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News Round-Up: New Stage and Screen Releases from Kaper, Loesser and More

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There’s rarely such a thing as a Monday matinee, but that won’t keep The Second Disc from ushering in the week with news of a quintet of reissues from our friends at Film Score Monthly and Sepia Records. These exciting releases are sure to please devotees of both soundtracks and cast albums.

Film Score Monthly kicks things off with their new release of BUtterfield 8: Bronislau Kaper at M-G-M, Volume 1 (FSM 1309). Kaper rarely seems to be afforded the acclaim given to many of his contemporaries, and a major reason may be that too few of his scores saw soundtrack releases. FSM goes a long way in rectifying this with BUtterfield 8.  Kaper is deservedly held in high esteem by score enthusiasts for his work on over 150 films. A cursory look at those films shows his great versatility, ranging from the joie de vivre of 1958’s Auntie Mame to the high adventure of 1962’s Mutiny on the Bounty. Popular music fans may know Kaper as the songwriter of “Hi Lili, Hi Lo” from M-G-M’s 1953 Lili, which he scored, or “On Green Dolphin Street,” from 1947’s Green Dolphin Street. Six of Kaper’s most requested scores for the studio that had “more stars than there are in heaven” are being compiled in this lavish 3-CD box set: The Power and the Prize (1956), Her Twelve Men (1954), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), Ada (1961), True Loves (1961), and finally, the film that gives the box set its title and has been one of the most requested soundtracks to make a CD debut, 1960’s BUtterfield 8. The latter pushed Hollywood conventions of the day to the limits to tell its tragic story of an escort (Elizabeth Taylor, in an Oscar-winning performance) looking for elusive true love. In addition to the complete orchestral scores (a couple of vocal tracks had to be left off due to licensing restrictions), FSM promises numerous bonus tracks (including one from Mutiny on the Bounty, already released as a deluxe edition from FSM) and typically-detailed liner notes. All scores with the exception of Somebody Up There Likes Me are in stereo. The set is now available for order, so grab yours fast, as this is a limited edition of 1200 copies.

Across the pond, the U.K.-based Sepia label offers in September the CD debuts of three coveted London Cast Recordings and one collection. As with many (though not all) of Sepia’s releases, these three titles are made available as a result of the U.K.’s public domain laws. Frank Loesser wrote book, music and lyrics for The Most Happy Fella, and its 1960 London incarnation finally makes its CD debut as Sepia 1154. Art Lund reprises his role of Joey from the Broadway cast, and opera star Inia Te Wiata portrays the lead role of Tony. As the London album was not complete like Columbia’s recording of the Broadway cast, Sepia adds eight bonus tracks of cover versions from the score. This is a perfect disc to celebrate Loesser’s centennial and a fine companion to Sony’s recent Loesser compilation. While he will go down in history as the credited composer of the “James Bond Theme,” Monty Norman was also responsible for writing many British musicals. One such show, 1959’s Make Me An Offer (Sepia 1155), was co-written with David Heneker (Half a Sixpence) and starred Daniel Massey and Sheila Hancock. Sepia excerpts the production’s live television broadcast for seven bonus tracks, and adds one pop single as well. 1960’s Follow That Girl (Sepia 1156) was written by Julian Slade (Salad Days) and featured Patricia Routledge; its seven bonus tracks include pop versions and cut songs. Finally, Sepia turns its attention to the recordings of Millicent Martin, the stage star of Side by Side by Sondheim perhaps now best-known for her television roles on Frasier, Jonas and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. The tracks forming Millicent Martin Sings (Sepia 1157) are of 1950s vintage, comprising standards such as “You Made Me Love You” and “I’ve Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good).” While these are public domain releases in the U.K., Sepia can be counted on for the best sound quality possible and even participation from principals involved with the productions including Monty Norman himself.

For track listings for all five releases, sound samples for the BUtterfield 8 collection and discographical information where possible, click and join us after the jump!

