Oklahoma! [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Oklahoma! [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2001
Label: Angel Records
UPC: 0724352735020
catalogNumber: 27350
Rank: 1624

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gordon MacRae   Vocals,Track Performer
James Whitmore   Vocals,Track Performer
Jay C. Flippen   Vocals
Rod Steiger   Vocals,Track Performer
Jay Blackton   Conductor
Shirley Jones   Vocals
Gene Nelson   Vocals,Track Performer
Charlotte Greenwood   Vocals,Track Performer
Gloria Grahame   Vocals
MGM Studio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Oklahoma Men's Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Oklahoma Cast Ensemble   cast

Technical Credits

Robert Russell Bennett   Arranger
Adolph Deutsch   Adaptation
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer,Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy,Re-Release Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
John Palladino   Producer,Engineer,Mastering Producer
Darcy Proper   Remixing
Charles Granata   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Jessica Novod   Art Direction
Burton Yount   Art Direction
Jessica Novod Berenblat   Art Direction
Darcy M. Proper   Remixing
Gordon H. Jee   Art Direction

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