Orson Welles discography

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This is a comprehensive list of all of the commercially released recordings made by Orson Welles.

Discography[edit]

Release date Original recording date Recording Format Record label Details
1939 March 1, 11, 21 & 25, 1938 Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare 11 x 78 RPM gramophone records Columbia Records Adapted, directed, produced, narrated by and starring Welles, co-starring George Coulouris, Edgar Barrier, Everett Sloane, Virginia Nicolson, Richard Baer, John Berry, Guy Kingsley, Erskine Sanford, William Alland, Stephen Roberts and the Mercury Theatre
1939 June 14, 16 & 17, 1938 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare 10 x 78 RPM gramophone records Columbia Adapted, directed, produced, narrated by and starring Welles, co-starring LeRoi Operti, George Coulouris, William Alland, Richard Wilson, Eustace Wyatt, Will Geer, Gus Schilling, Edgerton Paul, Erskine Sanford and the Mercury Theatre
1939 July 27, 28, 29, August 23, 25, September 7 & 14, 1938 The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 12 x 78 RPM gramophone records Columbia Adapted, directed, produced, narrated by and starring Welles, co-starring Joseph Holland, Norman Lloyd, Edgar Barrier, Guy Kingsley, Brenda Forbes, Erskine Sanford, Virginia Nicolson, George Duthie, Richard Wilson, William Alland and the Mercury Theatre
1940 April, 1940 Macbeth by William Shakespeare 13 x 78 RPM gramophone records Columbia Adapted, directed, produced by and starring Welles, co-starring Fay Bainter, Robert Warwick, Richard Baer, William Alland, Erskine Sanford, George Coulouris, Richard Wilson and the Mercury Theatre
1944 August, 1944 The Liberation of Paris 3 x 78 RPM gramophone records Asch Records Narrated by Welles
Political speeches by Charles de Gaulle, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Paul Eluard and others
1945 1945 In the American Tradition 78 RPM gramophone record Decca Records Political speeches and commentary
1946 December 20, 1944 The Happy Prince 78 RPM gramophone record Decca Guest star Bing Crosby
1946 1946 No Man Is an Island 4x78 RPM gramophone records Decca Literary/political speeches and commentary, featuring the works of John Donne, Pericles, Patrick Henry, John Brown, Abraham Lincoln and Émile Zola
1953 March 1, 11, 21 & 25, 1938 Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare LP record Entree Adapted, directed, produced, narrated by and starring Welles, co-starring George Coulouris, Edgar Barrier, Everett Sloane, Virginia Nicolson, Richard Baer, John Berry, Guy Kingsley, Erskine Sanford, William Alland, Stephen Roberts and the Mercury Theatre
1959 1959 Courtroom scene from Compulsion 7" single record 20th Fox Records
1967 March 1, 11, 21 & 25, 1938 Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare LP record Lexington Adapted, directed, produced, narrated by and starring Welles, co-starring George Coulouris, Edgar Barrier, Everett Sloane, Virginia Nicolson, Richard Baer, John Berry, Guy Kingsley, Erskine Sanford, William Alland, Stephen Roberts, and the Mercury Theatre
1968 October 30, 1938 The War of the Worlds LP record Longines Symphonette Society / Longines Symphonette Society Edited
Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast
1969 October 30, 1938 The War of the Worlds 2 x LP records Murray Hill records Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast
1969 October 30, 1938 The War of the Worlds 2 x LP records Evolution Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast
1969 1969 The Begatting of the President LP record Mediarts Satire of Richard M. Nixon, narrated by Welles
1970 October 30, 1938 The War of the Worlds 2 x LP records Evolution Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast
1972 1969 The Begatting of the President LP record Mediarts Satire of Richard M. Nixon, narrated by Welles
1972 1972 Edith Locke, S. Kye Boult, Joanna Brown and Orson Welles - Author's Roundtable 10" single record AirLines Transcription Disc
