Hit the Deck [1955 Original Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Vincent Youmans' 1927 musical Hit the Deck!, based on the 1922 Hubert Osborne play Shore Leave about sailors' romances on land, was the composer's third and final major success following Wildflower and No, No, Nanette. Typically tuneful, it featured the hits "Hallelujah!," a stirring march, and "Sometimes I'm Happy," a melodic ballad. Youmans wrote a new song, "Keepin' Myself for You," for the 1930 movie adaptation. In 1936, the play was adapted into a movie vehicle for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Follow the Fleet, with an Irving Berlin score, and the 1940s stage and movie musical On the Town, with songs by Leonard Bernstein, Adolph Green, and Betty Comden, used ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Vincent Youmans' 1927 musical Hit the Deck!, based on the 1922 Hubert Osborne play Shore Leave about sailors' romances on land, was the composer's third and final major success following Wildflower and No, No, Nanette. Typically tuneful, it featured the hits "Hallelujah!," a stirring march, and "Sometimes I'm Happy," a melodic ballad. Youmans wrote a new song, "Keepin' Myself for You," for the 1930 movie adaptation. In 1936, the play was adapted into a movie vehicle for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Follow the Fleet, with an Irving Berlin score, and the 1940s stage and movie musical On the Town, with songs by Leonard Bernstein, Adolph Green, and Betty Comden, used the same idea. By the mid-1950s, the concept was a bit stale, but that didn't stop MGM, which had acquired the property, from putting together a lavish new Cinemascope version of Hit the Deck that made use of a raft of its contract players. Among the women, Jane Powell was the closest thing to a major star, with young Debbie Reynolds already a familiar name and Ann Miller, a veteran as always, given a dancing showcase. Tony Martin and Vic Damone were better known as singers, while Russ Tamblyn, the youngest of the major players, was more of a dancer. In fact, two singers, Rex Dennis and Clark Burroughs, were used to dub his singing. The score was revamped. Seven numbers -- "Hallelujah!," "Join the Navy," "A Kiss or Two," "Loo Loo," "Lucky Bird," "Sometimes I'm Happy," and "Why, Oh Why" -- were retained from the show, as was "Keepin' Myself for You," with two other Youmans hits, "I Know That You Know" from Oh, Please and "More Than You Know" from Great Day!, interpolated, and the score was filled out with the old Italian song "Ciribiribin" and "The Lady from the Bayou," which was created from an unused Youmans melody. Lyrics were also refurbished here and there. Despite the elaborate production, the film was not a big hit, probably because it simply came along too late. But it was well sung and, with its extra Youmans songs, served as something of a sampler of his work. The original soundtrack album, containing the main versions of the 12 songs, was a 33-minute monophonic LP. On Nov. 21, 2000, Rhino, in conjunction with Turner Entertainment, which owned the MGM film vault, released a CD reissue of the soundtrack that expanded it significantly and presented it in true stereo for the first time. The new version was more than 25 minutes longer, adding lots of orchestral and dance music as well as reprises of some of the songs and a brief outtake of "Dormi Dormi" sung by Kay Armen and Damone. The orchestrations, most of them by Robert Van Epps, made the music sound much more like it came from the '50s than the '20s, but the score retained its charm and the performances remained sparkling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227666828
  • Catalog Number: 76668

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Title - MGM Studio Orchestra (2:18)
  2. 2 Hallelujah - The Jubilaires (2:46)
  3. 3 An Armful of You - MGM Studio Orchestra (0:46)
  4. 4 Keepin' Myself for You - Virg Reese (3:28)
  5. 5 Lucky Bird - MGM Studio Orchestra (3:21)
  6. 6 A Kiss or Two - MGM Studio Orchestra (2:35)
  7. 7 Keepin' Myself for You - MGM Studio Orchestra (0:56)
  8. 8 Why Oh Why - Rex Dennis (2:10)
  9. 9 Sometimes I'm Happy - MGM Studio Orchestra (2:34)
  10. 10 I Know That You Know - Jane Powell & MGM Studio Orchestra (3:47)
  11. 11 The Lady from the Bayou - MGM Studio Orchestra (3:52)
  12. 12 An Armful of You - MGM Studio Orchestra (1:19)
  13. 13 Dormi, Dormi - Kay Armen (1:10)
  14. 14 Ciribiribin - Rex Dennis (3:24)
  15. 15 Why Oh Why - MGM Studio Orchestra (1:44)
  16. 16 More Than You Know - MGM Studio Orchestra (2:46)
  17. 17 Fun House Sequence (The Harbor of My Heart/A Kiss or Two) - MGM Studio Orchestra (5:51)
  18. 18 Sometimes I'm Happy - MGM Studio Orchestra (4:01)
  19. 19 Overture - MGM Studio Orchestra (0:50)
  20. 20 Theatre Stage Chase Number (Medley: Join the Navy/Loo Loo) - MGM Studio Orchestra (4:31)
  21. 21 Hallelujah - Kay Armen (3:47)
  22. 22 End Cast (Join the Navy) - MGM Studio Orchestra (0:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Debbie Reynolds Vocals
Kitty White Vocals
Vic Damone Vocals
Tony Martin Vocals
Clark Burroughs Vocals
Caesar Track Performer
Ann Miller Vocals
Loulie Jean Norman Vocals
Robin Track Performer
Rose Track Performer
Betty Wand Vocals
MGM Studio Orchestra Track Performer
George Stoll Conductor
Kay Armen Vocals
Gloria Wood Vocals
MGM Studio Chorus Choir, Chorus
Betty Noyes Vocals
Rex Dennis Vocals
The Jubilaires Vocals
Virg Reese Track Performer
Technical Credits
Debbie Reynolds Contributor
Vincent Youmans Composer
Vic Damone Contributor
Tony Martin Contributor
Jane Powell Contributor
Greg Allen Art Direction
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Ann Miller Contributor
Conrad Salinger Arranger, Orchestration
Doug Schwartz Mastering
George Feltenstein Producer, Liner Notes
George Stoll Arranger
Robert Franklyn Orchestration
Lori Carfora Director, Creative Services Director
Robert Van Epps Arranger, Orchestration
Shawn Amos Editorial Coordinator
Daniel Goldmark Editorial Research
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