Cover image for Somewhere over the rainbow the golden age of Hollywood musicals : [music from the original motion pictures digitally remastered].
Title:
Somewhere over the rainbow the golden age of Hollywood musicals : [music from the original motion pictures digitally remastered].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Rhino Movie Music/Turner Classic Movies, [2002]

â„—2002
Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact discs.
Language:
English
Contents:
Singin' in the rain -- Annie get your gun. There's no business like show business -- American in Paris. 'S wonderful -- Band wagon. That's entertainment -- Kismet. Stranger in Paradise -- Easter parade -- Gold diggers of 1935. Lullaby of Broadway -- Summer stock. Get happy -- Gay divorcee. Night and day -- High society. True love -- Thousands cheer. Honeysuckle rose -- Barkleys of Broadway. They can't take that away from me -- Broadway rhythm. Milkman, keep those bottles quiet -- Neptune's daughter. Baby it's cold outside -- For me and my gal -- Idiot's daughter. Puttin' on the ritz -- Hit the deck. Hallelujah -- Seven brides for seven brothers. Bless your beautiful hide -- Cabin in the sky. Taking a chance on love -- bonus tracks. Casablanca. As time goes by -- Dr. Zhivago. Lara's theme.

Wizard of Oz. Over the rainbow -- Date with Judy. It's a most unusual day -- Kiss me Kate. Wunderbar -- Show boat. Can't help lovin' dat man -- Going Hollywood -- Meet me in St. Louis. Trolley song -- Gigi -- Girl crazy. I got rhythm -- Two weeks with love. Aba daba honeymoon -- Words and music. Lady is a tramp -- Good news. Best things in life are free -- Top hat. Cheek to cheek -- Strip. Kiss to build a dream on -- Romance on the high seas. Put 'em in a box -- Ziegfield follies. If swing goes I go too -- Brigadoon. Almost like being in love -- Follow the fleet. Let's face the music and dance -- Pirate. Be a clown -- When the boys meet the girls. Embraceable you -- Harvey girls. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe -- Sky's the limit. One for my baby (And one more for the road).
ISBN:
9780737902341
UPC:
081227832322
Format :
Music CD

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Summary

Summary

As part of its pact with Turner Entertainment, which controls the vaults of several of the great movie studios, Rhino Records has issued many compilations of soundtrack material from the movie musicals of the 1930s to the 1960s. Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals is an attempt to present the musical highlights of the Turner collection on a single album, albeit a two-disc set running two and a half hours. Perhaps inevitably, it ends up sounding like a soundtrack album drawn from the series of MGM anthology films of the 1970s under the title That's Entertainment! Annotator John Fricke admits the tracks are "predominantly (though not exclusively) drawn from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer properties," which he claims is "simply because they had the greatest talents to invest in all aspects of their product." Fair enough, although one might add that 20th Century Fox and Paramount had some pretty great talents, too, and none of them are here unless, like Bing Crosby for example, they occasionally made a picture outside their contracted studios that has somehow fallen into the Turner maw. Still, when you are drawing from the MGM, Columbia, and RKO catalogs, you have some great material to choose from. The songs performed by Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, and Gene Kelly, whom Fricke calls "The Big Three," are a given, and they are also overly familiar. More interesting are the performances by less frequently heard singers like Nancy Walker, Jane Powell, and even Ava Gardner (whose voice was dubbed in the 1951 Show Boat, but not here). Taken from primary sources, the tracks appear in better sound quality than you will hear on the endless European gray-market compilations flooding the market. And if there are favorites missing, it's only because it would take more than two discs to do justice to the era. ~ William Ruhlmann