Easter Parade [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Easter Parade [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

     
 

This is the best soundtrack version to date of one of Irving Berlin's finest postwar musical showcases. The song "Easter Parade" went through several permutations before becoming its best-known version, appearing previously in the movie Holiday Inn long before it became the basis for Easter Parade, the MGM Technicolor musical starring Fred Astaire andSee more details below

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This is the best soundtrack version to date of one of Irving Berlin's finest postwar musical showcases. The song "Easter Parade" went through several permutations before becoming its best-known version, appearing previously in the movie Holiday Inn long before it became the basis for Easter Parade, the MGM Technicolor musical starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Astaire, in a role originally intended for Gene Kelly, has a great showcase not only for his singing and dancing but also for playing the drums (his personal hobby) in the oft-overlooked number "Drum Crazy." And he and Garland make a fine duo, despite her burgeoning problems behind the scenes in the film -- her weight goes up and down alarmingly from one scene to another. The score is a celebration of old New York, incorporating a lot of Berlin's own history. "Shakin' the Blues Away" by Ann Miller, "A Couple of Swells" by Garland and Astaire, and "I Want to Go Back to Michigan" by Garland (a song that Berlin gave to Jessie Matthews to perform in the London production of his Music Box Review in 1925) are worth the price of this Rhino Records CD. The CD's fidelity and thorough annotation are superior to earlier soundtrack editions; anyone seriously interested in the score or the performers should opt for this. (The old MCA CD and LP releases and the MGM vinyl version are to be avoided except by completists.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/1995
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227196028
catalogNumber:
71960

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Tracks

  1. Main title (medley)
  2. Happy Easter
  3. Drum Crazy
  4. It Only Happens When I Dance With You
  5. Happy Easter (reprise No. 1)
  6. Everybody's Doin' It Now
  7. I Want To Go Back To Michigan (Down on the Farm)
  8. Happy Easter (reprise No. 2)
  9. Making Faces (medley)
  10. Beautiful Faces Need Beautiful Clothes
  11. This is the Life (Dog Act)
  12. Along Came Ruth
  13. Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon
  14. A Fella With An Umbrella
  15. Vaudeville Montage: I Love a Piano
  16. Vaudeville Montage: Snookey Ookums
  17. Vaudeville Montage: The Ragtime Violin
  18. Vaudeville Montage: When the Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves For Alabam'
  19. Mixed Greens
  20. That International Rag (Fanfare and Montage-Ziegfeld Follies)
  21. Shakin' the Blues Away
  22. It Only Happens When I Dance for You (reprise)
  23. Fanfare and Montage - Globe Theatre
  24. Steppin' Out with My Baby
  25. Mr. Monotony
  26. A Couple of Swells
  27. Roof Garden (Drum Crazy) (reprise)
  28. The Girl on the Magazine Cover
  29. New Amsterdam Roof (It Only Happens When I Dance With You) (reprise)
  30. Better Luck Next Time
  31. Easter Parade (End Title)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Astaire   Vocals
Judy Garland   Vocals
Johnny Green   Conductor
Peter Lawford   Vocals
Mel-Tones   Vocal Ensemble
Ann Miller   Vocals
Loulie Jean Norman   Vocals
Clinton Sundberg   Vocals,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Roger Edens   Piano,Conductor
MGM Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
George Stoll   Conductor
Blanche Arnaud   Vocals
Dick Beavers   Vocals
Gene Curtsinger   Vocals
Miss Doxie   Vocals
Glover   Vocals
Rack Godwin   Piano
Eadie Griffith   Piano
Camilla Holliday   Vocals
Matson   Vocals
Mock   Vocals
Betty Rome   Vocals
Stark   Vocals
Whitson   Vocals
Leo Arnaud   Performing Ensemble
MGM Studio Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Lyttle Sisters   Vocal Ensemble
MGM Studio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John Green   Conductor
Faith Kruger   Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer,Lyricist
Roy Budd   Composer
Arthur Freed   Producer
Mel-Tones   Contributor
Loulie Jean Norman   Contributor
Conrad Salinger   Arranger,Composer
Doug Schwartz   Engineer
Marilee Bradford   Producer
Roger Edens   Arranger,Composer
Bradley Flanagan   Producer
Blanche Arnaud   Contributor
Gene Curtsinger   Contributor
Miss Doxie   Contributor
Camilla Holliday   Contributor
Betty Rome   Contributor
John Fricke   Liner Notes
Leo Shuken   Arranger

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