The Pajama Game [1996 London Studio Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 1954 American musical The Pajama Game was still going strong on Broadway on October 13, 1955, when a successful London production opened for an eventual run of 588 performances. As demonstrated on the London cast album, the production succeeded by providing a near-copy of the Broadway version. A frequent problem with British productions of American shows is that the accents aren't very good, but that is not the case here. Of the principals, Max Wall and Frank Lawless sound somewhat British, but even their voices are not way off, and the rest of the cast sounds convincingly American. They also handle the score well, from the hit novelty tunes like "Hernando's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The 1954 American musical The Pajama Game was still going strong on Broadway on October 13, 1955, when a successful London production opened for an eventual run of 588 performances. As demonstrated on the London cast album, the production succeeded by providing a near-copy of the Broadway version. A frequent problem with British productions of American shows is that the accents aren't very good, but that is not the case here. Of the principals, Max Wall and Frank Lawless sound somewhat British, but even their voices are not way off, and the rest of the cast sounds convincingly American. They also handle the score well, from the hit novelty tunes like "Hernando's Hideaway" and "Steam Heat" to the hit ballad "Hey There." Canadian Edmund Hockridge, in the leading male role played by John Raitt on Broadway, is equally big-voiced on such songs as "A New Town Is a Blue Town," and Australian Joy Nichols is just as good as the female lead. There's not much reason for an American who owns the original Broadway cast album to buy this very similar recording, but it's almost as good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Jay Records
  • UPC: 605288125027
  • Catalog Number: 1250
  • Sales rank: 279,166

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (5:04)
  2. 2 Pajama Game - National Symphony Orchestra (1:26)
  3. 3 Racing With the Clock - National Symphony Orchestra (2:10)
  4. 4 New Town Is a Blue Town (3:15)
  5. 5 Racing With the Clock (0:30)
  6. 6 I'm Not at All in Love - National Symphony Orchestra (4:04)
  7. 7 I'll Never Be Jealous Again - National Symphony Orchestra (4:36)
  8. 8 Hey There - National Symphony Orchestra (3:40)
  9. 9 Her Is (3:40)
  10. 10 Sleep Tite (0:37)
  11. 11 Once-A-Year Day! - National Symphony Orchestra (7:01)
  12. 12 Her Is (Reprise) (1:24)
  13. 13 Small Talk - National Symphony Orchestra (5:27)
  14. 14 There Once Was a Man - National Symphony Orchestra (3:21)
  15. 15 Factory Music/Slow Down (1:45)
  16. 16 Finale Act One (1:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Entr'acte - National Symphony Orchestra (3:20)
  2. 2 Steam Heat - National Symphony Orchestra (5:02)
  3. 3 Hey There (Reprise) - National Symphony Orchestra (2:31)
  4. 4 Think of the Time I Save (2:49)
  5. 5 Hernando's Hideaway (5:12)
  6. 6 I'll Never Be Jealous Again Ballet (7:00)
  7. 7 Seven and a Half Cents (4:54)
  8. 8 There Once Was a Man (Reprise) (1:13)
  9. 9 Finale Act Two: the Pajama Game Closing/Curtains (3:32)
  10. 10 Exit Music (2:32)
  11. 11 Hey There (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Original London Cast Primary Artist
Judy Kaye Vocals
Kim Criswell Vocals
David Green Vocals
John Owen Edwards Conductor
National Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nicolas Colicos Vocals
Robert Fardell Vocals
Ron Raines Vocals
Avery Saltzman Vocals
Margery Beddow Vocals
Don Walker Performing Ensemble
Perry Montague-Mason Leader
David Green Vocals
Brookes Almy Vocals
Technical Credits
Jerry Ross Lyricist
Richard Adler Lyricist
Tony Banks Composer
Peter Cobbin Engineer
Helene Miles Contributor
Mike Rutherford Composer
Don Walker Orchestration
Stephen Allen Davis Contributor
Liza Hobbs Contributor
Bruce Ogston Contributor
John Yap Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Rexton S. Bunnett Liner Notes
Hilary Western Contributor
Elaine Boxall Contributor
David Cavendish Contributor
Geoffrey Dallamore Contributor
Michael Fitchew Contributor
Gaynor Keeble Contributor
Carol Lesley-Green Contributor
Rebecca Pedlow Contributor
Janice Torrens Contributor
Karen Broughton Contributor
Nicolas Colicos Contributor
Robert Fardell Contributor
Philip Griffiths Contributor
Dominic Curtis Contributor
Ray Wilson Composer
Don Walker Orchestration
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