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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance [1968 Recording]

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates Of Penzance [1968 Recording]


This is a reissue of a very well-performed and fun-filled recording from 1968 by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, which includes the dialog. The cast and chorus bring out the humor of the operetta by taking their parts seriously. The dialog is not delivered with the singsong, exaggerated sentiment found in some of the other D'Oyly Carte recordings. The stars of the performance are Valerie Masterson, who has no difficulty handling the coloratura flights in "Poor Wand'ring One," and John Reed as the Major-General, who recites his model characteristics with aplomb and not so speedily as to turn it into nonsense. Philip Potter as Frederic, Donald Adams as the Pirate King, and Christene Palmer as Ruth round out the cast. This is the last recording conductor Isidore Godfrey made with the company, retiring shortly afterward, having been its music director for 39 years. He makes Pirates sound more like grand opera than light opera. One minor regret is that in transferring the recording, it was not possible to...

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947365020
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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Overture, The
  • 2. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Pour, Oh Pour The Pirate Sherry, The
  • 3. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. When Fred'ric Was A Little Lad, The
  • 4. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Oh, Better Far To Live And Die, The
  • 5. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Oh, False One, You Have Deceived Me, The
  • 6. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Climbing Over Rocky Mountain, The
  • 7. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Stop! Ladies, Pray! A Man!, The
  • 8. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Beast, The
  • 9. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Oh, Sisters, Deaf To Pity's Name, For Shame!, The
  • 10. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Poor Wand'ring One!, The
  • 11. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. What Ought We To Do, Gentle Sisters, Say?, The
  • 12. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. How Beautifully Blue The Sky, The
  • 13. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses, The
  • 14. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Hold, Monsters!, The
  • 15. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General, The
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Oh, Men Of Dark And Dismal Fate, The
  • 2. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Hail Poetry, Thou Heav'n Born Maid!, The
  • 3. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. You May Go, For You're At Liberty, The
  • 4. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 1. Pray Observe The Magnanimity, The
  • 5. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Oh, Dry The Glist'ning Tear, The
  • 6. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Then Frederic, The
  • 7. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. When The Foeman Bares His Steel, The
  • 8. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Now For The Pirates Lair!, The
  • 9. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold, The
  • 10. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Away, Away, My Heart's On Fire, The
  • 11. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. All Is Prepared, The
  • 12. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Stay, Fred'ric Stay!, The
  • 13. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Ah, Leave Me Not To Pine Alone And Desolate, The
  • 14. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Oh, Here Is Love And Here Is Truth, The
  • 15. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. No, I'll Be Brave, The
  • 16. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Sergeant Approach, The
  • 17. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment, The
  • 18. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. A Rollicking Band Of Pirates We, The
  • 19. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. With Cat Like Tread, The
  • 20. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Hush! Hush! Not A Word, The
  • 21. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Sighing Softly To The River, The
  • 22. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Now What Is This, And What Is That, The
  • 23. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. We Triumph Now, The
  • 24. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Away With Them, And Place Them At The Bar, The
  • 25. Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta: Act 2. Poor Wand'ring Ones, Though Ye Have Surely Strayed, The
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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