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Oklahoma! [MCA/Capitol]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, who controlled the rights to their record-breaking landmark musical Oklahoma!, took their time putting together a film version, with the movie not arriving until 12 and a half years after the show's Broadway opening. The songwriters' unusual power over the production assured that it would be more faithful than most Hollywood treatments. Only two songs, "Lonely Room" and "It's a Scandal! It's a Outrage!," were excised from the stage show for the two-and-a-half-hour film, for which conductor Jay Blackton and Robert Russell Bennett's orchestrations were retained. The casting responded more to musical ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist/librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, who controlled the rights to their record-breaking landmark musical Oklahoma!, took their time putting together a film version, with the movie not arriving until 12 and a half years after the show's Broadway opening. The songwriters' unusual power over the production assured that it would be more faithful than most Hollywood treatments. Only two songs, "Lonely Room" and "It's a Scandal! It's a Outrage!," were excised from the stage show for the two-and-a-half-hour film, for which conductor Jay Blackton and Robert Russell Bennett's orchestrations were retained. The casting responded more to musical values than to box office clout, with Gordon MacRae, best known for several cinematic pairings with Doris Day, taking the male lead role of Curly and 20-year-old Shirley Jones, a Rodgers and Hammerstein discovery, making her film debut as Laurey, the female lead. The two, along with Gloria Grahame in the showcase role of lusty Ado Annie, brought a vocal assurance to their singing that allowed them to be intimate and conversational, giving detail to an otherwise lavish and possibly oversized production. These qualities come off especially well on the soundtrack album, as do Bennett's arrangements, which really shine in the stereo separation denied them on the original Broadway cast album. The result is an outstanding rendering of the score that gives it a bigger, broader interpretation and has continued to sound impressive over the decades, which may be one reason why the album, which topped the charts upon release and sold more than two million copies, has remained in print continually since it first appeared.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1993
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811079826
  • Catalog Number: 10798

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture (4:52)
  2. 2 Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin' - Alfred Drake (2:36)
  3. 3 The Surrey With the Fringe on Top - Gloria Grahame (4:53)
  4. 4 Kansas City - Charlotte Greenwood (2:36)
  5. 5 I Can't Say No - Gloria Grahame (3:10)
  6. 6 Many A New Day - Joan Roberts (3:09)
  7. 7 People Will Say We're in Love - Gordon MacRae (4:21)
  8. 8 Pore Jud is Daid - Rod Steiger (4:16)
  9. 9 Out of My Dreams - Shirley Jones (2:25)
  10. 10 The Farmer and the Cowman - Gloria Grahame (2:58)
  11. 11 All Er Nothin' - Gloria Grahame (2:59)
  12. 12 Oklahoma - Charlotte Greenwood (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shirley Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Gordon MacRae Vocals, Track Performer
James Whitmore Vocals, Track Performer
Alfred Drake Vocals, Track Performer
Mixed Chorus & Orchestra Track Performer
Jay C. Flippen Track Performer
Rod Steiger Vocals, Track Performer
Carl Nelson Vocals
Robert Penn Vocals
Simon Vocals
Celeste Holm Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Harrison Dancer
Joan Roberts Vocals, Track Performer
Virginia Oswald Vocals
Jay Blackton Conductor
Bobby Barrentine Dancer
Kenneth Buffet Dancer
Joseph Buloff Vocals, Track Performer
Howard Da Silva Vocals, Track Performer
Margit Dekova Dancer
Lee Dixion Vocals
Kate Friedlich Dancer
Herbert Rissman Vocals
Paul Shiers Vocals
Faye Smith Vocals
Vivian Smith Dancer
Billie Zay Dancer
Elsie Arnold Vocals
John Baum Vocals
Edwin Clay Vocals
Hayes Gordon Vocals
Suzanne Lloyd Vocals
Ellen Love Vocals
Dorothea MacFarland Vocals
Shirley Jones Vocals
Lee Dixon Track Performer
Bambi Linn Dancer
Diana Adams Dancer
Gene Nelson Vocals, Track Performer
Charlotte Greenwood Vocals, Track Performer
Harvey Brown Vocals
Ralph Riggs Vocals
Betty Garde Vocals
Jay Flippen Vocals
Joan McCracken Dancer
Gloria Grahame Vocals
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
Peter Matz Contributor
Robert Russell Bennett Arranger, Orchestration
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist
Andy McKaie Executive Producer
Bob Norberg Remastering
Simon Contributor
Vartan Art Direction
Martin Owen Contributor
David Foil Liner Notes
Max O. Preeo Liner Notes
Ron O'Brien Producer
Jacob Schwartzdorf Director
Vivienne Simon Contributor
Barry Kelley Contributor
Marc Platt Contributor
Robert Norberg Contributor, Remastering
Fred Zinnemann Director, Contributor
Robert Helfer Contributor
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