Pacific 1860

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Pacific 1860 restores a pair of genuine rarities to the catalog of theater music, both featuring the work of Mary Martin. Pacific 1860 was a late-career stage musical by Noël Coward, from 1946, that ran for 128 performances in its original Drury Lane production, and featured Mary Martin in the lead role -- it's a pleasant but, by the changing standards of the theater at the time, rather old-fashioned work that more closely resembles the Savoy operas of Gilbert & Sullivan, and to the Viennese operetta-influence that dominated English theater in the pre-World War II era, than anything that was starting to seriously happen on-stage; it was in keeping with the British ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Pacific 1860 restores a pair of genuine rarities to the catalog of theater music, both featuring the work of Mary Martin. Pacific 1860 was a late-career stage musical by Noël Coward, from 1946, that ran for 128 performances in its original Drury Lane production, and featured Mary Martin in the lead role -- it's a pleasant but, by the changing standards of the theater at the time, rather old-fashioned work that more closely resembles the Savoy operas of Gilbert & Sullivan, and to the Viennese operetta-influence that dominated English theater in the pre-World War II era, than anything that was starting to seriously happen on-stage; it was in keeping with the British sensibilities of the time, however -- set on a 19th century South Pacific island that, in the words of annotator Bucky Willard, constituted Coward's version of Ruritania. And at that time, 128 performances was not considered a total failure, as it would be today. Mary Martin acquits herself well in the unlikely role of a 19th century diva, and she gets good support from Graham Payn as the lead. The fidelity isn't ideal, the detail being a little indistinct, but given the rarity of the original 78 rpm release of this material, it's difficult to complain too loudly. The CD is filled out with Martin's two unique-to-England contributions to the original British release of the cast recording of Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific, of which "Some Enchanted Evening" is the highlight; evidently, the producers used the U.S. versions of the rest of the material from the show for the U.K. release, so Rodgers & Hammerstein completists may have extra special reasons to be ecstatic over the rarities represented here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2000
  • Label: Encore
  • UPC: 764805289328
  • Catalog Number: 2893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 His Excellency Regrets - John Warwick (3:30)
  2. 2 If I Were a Man/Uncle Harry - Graham Payn (4:17)
  3. 3 Dear Madame Salvador/My Horse Has Cast a Shoe - Graham Payn (4:32)
  4. 4 Bright Was the Day - Graham Payn (4:49)
  5. 5 One, Two, Three/I Never Knew - Mary Martin (4:42)
  6. 6 I Saw No Shadow - Mary Martin (4:00)
  7. 7 Invitation to the Waltz - John Warwick (3:36)
  8. 8 I Wish I Wasn't Quite Such a Big Girl - Peggy Thompson (4:43)
  9. 9 Pretty Little Bridesmaids/Mother's Lament - Peggy Thompson (4:28)
  10. 10 This Is a Changing World - Sylvia Cecil (4:48)
  11. 11 Fumfumbolo - Graham Payn (4:30)
  12. 12 This Is a Night for Lovers/The Toast Music/Finale - Graham Payn (4:46)
  13. 13 Selection, Pt. 1 (4:39)
  14. 14 Twin Soliloquies - Wilbur Evans (2:48)
  15. 15 Finale/Some Enchanted Evening - Wilbur Evans (3:12)
  16. 16 Selection, Pt. 2 (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mantovani Conductor
Mary Martin Vocals
David Carey Vocals
Pat McGrath Vocals
Drury Lane Theatre Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ann Sullivan Vocals
Reginald Burston Conductor
Denise Martin Vocals
Peter Evans Vocals
Anne Martin Vocals
Wilbur Evans Track Performer
Daphne Anderson Vocals
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