By Ben Rimalower
15 Feb 2014
You could certainly make an argument that the original cast album of Company is the definitive Elaine Stritch recording. Never mind that she only sings solo on two tracks; her scintillating presence is felt on the entire disc. From the opening number, where she is unmistakable, barking "Robbie, love," to her warmly ribbing, "I don't think you'll ever be a kid again, kiddo" in the final moments, Company belongs to Elaine Stritch. And the solos she does get are worth showing up for. "The Little Things You Do Together" is a quintessential Sondheim song, which only Stritch could fill with just the right combination of sweet and tart, and "The Ladies Who Lunch," of course, is legend. Nobody knows those ladies like Elaine knows them. Nobody hates those ladies like Elaine hates them. Elaine is those ladies. Elaine is fabulous.Continued...