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Can-Can: Original Broadway Cast [Prism]

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Now that the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe (as opposed to 95 years in the U.S.) has brought into the public domain numerous original cast albums from the 1940s and '50s, labels such as Britain's Prism Leisure are free to send someone out to buy a legitimate CD of the original Broadway cast album of Can-Can, Cole Porter's 1953 show, and simply copy it, just as anyone would burn a personal version on a computer. Of course, some money has been spent on the cover, a color shot of featured actress Gwen Verdon (who is better remembered than the album's real star, Lilo), but the cost of producing this disc can't have been too high, so it is appropriate that it is selling at a discount price in mail-order catalogs easily available to Americans. Those who have the 1989 CD reissue on Capitol Records (or any earlier version, for that matter) have the same music, with the exception of the bonus tracks, five songs drawn from the 1954 original London cast album featuring Irene Hilda and Edmund Hockridge (this time borrowed from EMI's Parlophone label). Those tracks will make this disc worth seeking out for show music fans.

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