Oh, Kay! [1955 Studio Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

Oh, Kay! [1955 Studio Cast] [Bonus Tracks]

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George and Ira Gershwin's 1926 musical Oh, Kay! came along 17 years before it became common for record companies to record original Broadway cast albums, so there is no such collection of its music on disc as performed by the cast led by Gertrude Lawrence. At Columbia Records in the late '40s and …  See more details below

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George and Ira Gershwin's 1926 musical Oh, Kay! came along 17 years before it became common for record companies to record original Broadway cast albums, so there is no such collection of its music on disc as performed by the cast led by Gertrude Lawrence. At Columbia Records in the late '40s and '50s, producer Goddard Lieberson and conductor Lehman Engel recorded their own studio cast versions of such vintage shows, however, and here they take on the Gershwin opus, hiring four singers, Barbara Ruick (seen and heard as the second lead in the film version of Carousel in 1956), Jack Cassidy (of Broadway's Wish You Were Here and several other Columbia re-creations), Allen Case, and Roger White. Cy Walter and Bernie Leighton provide twin piano parts in the manner of Ohman and Arden, along with an orchestra and chorus. The result is a vivid if antiseptic treatment of the music. Including the ten songs from the score, Lieberson and Engel don't disprove the notion that the show's one standard, "Someone to Watch Over Me," and its other songs that have found a life outside the theater -- "Maybe," "Clap Yo' Hands," and "Do, Do, Do" -- are the best of the score. But the other songs are good second-drawer Gershwin and deserve to have been recorded. (While the show was in preparation, Ira Gershwin suffered appendicitis, so Howard Dietz was brought in to contribute some lyrics to "Heaven on Earth" and "Oh, Kay!") It's good that there is now an LP version of the music, even in this cut-and-dried form. In 1998, when the album was prepared for CD reissue, producer Didier C. Deutsch silently re-sequenced the tracks to be in the same order that the songs were sung on-stage; the makers of the LP had moved back "Do, Do, Do," probably to even up the time lengths on the two sides of the vinyl disc. Deutsch couldn't find any bonus tracks from the recording sessions, but he appended a recording of "Maybe" by Mary Martin made in 1949 and 1926 solo piano performances of "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Clap Yo' Hands" by George Gershwin himself.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/1998
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646070321
catalogNumber:
60703

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Gershwin   Vocals,Track Performer
Bernie Leighton   Piano,Conductor
Mary Martin   Vocals,Track Performer
Jack Cassidy   Vocals,Track Performer
Lehman Engel   Conductor
Cy Walter   Piano,Conductor
Barbara Ruick   Vocals,Track Performer
Allen Case   Vocals,Track Performer
Roger White   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Larry Young   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Howard Dietz   Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Goddard Lieberson   Producer
Edward Jablonski   Liner Notes
Ken Fredette   Art Direction
Barbara Ruick   Contributor
Allen Case   Contributor
Eleanor Becker   Editorial Production
Roger White   Contributor

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Oh, Kay! [1955 Studio Cast] [Bonus Tracks] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will definitely enjoy this cd however you might want to check out:

Oh, Kay! (1994 Studio Recording) [CAST RECORDING] - instead!