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My Ship

James Shigeta


320 Kbps Released June 29, 2018
Stage Door Records

A new CD that brings a pair of swell 1960s LPs into the 21st century gives us our free download this week. The release is Scene One / We Speak the Same Language from Stage Door Records, featuring James Shigeta.

The actor’s name probably doesn’t resonate much today, but when the albums were released he was in the middle of filming the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song. In it, he played Wang Ta, the most eligible bachelor in Chinatown. Shigeta only did one more movie musical, Lost Horizon in 1970s, but he’s never been far away from cameras. He had recurring roles on TV series ranging from Little House on the Prairie to Beverly Hills 90210.

It’s a pity, really, that’s he not done more musicals. His voice on these releases is silky smooth, and he can dreamily croon with the best of them. (Perry Como kept coming to mind while listening.)

For BwayTunes fans, the “go to” on the release will be the tracks that come from We Speak the Same Language. Here, Shigeta’s selections include, among others, “To Look Upon My Love” from Kean and “I’ve Just Seen Her” and the LP’s title track, which both come from All American.  For the download this week, we’ve selected another show tune from “Language,” a lushly seductive rendition of “My Ship” from Lady in the Dark.

After you’ve listened to this terrific track, you can listen to a few others (including some fab renditions of Cole Porter tunes that are on Scene One half of the CD) and purchase this limited edition release by clicking here.

Track / Performer
My Ship by James Shigeta

Music by Kurt Weill

Lyric by Ira Gershwin

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