Original Broadway Cast

Damn Yankees [Original Broadway Cast] [Prism]

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Every year on New Year's Day, another crop of recordings enters the public domain in Europe, where copyright extends for only 50 years, and labels like the U.K.'s Prism Leisure lose no time in getting out their own unlicensed versions of successful albums. January 1, 2006, freed up the recordings of 1955, among them the original Broadway cast album of Damn Yankees, the Faustian tale of a man who sells his soul to the devil to become a baseball hero (and defeat the New York Yankees), featuring Gwen Verdon as the temptress Lola who sings "Whatever Lola Wants." Prism Leisure's version of the album repeats the material from the RCA Victor Records release (still claimed for copyright in the U.S.) in reasonable sound quality. In the past, the reissue label has added to the value of its gray market releases by including useful bonus tracks, but this time only one is featured, Eddie Fisher's Top Ten cover of "Heart." That seems stingy, especially considering that Fisher also covered "Near to You" on the B-side of the "Heart" 45 .

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