Carmen Jones (Studio Cast Recording) (Highlights)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Oscar Hammerstein II's adaptation of Bizet's opera Carmen into the 1943 Broadway musical Carmen Jones produced an original cast album and a 1954 soundtrack album. This 1962 studio-cast recording starring American opera singer Grace Bumbry in the title role, recorded in London with British performers, was only the third version on record in nearly 20 years, and it appeared long before the show was actually given a U.K. stage production. Employing the New World Show Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Alwyn, it is a very musical version, emphasizing Bizet's music over Hammerstein's English lyrics. Bumbry, who had sung the original Carmen in opera houses, bows very little to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Oscar Hammerstein II's adaptation of Bizet's opera Carmen into the 1943 Broadway musical Carmen Jones produced an original cast album and a 1954 soundtrack album. This 1962 studio-cast recording starring American opera singer Grace Bumbry in the title role, recorded in London with British performers, was only the third version on record in nearly 20 years, and it appeared long before the show was actually given a U.K. stage production. Employing the New World Show Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Alwyn, it is a very musical version, emphasizing Bizet's music over Hammerstein's English lyrics. Bumbry, who had sung the original Carmen in opera houses, bows very little to the modernized version, giving no particular emphasis to the words, and she is joined in this operatic interpretation by co-stars George Webb as Joe, and Ena Babb as Cindy Lou. Elisabeth Welch, a veteran of stage and screen in Britain, gives Frankie a more earthy interpretation in "Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Drum," and Thomas Baptiste as Husky Miller sounds more like a musical-theater performer on "Stan' Up and Fight." Bumbry, Webb, and Babb cannot be faulted as opera singers, but it's hard to see the point of performing Carmen Jones as though it was Carmen; the whole idea of the adaptation was to humanize the story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471905724
  • Catalog Number: 19057
  • Sales rank: 137,312

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - New World Show Orchestra (2:03)
  2. 2 Dere's A Café On De Corner (2:02)
  3. 3 You Talk Jus' Like My Maw - Ena Babb (2:16)
  4. 4 Dat's Love (Habanera) (3:59)
  5. 5 Dis Flower - George Webb (3:31)
  6. 6 Beat Out Dat Rhythm On A Drum - Elisabeth Welch (4:59)
  7. 7 Stan' Up An' Fight - Thomas Baptiste (3:40)
  8. 8 Whizzin' Away Along The Track - Thomas Baptiste (4:28)
  9. 9 Card Song (4:41)
  10. 10 My Joe - Ena Babb (4:56)
  11. 11 Finale (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grace Bumbry Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Original Cast Recording Indexed Contributor
Elisabeth Welch Vocals, Track Performer, cast
New World Theatre Orchestra Track Performer
Ursula Connors Vocals, Track Performer
Mike Sammes Singers Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
George Webb Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Edward Darling Vocals, Track Performer
Kenneth Alwyn Conductor
Ena Babb Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Thomas Baptiste Vocals, Track Performer, cast
New World Show Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Georges Bizet Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist
Cole Porter Composer
Alan Silverman Mastering, Remastering
Peter Gammond Liner Notes
Miguel Covarrubias Artwork, Illustrations, Cover Art
Dan O'Leary Reissue Producer
Traditional Composer
Bobby Richards Arranger
Dan O'Leary Reissue Producer
Cyril Ornadel Producer
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