Original Cast! 100 Years of the American Musical Theater - The Forties - Part 2  (Metropolitan Opera Guild MET 804)
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Original Cast! 100 Years of the American Musical Theater - The Forties - Part 2  (Metropolitan Opera Guild MET 804)
PE0346. ORIGINAL CAST! 100 Years of the American Musical Theater - The Forties - Part 2, incl. June Hawkins, Pearl Bailey, Ruby Hill, Harold Nicholas, Mary Martin, Lawrence Winters, Betty Garrett, Ethel Merman, Beatrice Lillie, Elaine Stritch, Nancy Walker, Ray Middleton, Larry Laurence, Brian Sullivan, Ella Logan, David Wayne, Ezio Pinza, Patricia Morrison, Nanette Fabray, David Brooks, Marion Bell, Lee Sullivan, Lisa Kirk, William Tabbert, John Battles, Jack Haley, Ray Bolger, Buddy Clark, Todd Duncan, Inez Matthews, Frank Roane, Eddie Albert, Danny Scholl, Carol Channing, etc. Metropolitan Opera Guild MET 804, with 90pp. booklet. Long out-of-print, Final Copy! [Most rare to be found in NEW Condition!]


“These two volumes, two CDs each, with 45 songs and 41 songs each, respectively, are astonishing documents to the last decade in which the Broadway musical was unchallenged as the major source of America's most sophisticated popular songs. Some of the performers represented will surprise those listeners who come from a television background. The failures, as usual, are the most interesting parts of any collection such as this. The annotation is eminently readable, yet exhaustive in its detail on both volumes, and the mix of the pleasingly familiar and the astonishing rarities is in perfect balance on both volumes. And the sound ranges from good to excellent on these two fine collections.”

- 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