Beautiful Girl: The Essential Barbara Cook On Disc

By Ben Rimalower
09 Nov 2013

The Grass Harp: Original Broadway Cast Recording

1971's The Grass Harp is a hot mess of a show, and the story of its failure is well documented in  Ken Mandelbaum's indispensable book "Not Since Carrie: 40 Years of Broadway Musical Flops." That said, the original cast recording offers many pleasures, including Karen Morow's indescribable 12-minute tour-de-force, "The Babylove Miracle Show," Carol Brice's several soulful songs and Barbara Cook's remarkably crystalline "Dropsy Cure Weather" and "Chain of Love." She shimmers. It's what Julie Andrews would have sounded like if she'd had talent. Stunning.