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  3. My gallant crew...I am the Captain of the Pinafore - My gallant crew...I am the Captain of the PinaforeThe D'Oyly Carte Opera Company 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Never mind the why and wherefore - Never mind the why and whereforeThe D'Oyly Carte Opera Company 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
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10. 14. I am the very model of a modern Major-General - I am the very model of a modern Major-GeneralJohn Reed 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. 31. When a felon's not engaged in his employment - When a felon's not engaged in his employmentOwen Brannigan 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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13. 14. My name is John Wellington Wells - My name is John Wellington WellsJohn Reed 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. 30. Take a pair of sparkling eyes - Take a pair of sparkling eyesIsidore Godfrey 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
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16. 1. If you want to know who we are - 1. If you want to know who we areThe D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
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24. 27. A more humane Mikado never did in Japan exist - 27. A more humane Mikado never did in Japan existJohn Ayldon 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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27. 33. On a tree by a river a little tom tit - On A Tree By A River A Little Tom TitJohn Reed 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
28. 34. There is beauty in the bellow of the blast - There is beauty in the bellow of the blastLyndsie Holland 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
29. 36. For he's gone and married Yum-Yum - For he's gone and married Yum-YumValerie Masterson 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Arthur Sullivan, Isidore Godfrey, Royston Nash, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, et al.
  • Audio CD (June 9, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000007OU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Fark on December 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It seems that a collection of Gilbert & Sullivan music that has the name "The Ultimate Collection" in its title would boast a wide range of music, but I found the selection disappointing. Half of the tracks are songs from The Mikado, and the other half is divided between five... yes, FIVE other operettas. This means that the representation from each operetta is awfully scant. I would have liked to see less Mikado and more of everything else, and perhaps some highlights from the more obscure operettas (Princess Ida and The Sorcerer, namely).

In addition, while most of the music is very well performed, some of the vocalists either go a bit overboard or, at the very opposite end, seem to lack expression. For example, this Nanki-Poo (in The Mikado) seems to be overly occupied with vibrato. Katisha's voice is annoying, and The Mikado's low voice often seems to lack feeling and humor. The other idiosyncracies, like the very frightening evil laughing during "A More Humane Mikado" and hissing during "Three Little Maids" really bug me.

Then again, I'm new to Gilbert and Sullivan, and was introduced to the music through the Topsy Turvy soundtrack, which has a noticeably less operatic style, and hardly includes "stage noise"... so perhaps all this is the norm. Do listen to the tracks for yourself, though, before you purchase the CD. Personally, I find that the Topsy Turvy soundtrack, while considerably less ecompassing, is much lighthearted and easier listening.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Julianne Warner Mcgarry on February 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It's an ongoing challenge to find a recording of Gilbert and Sullivan that combines premium musicality and great theatrical performance. This recording is a true gem on both fronts. My only complaint is that for a "Best of" collection, this compilation is Mikado-heavy and scarcely touches on highlights from other masterpieces, particularly The Pirates of Penzance. This would be my favorite G&S CD of all time, of only it included tracks like "When the Foeman Bares his Steel," "Poor Wand'ring One," and "Dry the Glist'ning Tear," but then again, I guess there's no real consensus as to which are Gilbert and Sullivan's best works, and there are too many to fit on one CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ranger243 on April 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I love this CD. No, despite its name it is not the "ultimate" collection, as scarcely could be expected from a single CD. It is heavy on Mikado, as others have stated. It leaves out things I would have included and includes things I would have left out. But the performances are wonderful, traditional and all you expect from G&S. Considering the low price, it is well worth including in your G&S collection ... as PART of your collection. After the disappointment of the godawful Opera World video series (Don't buy it!) this CD is a joy and a relief.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Polly Punster on March 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great collection, but unfortunately it doesn't have songs from all the works of G&S. Most notably, there is nothing from the "Yeoman of the Guard". I still reccommed it however as John Reed is wonderful!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William on July 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For about a year i've been trying to convert my classical-music fan Daniel to my usual alternative-punk taste. But when, early this summer, completely by accident i overheard heard him listening to this CD with another freind, my life was forever changed (melodrama intended.) I borrowed the CD from him over a month ago and still havent given it back. I checked out Asimovs annotated Gilbert and Sullivan from the library and have read most of it already. So, as you can probably tell from this narrative. i quite like it.
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By mountain momma on December 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Ultimate G & S CD is everything I could have hoped for.
Living in NYC I was fortunate to grow up attending all the Doyle Carte performances as they came to New York.
The CD brought back all the memories of that fabulous company.
Liz H.
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By ksbel6 on March 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a terrific collection of Gilbert and Sullivan works. There were more songs on the cd than I wanted, so I end up skipping around while I listen. Still, it is one of my favorite musical cds to listen to.
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By Tom King, Jr. on March 4, 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have most - if not all - CD's and DVD's of G&S works, but this is the one I listen to the most. If you appreciate G&S, you will cherish this CD (and probably wear it out from over-use). As good as it gets.
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