THIS disc of the 1994 Broadway revival offers a more thorough recording with a fine cast led by Victor Garber, Bebe Neuwirth and Jarrod Emick.
It is a very different recording. For starters, the revival featured a somewhat re-written script and new orchestrations. The show as it played in 1955 just would not work in 1994. Some of the changes are improvements: The new Overture, the revised opening number, the scenes that better establish the releationship between Joe and Meg, and the entire Trial montage. Other changes, however, seemed needless and arbitrary: Why was "Two Lost Souls" given to Applegate and Lola?? Applegat had no sould to lose. And a crucial plot change has Young Joe hit a homer at teh climatic moment (in the original Applegate changes Joe back to his middle-aged status during a play, yet it is Old Joe who catches a pop fly and wins the game for the Senators.)Still, even with the changes, the revival was well recieved and had a successful run on broadway and an even more successful tour starring Jerry Lewis.
This recording is also different from the previous albums which just showcased the songs. CD technology allows record producers much more latitude and Thomas Shepard has laid this disc out like a radio tab version of the show with much dialogue, some of it heavily rewritten and abridged. The illusuion is that you are hearing not just the score, but the whole show. It is a style of production he used before in THE SECRET GARDEN and one that has enormous possibilities. Of course not everyone wants to hear all the dialogue, but the songs have been tracked to make it fairly easy to isolate them.
Although the performances on the 1955 original cast disc can't be beat, and I miss the curtain call reprise of "Heart" that closed the original Lp. But this is an interesting and worthwhile alternative and easily has the best sound of all three YANKEES albums.