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South Pacific (Music Theater of Lincoln Center) Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (29 Aug. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Bmg
  • ASIN: B000GPIPU6
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Dites-Moi
3. A Cockeyed Optimist
4. Twin Soliloquies
5. Some Enchanted Evening
6. Bloody Mary
7. There Is Nothin' Like A Dame
8. Bali Ha'i
9. I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair
10. A Wonderful Guy
11. Younger Than Springtime
12. Bali Ha'i (Reprise)
13. Happy Talk
14. Honey Bun
15. You've Got To Be Taught
16. This Nearly Was Mine
17. Finale

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By S. Cowley on 20 Jan. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent stage revival of this classic musical.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
LINCOLN CENTER'S "SOUTH PACIFIC" FINALLY MAKES IT TO CD! 31 Aug. 2006
By J. T Waldmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Even though SOUTH PACIFIC initially ran on Broadway for 1925 performances, won thirteen Tony Awards AND the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1950, and became a very successful motion picture (1958), it is the only major Rodgers and Hammerstein show that has never seen a Broadway revival. Go figure. In spite of the fact that I saw the movie version four times, I must confess that the score ranks number four with me, behind CAROUSEL, THE KING AND I, and OKLAHOMA! (I'm probably the only person in the world who doesn't like THE SOUND OF MUSIC!) That doesn't mean that I'm not a SOUTH PACIFIC fan. The final scene always hooks me. And I treasure the 1949 original cast album.

A few weeks ago I was reading John Kendrick's reviews (Musicals101.com) and came across the following: "The 1967 Lincoln Center Cast (Columbia) has not made it to CD, but for many years it was an excellent (and more complete) alternative to the Original Bway Cast. Giorgio Tozzi is a superb Emile, and Florence Henderson perfect as Nellie. Irene Byatt's Bloody Mary and Justin McDonough's Lt. Cable are thoroughly satisfying, as are the ensemble numbers. This production was overseen by Rodgers, so it is small wonder everything turned out so well. A real pleasure if you can find it." When I read that it was to be released (on August 29), I immediately pre-ordered my copy.

This recording is everything Mr. Kendrick says it is. It also benefits from stereo recording, even though it's not as lush and layered as the Lincoln Center recording of THE KING AND I. If Florence Henderson sounds a bit like Mary Martin, well . . . . (I caught Ms. Henderson's outstanding "Maria" in the National Tour of SOUND OF MUSIC. I didn't miss Mary Martin at all.) Georgio Tozzi is every bit as fine as Ezio Pinza, and he had already dubbed Rossano Brazzi's songs for the movie. Justin McDonough is fine, and Irene Byatt could be a vocal twin of Juanita Hall. The big bonus is Eleanor Calbes (Liat) singing a lovely French version of "Bali Ha'i."

My only reservation is that this recording lacks the sparkle of the `49 original cast. At times, the chorus and orchestra are just a little too smooth. But it's a very small complaint, and didn't keep me from thoroughly enjoying this recording. And, yes, I got a little chocked up during the final scene.

Just because I don't want Florence Henderson to remembered primarily for "The Brady Bunch," let me suggest the Sony studio recording of OKLAHOMA! (She was seventeen when she made her Broadway debut in WISH YOU WERE HERE; she was eighteen when she recorded her "Laurey.") If this recording of SOUTH PACIFIC is successful, perhaps Sony/BMG will reissue THE GIRL WHO CAME TO SUPPER (1963) and Harold Rome's marvelous FANNY (1954). In that show Ms. Henderson stars with -- would you believe? -- Ezio Pinza.

Highly Recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
you'll spend many an "enchanted evening" with this CD 4 Sept. 2006
By Byron Kolln - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The 1967 Music Theatre of Lincoln Center revival of SOUTH PACIFIC was a very successful production, completely overseen by Richard Rodgers himself, and with a handpicked cast. The main stars of the revival were Florence Henderson (fresh from her performance in "The Girl Who Came to Supper") as Ensign Nellie Forbush, and Giorgio Tozzi (who had previously dubbed for Rossano Brazzi in the film version) as Emile.

