twist); Ron Moody (Fagin); Georgina Brown (Nancy); Danny Sewell (Bill Sikes); Paul Whitsun-Jones (Mr. Bumble); The Artful Dodger (Martin Horsey).
    Producer: Mike Smith.
    Reissue producer: Brian Drutman.
    Recorded on July 4, 1960. Originally released on Decca (SKL 4105, stereo) and (LK4359, mono).
    Digitally remastered by Doug Pomeroy (2002, Pomeroy Audio, Brooklyn, New York).
    Personnel: Hope Jackman, Sonia Frasier, Danny Sewell, Keith Hamshere, George Bishop , Diane Gray, Martin Horsey, Apple Brook, Paul Whitsun-Jones, Ron Moody, Georgia Brown, Barry Humphries, Claude Jones (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Ken Mandelbaum.
    Recording information: 07/04/1960.
    Director: Peter & Chris Coe.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Georgia Brown.
    Lionel Bart's stage musical Oliver! opened in London on June 30, 1960, and ran for 2,618 performances. The vanguard of those many wonderful British musicals that dominated the American stage during the 1960s and beyond, Oliver! opened on Broadway on January 6, 1963, and ran for 774 shows. Based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, the famous story about the dregs of London society, Bart's musical version is a softer, gentler version of Dickens' stark and often brutal story. Nonetheless, even this muted version has its cruel moments, such as during Oliver's escape from the work house and the clutches of Fagin. Released by Decca in 1960, this new release of the original London cast recording has been remastered with more effervescent sound. Leading the cast were Ron Moody as the demanding Fagin, the leader of gang of young thieves, Georgia Brown as Nancy, another gang member, Paul Whitsun-Jones as Mr. Bumble, whose job as beadle was to keep order, and, of course, young Keith Hamshere as Oliver Twist. Some of the more enduring songs from this musical include the opening number, "Food Glorious Food," the rousing "Consider Yourself," "I'd Do Anything," and the play's big hit, the touching, devotional "As Long as He Needs Me," sung by Brown's Nancy. Kudos to Decca Broadway, which continues its program of reissuing vehicles from the grand days of the London and Broadway musical stages. ~ Dave Nathan

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