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Kismet (1955 MGM Film Soundtrack) [Soundtrack, Import]

Robert Wright , George Forrest , Andre Previn , Howard Keel , Ann Blyth , Dolores Gray , Vic Damone Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Delta Music
  • ASIN: B000U711OW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,940 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS RECORDING AT YOUR OWN RISK . . . . . October 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was tempted to title this review: DON'T BUY THIS RECORDING. It's almost unlistenable, a total rip off. If you want the MGM sound track (and it has a lot to offer) spend the extra bucks and get the Rhino release. This one is truncated and sounds as if it was recorded from a radio broadcast - AM, not FM. Take that back. It sounds as if it was recorded from a short wave broadcast. Shame on Delta, whoever they are, for this fiasco.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music And A Definite Collector's Item March 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This I think is a lesser known version of "Kismet." But why it is lesser known, I know not. The music and the singing are not bad; in fact, it's more than above average. I think this will add to a nice collection of musicals. I fell in love with this music around twelve years ago, having heard it from the radio. I requested the station to play it again, and that was how I got to record it in cassette. Years later, a kind man by the name of Mr. Art Hilgart from "Broadway Revisited" informed me that the CD is available. But alas, I was too late: I tried looking for this treasure all over Amazon, Footlite and other online retailers, only to be told that all copies had already been sold out. Fortunately, here again is Decca's re-release.
One of the strong points of this recording is that there are no miscasts, every character sounds as he or she should be. Listen to "Stranger in Paradise," and you will immediately feel that these are young people singing (Adele Leigh and Kenneth McKellar, and how they did it very very well! Bravo!!) Another strong point is that the singing has verve, and playful when it's called for. This is very essential because people need to imagine the songs, as they are not in the theatre watching the play. The third strong point is the splendid cast, they all sing magnificently. Listening to Regina Resnik's Lalume, you will imagine that if this were a real show, she'd be stealing it. Ian Wallace's Wazir is more than up to the lyrics of "Was I Wazir," sinister and comical at the same time. Now, some say that Bob Merrill's baritone (the character Hajj) comes out as syrupy and too correct. I don't think that's the case at all, and.... who cares?? Listen carefully and you will realize that the cast had fun recording this, and they all fit together nicely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BAD KISMET June 19, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The quality of the sound on this disc is execrable! It sounds as though someone went to the movie theatre and recorded it from the downstairs seats! Terrible sound; this really ruined it for me. The Rhino version is better but you do get every snippet of music in the film but at least the sound is top notch. They apparenty used the film soundtracks. It is hard to imagine how this one was recorded. I had the same problem with the original Gigi soundtrack. Had to buy a later version of that one. Although the singing in this film is wonderful, you do not get that from this disc. Overblown, lots of echo, etc. Bad pressing? I don't think that is the problem here.

Stay away from this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT SUCH A STRANGER IN PARADISE August 24, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Mantovanni strings pull Borodin off of Broadway and back to the brilliant operatic origins with a sparkling cast of opera stars approaching the romantic Arabian Nights tale with the elan and authenticity that only a true talent can attain. We've been visited by MANY versions of the show, beginning with the original Broadway cast (brilliant Alfred Drake et al), the MGM film, the 1960+ revival, a few studio recordings, even an African-American version (TIMBUKTU),etc. This recording features the cascading Montavanni strings plus brilliant voices for the main cast. It was recorded 10 or so years after the original production, but it stands quite proudly in the pantheon of Borodin and Broadway.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a first choice for "Kismet," but many good points October 27, 2007
By Alan
Format:Audio CD
This "Kismet" conducted by Mantovani probably shouldn't be your first or only "Kismet" because numerous small (and some not-so-small) changes are made to the score, but it has many excellent elements. Fans of the score who already have one or more recordings of it may find this an enjoyable addition to their collection.

This 1963 recording was part of London's Phase 4 series. Those recordings featured ostentatiously spectacular sound that sometimes bore little resemblance to what would be heard in a live performance.

Mantovani conducting theatre music may sound odd, but he had started as a pit conductor in London musicals and revues. His orchestra certainly plays beautifully and he achieves some gorgeous effects. Of course, he uses a far larger orchestra than you'd hear in the theatre, but that's mostly a positive in this score. If there are moments when you notice the orchestra more than you do on other recordings of "Kismet," most of the time it's pleasing rather than distracting. Exceptions occurs in "Stranger in Paradise" and "And This Is My Beloved," where additions to the score that show off the Mantovani strings (with engineering representing Phase 4 at its most unnatural) destroy the mood that the singers (and the orchestra up till that point) have created.

Of the five featured singers, three cover both a principal role and one of the smaller roles. Kenneth McKellar sings the Caliph and the opening "Sands of Time," while Regina Resnik sings Lalume and the "Zubbediya" solo, and Ian Wallace sings "He's in Love' in addition to the Wazir's music. This isn't a very theatrical choice (on what isn't a very theatrical recording), but getting to hear such superb voices in those numbers has its rewards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT
Published 23 days ago by henry b.wynn
4.0 out of 5 stars BAGHDAD NIGHTCLUB TUNES IN PHASE 4 STEREO
This was quite the big deal in 1963: a Decca Phase 4 superproduction with the weirdest (and most talented) international cast, plus Annunzio Paolo Mantovani atypically cast as pit... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cody Robert at Spokane
5.0 out of 5 stars If this isn't the original, then why...
...then why are Richard Keel, Anne Blythe, and Vic Damone listed as "performers" in the description of this what is called "Kismet 1955 MGM Film Sountrack. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Yes Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Borodin
This cast is without peer and the songs are wonderful with lyrics worthy of a W S Gilbert thumbs up. I've listened to this recording since I was a kid and it still is a thrill.
Published 5 months ago by Robert Randle
3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd best Kismet
Original Broadway cast album is still the clear winner. I bought this 1963 recording to savor Regina Resnik's take-no-prisoners performance. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Kismet OST
The Film Soundtrack of Kismet is excellent.It outshines both the orignal Broadway Cast Album and the Lincoln Center Revival Album. It is a must-buy!
Published 12 months ago by Stephen M. Feldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Kismet CD
I was very pleased with the time it took to receive this product, which was short. I was familiar with the songs from Kismet, and I had purchased this one because of Kenneth... Read more
Published on March 11, 2011 by Kathryn Ramey
5.0 out of 5 stars Kismet great musical
Kismet is a lesser-known musical with great music, Arabian swing, best voices, very entertaining.
"Not Since Nineva..?" swinging instrumental that more bands should play. Read more
Published on July 12, 2010 by John Norville
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed out on delivery
I purchased this item and today I receive notice that the item has shipped. Using the tracking number supplied, it was already delivered and left in a garage up in Bemidji, MN. Read more
Published on August 17, 2009 by Crafts lover.
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