RCA Victor Camden CAL-7018
A Gilbert & Sullivan Songbook (1960)
The Ralph Hunter Choir
This is a set of affectionate — yet, in some ways, irreverent — G&S selections sung by the superb Ralph Hunter Choir. Orchestrations and part-writing are souped up in many places, but the choir sing with virtuoso skill, and I would gladly have heard more.
Ralph Hunter, who prepared choruses for some of the NBC Toscanini broadcasts, clearly knew his Gilbert and Sullivan, as indicated by the eclectic mix of repertory. All of the selections are sung by the full choir, even for items that were solos as originally written. It is meant to be a "sing-a-long," and the package contains eight "songbooks" containing the lyrics and background information about all the songs.
Mel Moratti had these comments about the record:
This had us rolling around the floor laughing. The whole album is sung by the (American) Ralph Hunter Choir with some (wonderful) cutesy orchestrations. There are no soloists. Some of the numbers worked well — an unaccompanied "Ah, leave me not to pine" in four part harmony was a delight. "Tit Willow" in glee-club harmony was forgettable. "Modern Major-General" complete with xylophone was a hilarious predecessor to the Papp version.
The contents are as follows:
|Side 1||Side 2|
|1960||RCA Victor||Mono LP||LPM-2116|
|196-?||RCA Camden||Mono LP||CAL-7018|