LP0361. THE BODY IN THE SEINE (David M. Lippincott) (Original 1955 Cast, A Musical tour-de-force through Paris), w.Alice Pearce, Jim Symington, Barbara Ashley, Carol Hendricks, Dean Campbell, Don Liberto, George S. Irving, Laurel Shelby, Pat Wilkes, Terry Turner. Tracks from a musical that got no farther than this collection of songs! Alden-Shaw VB 001. [Extremely Rare Original Cast album created for a musical that was never written. Very limited edition!] [Excellent used copy has, Sd.2 only, 2 light scratches.]
“THE BODY IN THE SEINE is an original ‘album musical’ created by songwriter David M. Lippincott and given a limited release in 1954. Because of its rarity, many collectors of original cast albums consider it ‘the holy grail’ of recordings.
Although THE BODY IN THE SEINE (subtitled ‘A Musical Tour de Force Through Paris’) sounds like the cast album of a Broadway musical, it actually was complete in itself, with no accompanying stage show. Lippincott, was working as a jingle writer (Coke, Fig Newton, etc.) at McCann-Erickson, a New York advertising agency, when he released this collection of twelve songs, hoping to find an experienced writer who would create a book to accompany his tunes. A note on the back of the album read: ‘Help Wanted. Musical score requires immediate services of bright, clever ‘book’. Must be mature, sophisticated and willing to travel’.
What makes THE BODY IN THE SEINE interesting to collectors of Broadway cast albums is the theatrical performers assembled for the recording, including Alice Pearce, George S. Irving, Barbara Ashley and future U.S. Congressman, Jim Symington. The album's orchestrators, Joseph Glover and Ralph Norman Wilkinson, were both experienced music arrangers, and Buster Davis, who conducted the orchestra and chorus, had worked on such Broadway musicals as HIGH BUTTON SHOES, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, TOP BANANA and MAKE A WISH.”