BUtterfield 8: Bronislau Kaper at M-G-M, Volume 1 (FSM 1309, 2010)

Disc One

  1. Main Title – 1:31
  2. It Will – 0:22
  3. Fifth Floor – 1:16
  4. Concerto in B-Flat Minor (Frédéric Chopin)/In the Rain – 1:38
  5. Claridge – 4:45
  6. Miriam/Let’s Go – 1:16
  7. Flowers – 0:56
  8. In the Park – 3:00
  9. Come In – 1:10
  10. Because – 0:37
  11. Salt – 0:59
  12. Any Time/What is It?/Gone – 2:31
  13. End Title/Cast – 0:37
  14. Spinning Song (Felix Mendelssohn) – 1:46
  15. Main Title and Prologue – 2:46
  16. I Am a Creep/Frog/Jan’s Montage – 2:38
  17. Hot Chocolate – 2:59
  18. Class Room Montage – 0:27
  19. Let Yourself Go/Dick Ignored – 0:29
  20. Letter for You – 1:05
  21. Beyond the Call of Duty – 3:46
  22. Jan & Dick Return/Faculty Meeting – 1:29
  23. Commencement – 0:49
  24. Bobby’s Letter/Bobby Asleep – 2:30
  25. End Title and Cast – 0:57
  26. Dormitory Radio – 1:54 *
  27. Dinner for Three – 2:44 *
  28. Oh! Mighty Oaks! (Bronislau Kaper & Charles Wolcott) – 0:38 *
  29. Main Title (demo vocal by Bill Lee) – 4:00
  30. “L” Train/Little Grease Ball/Flight – 1:44
  31. F.B.I./Detectives – 1:24
  32. Fight Montage – 1:15
  33. See Me Fight – 0:56
  34. Never – 1:40
  35. Courthouse/Baby – 3:53
  36. Definitely/Peppo – 0:56
  37. Fight Off – 1:12
  38. Headlines/Fix and a Thief Again/Gone – 1:38
  39. Somebody Up There Likes Me—Walking Sequence – 1:38
  40. End Cast – 0:34
  41. Alice & Dave – 0:43 **
  42. Bribe #1 (Dinner for Three) – 1:11 **
  43. Bribe #2 – 1:08 **
  44. Main Title Lead In/End Title Sweetener – 0:27 **
  45. End Cast – 0:34 **
  46. End Cast—New – 0:25 **

Disc 1, Tracks 1-14 from The Power and the Prize (1956) – Music Composed by Bronislau Kaper, Conducted by John Green
Disc 1, Tracks 15-28 from Her Twelve Men (1954) – Music Composed by Bronislau Kaper, Conducted by John Green
Disc 1, Tracks 29-46 from Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) – Music Composed by Bronislau Kaper, Conducted by Miklós Rózsa and John Green

* Source cue ** Bonus track

Disc Two

  1. Main Title/May the Lord Bless You Real Good – 2:22
  2. Ada – 2:35
  3. The Proposal – 1:55
  4. Pardon Me – 0:48
  5. Barbecue – 2:14
  6. Governor/The Office/Life is a Wonder/Wait and See – 3:18
  7. Tea Party – 0:48
  8. Sylvester/Ronnie – 1:05
  9. Visit – 0:55
  10. The Car/Hospital/I Don’t Care – 5:19
  11. Elected/Alice/End Title – 2:17
  12. May the Lord Bless You Real Good – 1:13 *
  13. May the Lord Bless You Real Good – 1:11 *
  14. May the Lord Bless You Real Good – 1:20 *
  15. May the Lord Bless You Real Good – 2:02 *
  16. Don’t Blame Me (Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields) – 3:18 *
  17. Should I (Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed) – 1:41 *
  18. Main Title – 2:34
  19. Brandy – 1:46
  20. You’re Right (Revised Version) – 1:21
  21. Alone – 3:01
  22. Come In – 0:40
  23. Eugene – 3:16
  24. Mountains/Paul – 1:43
  25. Afraid of Men – 1:13
  26. Don’t – 3:21
  27. Death – 2:15
  28. Tea/Anna – 2:41
  29. Carnation – 1:32
  30. End – 0:15
  31. You’re Right (Original Version) – 1:19

Disc 2, Tracks 1-17 from Ada (1961) – Music Composed by Bronislau Kaper, Conducted by Robert Armbruster (Song: “May the Lord Bless You Real Good” by Warren Roberts and Wally Fowler)
Disc 18-31 from Two Loves (1961) – Music Composed by Bronislau Kaper, Conducted by Robert Armbruster

