Cover Girl/You Were Never Lovelier

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In his brief liner notes to this unlicensed collection of music from two movie soundtracks, Alan Eichler justifies their combination on a single disc well. Of Cover Girl 1944 and You Were Never Lovelier 1942, Eichler writes, "Both were produced by Columbia Pictures, both boasted original scores by Jerome Kern, both starred Rita Hayworth, and, between them, both showcased Rita with the greatest dancers of the silver screen -- Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly." As to why Curtain Calls which issued it on LP and Hollywood Soundstage which reissued it on CD took the initiative to press up the recording to begin with, that was because both films appeared before the era when ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In his brief liner notes to this unlicensed collection of music from two movie soundtracks, Alan Eichler justifies their combination on a single disc well. Of Cover Girl 1944 and You Were Never Lovelier 1942, Eichler writes, "Both were produced by Columbia Pictures, both boasted original scores by Jerome Kern, both starred Rita Hayworth, and, between them, both showcased Rita with the greatest dancers of the silver screen -- Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly." As to why Curtain Calls which issued it on LP and Hollywood Soundstage which reissued it on CD took the initiative to press up the recording to begin with, that was because both films appeared before the era when soundtrack albums regularly accompanied movie releases, and previous to this, the musical performances could only be heard while viewing the films. From that point of view, the album is welcome to fans of show music, especially because the Kern scores, written late in the composer's career, are excellent, boasting such songs as "Dearly Beloved," a pop hit when You Were Never Lovelier was in theaters, and "Long Ago and Far Away," which became a standard after being introduced in Cover Girl. Unfortunately, the album itself suffers from the sort of flaws typical of gray-market releases. The sound quality is often only fair, with much surface noise and editing problems. And the annotations are full of errors. Eichler is mistaken, for example, when he claims that "Rita's singing voice for both films was skillfully dubbed by Nan Wynn." Actually, the skillful dubbing of the Cover Girl songs was done by Martha Mears. Nevertheless, until a more legitimate audio version of this material is assembled, this album will be of value to movie-music collectors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/1999
  • Label: Howard's Int'l.
  • UPC: 789368630424
  • Catalog Number: 4005

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Title (3:37)
  2. 2 Who's Complaining? (2:09)
  3. 3 Sure Thing (4:06)
  4. 4 Make Way for Tomorrow - Nan Wynn (3:03)
  5. 5 Put Me to the Test - Gene Kelly (3:15)
  6. 6 Long Ago (And Far Away) - Nan Wynn (2:21)
  7. 7 Poor John (3:26)
  8. 8 Cover Girl (5:59)
  9. 9 Finale - Nan Wynn (1:26)
  10. 10 Main Title (1:19)
  11. 11 Chiu Chiu (2:27)
  12. 12 Dearly Beloved (4:42)
  13. 13 Tap Number (2:10)
  14. 14 I'm Old Fashioned (5:43)
  15. 15 The Shorty George (4:03)
  16. 16 Wedding in the Spring - Chorus (2:07)
  17. 17 You Were Never Lovelier (2:22)
  18. 18 These Orchids If You Please (1:04)
  19. 19 You Were Never Lovelier/Finale (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Track Performer
Gene Kelly Track Performer
Xavier Cugat Track Performer
Phil Silvers Track Performer
Nan Wynn Track Performer
Lina Romay Track Performer
Technical Credits
Alan Eichler Liner Notes
Nicanor Molinare Composer
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