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The Pajama Game [1996 London Studio Cast]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Pajama Game, musical: Overture, The
    2. Pajama Game, musical: Pajama Game, The
    3. Pajama Game, musical: Racing With the Clock, The
    4. Pajama Game, musical: New Town Is a Blue Town, The
    5. Pajama Game, musical: Racing With the Clock, The
    6. Pajama Game, musical: I'm Not at All in Love, The
    7. Pajama Game, musical: I'll Never Be Jealous Again, The
    8. Pajama Game, musical: Hey There, The
    9. Pajama Game, musical: Her Is, The
    10. Pajama Game, musical: Sleep Tite, The
    11. Pajama Game, musical: Once-A-Year Day!, The
    12. Pajama Game, musical: Her Is, The (Reprise)
    13. Pajama Game, musical: Small Talk, The
    14. Pajama Game, musical: There Once Was a Man, The
    15. Pajama Game, musical: Factory Music/Slow Down, The
    16. Pajama Game, musical: Finale Act One, The
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Pajama Game, musical: Entr'acte, The
    2. Pajama Game, musical: Steam Heat, The
    3. Pajama Game, musical: Hey There, The (Reprise)
    4. Pajama Game, musical: Think of the Time I Save, The
    5. Pajama Game, musical: Hernando's Hideaway, The
    6. Pajama Game, musical: I'll Never Be Jealous Again Ballet, The
    7. Pajama Game, musical: Seven and a Half Cents, The
    8. Pajama Game, musical: There Once Was a Man, The (Reprise)
    9. Pajama Game, musical: Finale Act Two: the Pajama Game Closing/Curtains, The
    10. Pajama Game, musical: Exit Music, The
    11. Pajama Game, musical: Hey There, The
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1250

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Yap; John Yap
    EngineerPeter Cobbin

    The Original London Cast version of THE PAJAMA GAME features the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Owen Edwards.
    Composed by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross.
    Principal cast: Ron Raines, Judy Kaye, Kim Criswell, Brookes Almy, Avery Saltzman, David Green, Margery Beddow, Elaine Orbach, Susan Scott Flynn, Theodore Pappas.
    Composer: Richard Adler .
    Lyricist: Jerry Ross .
    Original London Cast: Avery Saltzman, Brookes Almy, David Green , Judy Kaye, Kim Criswell, Ron Raines.
    Personnel: Avery Saltzman, Margery Beddow, Robert Fardell, Nicolas Colicos, David Green , Judy Kaye, Kim Criswell, Ron Raines (vocals).
    Liner Note Author: Rexton S. Bunnett.
    Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (02/21/1996-03/24/1996); Hit Factory, New York, NY (02/21/1996-03/24/1996); Hit Factory, NY (02/21/1996-03/24/1996).
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Hilary Western; Helene Miles; Karen Broughton; Gaynor Keeble; Elaine Boxall; Michael Fitchew; Carol Lesley-Green; Bruce Ogston; Janice Torrens; Liza Hobbs; Robert Fardell; Nicolas Colicos; Rebecca Pedlow; Philip Griffiths; Dominic Curtis; David Cavendish; Geoffrey Dallamore; Stephen Allen Davis.
    The original London cast album of The Pajama Game was recorded in September 1955, just prior to the show's October 13 opening. (It had opened on Broadway the previous year.) That means that, by the terms of European copyright law on recordings, it passed into the public domain on January 1, 2006. Sepia Records, which specializes in creating unlicensed versions of such just-out-of-copyright material, responds here with a CD that begins with the 16 tracks featured on the old HMV LP, then adds ten bonus tracks. The London production of The Pajama Game ran a profitable 588 performances. As demonstrated here, 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. The ten bonus tracks that expand the running time to 78-plus minutes consist of tracks from singles made by Nichols in the late '40s and early '50s. Most of these are novelty songs typical of the time, which she handles good-naturedly, joined by such partners as Dick Bentley and Jimmy Edwards, who also appeared with her on British radio during the period. ~ William Ruhlmann

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