Dames

Dames

by Harry Warren
     
 

This unlicensed anthology draws music directly from the soundtracks of six Warner Bros. movie musicals of the mid-'30s. The other consistent element in addition to the film studio is a person whose contributions are not apparent on an audio disc, choreographer Busby Berkeley, who provided elaborate production numbers in each movie. One, two, or three of those numbers…  See more details below

Overview

This unlicensed anthology draws music directly from the soundtracks of six Warner Bros. movie musicals of the mid-'30s. The other consistent element in addition to the film studio is a person whose contributions are not apparent on an audio disc, choreographer Busby Berkeley, who provided elaborate production numbers in each movie. One, two, or three of those numbers from those movies have been excerpted here, resulting in tracks with long instrumental passages during which one can only imagine the large-scale dancing configurations (sometimes with the help of some loud foot-tapping sounds). The most frequent songwriting team responsible for the music is that of composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, and the most frequent performer is Dick Powell. Usually, the most popular songs from the films have been chosen, standards like "I Only Have Eyes for You," "Lullaby of Broadway," and "Hooray for Hollywood," though it's not clear why the sole selection from Gold Diggers of 1937 is the somewhat bizarre "All's Fair in Love and War" ("Love is just like war," goes the lyric) rather than the better-known "With Plenty of Money and You." The monophonic sound quality is variable, which is par for the course with this sort of legal bootleg, but the music holds up.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2000
Label:
Soundtrack Factory
UPC:
8436006495175
catalogNumber:
33517

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Warren   Primary Artist
Gene Krupa   Track Performer
Johnny Scat Davis   Track Performer
Betty Davis   Vocals
Dick Powell   Track Performer
Pat O'Brien   Vocals
Joan Blondell   Vocals
Thomas Jackson   Vocals
Frances Langford   Track Performer
Judy Canova   Track Performer
Joseph Cawthorn   Vocals
Ruby Keeler   Vocals
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Guy Kibbee   Vocals
Adolphe Menjou   Vocals
Winifred Shaw   Vocals
Lee Dixon   Track Performer
Verree Teasdale   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jerry Wald   Screenplay
Ray Heindorf   Orchestral Arrangements
Robert Haas   Art Direction
Dubin   Composer
Sammy Fain   Music Administrator
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Harry Warren   Music Administrator
Allie Wrubel   Music Administrator
Robert Lord   Producer
Peter Milne   Script
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer

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