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Wizard of Oz [Rhino Original Soundtrack]
     

Wizard of Oz [Rhino Original Soundtrack]

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With its big budget, and with overseas markets closed due to the beginning of World War II, The Wizard of Oz, amazingly, was not a financial success during its initial theatrical run in 1939. Over the years, however, it became both a film classic and a perennial moneymaker for MGM, especially after the arrival of television and annual network broadcasts that

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With its big budget, and with overseas markets closed due to the beginning of World War II, The Wizard of Oz, amazingly, was not a financial success during its initial theatrical run in 1939. Over the years, however, it became both a film classic and a perennial moneymaker for MGM, especially after the arrival of television and annual network broadcasts that attracted a new generation of young fans. Yet there had never been a real original soundtrack album. (Decca Records had put together what it confusingly called an "original cast album" in 1940, using two Judy Garland studio recordings and other versions of the songs sung by a chorus.) In 1956, MGM Records finally assembled an LP, which was simply an edited version of the actual film soundtrack. The picture ran 101 minutes, and the album cut that down to 40, including the major songs "Over the Rainbow," "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead," "We're Off to See the Wizard," "If I Only Had a Brain" (or "a heart" or "the nerve"), and "If I Were King of the Forest." Lots of Herbert Stothart's Academy Award-winning score was heard accompanying the dialogue by Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke, and others, including such timeless lines as "Toto, I have feeling we're not in Kansas anymore"; "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain"; and, finally, "There's no place like home." The LP had several reissues, the last one by MCA Classics in 1985. By 1989, with the ownership of the MGM film catalog in flux, CBS Records (soon to become Sony Music Entertainment) briefly acquired the rights and put out this expanded reissue, re-edited for the CD era and taking the recording up from 40 minutes to 75. That also included the cut song "The Jitterbug," which featured departed cast member Buddy Ebsen. [Turner later acquired the MGM catalog, and subsequent reissues, again re-configured, were issued on Rhino Records.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/1995
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227199920
catalogNumber:
71999

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Garland   Vocals,Track Performer
Harold Arlen   Piano,Track Performer
Ray Bolger   Vocals,Track Performer
Buddy Ebsen   Vocals,Track Performer
Ken Darby   Vocals,Track Performer
Conrad Salinger   Performing Ensemble
Roger Edens   Piano,Track Performer
MGM Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
George Stoll   Violin,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Billy Bletcher   Vocals,Track Performer
Adriana Caselotti   Voices
Betty Rome   Vocals,Track Performer
Nick Angelo   Vocals
George Bassman   Performing Ensemble
Robert Bradford   Vocals
Lorraine Bridges   Vocals,Track Performer
Tyler Brook   Vocals,Track Performer
Lois Clements   Vocals
Debutantes   Vocals,Group
Abe Dinovitch   Vocals
Zari Elmassian   Vocals
Lois January   Vocals
Virgil Johansen   Vocals
Bert Lahr   Vocals,Track Performer
Elivda Rizzo   Vocals
Herbert Stothart   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Ralph Sudam   Vocals,Track Performer
Frank Morgan All-Stars   Vocals
Leo Arnaud   Performing Ensemble
Paul Marquardt   Performing Ensemble
Murray Cutter   Performing Ensemble
Bobby Watson   Vocals
Billie Burke   Vocals,Track Performer
MGM Studio Chorus   Vocals,Group,Track Performer
Carol Tevis   Vocals
J.D. Jewkes   Vocals
Frank Cucksey   Vocals
Joseph Koziel   Vocals
Jack Haley   Vocals,Actor
King's Men   Vocals
Frank Morgan   Vocals,Track Performer
Harry Stanton   Vocals,Track Performer
Oliver Smith   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Judy Garland   Contributor
Harold Arlen   Composer
Robert Watson   Contributor
Ray Bolger   Contributor
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Chuck "Fingers" Irwin   Contributor
Conrad Salinger   Orchestration
Doug Schwartz   Engineer
Bob Stringer   Arranger
Marilee Bradford   Producer
Bradley Flanagan   Producer
George Stoll   Arranger,Composer
George Bassman   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
Lorraine Bridges   Contributor
Tyler Brook   Contributor
Lois January   Contributor
Bert Lahr   Contributor
Elivda Rizzo   Contributor
Herbert Stothart   Arranger,Composer,Musical Adaptation
Ralph Sudam   Contributor
John Fricke   Liner Notes
Rachel Gutek   Artwork,Art Direction
Coco Shinomiya   Artwork,Art Direction
Leo Arnaud   Orchestration
Murray Cutter   Orchestration
Jack Haley   Contributor
Frank Morgan   Contributor
Oliver Smith   Contributor

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