Thursday, January 17, 2013
TRACK LISTING: Runyonland Music/Fugue For Tinhorns/Follow the Fold - Stubby Kaye/Johnny Silver/Douglas Deane/Isabel Bigley and the Mission Group, The Oldest Established - Stubby Kaye, Sam Levene & Johnny Silver, I'll Know - Robert Alda & Isabel Bigley, A Bushel and A Peck Vivian Blaine and the Hot Box Girls, Adelaide's Lament Vivian Blaine, Guys and Dolls - Stubby Kaye & Johnny Silver, If I Were A Bell, - Isabel Bigley My Time of Day - Robert Alda, I've Never Been In Love Before - Robert Alda & Isabel Bigley, Take Back Your Mink - Vivian Blaine and the Hot Box Girls, More I Cannot Wish You - Pat Rooney Sr., Luck Be A Lady - Robert Alda and the Guys, Sue Me - Vivian Blaine and Sam Levene, Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat - Stubby Kaye with Chorus, Marry the Man Today - Vivian Blaine & Isabel Bigley, Reprise: Guys and Dolls - Viviane Blaine & Isabel Bigley
BONUS TRACKS: (On the CD reissue 4 tracks from the 1955 film version are included): I'll Know - Marlon Brando & Jean Simmons, If I Were A Bell - Marlon Brando & Jean Simmons, A Woman In Love - Marlon Brando, Luck Be A Lady - Marlon Brando and the Guys
IMPRESSIONS: Several very strong connections with this musical. Firstly, from the time I was knee-high to a zygote, my mother used to sing me "A Bushel and A Peck" as a lullaby at bedtime. Much later in high school, the first of two school plays I was involved in was "GUYS AND DOLLS" so I became very familiar with that play and that is when I bought the LP reissue of the original Broadway cast album. As part of the Concert Choir I also helped as a stagehand and various other dog's body tasks while my best friend Paul starred as Nicely Nicely Johnson who delivered the shopstopping "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat"; this same friend Paul would later become the successful casting director/acting coach Paul Russell. There is no part of this album I can hear without immediately being catapulted back to junior year on the stage of Cherokee High School. Just call me Brandy Bottle Bates!
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: Runyonland Music/Fugue For Tinhorns/Follow the Fold, The Oldest Established, A Bushel and A Peck, Adelaide's Lament, Guys and Dolls, If I Were A Bell, Take Back Your Mink, More I Cannot Wish You, Luck Be A Lady, Sue Me, Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat, Marry the Man Today, Reprise: Guys and Dolls
FACT SHEET: GUYS AND DOLLS is the original Broadway cast recording from 1951 starring Robert Alda, Isabel Bigley, Vivian Blaine, Sam Levene and Stubby Kaye. The play is based on a story by Damon Runyon with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.