In 1989, conductor John McGlinn had the idea to record the full score of Cole Porter's 1948 Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate for the first time, using the original orchestrations and including all the dance music. The resulting two-CD set was released on EMI-Angel in 1990. In 1993, Jay Records producer John Yap had the same idea, resulting in another two-CD set. Jay has since licensed out this abridged version of that recording as a single-disc "highlights" collection. Thus, to begin with, one of the chief virtues of the recording is gone; it isn't complete anymore. In fact, at 12 tracks with a running time of 41 and a half minutes, It leaves out some of the main songs -- "Always True to You in My Fashion," "Were Thine That Special Face," "Tom, Dick or Harry" -- along with the minor ones "I Sing of Love" and "Bianca." The cast, led by Thomas Allen, Diana Montague, and Diane Langton, is actually superior to that on the McGlinn recording, but in this cut-down form the recording cannot be recommended over the Original Broadway Cast album or several other subsequent discs.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann