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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado [1973 Recording] - Colin Wright (vocals); D'Oyly Carte Chorus & Orchestra; John Ayldon (vocals); John Broad (vocals); John Reed (vocals); Kenneth Sandford (vocals); Lyndsie Holland (vocals); Michael Rayner (vocals); Pauline Wales (vocals); Peggy Ann Jones (vocals)
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  1. The Mikado (The Town of Titipu), operetta
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This is one of the Decca stereo recordings of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas that does not include dialog. Thanks to the popularity of the work, it is familiar enough that missing the few plot points that occur in dialog doesn't hurt it. However, this is a somewhat disappointing performance and recording by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company compared to the others in this series of reissues. Longtime principal comedian John Reed is Ko-Ko. As usual, his patter isn't as fast as other's, but he can be amusing in his perplexity ...