* Source cue

Disc Three

  1. Main Title – 1:54
  2. The Next Morning/The Dress/The Note/The Bottle – 7:16
  3. Hi, Girls/Lipstick – 1:45
  4. At the Door/Augie’s No. 1 – 4:07
  5. The Boat – 1:53
  6. The Slut/If Only – 5:07
  7. The Coat – 1:22
  8. The Lighter/My Way – 1:18
  9. Night Club/Liar – 2:07
  10. A Face – 3:04
  11. Night Club #6 – 3:09
  12. Night Club #7/A Lousy Coat – 3:42
  13. Let Me Cry – 2:32
  14. Stay Here – 2:19
  15. Goodbye, Mama – 1:33
  16. Juke Box – 4:03
  17. End Title – 0:17
  18. Off Stage/On Stage/Steve at Work/Chords (piano) – 1:05 *
  19. Theme From BUtterfield 8 & Doctor Sunday – 7:13 *
  20. Bagdad Junior – 1:41 *
  21. Night Club #3 – 0:54 *
  22. While My Lady Sleeps – 0:50 *
  23. Finale (Alternate Record Version) – 4:45

All tracks on Disc 3 from BUtterfield 8 (1960) – Music Composed by Bronislau Kaper, Conducted by Robert Armbruster; except Track 23 from Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) – Music Composed by Bronislau Kaper, Conducted by Robert Armbruster

Various Artists, The Most Happy Fella: Original London Cast Recording (Sepia 1154, 2010)

  1. OVERTURE Orchestra
  2. OOH MY FEET Libi Staiger
  3. SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE Helena Scott
  4. THE MOST HAPPY FELLA Inia Te Wiata & William Dickie
  5. STANDING ON THE CORNER Jack DeLon, Peter Rhodes, Alan Thomas & John Lloyd Parry
  6. JOEY, JOEY, JOEY Art Lund
  7. ROSABELLA Inia Te Wiata
  8. ABBONDANZA Rico Froehlich, Ralph Farnworth & John Clifford
  9. SPOSALIZIO Ensemble
  10. DON’T CRY Art Lund
  11. HAPPY TO MAKE YOUR ACQUAINTANCE Helena Scott, Inia Te Wiata & Libi Staiger
  12. BIG D Libi Staiger & Jack DeLon
  13. HOW BEAUTIFUL THE DAYS Inia Te Wiata, Helena Scott, Nina Verushka & Art Lund
  14. WARM ALL OVER Helena Scott
  15. I LIKE EVERYBODY Libi Staiger & Jack DeLon
  16. MY HEART IS SO FULL OF YOU Inia Te Wiata & Helena Scott
  17. MAMA MAMA Inia Te Wiata
  18. SONG OF A SUMMER NIGHT Ensemble
  19. I MADE A FIST Jack DeLon & Libi Staiger
  20. FINALE Inia Te Wiata, Helena Scott & Full Company
  21. STANDING ON THE CORNER The King Brothers
  22. MY HEART IS SO FULL OF YOU (pop version) Inia Te Wiata
  23. HAPPY TO MAKE YOUR ACQUAINTANCE Edmund Hockridge
  24. SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE Edmund Hockridge
  25. JOEY, JOEY, JOEY Edmund Hockridge
  26. BIG D Edmund Hockridge
  27. DON’T CRY Edmund Hockridge
  28. MY HEART IS SO FULL OF YOU Edmund Hockridge

Tracks 1-20 from HMV (UK) LP 1306 (Stereo)/1365 (Mono), 1960
Tracks 23-26 from Pye 45 NEP-24122
Tracks 21-22, 27-28 discographical information not currently available

Various Artists, Make Me An Offer: Original London Cast Recording (Sepia 1155, 2010)

  1. Selections from MAKE ME AN OFFER David Heneker
  2. THE PRAM SONG Daniel Massey & Diana Coupland
  3. PORTOBELLO ROAD Dealers
  4. DOG EAT DOG Meier Tzelniker & Dealers / THE NEEDLE RECITATIVE Meier Tzelniker & Wally Patch
  5. I WANT A LOCK-UP Daniel Massey & Meier Tzelniker
  6. IF I WAS A MAN Diana Coupland
  7. BUSINESS IS BUSINESS Dilys Laye
  8. ALL BIG FLEAS Meier Tzelniker / YOU’VE GOTTA HAVE CAPITAL Victor Spinetti
  9. LOVE HIM Diana Coupland
  10. SALLY’S LULLABY Diana Coupland
  11. MAKE ME AN OFFER Dilys Laye & Daniel Massey
  12. WHATEVER YOU BELIEVE Dilys Laye & Daniel Massey
  13. BREAK-UP Dealers
  14. THE AUCTION Martin Lawrence & Company
  15. IT’S SORT OF ROMANTIC Sheila Hancock
  16. THE PRAM SONG (reprise) Daniel Massey & Diana Coupland
  17. KNOCK-OUT Meier Tzelniker, Wally Patch, Victor Spinetti, Chuck Julian & Roy Kinnear
  18. I WANT A LOCK-UP (reprise) Daniel Massey & Diana Coupland / FINALE (PORTOBELLO ROAD) Full Company
  19. PORTOBELLO ROAD Dealers
  20. I WANT A LOCK-UP Daniel Massey
  21. LOVE HIM Diana Coupland
  22. MAKE ME AN OFFER Dilys Laye
  23. WHATEVER YOU BELIEVE Dilys Laye & Daniel Massey
  24. THE AUCTION Martin Lawrence and Company
  25. PORTOBELLO ROAD Company
  26. LOVE HIM (pop version) Diana Coupland

