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Stop the World I Want to Get Off

Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Jan 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Must Close Saturday
  • ASIN: B000BMPR3C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. All-American 2:450.69  Buy MP3 
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Anthony Newley’s finest moment is captured in this 1961 original cast recording of the London production of Stop The World – I Want To get Off, with Newley at his freshest and most appealing in some of the finest songs he wrote with Leslie Bricusse, including ‘Gonna build a mountain’ and ‘What kind of fool am I?’. Supported by Anna Quayle in a multitude of roles, this classic Decca album marks a period when Newley seemed the bright white hope of the British musical. As the sleeve note tells ‘In 1961 it appeared he could do no wrong, for suddenly he was centre stage alone except for a few women, in his own musical. Abrasive, sentimental, tolerably anti-establishment and layered with heavy meaningfulness, the vehicle was a barn-storming one-man musical of Cockney chirpiness and emotionally stretched introspection.’

With: Anthony Newley, Anna Quayle

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Newley and Bricusse Score 20 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
This score is perhaps the finest musical output Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse have ever done. However, there is far more to "Stop The World - I Want To Get Off" than the score. Taking the concept of Commedia dell'Arte to new heights, Newley and Bricusse have crafted a delightfully funny concept that is by the same token extremely touching, as we initially like Littlechap, feel happiness for him as he finally gets ahead in life, and lastly sympathy and pity for him as he realizes the errors he has made with his life. Add to this the fact that every number in the score in eminently hummable, and capable of sticking in your brain for weeks upon end. The inimitable Anthony Newley sings every number that he's in to perfection, he has probably never sounded better. "Gonna Build a Mountain" complete with Newley's pronounciation of "Moun-tayne" and his rejouissance in "Once In A Lifetime" reaches high exultation and has all of the grandeur of the finest showstoppers ever written. Of course, no review would be complete without mention of "What Kind of Fool Am I?" which Newley sings with the same vigor, energy, and humour that he gives for all the other numbers. This treatment actually increases the melancholy nature of the show's final number. Anna Quayle also gives an excellent performance portraying all of the women who have played a significant part in Littlechap's life, getting to sing what is essentially the same song a few times, with hysterical lyrical alterations fitting the different nationalities that Quayle portrays. From being "Typically English" to "Glorious Russian" "Typische Deutsche" and finally the brilliant Lounge Singer-esque "All-American," Quayle spans the gamut and does so with grace and humour. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop the World I Want to Get Off 23 Nov 2010
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Excellent CD. "Stop the World I Want to Get Off", was, in my teens, the first London show I ever saw. The only set for show was the inside of a circus tent. Brings back happy memories. Very good sound reproduction.
Pity Anthony Newley never produced any other show, to match it.
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Written, directed and starring Anthony Newley, who sings the wonderful finale song "What Kind of Fool Am I?"
Unbeleivable musical, the like of which they don't make anymore. Why oh why didn't they video it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Newley's Finest Hours! 25 Sep 2002
By P Goodhead - Published on
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To say that 'Stop the World' was a revolutionary musical in the days of sugar and spice, nicey-nicey musicals would be an understatement. To suggest that Anthony Newley was one of the finest singer-songwriter-performers of our time would be like saying the Pope is Catholic. To say that Decca has done us all a favour by finally reissuing this tuneful cast recording on CD would however be ACCURATE!
Anthony Newley died in April 1999 after losing his battle with cancer. The battle of fame he never lost and left behind a wonderful collection of musicals, songs, tv and cabaret performances that we can love again and again. But the finest of all of Newley's output was this musical. Co-wrote with Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley made the role of Littlechap totally his own. Not even Sammy Davis Jnr, Joel Gray or Tony Tanner in the film version could match that unique quality of style and originality that Newley exudes in this fantastic tour de force role.
For fans of musicals unfamiliar with Newley's work, you will not be sorry when you buy this CD. For Newley fans - why haven't you already bought your copy!!
Enjoy, one and all, Anthony Newley at his very best.
Paul Goodhead - President
Anthony Newley Society Worldwide.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at long last 6 July 2001
By John W. Cotner - Published on
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we fans of this musical have waited too long for the release of the original cast album on cd. we have worn out our vinyl lps while longing for this day. anthony newley's bitingly satirical lyrics capture the british workingman's attitude toward the upper classes -- sort of a cockney parallel to "how to succeed."
but it is much more than that. newley's littlechap is everyman, going through all of the stages, joys and woes of life and registering his wonderment at the profundity of it all in newley's memorable tunes and witty lyrics. you will marvel at his verbal gymnastics and chuckle at some of the topical references if you are of a certain age. and you will be humming and whistling more of these songs than you now know.
there are so many songs in this show that have become classics -- just once in a lifetime; gonna build a mountain; someone nice like you; but my personal favorite is "lumbered," as it captures the angst of a man thrust into unwilling fatherhood.
stop the world was part of the first british invasion -- before the beatles. there was "beyond the fringe," "look back in anger" and "oliver" on stage and "tom jones" in the cinema, all showing us that broadway and hollywood were not the only places where entertainment could originate and that the british could be funny and poignant, and lyrical, and more cerebral than we.
this show is all of that, and much more. and now, no doubt in response to the drumbeat from fans who have longed for the original cast album to be released on cd, it is here. at long last... so buy it. you will be enthralled by anthony newley as, with anna quayle as his foil and a greek chorus as his conscience, he puts on what is basically a one man show.
newley poured all of his energy and creativity into this show, and, with his inadequately mourned passing a couple of years ago, it is his legacy -- the mountain that he was able to build just once in his lifetime... and, it is an off-broadway classic, so buy it and add it to your showtunes collection. you will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical with great classic songs 12 July 2003
By BARRY E. - Published on
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This Bricusse-Newley musical is still fresh today. Some of the songs are classic. They include "What Kind of Fool am I" and "Once in a Lifetime". Newley's voice and vocal range was at its height when this album was recorded. If you like the music in this show then you will also like the music from "Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd".
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Kind of Fool am I? I bought the London recording first. 21 Nov 2001
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There are two kinds of people in the world -- Anthony Newley fans, and people destined to be Anthony Newley fans. This is the recording that evokes the wit, bawdiness, music hall exuberance, irreverance, and melodic invention of Newley the actor/writer/director at his best. Other reviewers have noted some of the musical standards from "Stop the World" that found a life of their own (thanks mostly to Newley and Sammy Davis, Jr.). "What Kind of Fool am I," of course, sold the most records. "Gonna Build a Mountain" and "Once in a Life" are among the songs that will seep into one's conciousness and never let go.
There are other recordings of "Stop the World." The British studio recording of 1995 is the least good of the lot. The video of the Tony Tanner film version is available (...) One might even find the videotape of Sammy Davis in the Anthony Newley role of Littlechap. None comes close to this one, the Anthony Newley/Anna Quayle original cast recording.
For those building a collection of Broadway's best, please include this rendition of Stop the World. Not only is the material impressive in its own right, it evokes an era when even a mainstream producer like David Merrick would risk opening an edgy little show on Broadway. (PS - Mel Brooks pays homage to this show in his musical, "The Producers" -- Leo Bloom has the line 'Stop the world, I want to get on').
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SAW IT ON BROADWAY.. 2 Sep 2008
By J. Ellerbrake - Published on
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