Broadway Through the Gramophone, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Broadway cast album was a concept that didn't catch on with record labels until the 1940s, but musicals served as a source for popular recordings long before that, and one precursor of cast recordings was a series of medleys of show scores performed by all-star (but anonymous) studio groups. Victor Records was the leader in this genre, which flourished from 1909, when the company introduced it, to the early '30s. The Victor Light Opera Company featured major stars of the day, such as Billy Murray and Ada Jones, singing the choruses of several of the major songs from a show, with the results released on a single as "Gems From the Merry Widow," or whatever the show ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Broadway cast album was a concept that didn't catch on with record labels until the 1940s, but musicals served as a source for popular recordings long before that, and one precursor of cast recordings was a series of medleys of show scores performed by all-star (but anonymous) studio groups. Victor Records was the leader in this genre, which flourished from 1909, when the company introduced it, to the early '30s. The Victor Light Opera Company featured major stars of the day, such as Billy Murray and Ada Jones, singing the choruses of several of the major songs from a show, with the results released on a single as "Gems From the Merry Widow," or whatever the show was. And the records were popular: Chart researcher Joel Whitburn's book of chart reconstructions, Pop Memories, lists 24 "Gems from" chart singles for the Victor Light Opera Company between 1909 and 1925. Naturally, other labels followed suit. This CD reissue, the first of four volumes, presents 35 of the medleys, putting them in chronological order by show. The labels quickly ran out of current musicals to summarize and began looking back in history. The opening track here presents excerpts from six songs from the 1844 show The Bohemian Girl, recorded in 1923 by the Brunswick Light Opera Company, and the set doesn't get to 1909 musicals until its last six selections. The result is a previously unheard history of musicals in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, clearly tracing a development from European operetta to more contemporary American styles. The advent of Victor Herbert with The Wizard of the Nile in 1895 is crucial. Sound quality on these transfers from records originally released between 1909 and 1924 is not great, of course, but the chance to hear this rare music is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Pearl
  • UPC: 727031008224
  • Catalog Number: 82
  • Sales rank: 308,873

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Bohemian Girl (4:33)
  2. 2 Maritana (4:16)
  3. 3 Giroflé-Girofla (4:16)
  4. 4 The Chimes of Normandy (4:29)
  5. 5 Olivette (4:31)
  6. 6 The Mascot (4:11)
  7. 7 The Queen's Lace Handkerchief (3:54)
  8. 8 Erminie (4:33)
  9. 9 Robin Hood (9:22)
  10. 10 Rob Roy (4:25)
  11. 11 The Wizard of the Nile (4:07)
  12. 12 The Serenade (3:59)
  13. 13 The Belle of New York (3:59)
  14. 14 A Runaway Girl (4:13)
  15. 15 The Fortune Teller (4:31)
  16. 16 The Singing Girl (4:48)
  17. 17 San Toy (4:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Florodora (4:26)
  2. 2 King Dodo (4:10)
  3. 3 The Mocking Bird (4:28)
  4. 4 The Sultan of Sulu (4:05)
  5. 5 The Prince of Pilsen (4:13)
  6. 6 Babes in Toyland (4:27)
  7. 7 It Happened in Nordland (4:15)
  8. 8 Mlle. Modiste (4:22)
  9. 9 The Red Mill (4:06)
  10. 10 The Merry Widow (4:38)
  11. 11 Three Twins (4:27)
  12. 12 Algeria (4:32)
  13. 13 Havana (3:59)
  14. 14 The Beauty Spot (4:18)
  15. 15 The Candy Shop (3:12)
  16. 16 A Broken Idol (4:02)
  17. 17 The Dollar Princess (3:56)
  18. 18 The Chocolate Soldier (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Columbia Light Opera Company Track Performer
Victor Light Opera Company Track Performer
Victor Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jack Raymond Producer
Roger Beardsley Mastering
Gerald Bordman Liner Notes
Reginald de Koven Composer
Lionel Monckton Composer
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