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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's fourth musical, South Pacific, was based on several stories in James A. Michener's book Tales of the South Pacific, specifically two that dealt with wartime romances complicated by racial issues. Lyricist and co-librettist Hammerstein explored the relationship between an older French planter with two young half-Polynesian children and a young American nurse, and between an American lieutenant and a native girl. The cultural contrasts were supported by musical ones: The score veered between lush, operatic ballads "Some Enchanted Evening," "This Nearly Was Mine" and earthy comedic numbers "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame," "I'm ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's fourth musical, South Pacific, was based on several stories in James A. Michener's book Tales of the South Pacific, specifically two that dealt with wartime romances complicated by racial issues. Lyricist and co-librettist Hammerstein explored the relationship between an older French planter with two young half-Polynesian children and a young American nurse, and between an American lieutenant and a native girl. The cultural contrasts were supported by musical ones: The score veered between lush, operatic ballads "Some Enchanted Evening," "This Nearly Was Mine" and earthy comedic numbers "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair". The story also allowed Rodgers & Hammerstein to portray the rough-edged, lusty character of U.S. servicemen and to present music with an exotic flavor "Bali Ha'i". The result was a massive hit. Opening on Broadway April 7, 1949, South Pacific ran 1,925 performances, longer than any musical before it except Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! The score was even more popular, if possible. At a time when many different record companies might put out their own covers of a popular song, "Some Enchanted Evening" was a Top Ten hit for no less than six artists, with Perry Como's version hitting number one. Margaret Whiting beat out three chart competitors for the top version of "A Wonderful Guy." But it was the original Broadway cast album that was the real blockbuster. Released at a time when record formats were changing, it came out on 78s, EPs, and an early 12" LP, and became the longest running number one hit in history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646072240
  • Catalog Number: 60722

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (3:37)
  2. 2 Dites-Moi - Barbara Luna (1:26)
  3. 3 A Cockeyed Optimist - Mary Martin (1:45)
  4. 4 Twin Soliloquies - Emil Pinza (2:29)
  5. 5 Some Enchanted Evening - Emil Pinza (3:03)
  6. 6 Bloody Mary - Marines (2:18)
  7. 7 There Is Nothin' Like a Dame - Marines (3:39)
  8. 8 Bali Ha'i (3:29)
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair - Nurses (3:30)
  10. 10 A Wonderful Guy - Nurses (3:34)
  11. 11 Younger Than Springtime (3:28)
  12. 12 Happy Talk (3:35)
  13. 13 Honey Bun - Mary Martin (2:04)
  14. 14 You've Got to Be Carefully Taught (1:19)
  15. 15 This Nearly Was Mine - Emil Pinza (3:30)
  16. 16 Finale: Dites-Moi (Reprise) - Emil Pinza (3:06)
  17. 17 Loneliness of Evening - Mary Martin (3:23)
  18. 18 My Girl Back Home - Mary Martin (3:01)
  19. 19 Bali Ha'i - Emil Pinza (3:19)
  20. 20 South Pacific: Symphonic Scenario for Concert Orchestra - Philadelphia Pops Orchestra (9:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
André Kostelanetz Conductor, Track Performer
Mandy Patinkin Track Performer
London Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
José Carreras Track Performer
Mary Martin Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Juanita Hall Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Kiri Te Kanawa Track Performer
Ambrosian Singers Track Performer
Ezio Pinza Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Lehman Engel Conductor
Sarah Vaughan Track Performer
Eugene Smith Vocals, cast
Billy Tabbert Vocals, cast
Bill Dwyer Vocals, cast
Jim Hawthorne Vocals, cast
Mardi Bayne Vocals, cast
Don Fellows Vocals, cast
Thomas Gleason Vocals, cast
Pat Northrop Vocals, cast
Fred Sadoff Vocals, cast
Alan Gilbert Vocals, cast
Biff McGuire Vocals, cast
Billy Ferguson Vocals
Evelyn Colby Vocals, cast
Sandra Deel Vocals, cast
Michael DeLeon Vocals, cast
Noel DeLeon Vocals, cast
Dickinson Eastham Vocals, cast
Richard Ferguson cast
Jacqueline Fisher Vocals, cast
Jack Fontan Vocals, cast
Richard Loo Vocals, cast
Roslyn Lowe Vocals, cast
Barbara Luna Vocals, Track Performer, cast
Myron McCormick Vocals, cast
Gloria Meli Vocals, cast
Henry Michel Vocals, cast
Alex Nicol Vocals, cast
Mary Ann Reeve Vocals, cast
Betta St. John Vocals, cast
Bernice Saunders Vocals, cast
Archie Savage Vocals, cast
Helena Schurgot Vocals, cast
Richard Silvera Vocals, cast
Henry Slate Vocals, cast
Harvey Stephens Vocals, cast
Beau Tilden Vocals, cast
Musa Williams Vocals, cast
Martin Wolfson Vocals, cast
Chin Yu Vocals, cast
Joshua Logan Staging
Salvatore Dell'Isola Drums, Musical Direction
Technical Credits
Rodgers & Hammerstein Composer
Richard Rodgers Producer
Coleman Hawkins Composer
Robert Russell Bennett Arranger, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Didier C. Deutsch Reissue Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist, Book
Leland Hayward Producer, Contributor
Goddard Lieberson Producer, Original Album Producer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Frederick Loewe Producer
Mort Goode Liner Notes
Robert Waller Engineer
Darcy Proper Reissue Producer, Mastering
Marc Kirkeby Liner Notes, Synopsis
Jo Mielziner Scenery
Ken Fredette Art Direction
Theodore S. Chapin Liner Notes
Chris Woehrle Art Direction
Trude Rittman Arranger, Dance Arrangement
Michael DeLeon Contributor
Myron McCormick Contributor
James A. Michener Adaptation
Motley Costume Design
Robert "E.S.T." Waller Engineer
Eleanor Becker Editorial Production
Joshua Logan Director, Contributor, Book
Salvatore Dell'Isola Musical Director, Music Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Every song was a hit!

    The original sound track of South Pacific is great, but especially for me because I saw Mary Martin on stage in this production in New York where it played for a very long time. Every song was a hit! Love this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SIXTY YEARS OF PLEASURE!

    My parents bought the original SOUTH PACIFIC album in 1940 on 78 rpm records. We used to play it over and over, especially because my parents had seen the original show on Broadway soon after it opened. The records were actually becoming worn. In the course of several family changes, the album disappeared. I am happy to see that this album has been re-issued in CD format, and the sound is better than ever!

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