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Columbia's original cast album-with Rodgers & Hammerstein masterpieces like Some Enchanted Evening; This Was Nearly Mine , and Younger Than Springtime -sold over a million copies. This reissue adds four bonus tracks (CD only), including two that were dropped from the original score!
Based on James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pulitzer prize-winning South Pacific is one of the most beloved musicals ever to hit the stage. The appeal is simple: a collection of stunning compositions--immense symphonic sound orchestrated by Rodgers collaborator Robert Russell Bennett--and characters with a simple though cohesive through-line. On this original Broadway cast recording, the lovely, girlish Mary Martin (Peter Pan, Annie Get Your Gun) is the heartily feminine American nurse Nellie Bly to the dashing former Metropolitan Opera bass Ezio Pinza as French plantation owner Emile de Becque. This release takes from the original high-quality tapes cut in 1949 (rather than the acetates, which were recorded simultaneously for the vinyl release of the day). There are alternate takes of a few songs and the restored original version of the hard-hitting racial commentary number "Carefully Taught." Pinza's "Some Enchanted Evening" is tender and lovely without being cloying. Martin's confidence and warm vocal expressiveness on numbers such as "Twin Soliloquies" and the bonus track, "Loneliness of the Evening," are stellar, and the choral numbers are both solid and spunky. --Paige La Grone
this has to be one of the all time greatest shows!!
Dee Stimac if you're still out there, every time I listen to it reminds me of you at the Muni!!
Bali Ha'i, Some Enchanted Evening, Younger Than Springtime, There Is Nothing Like A Dame, etc etc (to steal from another R&H show) -- practically every song on this recording is a... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Paul Smith
This was one of my favorite records as a child, probably because my mother was a huge fan of Ezio Pinza. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Polly B.
I was hoping that this was a new transfer/remastering to compact disc of this enduring and (potentially) magnificent sound recording from 1949. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Great Faulkner's Ghost
It might have been recorded in 1949, but it sounds great in original mono, from original TAPES for the first time; all earlier releases were from lacquer discs recorded... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Boston Brahmin