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At the Capri Theatre, Adelaide, Australia
Wurlitzer 4/24

Cassette $12

THE ORGAN
The Capri Theatre in Adelaide belongs to the Victoria Division of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia, and houses what must be the finest theatre organ South of the Equator, certainly one of the great instruments of the world. It was recorded by Australia's top organists for the album Five Alive! in 1985. Since that time nine ranks have been added and the instrument has been completely re-voiced and now has a truly magnificent Wurlitzer sound.

THE MUSIC
Most of the music is well known. "San Francisco" is Don's theme song. Zacatecas is an exciting march from the Mexican state of that name. "Bali H'ai" and "The March Hare" are the first tunes Don played on TV and radio respectively in England in the early sixties. The "Praeludium" is Don's arrangement of the classic piece by Gordon Young. Hear those pedals go! "Leicester Square Looks Round" was written by John Howlett when he was organist at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London. "Hot Dog" is a recreation of the famous 1930's recording by organist Sidney Torch. "While We're Young" was sung by Judy Garland with Don at the piano, oh so many years ago! The "Procession" comes from the opera Mlada by Rimsky Korsakoff. Billy Nalle, famous American theatre organist, wrote the whimsical "Trio," and the final piece, "Toccata" is also by an organist, David Hegarty, who plays at the Castro Theatre, San Francisco.

 

Playlist:

Side 1
San Francisco, Zacatecas March, Vincent Youmans Medley (Hallelujah!, Sometime’s I’m Happy, I Want to be Happy, More Than You Know, Tea for Two, No No Nanette), Bali H’ai, Moon River, The March Hare, Somewhere Out There, Praeludium

Side 2
Leicester Square Looks Round, Babes in Arms Medley (Where or When, The Lady Is a Tramp, My Funny Valentine, Johnny One Note), If, Hot Dog, While We’re Young, I Get a Kick out of You, Procession of the Nobles, Trio in a Style of Bach, Toccata

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