Good Old Bad Old Days' was
Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse's third
musical written for the stage and originally intended as a Broadway comeback for
Newley after several years of performing his one man show in Las Vegas. Written
between 1971-1972, the musical conceived as 'a simple little saga about Man,
Life, Death, God, and the Devil, with the History of the World thrown in...'
finally found a home at London's Prince Of Wales Theatre, opening on December
20th, 1972 and running for a total of 309 performances.
Although the show received mixed reviews, the score is considered to be one of
the most accomplished musical works Newley and Bricusse created during their
illustrious writing partnership. Songs from the show were subsequently recorded
by Sammy Davis Jnr, Tony Bennett, Frankie Vaughan and Petula Clark.
This fascinating collection compiles all of Anthony Newley's solo recordings
made during the development of 'The Good Old Bad Old Days' (originally
titled 'It's A Funny Old World That We Live In - But The World's Not Entirely To
Blame') and includes several songs that were later cut from
the final West End production. Produced in collaboration with the Anthony Newley
Society, the recordings featured on this album are previously unreleased and have been restored from Newley's own private archive.
DATE: JANUARY 26th, 2015
CATALOGUE #: STAGE 9038
20 UNRELEASED TRACKS
COLOUR 8 PAGE BOOKLET
DETAILED SLEEVE NOTES
ANTHONY NEWLEY SINGS 'THE
GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS'
Music & Lyrics: Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse
1. THE GOOD OLD BAD OLD DAYS [LISTEN]
2. THE FOOL WHO DARED TO DREAM [LISTEN]
3. THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD
4. A COTTON PICKIN' MOON
5. WE'VE GOT A CURE FOR EVERYTHING ON BROADWAY [LISTEN]
6. AND WOMEN MUST WAIT
10. THANKSGIVING DAY
11. I DO NOT LOVE YOU
12. THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE
13. THE PEOPLE TREE [LISTEN]
14. IT'S A MUSICAL WORLD [LISTEN]
15. THE WISDOM OF THE WORLD (ALTERNATE VERSION) [LISTEN]
16. HELL OF A NIGHT *
17. IT'S A FUNNY OLD WORLD *
18. MUSN'T GRUMBLE CAN'T COMPLAIN +
19. WHAT'S THE MATTER GOD? (LIVE) with Paul Bacon
20. MISTER SNIFFLES (Music & Lyrics: Anthony Newley) = [LISTEN]
+Included in the Nottingham Production only
* Cut from the production
= 'B' side to the Anthony Newley pop single 'The Good Old Bad Old Days'