Movie Music: The Definitive Performances

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646581322
  • Catalog Number: 65813
  • Sales rank: 175,901

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Music for Silent Movies (0:51)
  2. 2 Singin' in the Rain - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (2:24)
  3. 3 You Are Too Beautiful (3:24)
  4. 4 A Guy What Takes His Time (2:50)
  5. 5 Temptation (3:09)
  6. 6 Inka Dinka Doo (3:03)
  7. 7 Rock & Roll (2:44)
  8. 8 Lullaby of Broadway (3:15)
  9. 9 The Way You Look Tonight (3:11)
  10. 10 A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening (3:14)
  11. 11 Secret Love (3:40)
  12. 12 The Man That Got Away (4:23)
  13. 13 Giant (3:14)
  14. 14 March from the River Kwai/Colonel Bogey (2:28)
  15. 15 An Affair to Remember - Vic Damone (2:49)
  16. 16 A Certain Smile (2:47)
  17. 17 My Heart Belongs to Daddy (5:11)
  18. 18 Overture (4:40)
  19. 19 With a Little Bit of Luck - Stanley Holloway (3:55)
  20. 20 To Sir with Love - Lulu (2:47)
  21. 21 Mrs. Robinson (4:03)
  22. 22 Ballad of Easy Rider (2:04)
  23. 23 Be (3:21)
  24. 24 The Way We Were (3:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Theme from M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) (2:56)
  2. 2 Knockin' on Heaven's Door (2:31)
  3. 3 Evergreen (3:08)
  4. 4 On the Road Again (2:26)
  5. 5 Tender Years - Beaver Brown Band (4:45)
  6. 6 Footloose (3:47)
  7. 7 Take My Breath Away (4:13)
  8. 8 It Had to Be You (2:40)
  9. 9 The John Dunar Theme (3:43)
  10. 10 State of Love and Trust (3:48)
  11. 11 When I Fall in Love (4:22)
  12. 12 Streets of Philadelphia (3:53)
  13. 13 I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump (2:41)
  14. 14 Childhood (4:29)
  15. 15 The Sweetest Thing (4:53)
  16. 16 Men in Black (3:47)
  17. 17 I Say a Little Prayer (3:36)
  18. 18 Southhampton (4:01)
  19. 19 My Heart Will Go On (4:42)
  20. 20 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Track Performer
Fred Astaire Track Performer
The Boswell Sisters Track Performer
Harry Connick Jr. 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
The 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
Al 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, Mastering
Janet Boye Art Direction
Randall Martin Label Design
Ben Ryan Composer
Harry Donnelly Composer
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
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