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Pal Joey Original recording remastered


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  • Performer: 1950 Studio Cast
  • Composer: O'Hara; Rodgers; Hart
  • Audio CD (June 6 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sme
  • ASIN: B0000996FF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,388 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. You Mustn't Kick It Around - Harold Lang
3. I Could Write a Book - Harold Lang & Beverly Fite
4. That Terrific Rainbow - Barbara Ashley
5. What Is a Man? - Vivienne Segal
6. Happy Hunting Horn - Harold Lang
7. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - Vivienne Segal
8. Pal Joey (What Do I Care for a Dame?) /Joey Looks into the Future - Harold Lang & orchestra
9. Zip - Jo Hurt
10. Plant You Now, Dig You Later - Kenneth Remo & Barbara Ashley
11. In Our Little Den - Vivienne Segal & Harold Lang
12. Do It the Hard Way - Kenneth Remo
13. Take Him - Vivienne Segal & Beverly Fite
14. Finale (Bewitched/I Could Write a Book) - Vivienne Segal & Harold Lang
15. Bewitched (bonus) - Vivienne Segal performs and talks to Mike Wallce on the radio show "Stage Struck
16. I Could Write a Book (bonus) - Harold Lang (from the TV show "Star of Stars")

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With its provocative tale of sex, greed and blackmail, Pal Joey shocked critics-and opened up new possibilities for future Broadway productions. This groundbreaking classic includes I Could Write a Book; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; Pal Joey (What Do I Care for a Dame?) , and more; this reissue adds two unissued bonus tracks!

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Format: Audio CD
Of all Goddard Lieberson's great recordings this one stands with "Kismet" as his best. One may quibble with a few of his choices -- they weren't always the best -- but his gut instinct was so right this album could not have been anything less than brilliant.* Though made in 1950 it is redolent of the pre-war Broadway sound, before the arrangers slicked it up. Listening to this exceptionally atmospheric album one can't help thinking "Pal Joey" could have been the first "noir" film musical, had someone been enlightened enough to do it that way, rather than having Ol' Blue do some throwaway singing and cheap interpolations. Happily Jule Styne was so enthralled by this album he revived the show in '52, a smash hit that cemented its reputation.
The casting here is perfect. It's hard to believe Gene Kelly originated the role of the cad Joey Evans, and even if he'd been available (I'd doubt it) he might not have been the best singing choice. Happily we have the accomplished stage dancer Harold Lang, a precusor in face of John Travolta who makes one pine for what Travolta would have been like if he could have sung. A veteran of several Rodgers-and-Hart shows, the beautiful Vivienne Segal, reprises her role of 1940 and I've no doubt she was a stronger presence in person than even on this recording. Lehman Engel conducts with unusual eloquence and brio (not unusual for him, I should say) and calls to mind a show that opened soon after the sessions: "Guys and Dolls," a "Pal Joey" with sunshine. (They also shared an excellent orchestrator, Ted Royal.) This new remastering concludes with two bonus tracks: Miss Segal singing a bowdlerized "Bewitched" for a Mike Wallace radio show, and Lang doing a thoroughly preposterous "I Could Write a Book" for a CBS color "spectacular.
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Of all Goddard Lieberson's great recordings this one stands with "Kismet" as his best. One may quibble with a few of his choices -- they weren't always the best -- but his gut instinct was so right this album could not have been anything less than brilliant.* Though made in 1950 it is redolent of the pre-war Broadway sound, before the arrangers slicked it up. Listening to this exceptionally atmospheric album one can't help thinking "Pal Joey" could have been the first "noir" film musical, had someone been enlightened enough to do it that way, rather than having Ol' Blue do some throwaway singing and cheap interpolations. Happily Jule Styne was so enthralled by this album he revived the show in '52, a smash hit that cemented its reputation.
The casting here is perfect. It's hard to believe Gene Kelly originated the role of the cad Joey Evans, and even if he'd been available (I'd doubt it) he might not have been the best singing choice. Happily we have the accomplished stage dancer Harold Lang, a star in the original production of "Kiss Me, Kate," who looked more than a little like John Travolta and makes one pine for what he would have been like if he could have sung. A veteran of several Rodgers-and-Hart shows, the beautiful Vivienne Segal, reprises her role of 1940 and I've no doubt she was a stronger presence in person than even on this recording. Lehman Engel conducts with unusual eloquence and brio (not unusual for him, I should say) and calls to mind a show that opened soon after the sessions: "Guys and Dolls," a kind of "Pal Joey" with sunshine. (They also shared an excellent orchestrator, Ted Royal.
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Format: Audio CD
Of all the great recordings Goddard Lieberson produced this one stands with "Kismet" as his best. Though made in 1950 it is redolent of the pre-war Broadway sound, before the arrangers slicked it up. Listening to this exceptionally atmospheric album one can't help thinking "Pal Joey" could have been the first "noir" film musical, had someone been enlightened enough to do it that way, rather than having Ol' Blue do some throwaway singing and cheap interpolations. The casting here is perfect. It's hard to believe Gene Kelly originated the role of the cad Joey Evans, and even if he'd been available (I'd doubt it) he might not have been the best singing choice. Happily we have the accomplished stage dancer Harold Lang, a star in the original production of "Kiss Me, Kate," who looked more than a little like John Travolta and makes one pine for what he would have been like if he could have sung. A veteran of several Rodgers-and-Hart shows, the beautiful Vivienne Segal, reprises her role of 1940 and I've no doubt she was a stronger presence in person than even on this recording. Lehman Engel conducts with unusual eloquence and brio (not unusual for him), and it is hard not to think of a show that opened soon after the sessions, "Guys and Dolls," which was "Pal Joey" with a sunny outlook. (They also shared an excellent orchestrator, Ted Royal.) This new remastering concludes with two bonus tracks, Miss Segal singing a bowdlerized "Bewitched" for a Mike Wallace radio show, and Lang doing a thoroughly preposterous "I Could Write a Book" for a CBS color "spectacular." It's nice to have them, but really, this album is so overwhelming you should push the stop button after the finale.Read more ›
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