Tracks 2-18 from HMV (UK) LP CSD-1295 (Stereo)/CLP-1333 (Mono), 1959
Tracks 19-25 from Make Me An Offer television broadcast, 1959
Tracks 1, 26 discographical information not currently available

Various Artists, Follow That Girl: Original London Cast Recording (Sepia 1156, 2010)

  1. OVERTURE Orchestra
  2. TRA LA LA Peter Gilmore, Susan Hampshire
  3. I’M AWAY Newton Blick, Marion Grimaldi
  4. FOLLOW THAT GIRL Peter Gilmore
  5. SOLITARY STRANGER Marion Grimaldi, Newton Blick
  6. LIFE MUST GO ON Philip Guard, Robert McBain
  7. THREE VICTORIAN MERMAIDS Bridget Armstrong, Grazina Frame, Betty Wood
  8. DOH RAY ME Susan Hampshire, James Cairncross
  9. SONG AND DANCE Peter Gilmore
  10. THE CHASE Orchestra
  11. TAKEN FOR A RIDE John Baddeley, John Davidson, John Morley, David Ryder
  12. LOVELY MEETING YOU AT LAST Peter Gilmore
  13. SHOPPING IN KENSINGTON Marion Grimaldi, Newton Blick
  14. WAITING FOR OUR DAUGHTER James Cairncross, Patricia Routledge
  15. ONE, TWO, THREE, ONE Peter Gilmore, Susan Hampshire
  16. EVENING IN LONDON Company
  17. FINALE Company
  18. Selections from FOLLOW THAT GIRL – FOLLOW THAT GIRL; EVENING IN LONDON; ONE, TWO, THREE, ONE Julian Slade
  19. Selections from FOLLOW THAT GIRL – THE CHASE; SOLITARY STRANGER; LOVELY MEETING YOU; SONG & DANCE Julian Slade
  20. FOLLOW THAT GIRL (pop version) Peter Gilmore
  21. ONE, TWO, THREE, ONE Eleanor Drew, Harry Dawson
  22. DOH REH ME Eleanor Drew, James Cairncross
  23. LET’S TAKE A STROLL THROUGH LONDON Eleanor Drew, James Cairncross, John Neville, Harry Dawson
  24. CHRISTMAS MADIGRAL Sonia Graham, Nyree Dawn Porter, Tony Tanner, Dennis Wood

Tracks 1-17 from HMV (UK) LP CSD-1307 (Stereo)/CLP-1366 (Mono), 1960
Tracks 18-24 discographical information not currently available

Millicent Martin, Millicent Martin Sings (Sepia 1157, 2010)

  1. AT SUNDOWN
  2. WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE
  3. SAND IN MY SHOES
  4. DREAM
  5. (Ah, The Apple Trees) WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG
  6. THE SONG IS ENDED
  7. IN THE BLUE OF THE EVENING
  8. WHEN I’M NOT NEAR THE BOY I LOVE
  9. I GOT IT BAD (AND THAT AIN’T GOOD)
  10. IMAGINATION
  11. YOU’D BE SO NICE TO COME HOME TO
  12. I’LL NEVER BE THE SAME
  13. OUR LANGUAGE OF LOVE
  14. SERIOUSLY
  15. SOMETIMES I’M HAPPY
  16. WHY OH! WHY
  17. YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU
  18. I’VE GOT MY EYES ON YOU
  19. TINTARELLA DI LUNA
  20. I CAN DREAM, CAN’T I?

Tracks 13-14 from Columbia (U.K.) single DB-4171

Written by Joe Marchese

July 19, 2010 at 09:18

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