Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Pearl Bailey|
St. Louis Woman (1946 Original Broadway Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
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Out-of-Print but worth a hunt!
Mark Andrew Lawrence | Toronto | 03/08/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Capitol Records made their first original cast album of this 1946 show by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. The album was issued as a set of five 10-inch 78 RPM records and in the early 1950s was briefly released as a 10-inch Lp. In the late 1960s Capitol re-released it on a 12-inch record in "fake" stereo. None of these editions stayed in the catalogue long.
Neither did Broadway Angel's CD edition which came out in 1992.
The show had only a short run, and has never been revived. (The original orchestrations were lost. A 1998 Encore reconstruction yielded a fuller recording available from Decca.)
This CD comes with a great set of notes including a detailed synopsis. Best of all it preserves the wonderful orginal cast: Pearl Bailey, Ruby Hill and Harold Nicholas. Several songs from this show became standards: "Come Rain or Come Shine," "Any Place I Hang My Hat is Home" and "It's a Woman's Prerogative."
Search high and low for a copy of this one!
UPDATE: AUGUST 2006...this has been reissued by DRG!"