The 1978 D'Oyly Carte Cox & Box
D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead
Sounds on CD VGS250
The G&S community greeted this recording of Cox and Box with comparative yawns. What really excited people was the world-premiere recording of The Zoo that came on the other side of the record. As for Cox and Box, consensus was that the 1961 recording had more dramatic spark. Both recordings are of the abridged "Savoy version" that D'Oyly Carte used as a curtain raiser. However, unlike the earlier performance, this recording includes the full sung finale, rather than just some dialogue sung over orchestral accompaniment.
Decca briefly re-issued this recording on CD erroneously (see comments on the 1961 recording). It is now available on CD once again—and for good—from Sounds on CD, coupled with the 1975 Trial by Jury.
|1978||Decca||Stereo LP||TXS 128||With 1978 Zoo|
|London||Stereo LP||OSA 1171|
|ca. 1980||Decca Viva||Stereo LP||AUS 1051/2||Australia/New Zealand issue. Double LP/cassette includes 1964 Trial, Utopia excerpts, and 1978 Zoo|
|Sounds on CD||2005||CD||VGS250||With 1975 Trial by Jury|