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Aladdin

Audio Samples

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin
>     Overture /
>     There Must Be Someone For Me
>     No Wonder Taxes Are High
>     Come To The Old Supermarket (In Old Pekin)
>     Make Way
>     Opportunity Knocks But Once (At Thuh Door)
>     Wouldn't It Be Fun (Emperor's Song)
>     Cherry Pies Ought To Be You
>     I Am Loved
>     Ridin' High
>     Trust Your Destiny To Your Star
>     I Adore You /
>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella
>     Overture
>     In My Own Little Corner
>     Marriage Type Love
>     Impossible
>     No Other Love
>     Waltz For A Ball
>     Ten Minutes Ago
>     Stepsisters' Lament
>     Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?
>Rodgers, Richard : A Cinderella
>     A Lovely Night

Album Summary

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin
>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella
>Rodgers, Richard : A Cinderella
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: London (12/1959).

This unlicensed British CD combines the contents of two LPs of U.K. recordings of the scores of lesser-known musical works by major American musical theater songwriters. In the late '50s, both Cole Porter and the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote songs for musicals broadcast live on network television in the U.S. Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, starring Julie Andrews, ran on TV on March 31, 1957, while Porter's Aladdin (which turned out to be his final work) appeared on February 21, 1958. Neither was adapted for a stage version in the U.S., but both were in London, albeit as special Christmas season "pantomime" productions, Cinderella in 1959 and Aladdin in 1960. This disc contains the original London cast recording of Aladdin, augmented with a 1959 studio cast recording of Cinderella that conforms to the show as it was produced in London. (Both albums fell out of copyright in Europe after 50 years.) Four Porter songs from earlier musicals have been interpolated into the London Aladdin score to bring it up to the length of a stage production, "There Must Be Someone for Me" from Mexican Hayride; "Cherry Pies Ought to Be You" and "I Am Loved" from Out of This World; and "Ridin' High" from Red, Hot and Blue. The last two especially don't fit that well with the Oriental themes of the rest of the score, which features some typically witty Porter patter in songs such as "Come to the Supermarket (In Old Peking)" and "Wouldn't It Be Fun (Emperor's Song)." This is not top-drawer Porter, but there are flashes of his talent, and the London cast, led by Bob Monkhouse (who recalls Anthony Newley) in the title role, is good. The London Cinderella also had additions, drawing "Marriage Type Love" and "No Other Love Have I" from Me and Juliet, and those interpolations have been repeated in the studio cast version. Elizabeth Larner takes the title role and proves to be a clone of Julie Andrews, which is fine, since the role was written with her in mind anyway. Denis Quilley proves a big-voiced Prince. The recording of this work to own is the TV soundtrack with Andrews, but the long out of print Larner/Quilley version makes a nice addition to the British Aladdin. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: Overture /
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: There Must Be Someone For Me
  • Performers: Bob Monkhouse (Voice); Philip Hogan (Voice); Eddie Fargent (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: No Wonder Taxes Are High
  • Performers: Bob Monkhouse (Voice); Ronald Shiner (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: Come To The Old Supermarket (In Old Pekin)
  • Performer: Bob Monkhouse (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: Make Way
  • Performer: David Fallon (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin
  • Performer: Doretta Morrow (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: Opportunity Knocks But Once (At Thuh Door)
  • Performers: Alan Wheatley (Voice); Ronald Shiner (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: Wouldn't It Be Fun (Emperor's Song)
  • Performer: Ian Wallace (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: Cherry Pies Ought To Be You
  • Performers: Doretta Morrow (Voice); Bob Monkhouse (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: I Am Loved
  • Performer: Doretta Morrow (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: Ridin' High
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: Trust Your Destiny To Your Star
  • Performer: Ian Wallace (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Porter, Cole : Aladdin :: I Adore You /
  • Performers: Doretta Morrow (Voice); Bob Monkhouse (Voice)
  • Conductor: Bobby Howell
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella :: Overture
  • Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella :: In My Own Little Corner
  • Performer: Elizabeth Larner (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella :: Marriage Type Love
  • Performer: Denis Quilley (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella :: Impossible
  • Performers: Helen Clare (Voice); Elizabeth Larner (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella :: No Other Love
  • Performer: Denis Quilley (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella :: Waltz For A Ball
  • Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : A Cinderella :: A Lovely Night
  • Performer: Elizabeth Larner (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella :: Ten Minutes Ago
  • Performer: Denis Quilley (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella :: Stepsisters' Lament
  • Performer: Dudley Rolph (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Cinderella :: Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?
  • Performer: Denis Quilley (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gilbert Vinter
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern