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British Musicals of 1957 Highlights (The Good Companions (film)/Harmony Close/Grab Me A Gondola/Free As Air)
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This generously packed disc offers highlights from four British musicals of 1957.
The film THE GOOD COMPANIONS had a zestful score (possibly sung by Jill Day and Michael Holliday who dubbed two of its stars), creating a musical extravaganza from the original J B Priestley story. It is followed by most of the original cast recording of HARMONY CLOSE, a snappy picture of a London community with a big-band-cum-revue score and an interesting cast including Rose Hill as an ex-Madame. GRAB ME A GONDOLA was one of the year's greatest successes, and is represented here by the four songs that became hugely popular, and made Joan Heal such a star. Finally, there is a vocal selection from FREE AS AIR, Julian Slade's hit musical at the Savoy Theatre, performed here by the Peter Knight Singers and Orchestra. Sound restoration by Alan Bunting.

With: Joan Heal, Zack Matalon, Jo Ann Bayless, Rose Hill


Rossi-Roberts-Parsons / Incidental music by Laurie Johnson
1. Good companions
2. This kind of love
3. Where there's you there's me
4. If only
5. Round the world in eighty minutes [Roberts-Parsons]
Musical director: Lou Levy with the Associated British Studio Orchestra

Book and lyrics Charles Ross Music Ronald Cass and Charles Ross
6. Opening / Good morning
7. Getting nowhere fast
8. Undesirable elements
9. Great big city / London is a village
10. Don't knock
11. Goodbye to all that
12. I go round in a whirl
13. Nothing to do in London
14. Goodnight until today
15. Lovely weather for ducks
16. Why should I care?
17. Exercising the dog
18. Life should be a lively thing
Original London cast Musical director: Leonard Morris

Book by Julian More - Lyrics by James Gilbert and Julian More
Music by James Gilbert
19. Grab me a gondola
20. That's my biography
21. Cravin' for the Avon
22. Man, not a mouse
Original London cast Musical director: Frank Cordell

Book and lyrics by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade
Music by Julian Slade
23. I'm up early
24. Let the grass grow
25. Nothing but sea and sky
26. The boat's in
27. Man from the mainland
28. Free as air
29. Holiday island
30. I've got my feet on the ground
31. Testudo
32. Terhou
33. Finale
Vocal Selections by the Peter Knight Singers & Orchestra

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