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South Pacific Cast Recording

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Editorial Reviews

This Rodgers & Hammerstein landmark won a Pulitzer to go with its 10 Tonys. It also unleashed several standards we couldn't imagine being without: Bali Ha'i; Some Enchanted Evening; I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair; Younger Than Springtime , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture - South Pacific Orchestra
  2. Dites-moi - Michael DeLeon
  3. A Cockeyed Optimist - Mary Martin
  4. Twin Soliloquies - Mary Martin
  5. Some Enchanted Evening - Ezio Pinza
  6. Bloody Mary - South Pacific Ensemble
  7. There Is Nothin' Like a Dame - South Pacific Ensemble
  8. Bali Ha'i - Juanita Hall
  9. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair - South Pacific Ensemble
  10. A Wonderful Guy - South Pacific Ensemble
  11. Younger Than Springtime - William Tabbert
  12. Happy Talk - Juanita Hall
  13. Honey Bun - Mary Martin
  14. You've Got to be Carefully Taught - William Tabbert
  15. This Was Nearly Mine - Ezio Pinza
  16. Finale: Dites-moi (Reprise) - Mary Martin
  17. Loneliness of Evening (Bonus Track) - Mary Martin
  18. My Girl Back Home (Bonus Track) - Mary Martin
  19. Bali Ha'l (Bonus Track) - Ezio Pinza
  20. South Pacific (Symphonic Scenario for Concert Orchestra) (Bonus Track) - The Philadelphia Orchestra Pops

Product Details

  • Performer: South Pacific
  • Conductor: Richard Rodgers
  • Composer: Richard Rodgers
  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Masterworks Broadway
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • ASIN: B001VRDRI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
When I saw that Sony Classics had reissued this CD in May of 2009, I was hoping that it was a new transfer/remastering to compact disc of this enduring and (potentially) magnificent sound recording from 1949. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case. This appears to be the 1998 transfer/remaster, but now packaged in an eco-friendly cardboard digi-pack instead of the old plastic case. Other than that, it's the same.

So, what's the problem with the 1998 remaster? The problem is that the first CD release of this, from 1988, sounds SO MUCH BETTER! The 88 release is one of the most natural, rich, and "analog" sounding compact discs in my collection, quite amazing for the early compact disc era, when compact discs were themselves not yet a mature technology. The 88 appears to be a relatively straight transfer of the master tape. In contrast, the 98 version has a decidedly brittle sound, which several people have remarked upon in their review of the 1998 release, apparently unaware of how good the 88 sounds The root of the problem appears to be that the 98 mastering seems to have used rather cold sounding electronics for the transfer from tape to digital, and perhaps some digital processing, which has made the sound tinny and "synthesized." What we really need now is a flat transfer of the 1949 tapes,using proper analog mastering equipment. Until then, the release you want is the first release on compact disc (1988; Columbia CK 32604; DIDP 70263; Barcode: 7464-32604-2). The 1988 CD has the same cover as the mid-1950s LP release, the close-up of the Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin instead of the anchor pattern.) The 1988 compact disc does not have the extra cuts of the 1998 transfer, but the sound is so much better, but it's well worth looking out for. I hope that some day Sony will consider releasing this again with a sensitive and respectful remaster. The performance, quite apart from the medium, is magnificent and deserves the best possible archival restoration.
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I have just listened to a copy of the first CD release of this score. I am told this first CD release was transferred from the 78 masters (must have been acetates because there is next to no surface noise). The mastering (uncredited as far as I can tell) is superb. On this older CD the recording sounds better than many tapes from the early to mid 1950's, and can be truly considered one of the first mass-market, high-fidelity recordings. This was also the first original-cast LP to be issued in both the then-standard "album" of 10-inch 78 rpm discs, and also in Columbia's new LP format. The Sony/Columbia transfer of the 1947 Finian's Rainbow is good (although there is surface noise that probably could have been eliminated), but not this good. South Pacific was, I believe, also the first to be recorded using both the standard method of direct-to-disc cutting and on magnetic tape (a medium that became known only after WW II).

I am told that up to the current remastering, all previous releases of this recording had used the 78 transfers, not the tape. Now I know why. The sound is not only better, it is SIGNIFICANTLY better on the earlier CD release. On the new release the frequency range is quite limited; on the earlier release you get the full range up to 20K hz. Further, the grainy, harsh sound on this newer release, and some tape drop outs, are either due to a significant deterioration of the tape over 50-60 years, or the fact that tape technology was still rapidly evolving, and this was Columbia's first serious foray into the medium, or both. Apparently the technology for the 78's was significantly improving as well, but that medium was doomed, due to the limitation of the length of a side, and the fact that one could edit tapes.
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Mary Martin and Enzio Pinza! I know some of you are probably too young to remember Mary Martin but beyond the fact that she's the real life mother of J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), she was also the first for many broadway shows. She was the original Nellie Forbush in this broadway production which is pure delight. The cd has been digitally remastered and has no pops or clicks. Just the lovely voices of Mary Mary, Enzio Pinza and cast. Did I mention Mary was also the original Peter Pan too? Thankfully, there is a tv film of that production on dvd. Sadly, Mary was always twenty years out before Hollywood decided to make film versions of shows she had starred in. With South Pacific she was too old so the role when to Mitzi Gaynor. She was too old for the Sound of Music when a film version was made so the role when to the very lovely, Julie Andrews. Can you imagine the film version with another actor? Enzio Pinza, the great Italian actor, was virtually unknown here when he took the role of Emile de Becque. Enzio had made a few films in Italy and a few american language films. One notable one with Anthony Quinn. Look up Enzio. He had a classically trained voice and was truly and amazing actor. One of my true sorrows in life is that I was born too late to see either of these two amazing actors on broadway in theis musical.

Did I mention that South Pacific swept the tony's the year it was on broadway?
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