Oklahoma! (remastered) (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Joan Roberts, Celeste Holm
Composer: Rodgers, Richard
Lyricist: Hammerstein II, Oscar
Drake, Alfred/Roberts, Joan
The first complete Broadway cast album ever recorded starring Alfred Drake, Joan Roberts, Howard da Silva, Celeste Holm and Lee Dixon!
16 Tracks Total including "Pore Jud is Daid (alternate take/complete version)".
16 Tracks total.
Most of the songs from Oklahoma! were released on a record album by Decca Records in 1943 containing six 10-inch double-sided discs in 78 RPM format. It was the first U.S. cast album featuring the original Broadway cast of a musical. It sold over a million copies, prompting the label to call the cast back into the studio to record three additional selections that had been left out of the first set. These were issued as Oklahoma! Volume Two. In 1949, Decca re-released the first set on LP but not the second set, which soon became a very rare collectors' item. All subsequent LP releases were similarly incomplete. Finally in 2000, Decca Broadway went back to the original glass masters to generate a new high fidelity transfer of the complete song program and released it on CD, utilizing the original 78 album artwork.
The success of the original Oklahoma! cast album set a precedent for the production of original cast recordings of Broadway musicals, which became an essential part of a musical's dissemination and endurance in popular culture. Later cast recordings of Oklahoma! include the 1979 Broadway revival cast recording, the 1980 London revival cast recording, the 1998 Royal National Theatre revival cast recording, and a soundtrack album of the 1955 film. There have also been more than 20 studio cast recordings of the show, featuring stars such as Nelson Eddy, John Raitt, Hugh Jackman and Florence Henderson in the leading roles.