1973 1938 Orson Welles / Jim and Marian Jordan - The Shadow / Fibber McGee and Molly LP record Mark56 Records
1974 September 25, 1938 The Mercury Theatre on the Air: The Immortal Sherlock Holmes LP record Radiola Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast
1976 July 11, 1938 Dracula LP record Mark56 Records Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast
1976 March 27, April 24, May 1, 8, 29, June 12, 1938 The Shadow 3 x LP records Murray Hill Records Recording of 1938 radio broadcasts starring Welles
(1) The White God
(2) Murder on Approval
(3) Aboard the Steamship Amazon
(4) The Creeper
(5) The Power of the Mind
(6) The Hypnotized Audience
1977 October 30, 1938 The War of the Worlds 12" EP record TIL Records Edited. Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast
1977 July 11, 1938 Dracula LP record Nostalgia Lane Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast.
1978 April 3 & 10, 1938 The Shadow LP record Golden Age Records Recording of the 1938 radio broadcasts starring Welles
(1) Death From the Deep
(2) The Firebug
1978 June 21, 1946 Agnes Moorehead / Orson Welles - Sorry, Wrong Number / The Hitch Hiker LP record Mark56 Records Recordings of the 1940s radio broadcasts
1979 1979 Orson Welles and Hal Lindsey - The Late, Great Planet Earth LP record RCR Productions Soundtrack, narrated by Welles
1979 October 24, 31, 1937; January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, March 6 & 13 1938 More of The Shadow 3 x LP records Murray Hill Records Recording of 1937-8 radio broadcasts starring Welles
(1) The Temple Bells of Neban
(2) The Three Ghosts
(3) The League of Terror
(4) Sabotage
(5) The Poison Death
(6) The Society of the Living Dead
(7) The Phantom Voice
(8) Bride of Death
(9) The Silent Avenger
1980 Nordstrom Presents Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore, George Garabedian: Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" LP record Mark56 Records Edited together from several 1930s radio broadcasts of the story
1981 May 18 + 25, 1944 Donovan's Brain LP record Radiola Recording of the 1944 Suspense broadcast
Won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording
1983 The Gift of Christmas: Army of the Stars LP record Salvation Army Christmas record, with James Stewart, William Conrad, Greer Garson, Michael Landon, Orson Welles With The Roger Wagner Chorale
1984 1984 I Know What It Is To Be Young (But You Don't Know What It Is To Be Old) 7" single record Indisc Samba track.
1988 1984 I Know What It Is To Be Young (But You Don't Know What It Is To Be Old) 7" single record CGD Samba track
1989 October 30, 1938 La Guerre des Mondes (The War of the Worlds) 2 x LP records Murray Hill records Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast
September 1990 July 18, 1938 L'Île Au Trésor (Treasure Island) CD album Phonurgia Nova Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast
1992 1969–1975 This is Orson Welles 4 x audiocassettes HarperAudio Interviews with Peter Bogdanovich
Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album.[1][2]
1996 1984 I Know What It Is To Be Young (But You Don't Know What It Is To Be Old) CD single GNL Crescendo Samba track
1998 October 30, 1938 The War of the Worlds MP3 file Saland Publishing Recording of the 1938 radio broadcast
2003 March 15–July 12, 1944 Kid Ory — Portrait of the Greatest Slideman Ever Born CD Upbeat Recordings URCD187 Includes most of Orson Welles's introductions of the All Star Jazz Group performances on The Orson Welles Almanac[3]
2008 June 21, July 12, 1946 Orson Welles - Your Obedient Servant CD album Él Recording of the 1946 radio broadcasts.
(1) The Hitch-Hiker
(2) The Search for Henri Lefevre
(3) Sredni Vashtar

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Rock to opera, a full list of nominees"; USA Today, January 8, 1993
  2. ^ This is Orson Welles, HarperAudio (September 30, 1992) ISBN 1559946806 (audiocassette)
  3. ^ "Kid Ory — Portrait of the Greatest Slideman Ever Born". Upbeat Recordings, notes by Mike Pointon. Retrieved 2014-03-02.