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Sweeney Todd [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack]

Stephen Sondheim, Edmund Lyndeck, Ken Jennings, Merle Louise, Victor Garber, et al. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: RCA Victor
  • ASIN: B0009941IE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude/The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd: Attend The Tale Of Sweeney Todd...
2. No Place Like London
3. The Barber And His Wife
4. The Worst Pies In London
5. Poor Thing
6. My Friends
7. The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd: Lift Your Razor High, Sweeney!...
8. Green Finch And Linnet Bird
9. Ah, Miss
10. Johanna
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Disc: 2
1. God, That's Good!
2. Johanna
3. By the Sea
4. Wigmaker Sequence/The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd/Sweeney'd Waited Too Long Before.../The Letter
5. Not While I'm Around
6. Parlor Songs
7. City On Fire!/Final Sequence
8. The Ballad Of Sweeney Todd: Attend The Tale Of Sweeney Todd...
9. Symphonic Sondheim: Sweeney Todd (Bonus Track)
10. Green Finch And Linnet Bird (Bonus Track)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant record of a brilliant show! 10 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not your typical Broadway musical, Sweeney Todd marked Stephen Sondheim's transition from more traditional shows to larger, almost operatic enterprises. To my mind, it is Sondheim's most satisfying achievement. I saw Sweeney shortly after it opened on Broadway and it remains one of my most vivid theatrical memories. This double CD set goes a long way towards recreating that magic. The story of a wrongly-accused barber who returns to London in search of his beloved wife and daughter and, not finding them, turns to slitting his customers' throats and turning them into pies might not sound like the basis of an enjoyable experience. But Sweeney Todd has just the right combination of Victorian melodrama, high camp, low characters and very dark humour to draw anyone into its spell. And then there is the music. While not the sort of Rodgers & Hammerstein score in which every other song becomes a standard, there are still plenty of musical highlights - such as the comic "Worst Pies in London", the macabre "A Little Priest", the beguiling "Johanna", and the surprisingly tender "Not While I'm Around". The songs are all integral to the plot and this double CD set is a virtual recreation of the show. The performances are all excellent - a reminder that Angela Lansbury did some quite good things before she became a television sleuth. But towering above everyone is Len Cariou as Sweeney in a performance so magnificent that you wonder why he was never so good again. Maybe because he never did another Sondheim musical. And Sondheim is the real star here. Listen to Sweeney Todd by all means. But not alone - and certainly not in the dark!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
"Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" is closer to the operatic world of Verdi and Donezetti than it is to Rogers & Hammerstein or Lerner & Lowe, and there have been times when it has been performed in opera houses as well it should. This show is replete with arias and quintets, duets and chorus numbers. More than any other American "musical" I can think of, there are different characters singing different things at the same time, just what you would expect to find in an opera. Besides, like an opera, most of the main characters are dead by the time the curtain rings down.
This is Sondheim at his best, coming up with some of his most beautiful melodies in a show where the "hero" and "heroine" cut people's throats and bake them into pies. Consequently while you have "Not While I'm Around" sung by a poor boy to his surrogate mother and "Johanna" sung by young Anthony to his intended, you also have "My Friends" sung by Todd to his set of sharp razors. Sondheim has always delighted in such ironies. The highlight of the show/CD is the trio of numbers that ends Act I. From the sweet duet between Todd and the Judge ("Pretty Women"), to the savage intensity of Todd's "Epiphany", concluding with the ghastly humor of the Todd and Mrs. Lovett in "A Little Priest."
Angela Lansbury is a wicked delight as Mrs. Lovett, and a revelation to those who do not remember that she was always a strong performer in musical theater ("Mama," "Gypsy"). The appropriateness of her voice was driven home to me when I saw a road production of "Sweeney Todd" with June Havok (yes, the original Baby June, older sister of Gypsy Rose Lee) who had the great timing of the vaudeville stage but who sang everything about an octave lower than originally written. However, it is Len Cariou who steals the show.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original... 28 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
Although the amazon site includes the wrong sound samples above (they are from the LaPone revival), this item is indeed the original cast recording with Lansbury and Cariou. Even better, it's been remastered and includeds 2 bonus track not featured on the original (and much more expensive) RCA double disc. What a find!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Antidote to 'Oliver!' 27 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
With this show, Sondheim nails the myth of a cosy Dickensian London flocking with endearing cockneys and benevolent toffs. In a grim and grimly funny comment on 19th century society he shows us a corrupt and poisonous judiciary at the top and a naive or downright stupid working-class at the bottom, separated by the rapacious, sentimental bourgeoisie - Mr Todd and Mrs Lovett - happily selling everyone to everybody, literally. Exquisite production values further point up the ironic beauty of these superb tunes and lyrics - but it's a lot to pay for 2 CDs; and the highlights have all the fun without the plot points that give the game away if you haven't seen the show - so spend the extra money to go and see it somewhere!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sondheim... A genius. 16 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
Sweeny Todd. The most famous barber of Fleet Street. Stephen Sondheim's work is always fantastic, and this is no exception. This two disc set has ALL the music from the stage show (none of this 'highlight' nonsense). If you've seen the stage show, you'll love this. If you haven't seen the stage show, don't worry. Get this and hear the way Sondheim harmonises the lyrics and music into a pure symphony of sound. Wonderful!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT RECORD OF A GREAT SHOW 16 Aug 2006
By Klingsor Tristan VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I have seen many Sweeneys over the years from Alun Armstrong (wonderful actor, perhaps not the greatest singer) to Sir Tom Allen (excellent on both fronts but in an overblown production), from George Hearn and Dennis Quilley (both a bit too musical-comedy) to Paul Hegarty in the slimmed down Watermill production - and not forgetting Leon Greene in a memorable production at the theatre where Sondheim first saw the play that sparked off his interest in the story. But the most complete Sweeney of all is still the creator of the role, Len Cariou. His Epiphany remains one of the scariest things I have ever seen in a theatre, with a wonderfully in-tune out-of-tune climax. No-one made the humour of A Little Priest blacker, the dreamy amorality of Are You Beautiful As Her more heartbreakingly poignant or rose to such truly tragic heights at his cathartic moment of discovery in the finale. All of this is admirably captured on this original cast recording.

