Original 1960 London Cast

Oliver! [Original 1960 London Cast] [2002 Universal]

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AllMusic Review by Dave Nathan

Lionel Bart's stage musical Oliver! opened in London on June 30, 1960, and ran for 2,618 performances. The vanguard of those many wonderful British musicals that dominated the American stage during the 1960s and beyond, Oliver! opened on Broadway on January 6, 1963, and ran for 774 shows. Based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, the famous story about the dregs of London society, Bart's musical version is a softer, gentler version of Dickens' stark and often brutal story. Nonetheless, even this muted version has its cruel moments, such as during Oliver's escape from the work house and the clutches of Fagin. Released by Decca in 1960, this new release of the original London cast recording has been remastered with more effervescent sound. Leading the cast were Ron Moody as the demanding Fagin, the leader of gang of young thieves, Georgia Brown as Nancy, another gang member, Paul Whitsun-Jones as Mr. Bumble, whose job as beadle was to keep order, and, of course, young Keith Hamshere as Oliver Twist. Some of the more enduring songs from this musical include the opening number, "Food Glorious Food," the rousing "Consider Yourself," "I'd Do Anything," and the play's big hit, the touching, devotional "As Long as He Needs Me," sung by Brown's Nancy. Kudos to Decca Broadway, which continues its program of reissuing vehicles from the grand days of the London and Broadway musical stages.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Oliver!, musical
1 Charles Brown / Jonathan Collins / Christopher Cooke / Peter Eveleigh / Clive Green / Keith Hamshere / Brian Lewis / Mallard 03:57 Amazon
2 Charles Brown / Jonathan Collins / Christopher Cooke / Peter Eveleigh / Keith Hamshere / Hope Jackman / Paul Whitsun-Jones 01:45 Amazon
3 Hope Jackman / Paul Whitsun-Jones 02:50 Amazon
4 Paul Whitsun-Jones 01:53 Amazon
5 Sonia Frasier / Barry Humphries / Paul Whitsun-Jones 02:26 Amazon
6 Keith Hamshere 02:52 Amazon
7 Keith Hamshere / Martin Horsey 04:05
8 Charles Brown / Jonathan Collins / Christopher Cooke / Peter Eveleigh / Clive Green / Keith Hamshere / Ron Moody 02:54 Amazon
9 Charles Brown / Georgia Brown / Jonathan Collins / Christopher Cooke / Peter Eveleigh / Diane Gray / Clive Green 03:39 Amazon
10 Charles Brown / Georgia Brown / Jonathan Collins / Christopher Cooke / Diane Gray / Keith Hamshere / Martin Horsey / Ron Moody 03:23 Amazon
11 Charles Brown / Jonathan Collins / Christopher Cooke / Peter Eveleigh / Keith Hamshere / Martin Horsey / Ron Moody 02:41 Amazon
12 David Beaumont / Sally Bitton / Jonath Bromley / Georgia Brown / Anna Leroy / Jean Page / Janet Pate / Elisabeth Perry 03:17 Amazon
13 Danny Sewell 02:38
14 Georgia Brown 03:54 Amazon
15 David Beaumont / Sally Bitton / Jonath Bromley / Keith Hamshere / Anna Leroy / Jean Page / Janet Pate / Elisabeth Perry 04:32 Amazon
16 Ron Moody 04:18 Amazon
17 Hope Jackman / Paul Whitsun-Jones 00:40 Amazon
18 Georgia Brown 02:13 Amazon
19 Ron Moody 00:59 Amazon
20 02:51 Amazon
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