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Kismet [1964 Studio Cast]


  • 1. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Overture / Sands of Time / Rhymes Have I
    2. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Fate
    3. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Not Since Nineveh
    4. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Baubles, Bangles and Beads
    5. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Stranger in Paradise
    6. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Night of My Nights
    7. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): And This Is My Beloved
    8. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): The Olive Tree
    9. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Zubbediya, Samaris' Dance
    10. Kismet, musical (after works by Alexander Borodin): Finale
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19094

  • Credits
    ProducerHugh Fordin (Reissue)
    EngineerDick Jones; Carson Taylor

    Lyricists: George Forrest; Robert Wright .
    Personnel: Gordon MacRae (vocals); Salli Terri (vocals, background vocals); Richard Levitt , Bunny Bishop, Johnny Guarnieri, Dorothy Kirsten (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Rory Guy.
    A decade after Kismet premiered on Broadway on December 3, 1953, there was no dearth of recordings based on it, starting with the original Broadway cast album on Columbia Records and the 1955 soundtrack album on MGM. But Capitol Records didn't have a version in its catalog, which seems to have inspired the label to sponsor this 1964 studio cast recording, featuring Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Kirsten. With those leading names, this is a well-sung disc, but it is also skimpy. Capitol decided not to plump for two different singers to handle the parts of Hajj and the Caliph, so MacRae sings both parts, the comic "Rhymes Have I," "Fate," and "The Olive Tree," on the one hand, and the romantic "Stranger in Paradise," "Night of My Nights," and "And This Is My Beloved," on the other. That's enough singing to make this seem like the LP should be billed "Gordon MacRae and Friends Songs from Kismet." And it's "Songs from Kismet" because the score has been cut down, with a number of selections, notably "He's in Love," "Gesticulate," "Was I Wazir?," and "Rahadlakum," left out. All of those songs are found on the 1964 studio cast album issued by London Records and billed to Mantovani & His Orchestra, with the singers including Adele Leigh, Robert Merrill, and Kenneth McKellar. That more complete recording is to be preferred over this one, despite MacRae and Kirsten's efforts, but the original Broadway cast album still hasn't been bested. ~ William Ruhlmann

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