It's Always Fair Weather [2004 Expanded Edition]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Even the most cursory examination of this edition of 1955's It's Always Fair Weather soundtrack will thrill enthusiasts, as the contents have been improved upon by leaps and bounds over every previous incarnation. For starters, André Previn's complete score -- enhanced by the words and music of Betty Comden and Adolph Green -- is presented for the first time. Plus, the entire affair has been mixed to stereo from the three-track master tapes, resulting in nothing short of a breathtaking presentation. The film -- nominated for Oscars in both the Best Score and Best Screenplay categories -- is an entertaining conduit for some high-energy antics, balancing what is an ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Even the most cursory examination of this edition of 1955's It's Always Fair Weather soundtrack will thrill enthusiasts, as the contents have been improved upon by leaps and bounds over every previous incarnation. For starters, André Previn's complete score -- enhanced by the words and music of Betty Comden and Adolph Green -- is presented for the first time. Plus, the entire affair has been mixed to stereo from the three-track master tapes, resulting in nothing short of a breathtaking presentation. The film -- nominated for Oscars in both the Best Score and Best Screenplay categories -- is an entertaining conduit for some high-energy antics, balancing what is an arguably contrived plot. The story, which undeniably seems like a revision of On the Town (1949), focuses on pals Gene Kelly (Ted Riley), Dan Dailey (Doug Hallerton), and Michael Kidd (Angie Valentine). Upon arriving home from a stint in the Army, a bet is made that the trio will not remain as tightly knit after readjusting to life in the United States. The movie then chronicles each, as Kelly becomes a less than successful boxing manager, Dailey has traded his fatigues for a business suit, and Kidd is the proprietor of a typical greasy spoon luncheonette. Their story catches national attention when a TV station decides to broadcast a "feel-good" reunion between the trio. Enter the hard-nosed television hostess Dolores Gray (Madeline Bradville), who is bound and determined to get them back together. Although two are willing to participate, getting Kelly is a sizable challenge. Showstoppers include the infectiously fun three-way dance number "Once Upon a Time," Kelly's unforgettable roller-skating sequence during "I Like Myself" -- in which keen-eyed viewers may spot sets recycled from his Singin' in the Rain (1952) appearance -- and Cyd Charisse (Jackie Leighton) on "Baby, You Knock Me Out." Among the never-before-available goodies are a handful of Previn's rare piano demos, alternate versions of "The Binge" and "Music is Better Than Words," the outtakes "I Thought They'd Never Leave" and "Love Is Nothing But a Racket," and a superior liner notes essay from cinematic authority George Feltenstein, who packs in plenty of details regarding the production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2004
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • UPC: 603497776627
  • Catalog Number: 7766

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main Title - MGM Studio Orchestra (1:16)
  2. 2 March, March - Dan Dailey (1:22)
  3. 3 Medley: Letter / Drinking Montage / The Binge - MGM Studio Orchestra (5:47)
  4. 4 Time for Parting - Dan Dailey (2:03)
  5. 5 Ten Year Montage - MGM Studio Orchestra (3:49)
  6. 6 [Excerpt] - Dan Dailey (2:51)
  7. 7 After Blue Danube - MGM Studio Orchestra (1:28)
  8. 8 Gene's Folly - MGM Studio Orchestra (1:41)
  9. 9 Music Is Better Than Words (2:13)
  10. 10 Stillman's Gym - MGM Studio Chorus (2:10)
  11. 11 Baby You Knock Me Out - Carole Richards (2:38)
  12. 12 Situation-Wise - Dan Dailey (0:48)
  13. 13 Mike's Dream Place - MGM Studio Orchestra (0:43)
  14. 14 Time for Parting / Once Upon a Time - Dan Dailey (3:34)
  15. 15 I Thought They'd Never Leave (outtake) (2:32)
  16. 16 Love Is Nothing But A Racket (outtake) - Carole Richards (4:35)
  17. 17 Twenty-Five Cent Analysis - MGM Studio Orchestra (0:55)
  18. 18 Situation-Wise (2:33)
  19. 19 I Like Myself - Gene Kelly (4:07)
  20. 20 Madeline's Commercial (Klenzrite) (adapted from a piece by Franz Liszt) (0:49)
  21. 21 Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks (3:40)
  22. 22 Time For Parting-TV Girls - Ruth Clark (0:31)
  23. 23 Time For Parting (Finale) (1:45)
  24. 24 End Cast (outtake) - MGM Studio Orchestra (0:19)
  25. 25 The Binge (Alternate Version) - MGM Studio Orchestra (5:52)
  26. 26 Jack and the Space Giants (Demo) - Michael Kidd (3:13)
  27. 27 Once Upon a Time (Demo) (1:54)
  28. 28 Love is Nothin' But a Racket (Demo) (3:13)
  29. 29 Music Is Better Than Words (Alternate Version) (Demo) (1:26)
  30. 30 [Excerpt] (2:38)
  31. 31 I Thought They'd Never Leave (Demo) (3:08)
  32. 32 Thanks a Lot, But No Thanks (Demo) (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Kelly Vocals
André Previn Piano, Conductor
Dolores Gray Vocals
David Burns Vocals
Clark Burroughs Vocals
Betty Comden Vocals
Adolph Green Vocals
Ernie Newton Vocals
Loulie Jean Norman Vocals
Thurl Ravenscroft Vocals
Betty Wand Vocals
MGM Studio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Jud Conlon Vocals
Bob Stevens Vocals
Michael Kidd Vocals
Lee Gotch Vocals
Bob Wacker Vocals
Gloria Wood Vocals
MGM Studio Chorus Choir, Chorus
Dan Dailey Vocals
Ruth Clark Vocals
Carole Richards Vocals
Lou Lubin Vocals
Barbara Bernett Vocals
Bill Lee Vocals
Ellen Mattheson Vocals
Allan Davies Vocals
Robert Wacker Vocals
Technical Credits
André Previn Arranger, Composer, Adaptation, Musical Adaptation, Music Adaptations
Greg Allen Art Direction
Betty Comden Composer, Lyricist
Alexander Courage Arranger, Orchestration
Adolph Green Composer, Lyricist
Conrad Salinger Arranger, Orchestration
Doug Schwartz Mastering
Roger Edens Composer, Lyricist
George Feltenstein Liner Notes
Robert Franklyn Orchestration
Wally Heglin Orchestration
Bryan Lasley Art Direction
Michael Kidd Composer, Lyricist
Al Woodbury Orchestration
Jeff Alexander Choir Vocal Arrangements
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