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Stingiest Man in Town (1956 Original TV Cast)
Fred Spielman & Janice Torre, Tutti Camarata, Vic Damone
Stingiest Man in Town (1956 Original TV Cast)
Genres: Special Interest, Pop
 
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Great Television Musical Based on Charles Dickens' "a Christmas Carol" with a Star Studded Cast Including Vic Damone, the Four Lads, Johnny Desmond, Basil Rathbone and More.

      
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All Artists: Fred Spielman & Janice Torre, Tutti Camarata, Vic Damone, Johnny Desmond, Patrice Munsel, Robert Weede, Betty Madigan, Martyn Green, Robert Wright, Basil Rathbone
Title: Stingiest Man in Town (1956 Original TV Cast)
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Label: Jasmine Music
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 9/25/2006
Album Type: Soundtrack, Original recording remastered
Genres: Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Holiday & Wedding, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 604988260724

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Great Television Musical Based on Charles Dickens' "a Christmas Carol" with a Star Studded Cast Including Vic Damone, the Four Lads, Johnny Desmond, Basil Rathbone and More.

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Finally on CD
Jim Jr | Buffalo, NY United States | 12/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have had the LP of this wonderful show since it was first aired back in the 50s. This is the BEST musical version of Christmas Carol. The cast for this show was wonderful. Partice Munsel is fantastic as Belle, Scrooge's almost wife. Her duets with Vic Damone "Golden Dreams" and "It Might Have Been" are truely memorable. There is one song that shouldbe a Christmas staple, "Birthday Party for the King". Another is "Yes, There is a Santa Claus".The idea of using the Four Lads as caroleers who bracket parts of the story was inspired. Their "Stingiest Man In Town" is just great. The whole cast is simply perfect.

There are many extra tracks on this CD that only add to making it terrific.The Four Lads calypso "Mary's Boy Child" is exciting and will make you want to start dancing.

If you have seen the cartoon version using the same songs, it just can not give an idea of how wonderful this original version is. This is a CD that can be played all year, not just during Christman."
This is a fantastic musical score, and a fantastic album!
Gregory Ehrbar | Orlando, FL | 10/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is big news, especially for fans of Disney Legend Tutti Camarata and the classic Rankin/Bass TV shows. And it has BONUS TRACKS! This is a Columbia cast album from 1956, based on the CBS ALCOA HOUR live-action musical TV special starring Basil Rathbone as Scrooge. Camarata conducted the magnificent score by Janice Torre and Fred Spielman ("Paper Roses").

THE STINGIEST MAN IN TOWN was remade as an animated ABC special by Rankin/Bass in 1978 starring Walter Matthau as Scrooge, with the same songs. There was no soundtrack album, though a promotional LP that tied in with the 1978 show was released by the "Alcoa Singers."

Some of the 1956 arrangements on the Columbia album always sounded very Rankin/Bass to me, with the sweeping violins (that sound like Rudolph taking off). It turns out, as Tutti himself recalled, that longtime R/B arranger/conductor Maury Laws may have worked with Camarata on the arrangements, by coincidence! Anyway, it's really worth a listen I had given up hope that it would ever make it to CD. What a great gift!"
Wonderful memories and songs. If only a video survived!
Peter R. Erskine | California | 12/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I grew up with this music during the holiday's. It is a wonderful combination of inspired actors and songs. Basil Rathbone is a terrific Scrooge (who knew he could sing!?) and The Four Lads as good as any Greek chorus. For many years I'd wander into used record stores just to see if there was a copy of this album only to have record players go the way of the dodo. I do have the album and a record player but they are both well beyond their prime. This is a treat to find available on CD. The animated video does not do the music or story justice. If only a copy of the original 1956 TV special could be found; that would be wonderful!"