I have a copy of each CD issue of this recording, and you are correct in that only the first uses the taped performances. All subsequent CD reissues use disc masters. I don't believe that first issue was recalled, however. Columbia knew about the error but kept on selling that version until the R&H 50th Anniversary Edition came out. I am grateful to a fellow blogger who integrated the missing snippet from that release so that you'd never know it was missing in an additional copy I possess.
On Jun 21, 2012, at 9:45 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
> "South Pacific" is said to be Columbia's first major session with tape
> used as a back-up in 49. One of the CDs was issued off the tape, but
> had to be recalled because they used a shortened take of "Carefully
> Taught". I think they went back to the disc masters after that for the
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]