C.C. Productions

The Shows Collection

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The Shows Collection is a box set of ten CDs, each also released individually, that contain re-recordings of music from various stage musicals and movie musicals that were later produced on-stage, credited either to CC (or C.C.) Productions or the Stage Door Orchestra: Saturday Night Fever, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Hair, West Side Story, South Pacific, The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Grease, and Fame. In the cases of Saturday Night Fever, Grease, and Fame, the included recordings (complete for Grease and Fame, selected highlights for Saturday Night Fever) are deliberate copies of the recordings heard on the soundtrack albums for these films, intended to sound as much like the original recordings as possible. The others find some uncredited cast performing most of the songs from the shows (all are billed as "highlights" discs). The exception, of course, is The Wizard of Oz, which was a film with a handful of songs, and in this case the brief disc is padded out with tracks unrelated to the score. The casts heard on Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, South Pacific, and My Fair Lady sound like professional companies that took a day off to go into a recording studio; they turn in competent -- and in some cases quite good -- singing performances and characterizations. Many of the discs contain two-page liner notes penned by Chris White, which tend to be littered with factual and grammatical errors. Upon release, the box was selling for about $50 in mail-order catalogs, which is only $5 a disc, but in this case you get what you pay for. The danger, of course, is that someone might order the collection under the mistaken impression that the albums are the original cast or soundtrack discs when they are not.

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