Hollywood Hits: 70 Years of Memorable Movie Music

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Assembled as a companion piece/pledge item for the 2007 PBS television concert special Movie Songs Live, this boxed collection is divvied into separate discs, each devoted to movie themes, Oscar-winning songs and film musicals. While the vast and rich history of the motion picture music genre cannot possibly be compressed into any three-CD set, the compilers did a remarkable job of covering the touchstones -- although there are only 54 tracks here in all, there is little to quibble about when playing the what's-included-and-what's-left-out? game. These are all original recordings, not remakes by cheesy pops orchestras or Broadway wannabes. Most of the chosen tracks are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Assembled as a companion piece/pledge item for the 2007 PBS television concert special Movie Songs Live, this boxed collection is divvied into separate discs, each devoted to movie themes, Oscar-winning songs and film musicals. While the vast and rich history of the motion picture music genre cannot possibly be compressed into any three-CD set, the compilers did a remarkable job of covering the touchstones -- although there are only 54 tracks here in all, there is little to quibble about when playing the what's-included-and-what's-left-out? game. These are all original recordings, not remakes by cheesy pops orchestras or Broadway wannabes. Most of the chosen tracks are instantly recognizable, certified classics so ingrained into the collective consciousness that all it takes is a few seconds before you're singing or humming along so don't be surprised if, after spinning a disc, you find yourself walking around belting out "Maria, I just met a girl named Maria" or whistling the theme from The Bridge on the River Kwai. Great movie music will do more than remind you of the film in which it was originally featured, and many of the tracks here are evocative of entire eras, deeply embedded emotions and, in the larger sense, the art of cinema itself. Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain," the insanely addictive whether you want it to be or not theme from Rocky and Judy Garland singing "Over the Rainbow" or, for that matter, "Easter Parade," the latter with Fred Astaire are more than just Hollywood hits, despite the set's title; they are firmly entrenched in our collective cultural makeup. Although the collection does indeed reach back some seven decades beginning with the iconic theme from 1939's Gone with the Wind, it weighs heavily toward the middle part of the covered period, the '50s through the '70s, gliding easily from James Bond to 2001, Doris Day to Isaac Hayes, Oklahoma! to Guys and Dolls, "Cheek to Cheek" to "Some Enchanted Evening." If we did want to play the what's-missing game, we might bring up the most glaring omission of The Sound of Music which spent more than four years on the Billboard LP chart and contributed "Do-Re-Mi," "My Favorite Things" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", as well as Grease, How the West Was Won, Hello Dolly, Peter Pan and even A Hard Day's Night. But who's complaining? Hollywood Hits is a rewarding, smartly curated one-stop-shopping keepsake for anyone who wants to keep -- just like the subtitle says -- some of the most memorable movie music handy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663976458
  • Catalog Number: 39764
  • Sales rank: 126,371

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tara's Theme (Main Title) (4:08)
  2. 2 Laura (2:19)
  3. 3 Frankie Machine (4:59)
  4. 4 March From The River Kwai And Colonel Bogey (2:27)
  5. 5 Theme From "A Summer Place" (2:25)
  6. 6 Theme From Exodus (2:29)
  7. 7 James Bond Theme (1:47)
  8. 8 The Pink Panther Theme (2:39)
  9. 9 Lara's Theme (2:39)
  10. 10 [Opening] (1:43)
  11. 11 The Odd Couple (2:49)
  12. 12 Midnight Cowboy (2:46)
  13. 13 Suicide is painless, song (theme from the movie & television series M*A (2:54)
  14. 14 Summer Of '42 (3:48)
  15. 15 The Entertainer, for piano (3:08)
  16. 16 Theme From Jaws (2:53)
  17. 17 Gonny Fly Now (Theme From "Rocky") (2:49)
  18. 18 Star Wars Main Title (2:15)
  19. 19 Theme From Superman (Main Title) (4:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Way You Look Tonight (3:09)
  2. 2 Over The Rainbow (2:26)
  3. 3 Going My Way / Swinging On A Star (2:32)
  4. 4 On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe (3:27)
  5. 5 Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será, Será) (2:06)
  6. 6 Moon River (2:42)
  7. 7 Days of Wine and Roses (for the film The Days of Wine and Roses) (2:09)
  8. 8 Born Free (2:52)
  9. 9 The Windmills Of Your Mind (3:52)
  10. 10 Raindrops keep fallin' on my head (for the film "Butch Cassidy and the (3:15)
