Sunday, September 16, 2012

Original Theatrical Cast
"The Wizard of Oz - Original Soundtrack" (Vinyl)

This is the original soundtrack from the 1939 film starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Frank Morgan.
What's odd about this recording is that it sounds exactly as if it were ripped from the film reel and slapped onto vinyl.

I'm accustomed to soundtracks being a collection of music used in the film that is usually beautifully presented, mixed and engineered in precise ways.  This record sounds more like someone held a tape recorder up to the theater loudspeaker and watched the entire movie.

Also, there is dialogue in between the songs which help tell the story, but it does make this less a "soundtrack" and more of a book on tape.

Still, what better way to start a morning when you have to go play a three-hour opera and then have an additional two and a half hour rehearsal in another state after that?!  We're not in Kansas any more...

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