Weekly Vinyl – Oliver

22 Jul

Oliver! Original Soundtrack recording
Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, Shani Wallis, etc.
(1968)
Oliver
Most everybody knows this musical. It was a big hit in the late 1960s, is still shown on TV and children are forced to see this.
As I listen to the music I can see snippets of the movie playing in my head. I haven’t seen the movie in many years, since I tried to subject my son to watch it. He didn’t like it.
The music is very typical musical. Sappy and overblown.
The best example of this is the song Who Will Buy? It starts of marvellously. A fugue like sequence of sellers singing “who will buy my sweet red roses roses, two blooms for a penny,” countered with “any milk today mistress,” and “Ripe, strawberries ripe.” There is tension, there is passion. There is a wonderfully emotional musical moment going on.
Then abruptly the song devolves into a standard happy marching-like dance number that musically more or less craps on the exquisite beginning.
What a shame.
Nuff said.

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