Sandhog - A Folk Opera

Earl Robinson & Waldo Salt

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Soundtrack, Theatre Score
Stage Door
August 31, 2018

Format: Compact Disc



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'Sandhog' is a musical adaptation of "St. Columbia and the River" a story by Theodore Dreiser about the tunnel workers, known as "sandhogs," who built the first tunnel under the Hudson River. Featuring music by Earl Robinson and lyrics by Waldo Salt.

Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt's 1956 recording of 'Sandhog' now makes its debut on CD. The release also includes a selection of bonus tracks featuring recordings of the show's main theme 'Katie-O' / 'Johnny-O' as covered by Edmund Hockridge, Felicia Sanders and Vince Martin.

The musical opened at New York's Phoenix Theatre in November 1954 featuring a cast that included Jack Cassidy, Alice Ghostley, David Brooks and Betty Oakes. The production closed after 48 performances and the show went unrecorded. In 1956, Earl Robinson and Waldo Salt recorded an album of 'Sandhog' with Robinson singing the score accompanying himself on piano and Salt providing linking narration. The album was subsequently issued on the Vanguard label and has since become regarded as one of the most sought after and collectable musical theatre recordings.

The release of 'Sandhog' forms part of Stage Door's Collector's Series, a line of limited edition CD products presented in the retro style of a miniature long-playing record. All Collector's Series titles are limited to 500 units.

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Key Value
Catalogue number STAGE2470
Barcode 5055122154808
Number of items 1
Packaging type Slip Sleeve
Imported No
Weight 30g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 125mm x 1mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Act I - Scene 1 - Come Down/Johnny’s Cursing Song 04:37
2. Act I - Scene 2 - Johnny-O 05:48
3. Act I - Scene 3 - Good Old Days/Scene 4 - Song of the Bends 08:09
4. Act I - Scene 5 - By the Glenside/Scene 6 - Sandhog Song 07:17
5. Act II - Scene 1 - Sweat Song/Fugue on a Hot Afternoon in a Small Flat 06:08
6. Act II - Scene 2 - T-w-i-n-s/Katie O'Sullivan 02:43
7. Act II - Scene 4 - Work Song/Death of Tim/Sing Sorrow 07:58
8. Act III - Scene 1 - Ma, Ma, Where's My Dad?/The Greathead Shield/Scene 4 - In The Tunnel/Sam On The Stick/Cursing Song (Reprise)/Scene 5 - Johnny-O (Reprise)/Sandhog Song (Finale) 10:12
9. Come Down/Some Said They Were Crazy 02:56
10. Johnny's Cursing Song 01:32
11. Come and be Married/Johnny-O 06:24
12. By the Glenside 02:15
13. Sandhog Song 04:08
14. Katie-O (Bonus Track) 02:34
15. Johnny-O (Bonus Track) 02:36
16. Katie-O (Bonus Track) 02:53