The G&S For All Pinafore (1972)
G&S Festival Chorus & Orchestra
This is an abridged recording, with a companion film, made by Gilbert & Sullivan For All, the concert touring group formed by Thomas Round and Donald Adams. Most of the cast had D'Oyly Carte experience, though several of them (Cartier, Wakeham, Banks) only in small parts. Cartier, for example, was John Reed's understudy for many years. Valerie Masterson, on the other hand, was a bona fide star with the Company, and her presence enhances these recordings immensely. Helen Landis seems to have had no D'Oyly Carte experience, but she was the contralto of choice on all of these G&S For All sets.
The film has been re-issued on video by Musical Collectables. It is an adequate performance, with Valerie Masterson's Josephine being the defining highlight. Unfortunately, the transfer is so poor that only the most dedicated fans will find it tolerable.
|1972||BASF||Stereo LP||BUK 17 25136-5|
|1975||PRT||Stereo LP||WGAS 6753||with Pirates|
|1979||Murray Hill||Stereo LP||974193/8||Boxed set called "Greatest Operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan," eight discs comprising the entire Gilbert and Sullivan For All output|
|1979||Murray Hill||Stereo LP/
|974193/8||Boxed set called "Greatest Operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan," eight discs comprising the entire Gilbert and Sullivan For All output. Apparently available under the same catalog number on both LP and cassette.|
|2002||Sounds on CD||CD||VGS 238||Also includes Cox and Box and Trial by Jury|