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NN 0848

WILSON: Boy Friend (The) (Orginal London Cast) / SLADE: Salad Days (Original London Cast) (1954)

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2009


Artists:


Edward Rubach

piano

Robert Docker

piano

Julian Slade

piano

Stan Edwards

piano

Anne Rogers

vocals

Anthony Hayes

vocals

Christine Finn

vocals

Denise Hirst

vocals

Eleanor Drew

vocals

James Cairncross

vocals

John Rutland

vocals

John Warner

vocals

Stan Violetta

vocals

Engineer:

Alan Bunting



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 75:34
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SANDY WILSON

1 

The Boy Friend (orchestral selections)

5:49
 
     
 

The Boy Friend (Original London Cast Recording)

 
2 Overture 1:17
 Stan Edwards piano
     
3 Perfect Young Ladies (The Girls) 1:09
 Anne Rogers vocals
     
4 The Boy Friend (Polly, The Girls, The Boys) 0:49
 Denise Hirst vocals
     
5 Won't You Charleston With Me (Maisie, Bobby) 1:39
 Stan Edwards piano
     
6 Fancy Forgetting (Mme Dubonnet, Percival Browne) 1:55
 Stan Edwards piano
     
7 I Could Be Happy With You (Polly, Tony) 2:48
 Stan Edwards piano
     
8 Sur Le Plage (The Girls, The Boys) 1:28
 Stan Edwards piano
     
9 A Room In Bloomsbury (Polly, Tony) 2:44
 Anthony Hayes vocals
     
10 It's Nicer In Nice (Hortense, The Girls, The Boys) 1:37
 Stan Violetta vocals
     
11 The Riviera (The Girls, The Boys) 1:40
 Stan Edwards piano
     
12 It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love (Lord Brockhurst, Dulcie) 3:03
 John Rutland vocals
     
13 Carnival Tango 1:23
 Stan Edwards piano
     
14 Poor Little Pierrette (Mme Durbonnet, Polly) 1:51
 Stan Edwards piano
     
15 Reprise: The Boy Friend - I Could Be Happy With You (Company) 1:24
 Denise Hirst vocals
     
 

JULIAN SLADE

16 

Salad Days (instrumental selections)

5:26
 Julian Slade piano
     
 

Salad Days (Original London Cast Recording)

 
17 The Things That Are Done By A Don (Company) 1:27
 Christine Finn vocals
     
18 We Said We Wouldn't Look Back (Timothy, Jane) 3:38
 John Warner vocals
     
19 Find Yourself Something To Do (Timothy's family) 1:06
 Edward Rubach piano
     
20 I Sit In The Sun (Jane) 3:26
 Eleanor Drew vocals
     
21 Oh, Look At Me (Timothy, Jane) 3:08
 Robert Docker piano
     
22 Hush-Hush (Uncle Clam) 3:01
 James Cairncross vocals
     
23 Out Of Breath (Company) 3:18
 Christine Finn vocals
     
24 Cleopatra (The Manager) 2:31
 Robert Docker piano
     
25 It's Easy To Sing (Timothy, Jane, Nigel) 3:10
 Edward Rubach piano
     
26 We're Looking For A Piano (Jane, Fiona, Nigel, Company) 3:04
 Edward Rubach piano
     
27 The Time Of My Life (Jane) 2:48
 Edward Rubach piano
     
28 The Saucer Song (Uncle Zed, Timothy, Jane) 1:50
 Edward Rubach piano
     
29 Reprise: We Said We Wouldn't Look Back - It's Easy To Sing - I Sit In The Sun - We're Looking For A Piano - … (Timothy, Jane, Company) 7:05
 Edward Rubach piano


British Theatre in the 1950s was a strange harmony of contrasts. Writers of the calibre of John Osborne and Harold Pinter were bringing a new era of realism to the stage with such plays as Osborne’s Look Back in Anger and Pinter’s The Birthday Party, while at the same time the very different but equally noteworthy talents of newcomers Sandy Wilson and Julian Slade were providing a welcome continuation of the long-established tradition of light English frothy musical comedies, à la Novello and Coward, which concentrated on entertainment without any attempt at enlightenment. Wilson and Slade were more or less contemporaries, Wilson having been born in 1924 and Slade in 1930.  Each got his first experience of writing and acting at university, Wilson writing for and appearing in revues, and Slade writing undergraduate musicals and acting in Shakespeare. Thereafter, their respective careers took divergent directions, but in each case, their growth as writers eventually resulted in their names being in lights in the West End as authors of the hit musicals that are featured in these recordings.
  While this Original Cast recording of The Boy Friend features the two-pianos-plus-rhythm accompaniment used in the theatre, The London Orchestra provides its own overture to this reissue, with full, rich orchestral versions of five of the best-known songs from the score. Then Anne Rogers, Denise Hirst and Anthony Hayes lead the listener through a glorious wallow in 1920s nostalgia as the story of Polly Browne and her friends at finishing school in the south of France unfolds, and true love conquers all in the end. There’s not a dull song in the entire score, but perhaps the best-known are I Could Be Happy With You, It’s Never Too Late To Fall In Love, Fancy Forgetting, A Room In Bloomsbury, and the title song. Stan Edwards leads the accompaniment from the piano, with an unnamed pianist and drummer in support.
 The twelve songs from ’Salad Days’ that are heard here, both in their original form as performed by a talented cast that includes Eleanor Drew, John Warner, James Cairncross, Michael Meacham and Christine Finn, with pianists Edward Rubach and Robert Docker, and in his own two-piano versions with (probably) Arthur Sanford and an unnamed drummer. Common to both sets of performances are five of the most memorable songs from the show: We’re Looking For A Piano, I Sit In The Sun, Oh, Look At Me, It’s Easy To Sing, The Time Of My Life and We Said We Wouldn’t Look Back.
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