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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

South Pacific - Les Baxter

Bali Ha'i
South Pacific
Les Baxter
Capitol Records T1012

The May 5, 1958 Billboard got it right when they wrote: This is an exciting new approach to the famed Rogers and Hammerstein score. Despite numerous recordings, this can score well. Tempos are altered, and the orchestra colors are superb. It's a wonderful mood set and a pleasantly different companion place to the many vocal treatments. Strong possibilities. Attractive cover.

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