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Li'l Abner - Original Soundtrack

Release Date: 02/11/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 2373  
Composer:  Gene Vincent De Paul
Performer:  Al NesorDonna DouglasStella StevensBern Hoffman,   ... 
Conductor:  Nelson RiddleJoseph J. Lilley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Like most hit Broadway musicals of its time, the rollicking Li’l Abner – inspired by Al Capp’s blockbuster comic strip – got the full Hollywood treatment in 1959. Musical theater fans know the film as a remarkably pure transfer of a classic 1950s Broadway musical, skillfully re-setting and preserving a theatrical experience onscreen. Most of the Broadway cast was retained: Peter Palmer reprised his portrayal of Li’l Abner, and the stage veterans included Stubby Kaye, Julie Newmar, Joe E. Marks plus a number of ensemble performers. Nelson Riddle adapted and conducted the Gene de Paul/Johnny Mercer score for the Li’l Abner soundtrack, with choral arrangements by Joseph J. Lilley; they earned the film’s only Oscar (and, later, Grammy) Read more nomination. The “soundtrack” album (in stereo, while the Broadway recording was available only in mono) is actually a re-recording (or re-editing) of the songs for the soundtrack’s commercial LP release, a common practice that promised a smoother listening experience on the home hi-fi. Read less

Works on This Recording

Li'l Abner by Gene Vincent De Paul
Performer:  Al Nesor (Voice), Donna Douglas (Voice), Stella Stevens (Voice),
Bern Hoffman (Voice), Peter Palmer (Voice), Billie Hayes (Voice),
Valerie Harper (Voice), Imogene Lynn (Voice), Stubby Kaye (Voice),
Howard St. John (Voice), Julie Newmar (Voice), Beth Howland (Voice),
Joe E. Marks (Voice)
Conductor:  Nelson Riddle,  Joseph J. Lilley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 10/1959 

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