31 Songs – the overture

Number 17 isn`t really a song, although it does have a choral introduction provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

This version of the 1812 overture conducted by Eugene Ormandy was one of the most important pieces of music in my late teens to early 20s.

My first full time job was in a bank. I’d spend  most lunch breaks in my car with the seat reclined and my recording of this performance playing at high volume on the stereo. I’m sure that eventually I knew it so well that I didn’t really need to listen to it anymore, but could play it all in my head.

With a finale featuring real cannons and church bells – I`ve never heard a better version.




4 thoughts on “31 Songs – the overture

  1. I’ve finally found “my” version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
    (My album cover is different, but I think this is the music
    — not Donny Osmond or anybody else.)

    The Joseph Consortium – Jacob and Sons / Joseph’s Coat

    Joseph Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – 2/3 – Original London Cast – Audio only
    [Although this one says it’s the second of three, I didn’t find the
    matches of parts one and three. I’m not sure every song is included
    in what I’ve presented, and I’m pretty sure there’s a little repetion.]

    Now I’ve found my album cover.
    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    Joseph’s Coat (the coat of many colors)

    The Joseph Consortium – Poor, Poor Pharaoh / Joseph Before the King / Song of the King

  2. Not all the songs (the full opera) are presented above. Found the rest:

    Joseph Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
    – 1/3 – Original London Cast – Audio only Fife Bielby
    {These are NOT “the” original original, “mine.”}

    Joseph Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
    – 2/3 – Original London Cast – Audio only Fife Bielby
    {This one has the bar every window song on it.}

    Joseph Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
    – 3/3 – Original London Cast – Audio only Fife Bielby

    I very much appreciate the person [Fife Bielby I take it] who put these three sections on youtube! Thank you.

    The “London Cast” is different from what I listened to very early in my life, for years… but I’ll go with age 8 for reference.

    The other links above — without the jean jacket on the cover — are what was first recorded, at an English school I’m pretty sure.

    I like this version too (while the audio is not always clear or discernable); it’s still early in the history, before the sensation came to America.

  3. This version seems good, too. I think the original London stage
    production added a couple songs or so but didn’t record.

    The first complete version – Andrew Webber, Tim Rice 1974

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