The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0849. Thursday, 14 August 1997.
Date: Wednesday, 13 Aug 1997 10:56:11 -0400
Subject: 8.0839 Barrymore
Comment: Re: SHK 8.0839 Barrymore
> Mike Jensen wrote:
> To follow-up recent
>discussions about vintage audio Shakespeare, and especially to those of
>you in the neighborhood of Santa Cruz, CA, Logos Bookstore has vol 2 of
>the 33 1/3 version of Barrymore's readings for the giveaway price of
>$3.00. I saw it in their Shakespeare record section on 8/9. One copy.
It was about a week after seeing Plummer's "Barrymore" that I remembered
having a 2-volume set of his readings from Shakespeare. They are on the
Audio Rarities label (## LPA 2280 & 2281). Barrymore recites (best word
for it) speeches by Ham, Macb, RIII, Sir Toby & Malvolio. Surprisingly,
the RIII (for which he was best regarded) is the most overacted. There
is a great deal of unnecessary tremolo and vibrato in his voice. The
wooing scene-chopped up of course-is completely unbelievable. But it is
certainly worth having these in your collection, and if you can get them
at $3 per, there can be no grounds for complaint.