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4.1 Mail Orders: Hard-To-Find Theatre Recordings




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This article is from the Theatre FAQ, by aku@leland.Stanford.EDU (Andrew Chia-Tso Ku) with numerous contributions by others.

4.1 Mail Orders: Hard-To-Find Theatre Recordings

[AK, DK comments: aku@leland.stanford.edu]
I have no affiliation with the companies listed below. I have dealt
with most but not all of these businesses and have not had major
complaints. Additions to this list are welcome.

*Footlight Records
113 E. 12th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-1572
(212) 673-1496 FAX
Monday-Friday 11am-7pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday noon-5pm
Phone and mail orders accepted

Many people on the net have praised Footlight Records for their
helpfulness, speed, and fair pricing.


*Dress Circle
57/59 Monmouth Street
Upper St. Martin's Lane
London WC2H 9DG
Tel: 0171-240-2227
0171-836-8279
Fax: 0171-379-8540
10am-7pm Mon-Sat

note that when dialing from outside the UK
1) drop the first "0"
2) add at the beginning the international direct dialling access
code for your particular country (011 for the US)
3) *plus* the country code for the UK (44)
eg. from the US to Dress Circle: 011-44-171-240-2227

Dress Circle also carries souvenirs and memoriabilia. Due to their
London location, they are undoubtedly an excellent source for
Brit musical items not available domestically


*Original Cast Records
Box 496
Georgetown, CT 06829
(203) 544-8288

This operation is a small gem. OCR specializes in
hard-to-find recordings, some which have never made it to
CD release. Among their items (on vinyl and/or CD): William
Finn's IN TROUSERS (no, it doesn't contain "I'm Breaking Down";
this song has never been commercially recorded), LATE NIGHT
COMIC, SONGS FROM TEDDY AND ALICE, OH BROTHER!. They also
carry/release recordings by cabaret performers including Jeff
Harnar (1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK), Jana Robins (FACE TO FACE),
and Craig Carnelia (IS THERE LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?, PICTURES
IN THE HALL). The store has reasonable prices: widely available
recordings are priced competitively with, say, Tower Records
(before S&H costs are addedd in), with rarer items accordingly
more expensive, but competitive with other places like Footlight.


*DRG Records, Inc.
130 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

DRG is a small record company that releases 1) cabaret performers
(Andrea Marcovicci, Dixie Carter, Sally Mayes, Julie Wilson, Margaret
Whiting, Billy Stritch, Karen Akers, etc.) 2) cast albums (most
notably MARCH OF THE FALSETTOS, FALSETTOLAND, NUNSENSE, and the two
FORBIDDEN BROADWAYs) 3) the "An Evening with..." series including
Lerner, Harnick, Cahn, Hermann, etc. and 4) soundtracks (often to
foreign movies like CINEMA PARADISO and A ROOM WITH A VIEW).
Their prices are quite impressive: as of the summer of 1992, single
CDs were $11.99, and double CDs were $16.99. With a shipping charge
of $5-$7 for a typical order, it's a good deal. You can request
to be placed on their mailing list.


*Colony Records
1619 Broadway Corner 49th St.
New York, NY 10019
212-265-2050
212-265-1260
9:30am-2:30am

I suggest that you try Colony after you have exhausted all other
possibilities. They charge outrageously high prices; by virtue
of their central location (a block or two from Times Square) the
tourists let them get away with it. They often sell imports
(for example, CHILDREN OF EDEN) for up to $50 when the price
at Foolight is less than half that amount.


*Painted Smiles Records, Inc
74-09 37th Avenue, Suite 420
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 898-6964

This is the company run by Ben Bagley of the famous "Revisited" series.
Recordings from the Painted Smiles Label and sometimes other labels are
available by mail order. There is a (snail-mail) mailing list describing
some new releases. I've always received very good service. -DK


*SoundTrack Album Retailers (STAR)
Box 487
New Holland, PA 17557

This is a mail-order only outfit that specializes in cast albums, film
soundtracks, and related recordings. There is a monthly catalog that
includes most domestic issues and some imports. Prices are not really
bargain-rate but if you order something, you get a clearance catalog
with discounts on close-out titles.

[Personally, I've dealt with this company on-and-off for about 20 years
and have found their service to be excellent. If you don't order anything
for six months, you will be dropped from the mailing list. This has now
happened to me because I find it easier to buy new recordings in Boston.
But for someone who does not have easy access to retail outlets, I'd
suggest giving them a try.] -DK


 

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