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A good musical - worth a listen
on 5 August 2005
It's nice to see this CD finally re-mastered and reissued. The original CD has long been deleted and copies have been changing hands for surprisingly high prices (up to £200!) on e-bay. This new issue contains all the songs contained on the original LP (my copy being mono and very crackly) and from the EP (ditto), which had three more tracks for which the LP had no space.
Blitz! was Lionel Bart's follow-up to Oliver! It ran in London for 568 performances and has since largely been forgotten except for occasional amateur productions. This is a shame because it is a tuneful musical and very evocative of the blitz era and the people living through it.
This re-master brings out the clarity of the 1962 recording which is lost in my scratchy vinyl and background noise is very slight. The stereo imaging and reverberation are very typical of the 1960's but the score is excellent. Performances are uniformly good too, especially from Amelia Bayntun as the central character, Mrs Blitztein. Best known songs include the children's play song 'Mums and Dads', and 'Far Away', which was later recorded by Shirley Bassey. I really enjoy 'The Day After Tomorrow', which recorded especially for the show by Vera Lynn. The words and music for this song give it such an authentic, wartime sing-along feel.