LP0215. THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939 M-G-M Soundtrack, w.Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke. M-G-M black label E 3464.
“Although the MGM movie version of THE WIZARD OF OZ was released in 1939, this soundtrack album wasn't released until 1956, to coincide with its first showing on television. Before this album, there had been many records made of songs from the movie, even some with the original cast, but this was the first time people could own an album of the ‘original soundtrack’. Not only did it contain all of the songs, but it also contained passages of dialogue with musical underscore, exactly as heard in the film. This was one of the first times that a person could play the record, and hear the story of the film, and it was edited in such a way that you didn't have to have seen the film to enjoy the record.
The showing of THE WIZARD OF OZ on televison was an immediate success, and continues to this day. Because of this, the original soundtrack album has never been out of print. However, over the years, it has been reissued many times, in many different editions, and also, due to the advent of the CD, expanded to include more film content.”
- The Wonderful Wiki of Oz