Broadway Melody of 1940 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Broadway Melody of 1940 would be the fourth and final entry in MGM's beloved Broadway Melody franchise. As lavish musicals had all but become the studio's bread and butter, enthusiasts flocked to theaters to see Fred Astaire Johnny Brett, Eleanor Powell Clara Bennett, and George Murphy King Shaw kick up their heels to the tunes of Cole Porter. And who wouldn't? The plot centers on a case of mistaken identity in which Murphy is erroneously cast in a Broadway performance that also stars Powell. However, when Murphy's character gets too inebriated to work, Astaire -- who was supposed to have gotten the job to begin with -- fills in, ultimately saving the production and ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Broadway Melody of 1940 would be the fourth and final entry in MGM's beloved Broadway Melody franchise. As lavish musicals had all but become the studio's bread and butter, enthusiasts flocked to theaters to see Fred Astaire Johnny Brett, Eleanor Powell Clara Bennett, and George Murphy King Shaw kick up their heels to the tunes of Cole Porter. And who wouldn't? The plot centers on a case of mistaken identity in which Murphy is erroneously cast in a Broadway performance that also stars Powell. However, when Murphy's character gets too inebriated to work, Astaire -- who was supposed to have gotten the job to begin with -- fills in, ultimately saving the production and affirming the adage that "the show must go on." As is the case with all of the restored soundtracks distributed under the auspices of Rhino Handmade, every accessible note has been incorporated -- meaning that vocals and instrumentals alike are given their due, as modern consumers can avail themselves of Alfred Newman and Edward Powell's uniformly inspired arrangements, the vast majority of which have never been issued before. Among the standouts are Porter's "Begin the Beguine" -- revived from the 1935 Broadway misstep Jubilee and turned into the breathtaking finale -- as well as the lush and languid "I Concentrate On You" and the conversely jaunty "I've Got My Eyes On You." "Please Don't Monkey With Broadway" is a lighthearted romp marked by Porter's unabashed salute to the Big Apple, a motif that he would incorporate into many of his best-loved compositions. The remainder of the CD contains a dozen selections from the 1937 film Rosalie, and is significant if for no other reason than the Nelson Eddy outtake on "Close," an alternate reading of Eleanor Powell's "Who Knows," and the unused "I Know It's Not Meant for Me." In keeping with the label's limited-edition policy, only 2,500 copies are being made available to retail. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that for 60-year-old recordings, while not perfect, the contents are listenable and thoroughly enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2004
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • UPC: 603497760121
  • Catalog Number: 7601

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Title (Extended Version) - MGM Studio Orchestra (1:50)
  2. 2 Medley: The Wedding March / Dance Hall Wedding (after George Bassman) - MGM Studio Orchestra (1:13)
  3. 3 Please Don't Monkey with Broadway - George Murphy (3:17)
  4. 4 All Ashore (Extended Version) (Roger Edens) (5:01)
  5. 5 Medley: Scaling the Plates / Bouncing Ball / Fred in Manager's Office ( - MGM Studio Orchestra (2:41)
  6. 6 Between You and Me - George Murphy (4:38)
  7. 7 I've Got My Eyes on You - Fred Astaire (4:05)
  8. 8 Italian Café Routine (Walter Ruick) - MGM Studio Orchestra (1:55)
  9. 9 I Concentrate on You (6:42)
  10. 10 Begin the Beguine (9:31)
  11. 11 Finale (I've Got My Eyes on You) - MGM Studio Chorus (1:18)
  12. 12 End Cast (Between You and Me) - MGM Studio Orchestra (0:22)
  13. 13 Main Title / Hello, Football Fans - MGM Studio Orchestra (3:13)
  14. 14 It's All Over but the Shouting (2:38)
  15. 15 I've a Strange New Rhythm in My Heart (3:42)
  16. 16 Close (Outtake Vocal Version) - Nelson Eddy (2:45)
  17. 17 Rosalie - Nelson Eddy (1:39)
  18. 18 Why Should I Care (1:36)
  19. 19 Spring Love is in the Air (2:41)
  20. 20 In the Still of the Night - Nelson Eddy (2:21)
  21. 21 To Love or Not to Love - MGM Studio Chorus (2:20)
  22. 22 Bridal Finale (Oh, Promise Me / Rosalie) - Nelson Eddy (2:18)
  23. 23 West Point Drill Routine (Original Version - Who Knows / Hey Babe Hey) (7:16)
  24. 24 I Know It's Not Meant for Me (Outtake) - MGM Studio Orchestra (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Vocals, Taps
Nelson Eddy Vocals
Ray Bolger Vocals
Edward B. Powell Conductor, Musical Direction
Eleanor Powell Vocals, Taps
Alfred Newman Conductor
MGM Studio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Herbert Stothart Conductor
George Murphy Vocals
Frank Morgan All-Stars Vocals
MGM Studio Chorus Choir, Chorus
Frank Morgan Vocals
Broadway Melody of 1940 Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Louis Hudnutt Vocals
Rosalie Cast Ensemble Choir, Chorus
Ilona Massey Vocals
Douglas MacPhail Vocals
Technical Credits
Cole Porter Composer, Lyricist
Edward B. Powell Arranger, Orchestration
Conrad Salinger Arranger, Orchestration
Doug Schwartz Engineer, Mastering
Roger Edens Arranger, Composer, Score
George Feltenstein Producer, Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
George Bassman Arranger, Composer, Orchestration, Adaptation
Herbert Stothart Arranger
Leo Arnaud Arranger, Orchestration
Wally Heglin Arranger, Composer, Orchestration
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
Lori Carfora Creative Services Director
Paul Marquardt Orchestration
Walter Ruick Composer, Score
Murray Cutter Arranger, Orchestration
Georgie Stoll's Trio Composer
Georgie Stall Composer
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