Desert Song/new Moon CD (2002)

Artist: Sigmund Romberg

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Product Overview


Label Universal Records
SKU 60564171
UPC 044001873027
UPC 14 00044001873027
Format CD
Release Date 7/30/2002
Author Sigmund Romberg
Technical Info
Producer Brian Drutman (Reissue)
CatalogID 018730
Lable Name Universal Distribution
Released 07/30/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 54m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00044001873027
Album Notes and Credits
2 LPs on 1 CD: THE DESERT SONG (1945)/NEW MOON (1953).
Music composed by Sigmund Romberg. Lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach.
Principal casts include: Kitty Carlisle, Wilber Evans, Felix Knight, Thomas Hayward, Jane Wilson, Lee Sweetland.
Recorded on March 13-14, 1944 & February 18, 1953. Originally released on Decca 10" LPs (7000) & (5472). Includes liner notes by Eric Myers.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Composers: Otto Harbach; Oscar Hammerstein II; Sigmund Romberg.
Personnel: Jane Wilson , Felix Knight, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Wilbur Evans (vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Mark Omann.
Liner Note Author: Brian Drutman.
Recording information: 03/13/1944-02/18/1953.
This CD reissue combines two studio-cast recordings of 1920s operettas composed by Sigmund Romberg that were made decades after the original stage productions. Decca Records pioneered the original Broadway cast album with its successful release of recordings from Oklahoma! in 1943, and it was only a short time before the label was also re-creating older musicals in the studio. One of the earliest such sessions, recorded in March 1944, combined Kitty Carlisle, Wilbur Evans (then appearing on Broadway in Cole Porter's Mexican Hayride), and Felix Knight in a set of songs from the 1926 show The Desert Song. The intention may have been to take advantage of the just-released film adaptation starring Dennis Morgan, though the album wasn't released for 18 months. When it did appear, however, it was the most complete version of the score yet issued and proved very well sung. Decca had less of an excuse for recording a studio version of the 1928 show The New Moon in 1953, perhaps just the show's 25th anniversary. But all its rivals -- Columbia, RCA Victor, and Capitol -- had their own studio-cast recordings in print, while an earlier Decca one made in 1940 may have seemed in need of replacing for the LP era. The cast of Thomas Hayward, Jane Wilson, and Lee Sweetland was not particularly distinguished, and while adequate, didn't really compare with the 1950 ones with Gordon MacRae on Capitol, and with Nelson Eddy on Columbia. Though the two Decca albums went out of print in the '50s, they have been subject to gray-market reissues, and half a century later, Decca Broadway is wise to bring them back in this legitimate reissue. The sound has been spiffed up considerably, and there is no comparison between this disc and the ones operetta fans have tolerated on CD until now. The 1995 album on Box Office Recordings combining The Desert Song with another Decca studio-cast album featuring Kitty Carlisle, The Merry Widow, is so sonically inferior it sounds like a different recording. The present reissue makes for a welcome and overdue re-addition to the ranks of operettas on record. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Desert Song, operetta: Opening Chorus and Riff Song, The - Jeff Alexander Choir/Wilbur Evans
2 Desert Song, operetta: French Military Marching Song, The - Jeff Alexander Choir
3 Desert Song: Romance, The
4 Desert Song, operetta: Then You Will Know, The - Kitty Carlisle Hart/Wilbur Evans
5 Desert Song: The Desert Song, The - Kitty Carlisle Hart/Wilbur Evans
6 Desert Song, operetta: Finale of Act 1, The - Kitty Carlisle Hart/Jeff Alexander Choir/Wilbur Evans
7 Desert Song: One Flower Grows Alone in your Garden, The - Felix Knight/Jeff Alexander Choir
8 Desert Song, operetta: One Alone, The - Jeff Alexander Choir/Wilbur Evans
9 Desert Song: The Sabre Song, The - Kitty Carlisle Hart
10 The Desert Song, operetta: Finale 1. French Military Marching Song/2. One Alone: French Military Marching Song / One Alone - Jeff Alexander Choir/Wilbur Evans
11 New Moon, operetta: Overture, The
12 New Moon, operetta: Marianne, The
13 New Moon, operetta: The Girl On The Prow, The
14 New Moon, operetta: Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise, The
15 New Moon, operetta: Stouthearted Men, The
16 New Moon, operetta: One Kiss, The
17 New Moon, operetta: Wanting You, The
18 New Moon, operetta: Lover, Come Back To Me, The
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