Original play recordings will always win out for the people that saw it. However I grew up with this movie and there is no other version for me. I have visions of the people and the story as the different song comes up. It was the lyrics to "Some Enchanted Evening" that actually convinced me to get married. And even today I find my self singing "Younger Than Springtime" to my wife. However I do not look it. I even did a review of the movie the day that Ray Walston ...Luther Billis died. [South Pacific (1958) ASIN: 6305283362]. I will mot go through all the songs on this album. Just if you pick one album this is it. And if you like other versions then you should still add this to the collection for contrast. One day you will want to make this your own.
Mitzi Gaynor singing, playing and dancing 'Nelly' and Rossano Brazzi her 'Frenchman' and all the other unforgettable characters, this CD will always be the sound of my youth for me and something to dream of...I saw that film when I did a students exchange to Manchester in England, and I still keep the ticket as a reminder! Many years later I did read Michener's Story and was a bit disappointed, the Film was so much more beautiful! And so, this lovely CD is for me a 'must'!
There is nothing inherently wrong with this recording. It just feels so ... unnecessary. I admit I have not seen the movie yet so I might feel differently afterwards for it is always nice to have an aural document to listen to and remember the visuals. Still, nice as much of the score might be, the performances here are able but not outstanding. I always dislike the dubbing of performers because I think it should be possible to find actors, even some with box-office power, who can sing well enough to be castable in a musical. It borders on the absurd, however, in the case of Juanita Hall, who won a Tony for her portrayal of Bloody Mary in the original Broadway production, was retained for the movie but dubbed by Muriel Smith. Smith might even have the nicer voice but not by that much so Hall could just have well sung her songs herself. Giorgio Tozzi dubbed Rossano Brazzi, Bill Lee dubbed John Kerr, so one should be grateful that Mitzi Gaynor sang her songs herself, doing well but, again, without evoking the feeling that her versions are ones one could not do without. The fact that this recording makes do without dialogue actually helps in this case because Nellie Forbush comes across as less annoying - but the overall sound is very early soundtracky so I would really advise people to only buy this recording if they like any of the singers or love "South Pacific" so much that they need every version.