The entire album is flawless in terms of performances, Henderson particularly shines as Nellie with "A Wonderful Guy", "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair" and "A Cockeyed Optimist". Tozzi's performance on this album does not vary greatly from his work on the film soundtrack, his silky and stridant voice is still perfectly suited to "Some Enchanted Evening".

Richard Rodgers had been grooming Florence Henderson for stardom; she had headlined a touring company of "Oklahoma!" (and appeared opposite Gordon MacRae in excerpts from the show for the General Foods TV tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein); and had recorded the role of Laurey for a Columbia studio cast album in 1964. In 1961 she starred in the national tour of "The Sound of Music", and in 1965 played Mrs Anna in the Los Angeles Music Center's revival of "The King and I". Henderson's natural progression to the role of Nellie - in the closest SOUTH PACIFIC has ever come to a Broadway revival - was a big feather in her cap, and she is the main reason why this album is so enjoyable.

The stereo placements on the album are great, and there is a fantastic energy to the overall recording. A very welcome CD premiere from Sony/BMG.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Something Different 4 Jan. 2007
By Geoffrey D. Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For many people they only think of Mary Martin or Mitzi Gaynor in "South Pacific" so this should be a new and enjoyable experience. I love getting different performers takes on roles that is why I purchase so many different recordings of the same title. This recording sounds remarkable with all the new technology they use to preserve these recordings. It was really great to listen to this because I have heard so much about this limited production so many years ago. I think Florence Henderson is a natural for Nellie Forbush, I think she is a very underrated stage performer and singer.So many people tend to just think of Ms.Henderson as that famous Mrs.Brady role. One shall be quite surprised. Another surprise on this was Giorgio Tozzi his operetic voice brings such depth and masculinity to his role as Emile, it is a perfect match for Ms.Henderson's in their duets. The rest of this cast sounds fine and it is one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's best scores. I think the best things about this recording is that this availability gives people more avenues to enjoy and explore this classic work.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Short and Not So Sweet 20 Sept. 2006
By Priam Farll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My first big surprise was the Overture. It's the trucated overture used on the 1949 original cast recording, not the one used in the theatre and most subsequent recordings of "South Pacific." If you want a short stereo version of "South Pacific," this is the album for you. No dance break in "Bloody Mary," no chorus interlude in "Honey Bun," no reprises.

Florence Henderson uses two voices -- show and operetta -- and switches mid-song in a number of instances. It's jarring and doesn't work well in establishing the character of Nellie.

Bottom line: With so many other "South Pacifics" from which to choose, this "new" CD falls close to the bottom of the list. The Mary Martin/Ezio Pinza version, short but definitively sung, is the best. It's mono, sounds like it was recorded over 55 years ago, but is still magnificent and the recent remastering only adds to its majesty. The 2-CD JAY recording is the most complete and gloriously performed. The recent Carnegie Hall version has Brian Stokes Mitchell's epic "This Nearly Was Mime." The bottom of the list is reserved for the TV version with Glenn Close.
Best recording of the show I've heard so far! 27 Dec. 2012
By Pope - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let me start out by saying that I have not heard this on CD or MP3 form; I picked this up on LP last week, so I am strictly speaking from the standpoint of the recording itself.

Most reviewers seem to rate this favorably to the original cast album of 1949, and I will echo their praise. From the beginning of the overture, I knew I was in for a treat. I believe (but could be wrong) that this is the show's first stereo recording based off a stage performance. This higher fidelity stereo recording of 1967 fully brings the score out of the relative murkiness of the original recording of 1949 (which itself is fabulous, btw).

This revival, which was overseen by Richard Rodgers, was exceptionally well cast, with Florence Henderson and Georgio Tozzi in the leads. Henderson had previously been on stage in other R&H revivals and tours, and had appeard on records in Columbia's 1964 album of Oklahoma with John Raitt. Tozzi had previously, of course, dubbed Rossano Brazzi's singing voice in the film version of South Pacific in 1958. No gripes about the casting--excellent throughout.

So in whichever form you pick up this recording--LP, CD, or mp3--definitely go for it!
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