Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box, 1935-1988 [Box]

Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box, 1935 1988 [Box]


The first thing to note about Front Row Center: The Broadway Gold Box 1935-1988, a four-CD, 93-track, five-hour box set retrospective, is that it gathers original cast recordings of Broadway shows exclusively from the MCA catalog, most of them originally released on Decca. Decca was the first major American record label to release cast albums, starting with Oklahoma! in 1943 (though it brought Broadway stars into the studio to record isolated tracks as early as 1935), and, as annotator Max O. Preeo notes, it had the field to itself, not joined by Columbia until 1946 or RCA Victor until 1947. From then until the '70s, when the majors stopped recording musicals on a regular basis, the three labels competed for shows, Decca frequently losing out. Therefore, compilation producer Ron O'Brien necessarily weights the set heavily toward the period of Decca's dominance: 15 tracks come from before Oklahoma!, and more than half the album dates from the '40s. (In fact, the focus on early material is even greater than the recording dates suggest, since many of the later selections come from revivals.) Even so, this is a rich collection. The shows include Pins & Needles, Porgy and Bess, This Is the Army, Oklahoma!, One Touch of Venus, On the Town, Carousel, Annie Get Your Gun, Anything Goes, Where's Charley?, Lost in the Stars, Call Me Madam, Guys & Dolls, Lady in the Dark, The King and I, Wonderful Town, On Your Toes, Man of la Mancha, Applause, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Evita, Big River, and Me and My Girl. All of which is to say that, despite its limitations, Front Row Center presents a large chunk of the best-remembered show music of more than 50 years. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 008811135324
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Track listings

  • 1. Oklahoma! Finale Joan Roberts/Alfred Drake
  • 2. Paree Beatrice Lillie
  • 3. Nobody Makes A Pass At Me Millie Weitz
  • 4. Chain Store Daisy Ruth Rubinstein
  • 5. South American Way Carmen Miranda
  • 6. My Heart Belongs To Daddy Mary Martin
  • 7. It Never Entered My Mind Shirley Ross
  • 8. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' Todd Duncan
  • 9. I've Still Got My Health Ethel Merman
  • 10. They Didn't Believe Me Julia Sanderson
  • 11. Makin' Whoopee Eddie Cantor
  • 12. Thank You, North America Carmen Miranda
  • 13. We're Having A Baby (My Baby And Me) Eddie Cantor/June Clyde
  • 14. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York Anne Brown/Avon Long
  • 15. I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen Earl Oxford
  • 16. Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning Irving Berlin
  • 17. Surrey With The Fringe On Top, The Alfred Drake
  • 18. I Cain't Say No Celeste Holm
  • 19. That's Him Mary Martin
  • 20. Speak Low Kenny Baker/Mary Martin
  • 21. Thou Swell Dick Foran/Julie Warren
  • 22. To Keep My Love Alive, Pts. 1 & 2 Vivienne Segal
  • 23. Dat's Love Muriel Smith
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. There Must Be Someone For Me June Havoc
  • 2. I Love You Wilbur Evans
  • 3. Something For The Boys Paula Laurence
  • 4. By The Mississinewah Paula Laurence/Betty Garrett
  • 5. Let's Begin Alfred Drake/Paula Laurence
  • 6. Evelina David Brooks/Celeste Holm
  • 7. Eagle And Me, The Arthur Dooley Wilson
  • 8. September Song Walter Huston
  • 9. Strange Music Lawrence Brooks/Helen Bliss
  • 10. Twelve O'clock And All Is Well Gertrude Niesen
  • 11. I Wanna Get Married Gertrude Niesen
  • 12. I Can Cook Too Nancy Walker
  • 13. I Get Carried Away Adolph Green/Betty Comden
  • 14. Close As Pages In A Book Eileen Farrell/Wilbur Evans
  • 15. Currier And Ives Betty Bruce
  • 16. Big Rock Candy Mountain, The Burl Ives
  • 17. If I Loved You Jan Clayton/John Raitt
  • 18. June Is Bustin' Out All Over Christine Johnson/Jean Darling
  • 19. Mountain High, Valley Low Mary Martin
  • 20. South America, Take It Away! Betty Garrett
  • 21. You Can't Get A Man With A Gun Ethel Merman
  • 22. They Say It's Wonderful Ethel Merman
  • 23. Eadie Was A Lady, Pts. 1 & 2 Ethel Merman
  • Disc 3:
  • 1. I Got Rhythm Ethel Merman
  • 2. I Get A Kick Out Of You Ethel Merman
  • 3. Gotta Dance Harold Lang
  • 4. I'm The First Girl In The Second Row Nancy Walker
  • 5. Make A Miracle Allyn Mc Lerie/Ray Bolger
  • 6. Once In Love With Amy Ray Bolger
  • 7. Lost In The Stars Todd Duncan
  • 8. Yodel Blues, The Mary Hatcher/Ken Delmar
  • 9. Girl With A Flame, A Nanette Fabray
  • 10. There Must Be Something Better Than Love Pearl Bailey
  • 11. Hostess With The Mostes' On The Ball, The Ethel Merman
  • 12. I'll Know Isabel Bigley/Robert Alda
  • 13. Adelaide's Lament Vivian Blaine
  • 14. Jenny Gertrude Lawrence
  • 15. Getting To Know You Gertrude Lawrence
  • 16. Ohio Rosalind Russell/Edith Adams
  • 17. Lazy Afternoon Kaye Ballard
  • 18. There's A Small Hotel Kay Coulter/Bobby Van
  • 19. Eleven O'clock Song/Finale Betty Kean/Jane Kean
  • 20. Camille, Collette, Fifi Chita Rivera/Gerrianne Raphael/Pat Hammerlee
  • 21. Sun At My Window, Love At My Door Gloria De Haven/Ricardo Montalban
  • 22. Now Is The Time Johnny Desmond
  • 23. Never Again Johnny Desmond
  • 24. Too Close For Comfort Sammy Davis, Jr.
  • Disc 4:
  • 1. Ladies Dolores Gray
  • 2. Fair Warning Dolores Gray
  • 3. Shy Joe Bova/Carol Burnett
  • 4. Too Long At The Fair Joyce Jameson/Jackie Joseph
  • 5. There's No Tune Like A Show Tune
  • 6. I Wouldn't Bet One Penny Susan Johnson/Eddie Foy, Jr.
  • 7. You'd Better Love Me Tammy Grimes
  • 8. Usher From The Mezzanine, The Carol Burnett
  • 9. Impossible Dream, The (The Quest) Richard Kiley
  • 10. Poor Little Person Alice Playten
  • 11. Coco Katharine Hepburn
  • 12. Welcome To The Theatre Lauren Bacall
  • 13. Won't You Charleston With Me? Harvey Evans/Sandy Duncan
  • 14. Superstar Ben Vereen
  • 15. Night Letter Clifton Davis/Jonelle Allen
  • 16. Time Heals Everything Bernadette Peters
  • 17. Hard Candy Christmas
  • 18. Don't Cry For Me Argentina Patti Lu Pone
  • 19. Just One Night Ralph Bruneu
  • 20. River In The Rain Daniel Jenkins/Ron Richardson
  • 21. Me And My Girl Maryann Plunkett/Robert Lindsay
  • 22. I'll Always Remember The Song Alison Fraser/Scott Bakula
  • 23. There's No Business Like Show Business
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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