Original Cast! 100 Years of the American Musical Theater - The Thirties  (Metropolitan Opera Guild MET 802)
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Original Cast! 100 Years of the American Musical Theater - The Thirties  (Metropolitan Opera Guild MET 802)
PE0345. ORIGINAL CAST! 100 Years of the American Musical Theater - The Thirties, incl. Ruth Etting, Gertrude Lawrence, Ethel Waters, Fred and Adele Astaire, Peggy Wood, Ray Heatherton, plummy-voiced legend Libby Holman, Harry Richman, Clifton Webb, Paul Robeson and lots of Ethel Merman, etc. Metropolitan Opera Guild MET 802, with 90pp. booklet. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! [Most rare to be found in NEW Condition!]

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“This fully annotated double-CD set is one of the best anthologies of American musical theater that one can find. It offers an array of musical legends in recordings of some of their most famous theatrical numbers, usually cut contemporaneously with the musicals themselves (there were no real ‘cast albums’ as such in the 1930s). We have Ruth Etting, Harry Richman, Gertrude Lawrence, Ethel Waters, Fred and Adele Astaire, Peggy Wood, Ray Heatherton, plummy-voiced legend Libby Holman, Clifton Webb, Paul Robeson and lots of Ethel Merman as well, making this double-CD a priceless compendium, even for casual fans of the stage musical. The one Fred and Adele Astaire cut alone is practically worth the price of the set, and there are 47 tracks total here, all nearly as worthwhile and revelatory as that one. And there's a very well-written, generously annotated booklet, complete with rare cast photos of the period and chock-full of information that's a good week's reading by itself.”

- Bruce Eder, allmusic.com





“The Metropolitan Opera Guild inaugurated a series of compilation albums of music from Broadway musicals with this two-CD set. The recordings come from the vaults of MCA, Sony, and Capitol, and 32 shows are represented on 45 selections in 141 minutes. That includes performers such as Ethel Merman, Pearl Bailey, Gertrude Lawrence and Yul Brynner, Barbara Cook, Elaine Stritch, Jack Cassidy, Rosalind Russell, Richard Kiley, Alfred Drake, Kay Ballard, John Raitt, Mary Martin, Ezio Pinza, and Eartha Kitt, and songs such as "I Have Dreamed," "They Call The Wind Maria," "No Other Love," "Never Never Land," and "You Took Advantage Of Me." But the real delight of the set is finding obscure songs and singers who illuminate the era. The anthology approach is of course somewhat jarring when it abbreviates shows that have already been edited down for their respective cast albums, but especially for the newcomer (and much of this stuff has been out of print for decades) this album will open up the world of Broadway during the early part of its golden age. (A 90-page CD booklet written by Paul Gruber annotates the selections.)”

- William Ruhlmann, allmusic.com