Pal Joey [1950 Studio Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Pal Joey, Rodgers and Hart's Broadway musical of late 1940, based on John O'Hara's epistolary short stories about a Chicago low-life who manipulates women, was considered overly cynical in its first production and was only a modest financial success. It also came just before the advent of original cast albums, and therefore went unrecorded. But in 1950, after the song "Bewitched" aka "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" from the score had belatedly become a hit, Columbia Records' vice-president, Goddard Lieberson, was determined to preserve the score on records and brought in the original female lead, Vivienne Segal, along with Harold Lang replacing Gene Kelly as Joey....
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Pal Joey, Rodgers and Hart's Broadway musical of late 1940, based on John O'Hara's epistolary short stories about a Chicago low-life who manipulates women, was considered overly cynical in its first production and was only a modest financial success. It also came just before the advent of original cast albums, and therefore went unrecorded. But in 1950, after the song "Bewitched" aka "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" from the score had belatedly become a hit, Columbia Records' vice-president, Goddard Lieberson, was determined to preserve the score on records and brought in the original female lead, Vivienne Segal, along with Harold Lang replacing Gene Kelly as Joey. He also bravely chose to retain Lorenz Hart's distinctly adult lyrics to such songs as "Bewitched," a frank admission of mature physical longing the hit recordings had bowdlerized the words, and "Zip," the commentary supposedly given by Gypsy Rose Lee during a striptease. The resulting album, released in early 1951, had a tremendous impact, leading to a revival production of the show starring Segal and Lang that opened at the start of 1952. Since the principals were still contracted to Columbia, while Capitol had obtained rights to the cast album, and since the executives at Capitol were not as brave as Lieberson about the lyrics, the cast album was botched. But this Columbia album remained, and has continued historically to be the best and most accurate recording of the show. Segal is tremendously effective as an older woman rediscovering love; Lang is appropriately callow in such deceptively insincere songs as "I Could Write a Book"; and Jo Hurt does a good job with "Zip." The 2003 CD reissue adds as bonus tracks: Segal's interview with Mike Wallace about the musical, a performance of "Bewitched" with the clean lyrics! from a radio show, and Lang's performance of "I Could Write a Book" from a TV show.
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  • Release Date: 5/13/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998685628
  • Catalog Number: 86856

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Act I. Overture (3:38)
  2. 2 Act I. You Mustn't Kick It Around - Harold Lang (2:28)
  3. 3 Act I. I Could Write A Book - Beverly Fite (3:47)
  4. 4 Act I. That Terrific Rainbow - Barbara Ashley (3:19)
  5. 5 Act I. What Is A Man? - Vivienne Segal (3:03)
  6. 6 Act I. Happy Hunting Horn - Harold Lang (2:50)
  7. 7 Act I. Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered - Vivienne Segal (3:10)
  8. 8 Act I. Pal Joey (What Do I Care for a Dame?) - Harold Lang (3:10)
  9. 9 Act II. Zip - Jo Hurt (3:22)
  10. 10 Act II. Plant You Now, Dig You Later - Barbara Ashley (2:33)
  11. 11 Act II. In Our Little Den of Iniquity - Vivienne Segal (3:29)
  12. 12 Act II. Do It the Hard Way - Kenneth Remo (2:44)
  13. 13 Act II. Take Him - Vivienne Segal (3:27)
  14. 14 Act II. Finale (3:12)
  15. 15 Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered (with spoken introduction by Mike W - Mike Wallace (2:38)
  16. 16 I Could Write A Book - Lorenz Hart (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lehman Engel Conductor
Kenneth Remo Vocals
Barbara Ashley Vocals
Harold Lang Vocals
Jo Hurt Vocals
Beverly Fite Vocals
Vivienne Segal Vocals
Mike Wallace Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Pal Joey Cast Ensemble cast
Pal Joey Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
Didier C. Deutsch Producer, Reissue Producer
Lorenz Hart Composer
J.J. Johnson Composer
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Teddy Royal Orchestration
Darcy Proper Producer, Mastering
Harold Chapman Engineer, Engineering
Ken Fredette Art Direction
Richard Jay-Alexander Liner Notes
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
Linda Chang Packaging
Darcy M. Proper Reissue Producer
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