Movie Music: The Definitive Performances

Movie Music: The Definitive Performances

MOVIE MUSIC: THE DEFINITIVE PERFORMANCES, a sensational and remarkably thorough overview of 70 years of Hollywood musical moments on one double-CD set, is crammed with delectable and decade-defining songs -- from Cliff Edwards's 1929 version of "Singin' in the Rain" to Aerosmith's exuberant "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from 1998's "Armageddon." Disc One contains


MOVIE MUSIC: THE DEFINITIVE PERFORMANCES, a sensational and remarkably thorough overview of 70 years of Hollywood musical moments on one double-CD set, is crammed with delectable and decade-defining songs -- from Cliff Edwards's 1929 version of "Singin' in the Rain" to Aerosmith's exuberant "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" from 1998's "Armageddon." Disc One contains glimpses of nearly every important vocal stylist of Hollywood's golden era : Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Mae West, the Boswell Sisters, Jimmy Durante, Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Johnny Mathis, among many others -- all captured at the peak of their performing powers. MOVIE MUSIC's second disc documents the apocalyptic changes in film soundtracks over the last 30 years, when rock and pop stars began to allocate some of their best material for inclusion on the big screen. Included on the impressive roster are Oscar winners like "Evergreen" by Barbra Streisand, Berlin's ethereal "Take My Breath Away," Bruce Springsteen's heartfelt "Streets of Philadelphia," and Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" from "Titanic." Other million-dollar moments feature Bob Dylan's elegiac "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," Will Smith's sassy "Men in Black," and "Childhood" by Michael Jackson. In all, a masterful collection.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music hasn't existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 44-track Movie Music: The Definitive Performances is impressive. Columbia and its subsidiaries were one of the first labels to issue soundtracks, and this set traces the history of the movie soundtrack, from Al Jolson to Aerosmith. Musically, this volume may not be as historically significant as others in the Sony Music 100 Years set, but it's nevertheless fascinating, providing a capsule history of pop music in popular film. It's possible to hear the evolution of movie music, as it moved from standards and show tunes to pop tunes in the late '60s. There are a number of timeless songs here -- "The Way You Look Tonight," "March from the River Kwai," "An Affair to Remember," "To Sir with Love," "Mrs. Robinson," "The Way We Were," "Suicide Is Painless," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" -- along with some tunes that merely signify the times. And that's what makes it worthwhile -- it's pop history in the best sense, even if only half of it is musically significant.

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Disc 1

  1. Music for Silent Movies
  2. Singin' in the Rain
  3. You Are Too Beautiful
  4. A Guy What Takes His Time
  5. Temptation
  6. Inka Dinka Doo
  7. Rock & Roll
  8. Lullaby of Broadway
  9. The Way You Look Tonight
  10. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
  11. Secret Love
  12. The Man That Got Away
  13. Giant
  14. March from the River Kwai/Colonel Bogey
  15. An Affair to Remember
  16. A Certain Smile
  17. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  18. Overture
  19. With a Little Bit of Luck
  20. To Sir with Love
  21. Mrs. Robinson
  22. Ballad of Easy Rider
  23. Be
  24. The Way We Were

Disc 2

  1. Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless)
  2. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  3. Evergreen
  4. On the Road Again
  5. Tender Years
  6. Footloose
  7. Take My Breath Away
  8. It Had to Be You
  9. The John Dunar Theme
  10. State of Love and Trust
  11. When I Fall in Love
  12. Streets of Philadelphia
  13. I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump
  14. Childhood
  15. The Sweetest Thing
  16. Men in Black
  17. I Say a Little Prayer
  18. Southhampton
  19. My Heart Will Go On
  20. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Track Performer
Fred Astaire   Track Performer
Boswell Sisters   Track Performer
Harry Connick   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Doris Day   Track Performer
Judy Garland   Track Performer
Johnny Mathis   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Track Performer
Barbra Streisand   Track Performer
Aerosmith   Track Performer
Berlin   Track Performer
Byrds   Track Performer
Neil Diamond   Track Performer
Celine Dion   Track Performer
Bob Dylan   Track Performer
Michael Jackson   Track Performer
Kenny Loggins   Track Performer
Pearl Jam   Track Performer
Simon & Garfunkel   Track Performer
Bruce Springsteen   Track Performer
Jolson   Track Performer
Marilyn Monroe   Vocals,Track Performer
Vic Damone   Track Performer
Mae West   Track Performer
Lulu   Track Performer
Dick Powell   Track Performer
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Track Performer
Jimmy Durante   Track Performer
Stanley Holloway   Track Performer
James Horner   Track Performer
John Barry   Conductor
John Cafferty   Track Performer
Clive Griffin   Track Performer
Diana King   Track Performer
Alan Silvestri   Conductor,Track Performer
Warner Bros. Orchestra   Track Performer
John Green   Conductor
Lauryn Hill   Track Performer
Will Smith   Track Performer
Mash   Track Performer
Refugee Camp Allstars   Track Performer
Charlie Young   Track Performer
Ensemble   Track Performer
Beaver Brown Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Barbra Streisand   Composer
Jimmy Durante   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
James Horner   Composer
Jeff Ament   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Producer,Annotation
Edward Heyman   Composer
Will Jennings   Composer
Kathryn King   Editorial Production
Mike McCready   Composer
Eddie Vedder   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
John Swenson   Liner Notes
Arnold Levine   Art Direction
Darcy Proper   Producer,Engineer
Janet Boye   Art Direction
Randall Martin   Label Design
Ben Ryan   Composer
Harry Donnelly   Composer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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