I remember listening to the vinyl record of this wonderful musical as just a teenager. I saw the album cover, which was different than this one shown here. It was displayed in the window of the local record store. I was intrigued by it, wondering what kind of music was this. Of course I feel in love with all the songs, along with all the other show tunes that I later purchased, during my youth, like My Fair Lady, etc. I just love the voice of Alfred Drake. Surely I identify with this rendition over the movie that came out a few years later, from what I can tell; actually I never even heard of the movie until I started researching the music and the cast on YouTube etc. This music and the era it represents are of course all gone except for these cherish recordings like this one.
I remember walking into Marx's Radio & Appliance Store in Millburn, N.J. in 1953 and hearing this album on the store's music system, the track where you hear Drake in the middle of Arabs chanting was playing. Wow! I was bowled over, stood in my tracks, and listened. It went on and on. All of the music was such a knock-out for those times. Never in Broadway's history had there been such glorious orchestrations and vocal artistry. Drake, Morrow, Deiner, Hackett, and the big sound of Henry Calvin. I was 17 at the time and determined to see this show. I had no problem getting a single ticket for the orchestra for $6.50! The show delivered beautifully. Everyone seemed to be having a good time on stage. You will enjoy hearing Henry Calvin, who himself was having fun singing "Was I Wazir," with those clever lyrics. He was a joy to watch, and that voice! The quartet singing "And This Is My Beloved", blew me away. Appropriately, this music is adapted from Borodin's Quartet No...
This is a beautiful rendering of this musical. Borodin's music was done a good justice by Robert Wright's arranging and inter-connecting of the tunes. I bought this Original Cast recording at the same time I bought the newer one with Ramey, Svenson, and Hadley. (I did so partly because I just love the music, but also because I wanted to have Richard Kiley's renderings. I first became acquainted and came to admire Richard Kiley's voice through The Man of La Mancha recordings, so I wanted to see what he did in this music.) The soloists and ensemble had a fine feel for the ebb and flow of the musical line, and the Ramey's, Svenson, and Hadley's singing was ravishing - and Dom DeLouise was quite characterful as well. I highly recommend BOTH recordings and would not be able to pick one over the other - YOU must do that (if you choose to purchase only one), and I do not purpose to say anything here that would sway you one way or the other as to which to buy.
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