Lolita My Love
Lyric by Alan Jay Lerner
LP: Blue Pear Records BP 1009
CD: Kritzerland KR-200385
LP Track List
CD 1 Track List
CD 2 Track List
Alan Jay Lerner is my favorite lyricist—a man who could write a song whose lyrics were witty and logical at the same time. And John Barry delivered some wonderful melodies ("The Same Old Song" and "How Far is it to the Next Town" rattle in my head and won't go away). But if the basis of the musical is Nobokov's notorious Lolita, about a pedophile's disasterous infatuation with a little girl, you have an enormous hole to try and climb out of. They couldn't. The show never made it to Broadway and the original cast recording was cancelled. Wikipedia has a very good entry on it, and not just because they linked to this page.
The LP I have (which is, or at least was, fairly easily obtained) was recorded from the theater's internal sound system, and the sound quality is God-awful. Think of a cassette recorder placed on stage and you have a decent idea of what to expect. Nevertheless—and I was predisposed to dislike the story—I liked the songs. I wish this thing had opened and played long enough to get a cast recording released. There's a mix—"Going, Going Gone is upbeat and fun (Shirley Bassey recorded a cover of it), "The Same Old Song" is unusual but I love the melody. "In the Broken Promise Land of 15" was whimsical and downbeat (and rated a cover by Bob Goulet), and the "How Far is It to the Next Town" was very long but fascinating as both a song and a way of advancing the play. That song made it as a cover on a tribute CD called Lerner, Lowe and Lane (and was butchered. What an awful CD).
In 2020, Kritzerland released a two CD set that has been remastered. I have not yet had an opportunity to hear it so I cannot compare it against the LP. I will do so as soon as I can (June 2022).
For many years the LP was available as a bootleg, recorded through the sound board of the theater and meant for internal reference, not for public release.
In 2020, Kritzerland released a two CD set that has been remastered. Film Score Monthly has the press-release.
Barry's own instrumental single "Lolita" appears on compilations. Shirley Bassey recorded the song "Going, Going, Gone" on her Never, Never, Never LP, and Robert Goulet recorded "In The Broken-Hearted Land of 15." A S.T.A.G.E. tribute to Alan Jay Lerner, Lerner, Lowe and Lane has performances of "How Far is It to the Next Town" and "In the Broken Promised Land of 15."
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