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Customer Reviews for: Romberg: Desert Song / Tozzi, Barr, Palmer, Engel

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 Dreadful Recording October 29, 2012
By James W. (Carmel, IN) -- See All My Reviews
Whatever prompted Masterworks to release this bomb? Tozzi has a nice voice, but he sounds as though he's mailing in his performance, and the least said about Kathy Barr the better. Say what you will about Nelson Eddy, but his recording (with Doretta Morrow, et. al, also arranged and conducted by Lehman Engel) is far better. It has life and zest, much better soloists, and a superior chorus. The sound on my old LP is equal to this early Living Stereo release, and it's in old-fashioned mono! Come on, Masterworks. There are dozens of titles in your vaults more worthy of release than this. Report Abuse

 Not worth reviving October 23, 2012
By Eugene G. (philadelphia, PA) -- See All My Reviews
RCA did some very impressive show and revival recordings during the late 50s, but this is not one of them. The sound totally lacks any theatrical ambiance, since it sounds like the performers are all singing directly into microphones. Worst offender is Kathy Barr who totally lacks the voice or technique for this quasi-operatic style of music. Final problem is the new, tacky and very late 50s orchestrations by Lehman Engle, who usually could be relied upon in this type of repertoire. Report Abuse

 Desert Song Goes Flat October 10, 2012
By freeman gunter (New York, NY) -- See All My Reviews
Romberg's 1920's operetta was an enormous hit in its day and has been successfully revived through the years. On screen, it proved a sturdy vehicle for Mario Lanza as the dashing Red Shadow, by day the mild-mannered Paul. Its old-style romanticism is balanced by a then-modern day sensibility as shown by a song about attitudes toward sex appeal. This song, "It", and the other modern numbers are absent from this very disappointing recording from the late 1950's. Giorgio Tozzi, though strong of voice, is lacking in charm and thin-voiced, shrill Kathy Barr, some sort of night club singer, is perfectly dreadful, almost a joke, as Margot. Nelson Eddy and Doretta Morrow are infinitely better in these roles on a Columbia studio recording (that has never made it to CD). Both recordings share conductor Lehman Engel, whose work on the Columbia set sparkles with joy and verve, lifting the gorgeous melodies off of the printed page and sending them soaring. On this RCA set, with dreary and gratuitious new arrangements, nothing ever gets off the ground. I am sorry i bought this disappointing recording and never intend to play it again. I wasted my money. Maybe it would be a nice mini-frisbee. Report Abuse

 Save your money September 26, 2012
By E. Fisch (Granada Hills, CA) -- See All My Reviews
This recording was buried for 50+ years and for good reason. The great score is mercilessly cut (what happened to It and One Good Boy Gone Wrong). The performances are wooden and the sound is not good even though it says Living Stereo. The label lists LSO-1000 which must have been RCA's first Stereo release. The track listing has an Overture which disappears after about 32 bars into the first song. No recording site is listed but probably Webster Hall in NY--most RCA recordings from that site have poor sound. This was probably quickly withdrawn after Lanza's 1959 recording came out. Lanza's recording is better (if you can still get it) and the sound is also not great but at least is well sung and is more complete. I should have waited for other reviews first. Can I get my money back? Report Abuse

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