A Gilbert and Sullivan Spectacular (1965)
John Reed (Sir Joseph, Major-General, Ko-Ko)
D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead
This recording of concerted highlights features a number of D'Oyly Carte stars in roles they either never recorded elsewhere, or never played at all, with the Company. Just why it was made is unclear, though one story is that it was a celebration of Sir Malcolm Sargent's anniversary with the Company.
This recording was one of two G&S albums that featured Decca's "Phase 4" sound—a kind of enhanced stereo. (A fuller explanation of Phase 4 is provided separately.) Whereas Decca's other Phase 4 G&S effort, the 1971 Pinafore, went wild with sound effects that most listeners detested, this highlights disc represented the technology at its best. Get this one, if you can find it; or, buy the re-issue on Sounds on CD.
|Side 1||Side 2|
|1965||Decca||Stereo LP||PFS 4097|
|196-?||Decca Australia||Stereo LP||SKLA 4768|
|196-?||Reader's Digest||Stereo LP||GSTP-8A/S11|
|1971||Decca||Phase 4 Stereo LP||ZAL 7083|
|London||Phase 4 Stereo LP||SPC 21010|
|Sounds on CD||2005||CD||VGS254|
- The Decca CD re-issue of the 1971 Pinafore (no longer in print) included the non-Pinafore selections from this album.
- The Contour release of 1981 is titled "Highlights from Gilbert and Sullivan," although the content is the same.