  11. 11 Theme From "Shaft" (3:18)
  12. 12 You Light Up My Life, song (for the film You Light Up My Life) (3:40)
  13. 13 Last Dance (for the film "Thank God It's Friday"), song (3:22)
  14. 14 Fame, song (as used in the musical play "Fame") (5:15)
  15. 15 Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (3:55)
  16. 16 Up Where We Belong (4:00)
  17. 17 Say You, Say Me (for the film "White Nights"), song (4:02)
  18. 18 (I've Had) the Time of My Life (4:47)
  19. 19 Let The River Run (3:40)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Cheek To Cheek (5:02)
  2. 2 If I Only Had A Brain (3:46)
  3. 3 Easter Parade (2:43)
  4. 4 Anything You Can Do (2:41)
  5. 5 Ol' Man River, song (from "Show Boat") (3:42)
  6. 6 Singin' In The Rain (4:00)
  7. 7 The Surrey With The Fringe On Top (4:54)
  8. 8 Luck Be A Lady (3:09)
  9. 9 You'll Never Walk Alone (2:00)
  10. 10 Getting To Know You (5:00)
  11. 11 Some Enchanged Evening (5:54)
  12. 12 Thank Heaven For Little Girls (2:09)
  13. 13 Maria (2:36)
  14. 14 Seventy-Six Trombones (2:49)
  15. 15 If Ever I Would Leave You (5:54)
  16. 16 I'd Do Anything (3:48)
  17. 17 Cabaret (3:35)
  18. 18 Rainbow Connection (3:17)
  19. 19 Tomorrow (1:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Percy Faith Conductor
Henry Mancini Vocals
Shirley Jones Vocals
Elmer Bernstein Track Performer
Fred Astaire Vocals
Bing Crosby Vocals
Judy Garland Vocals
Gene Kelly Vocals
Liza Minnelli Vocals
Andy Williams Vocals
Joe Cocker Vocals
Christopher Cross Vocals
Lionel Richie Vocals
Carly Simon Vocals
Dusty Springfield Vocals
Donna Summer Vocals
Jennifer Warnes Vocals
Shelly Manne Track Performer
Marni Nixon Vocals
Bill Medley Vocals
Mitch Miller Conductor
Maurice Chevalier Vocals
Irene Cara Vocals
Mitzi Gaynor Vocals
Gordon MacRae Vocals
Matt Monro Vocals
Jack Wild Vocals
Shorty Rogers Conductor
Howard Keel Vocals
Ray Bolger Vocals
Ron Moody Vocals
Jim Henson Vocals
Kacey Cisyk Vocals
Isaac Hayes Vocals
Gene Merlino Vocals
Robert Preston Vocals
Sinfonia of London Orchestra Performing Ensemble
B.J. Thomas Vocals
MGM Studio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Shani Wallis Vocals
William Warfield Vocals
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Betty Hutton Vocals
Percy Faith & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Shorty Rogers & His Giants Ensemble
Mitch Miller & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Giorgio Tozzi Vocals
Shirley Jones Vocals
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Charlotte Greenwood Vocals
Sheila White Vocals
Mark Lester Vocals
Claramae Turner Vocals
Aileen Quinn Vocals
Shorty Rogers & His Orchestra Ensemble
Robert E. Preston Vocals
Marlon Brando Vocals
The John Barry Seven Ensemble
Jim Bryant Vocals
Kermit the Frog Vocals
Robert Preston's Company Ensemble
Ron Moody's Boys Ensemble
MGM Studio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Andy Williams Vocals
Technical Credits
Malcolm Arnold Composer
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Maurice Jarre Composer
Stephen Sondheim Lyricist
Henry Mancini Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie Lyricist
Elmer Bernstein Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Doris Day Lyricist
Christopher Cross Composer
Lionel Richie Composer
Carly Simon Composer
Scott Joplin Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Harold Arlen Lyricist
Paul Jabara Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Peter Allen Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Jack Nitzsche Lyricist
Marvin Hamlisch Arranger
Lionel Bart Composer
Joe Brooks Composer
Kander Lyricist
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Kenneth J. Alford Composer
John Barry Arranger
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Kenny Ascher Lyricist
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Don Black Lyricist
Johnny Burke Lyricist
Hal David Lyricist
John DeNicola Composer
Dorothy Fields Lyricist
Arthur Freed Lyricist
Ernest Gold Composer
Michael Gore Composer
Isaac Hayes Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Lyricist
Will Jennings Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Jay Livingston Lyricist
Johnny Mandel Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer, Lyricist
Monty Norman Composer
Dean Pitchford Lyricist
Franke Previte Composer
David Raskin Composer
Max Steiner Composer
Charles Strouse Composer
Harry Warren Lyricist
Frederick Loewe Lyricist
Martin Charnin Lyricist
Richard Foos Executive Producer
Fred Ebb Composer
Marc Weingarten Liner Notes
Donald Markowitz Composer
Ayn Robbins Composer
Carol Connors Composer
Garson Foos Executive Producer
T.J. Lubinsky Executive Producer
Emily Johnson Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
Paul Williams Composer
Dave McIntosh Business Consultant
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