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Product details

  • Audio CD (24 Jun. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Stage Door
  • ASIN: B01EUBL6AM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Best Of Times
  2. Tender Love And Patience
  3. Independent Man / What Would You Do
  4. Look Alike
  5. And Lucie Is Her Name / Golden Haired Doll
  6. Suddenly
  7. The Time Is Now
  8. The Machine Of Doctor Guillotine
  9. Two Different People
  10. Only A Fool
  11. Will We Ever Meet Again
  12. Knitting Song
  13. Quartet - Two Different People / Will We Ever Meet Again / Only A Fool / Knitting Song
  14. Long Ago
  15. It's A Far, Far Better Thing
  16. The Wine That Flows In The Street (Bonus Track - Original Demo Recording)
  17. Tender Love And Patience (Bonus Track - Original Demo Recording)
  18. What Would You Do Without Me (Bonus Track - Original Demo Recording)
  19. Look Alike (Bonus Track - Original Demo Recording)
  20. Someone To Love (Bonus Track - Original Demo Recording)
  21. For Justice We March (Bonus Track - Original Demo Recording)
  22. Let Them Eat Cake (Bonus Track - Original Demo Recording)
  23. The Proposal Song (Bonus Track - Original Demo Recording)
  24. I Would Give My Life (Bonus Track - Original Demo Recording)
  25. The Machine Of Doctor Guillotine (Bonus Track - Original Demo Recording)

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Product Description

Stage Door debuts the 'Two Cities' Original London Cast album on CD, coupled with the previously unreleased original studio demos of the score featuring several songs that would be later cut from the production. Charles Dickens' classic novel 'A Tale Of Two Cities' was developed as a musical in the mid sixties by theatre producer Jerry Wayne who commissioned his son Jeff to compose the score for the project. With a book by Constance Cox, music by Jeff Wayne and lyrics by Jerry Wayne; 'Two Cities' opened at London's Palace Theatre on February 27th 1969. The musical starred Edward Woodward (as Sydney Carton), Kevin Colson (as Charles Darnay), Elizabeth Power (as Lucie), Leone Greene (as Monsieur Defarge), Nicolette Roeg (as Madame Defarge). +Although reviews were mixed, 'Two Cities' earned a nomination for 'Best Musical' at the 1969 Variety Club and Evening Standard Theatre Awards and the show's star Edward Woodward won the 1969 Variety Club and Evening Standard Award for 'Best Male Performance in a Musical'.

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Saw this show in the late 1960's twice, amazing as it had quite a short run. Owned the record for many years and now the CD which is good quality, with the music as good as I remembered. In many ways it was a forerunner of Les Miserables, and played at the same London theatre. (Palace). Came within the dates promised, prompt posting, and well packaged.
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A great treat to find this 'lost' musical from 1969. I remember seeing this show several times and always felt it deserved a longer run. The show opened to mixed reviews and poor houses with the result it closed after only forty four performances. Word of mouth improved the houses drastically towards the end of the run but by then the closure notice was up and it was too late.

There are some excellent Jeff Wayne musical numbers and 'Only A Fool' sung by Edward Woodward is outstanding. Better known as an actor, few people realised Mr Woodward had an excellent singing voice - he later made a few LPs - and his final 'It's a far, far better thing' was immensely moving and always brought thunderous applause.

For anyone with an interest in music theatre this is a purchase well worth making and Stage Door Records are to be congratulated in tracking down old and lost West End and Broadway musicals.
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It's great that these old musicals are being released on CD's. Keep them coming. This is a very good Musical. There have been other musicals based on this same Book "A Tale of Two Cities". All excellent shows.For All "Musical" Lovers buy this one.
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very good item I would recommend it
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 1960's Musical of “Tale of Two Cities is Resurrected 24 Jun. 2016
By Eric R Ziegel - Published on Amazon.com
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This musical opened in London in 1969 and had some success, receiving both nominations and awards. By now a musical about the French Revolution would immediately call up memories of “Les Miserables”. Things were different in 1969. Musically a lot of these songs would work just fine in an Anthony Newley musical. The more heroic songs, using the descriptor loosely, call to mind something from “Fiddler on the Roof”. Modern sound technology has certainly done wonders for representations of war.
So, this is a period piece, but the music is pleasant enough. Everything is much more cheerful about life than the cast of a PBS dramatization of the Dickens novel. The composer and lyricist, Jeff Wayne was unknown to me, but a little research discovered that he also wrote a very popular pop rock opera in the 1970’s on the “War of the Worlds” story. None of that is evident here. There also is not much use of a chorus, which seems odd again, until the heroic finale. Still, the 15 tracks are mostly enjoyable show tune nonetheless. The generous 75 minute CD is padded with more than 30 minutes of songs, 10 in all, that were cut from the show. These songs all deserved their place back in the composer’s trunk. For a better attempt to imitate “Les Miz” with this story, see Jill Santoriello’s musical, “A Tale of Two Cities”, which circulated as a regional production in the early 21st century but never made it to Broadway. The show has nice music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Cast Album 20 July 2016
By Jeffrey P. Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting cast album. I like London Cast recordings and this isn't my favorite, but I do like it. If your a big collector like me, it belongs in your collection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So-so cast album 7 July 2016
By Joel L. Savitz - Published on Amazon.com
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Not the best cast album I've heard. Also not the best recoding. Not sure where Stage Door gets its masters. Interesting to have that's about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tender Love And Patience' 7 July 2016
By Angel Of Music - Phantom Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've waited years for the 'Two Cities' London cast album to be issued on CD and was thrilled to discover that it was finally being made available. Jeff Wayne's score is superb (highlights include 'Only A Fool', 'Tender Love And Patience', 'Two Different People') and the cast (led magnificently by Edward Woodward and Kevin Colson) turn in a fantastic performance. What's more, Stage Door have coupled the London Cast album with 10 previously unreleased demos (featuring lyricist Jerry Wayne performing as Sydey Carton) which sound brilliant and are a fascinating insight into the show's development. A musical that well deserves redisovering - highly recommended.
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