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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest musicals ever, 3 May 2013
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I love the film version of this musical, and was intrigued to hear the original Broadway version made many years before. Although some of the sexual politics of the songs may have aged badly, the melodies and overall story and characters make this my second favourite musical of all time (after Les Miserables). This version is wonderfully recorded and sounds great and fresh, with wonderful performances and a different approach to the movie. It also comes with a fascinating and peculiarly written history of the musical in a thick booklet.

I still love the film version more, but then I have known that for a long time. For me, this is a superb companion, although I understand there re many (including the booklet writer) who far prefer this interpretation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Camelot, 4 Aug. 2014
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This was JFK's favourite musical but this association has worked against both JFK and the musical.

Though it's not as good as My Fair Lady (well, few musicals are), it's a lot of fun. Beating Monty Python to the punch, it lightly mocks Arthurian legend and types. Julie Andrews as Genevieve is a narcissistic flirt who yet remains loveable (after all, it's Julie Andrews). In 'The Simple Joys of Maidenhood', she wonders why men aren't fawning over her; trills longily for springtime hanky-panky in 'The Lusty Month of May' and has three knights willing to fight super-knight Lancelot in order to go to various social functions with her in 'Then You May Take Me To The Fair'. Who would have thought she'd be so naughty? We also get the immortal line, "Whence this fragrance wafting through the air?.

The song Camelot is best known for is 'If Ever I Would Leave You', a gorgeous ballad sung gorgeously by Robert Goulet as dashing Frenchman Lancelot. Much humour is made of his being French (as if the French weren't mocked enough in Gigi!) by other characters and in the song 'C'est Moi', Lancelot's ode to himself and his chivalry. Why Genevieve would go for such an obvious tosser is beyond us, although he does sing that lovely song. As with many heroines, she is dazzled by armour and amour.

Lastly we have Richard Burton playing against type as a man who's scared of women. He dreads his honeymoon in 'I Wonder What The King is Doing Tonight'- a recitative straight from My Fair Lady or Gigi. Actually, Burton has a surprisingly gentle singing voice, as shown in 'How To Handle A Woman'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the album, 18 April 2015
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Love the album, but have to admit I wasn't expecting the cardboard casing. Would rather it was in a proper case, but the price was good and the album is a classic for any Julie Andrews fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burton a rare treat, 5 May 2015
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Julie Andrews, always a beautiful voice but who would have suspected how good Richard Burton is in this musical?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 Jan. 2015
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Another super CD recording! Compliments the LP recording I still have in my collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Aug. 2014
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Great Musical Every Song A Gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Nov. 2014
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Excellent
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