Is Sweeney Todd an opera or a musical? And ultimately, does it matter which pigeon-hole you put it in? True, it is through-composed - but then so are Evita and Les Mis. True, it is thematically very tightly organised with recurring leitmotifs (especially the plainsong Dies Irae references) - but so are most of Sondheim's mature theatre pieces. True it handles darker, more tragic material than we're used to in Broadway musicals, but again that's Sondheim for you. None of that makes it an opera. And the productions that opera houses have put on amply demonstrate that it is a work that demands singing ACTORS, not acting singers. And that, most assuredly, is what Cariou is here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad recording!
Fantastic recording, with fantastic actors and not bad singing!

Be sure to not that harmonies in this are meant to be as they are, and they are not meant to be 'nice'... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Taylor M. Wembeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Original Broadway Cast Recording of Sweeney Todd
I am a great fan of Angela Lansbury and like Stephen Sondheim's music. I think this recording covers all the songs in this musical which is very important to me. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Annika Brussels, Belgium
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway cast - best ever version of Sweeney Todd
This is the best version of Sweeney Todd. Superb cast, great singing and acting talents. And all the wonderful Sondheim music at it's very best.
Published 16 months ago by Robert Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic all the Way!
A fantastic recording of Sondheim's dark and gruesome musical. After seeing the film, I wondered what all the fuss was about, for the two leads were too 'Hollywood-ised' for... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Robert G Fray
5.0 out of 5 stars Only one with all the songs from the stage show
This is the only recording with all the songs from the stage show plus a few extras. Well recommended and a good recording at that!
Published 23 months ago by G. Cummins
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweent Todd
Fantastic - the definitive and original CD version of Sweeny Todd. Love Jonny Depp and Alan Rickman, but you can't beat the original.
Published on 19 Dec 2011 by Andi
5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed genius
I had the pleasure of being in the pit for some youngsters performing this recently on the fringes of London. I think it should be on the curriculum wherever possible. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2011 by Mr. A. G. Bungay
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Genius!
This now legendary recording of Stephen Sondheim's Muse, Angela Lansbury and the incredible Len Carior is a timeless classic. Read more
Published on 26 May 2011 by Mr. R. A. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I wish I could have seen the premier production of this show. Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury are absolutely stunning. A perfectly cast show full of wit, dark humour and horror. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2009 by R. Morrison
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