Friday, June 22, 2012

Oklahoma!: Original Cast Album

"Contributing a great deal to Oklahoma!'s success was Decca Records' landmark original cast album. Although record companies in Great Britain had been capturing stage performers in songs from their shows for decades, the idea had never caught on in the United States. ... Oklahoma! marked the first time the entire cast of a musical went into a studio to record its score using the original orchestrations under the direction of the show's conductor. The result was a re-creation of Oklahoma! in audio terms, allowing people everywhere to vicariously enjoy what those lucky enough to obtain tickets to the show were experiencing in New York City and leaving listeners with a hunger to see the show for themselves. Decca's album sold so well Billboard was forced to put Oklahoma! on its 'Best Selling Singles' chart in December, 1943, where it appeared for two weeks, creatinig a demand for further original cast recordings" (reissue notes by Max O. Preeo).

View catalog record here!