The Rodgers & Hammerstein Songbook

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sony Music Entertainment celebrated the 50th anniversary of the partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1993 by compiling this CD-length collection of songs by the pair drawn from original Broadway cast albums and other recordings from the company's catalog, originally released in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s by Columbia Records, Sony's flagship label. During the era, Columbia competed with such rivals as Decca Records and RCA Victor Records for the right to record original Broadway cast albums, and Rodgers & Hammerstein did not contract with any label for more than one show at a time. So, for example, the first show that Columbia got was South ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Sony Music Entertainment celebrated the 50th anniversary of the partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II in 1993 by compiling this CD-length collection of songs by the pair drawn from original Broadway cast albums and other recordings from the company's catalog, originally released in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s by Columbia Records, Sony's flagship label. During the era, Columbia competed with such rivals as Decca Records and RCA Victor Records for the right to record original Broadway cast albums, and Rodgers & Hammerstein did not contract with any label for more than one show at a time. So, for example, the first show that Columbia got was South Pacific, the fourth Rodgers & Hammerstein production, in 1949. The label also got Flower Drum Song in 1958 and The Sound of Music, the final Rodgers & Hammerstein show, in 1959, and it also released an album drawn from the Rodgers & Hammerstein television musical Cinderella in 1957. It did not get to handle such shows as Oklahoma!, Carousel, and The King & I, but compilation producer Didier C. Deutsch makes up for that by substituting selections from a 1952 studio cast album of Oklahoma! featuring Nelson Eddy and a 1964 studio cast album of The King & I featuring Barbara Cook. Carousel posed more of a problem, which Deutsch solved after a fashion by using a rendition of "Carousel Waltz" recorded by the New York Philharmonic in 1954 and conducted by Rodgers himself. Still, such favorites as "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone" are missed. Nor does Deutsch mention anywhere in his liner notes that many of the selections do not derive from the original Broadway cast albums, and the back cover of the album, which does not credit individual songs to particular performers, also obscures the point. That said, the album does feature a batch of major Broadway performers -- including Julie Andrews and Mary Martin -- singing some of Rodgers & Hammerstein's best-known songs. It may not be the best possible one-disc collection of their work, but it is a very good one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1993
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074645333120
  • Catalog Number: 53331
  • Sales rank: 22,478

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh, What a Beautiful Morning - Nelson Eddy (3:19)
  2. 2 The Surrey with the Fringe on Top - Virginia Haskins (5:48)
  3. 3 People Will Say We're in Love - Virginia Haskins (4:34)
  4. 4 Out of My Dreams - Virginia Haskins (2:44)
  5. 5 Carousel Waltz (7:54)
  6. 6 Some Enchanted Evening - Ezio Pinza (3:01)
  7. 7 There Is Nothin' Like a Dame (3:36)
  8. 8 A Wonderful Guy - Mary Martin (3:29)
  9. 9 Younger Than Springtime - Billy Tabbert (3:26)
  10. 10 I Whistle a Happy Tune - Barbara Cook (2:07)
  11. 11 Getting to Know You - Barbara Cook (3:12)
  12. 12 Shall We Dance? - Barbara Cook (3:44)
  13. 13 In My Own Little Corner - Julie Andrews (3:45)
  14. 14 Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful? - Jon Cypher (2:48)
  15. 15 I Enjoy Being a Girl - Pat Suzuki (3:34)
  16. 16 Sunday - Larry Blyden (4:18)
  17. 17 My Favorite Things - Patricia Neway (2:46)
  18. 18 Do-Re-Mi - Mary Martin (5:52)
  19. 19 Climb Ev'ry Mountain - Patricia Neway (3:29)
  20. 20 Edelweiss - Mary Martin (2:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rodgers & Hammerstein Primary Artist, Conductor
Theodore Bikel Vocals, Track Performer
Barbara Cook Vocals, Track Performer
Nelson Eddy Vocals, Track Performer
Richard Rodgers Conductor
Julie Andrews Vocals, Track Performer
Mary Martin Vocals, Track Performer
Portia Nelson Vocals, Track Performer
Pat Suzuki Vocals, Track Performer
Ezio Pinza Vocals, Track Performer
Lehman Engel Conductor, Choir Master
Billy Tabbert Vocals, Track Performer
Jim Hawthorne Vocals
Frederick Dvonch Conductor
Alfred Antonini Conductor
Jon Cypher Vocals, Track Performer
Don Fellows Vocals
Thomas Gleason Vocals
Virginia Haskins Vocals, Track Performer
Patricia Neway Vocals, Track Performer
William Snowden Vocals
Joseph Stewart Vocals
Larry Blyden Vocals, Track Performer
Alan Gilbert Vocals
Lauri Peters Vocals
Marilyn Rogers Vocals
Henry Mitchell Vocals
Evanna Lien Vocals
Salvatore Dell'Isola Conductor, Choir Master
Technical Credits
Woody Guthrie Composer
New York Philharmonic Contributor
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes
Bud Graham Engineer
Goddard Lieberson Producer
Ed Michalski Producer, Engineer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Thomas Z. Shepard Producer
Robert Waller Producer, Engineer
Anthony Janek Engineer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction, Cover Design
Darcy Proper Mastering
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