Talk:Cast recording

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What exactly does this mean?[edit]

"In recent years, some cast recordings have been recorded live, but maintaining perfect quality. This is due to theaters that contain recording studios within."

This sounds interesting, so I'm leaving it in, but what, exactly, does it mean? To mean, "recorded live" means in front of a paying audience. Is the audience told to be perfectly quiet, or does the miking technique make audience noise inaudible? Or is it recorded in the theatre (hence on a full-sized stage with the full cast in the same blocking as in a performance) but with no audience? Or what? Dpbsmith (talk) 16:45, 28 November 2007 (UTC)

I believe the writer is referring to the rise of in-audience recordings in fortunate spaces where a recording studio is in house at the theater. Such an example is the recording of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White. Refer to the liner notes of the cast recording for documentation GiosueCarr (talk) 23:01, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

A few cast albums have been done in the theatre, complete with audience responses. Usually concert versions of shows such as the 1985 Lincoln Center concert version of FOLLIES, or the 2001 one-night concert of DREAMGIRLS. In these 2 cases the recordings are considered important because the original cast recordings were incomplete. More recently the cast album of the show PASSING STRANGE was done live in the theatre to capture the audience response. With the London cast albums mentioned above attempts are made to eliminate any audience noise on the recordings, which (I feel) negates the process. Live recordings can capture the excitement of an actual performance, but really good studio-recorded cast albums can do a better job translating material for the ear alone. Sometimes album producers will record numbers at a faster tempo to simulate a busy staging. "The Telephone Song" on the OCR of CABARET was done at nearly twice the speed as performed onm stage for this reason. Also, in the studio the producers with the authors in consultation can adjust or even rewrite the brief dialogue portions so that it makes sense to the listener. Each process has its advantages and disadvantages, but the recordings made in theatre are more common in London than New York. —Preceding unsigned comment added by FrontRowCentre (talkcontribs) 22:51, 26 April 2009 (UTC)

Re: POV of "Alternate Versions" Sections[edit]

"With rare exceptions, one should always look to the original Broadway cast recording over later revival and studio cast recordings. Though the alternates may offer a more complete reading and often better sound, only the premiere casts who had weeks of rehearsals and try-outs to shape the performances under the watchful eyes of the authors can provide the authentic document."

This assertation has no citation and no argument to back it up. Highly POV GiosueCarr (talk) 22:59, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

You're right. AJD (talk) 23:38, 18 February 2008 (UTC)


This is an encyclopedia - and we (very correctly) have a separate article for soundtrack recordings - which are sound recordings made (in theory at least) from the soundtrack of a film (or movie). Sometimes the two genres "go together" - for instance the Original Broadway Cast of the stage version of Kismet and the Original Soundtrack of the movie version of the same show have an obvious and important affinity. None the less a cast album is very specifically NOT a soundtrack!! If it was then this article wouldn't exist. And the vast majority of soundtrack albums consist of music from (and/or inspired by) films that are in no sense of the word "musicals". The two genres need to be kept distinct, even if they are (sensibly enough) brought together by (for instance) record company catalogues or CD shop owners. The fact that people sometimes confuse the two is surely all the more reason for an encyclopedia to make the different clear? --Soundofmusicals (talk) 21:46, 27 September 2013 (UTC)