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Oscar Hammerstein Legacy: Musicals

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The second of British archival label Pearl's two anthologies of the work of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II takes a different approach from its companion. Whereas the title devoted to operettas took most of its tracks from studio recordings by stage and film performers associated with the shows and films from which the songs came, this volume leans heavily on recordings made by pop stars. Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Perry Como, Guy Lombardo, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Vic Damone are not known for their association with Hammerstein productions, but some of them scored hits with his songs: Sinatra charting with "People Will Say We're in Love"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The second of British archival label Pearl's two anthologies of the work of lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II takes a different approach from its companion. Whereas the title devoted to operettas took most of its tracks from studio recordings by stage and film performers associated with the shows and films from which the songs came, this volume leans heavily on recordings made by pop stars. Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Perry Como, Guy Lombardo, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Vic Damone are not known for their association with Hammerstein productions, but some of them scored hits with his songs: Sinatra charting with "People Will Say We're in Love" from Oklahoma! and "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific, Como with "If I Loved You" from Carousel, and Damone with "Why Was I Born?" from Sweet Adeline. And there are some recordings made by people from the Hammerstein works: Dick Haymes doing "It's a Grand Night for Singing" and "It Might as Well Be Spring" from the film State Fair, in which he starred, and three songs from the original Broadway cast recording of South Pacific featuring Mary Martin and Juanita Hall. But the album is marred by questionable inclusions. Though Hammerstein contributed to an early version of "I Won't Dance," Dorothy Fields rewrote the lyric for the Roberta film version heard here, leaving practically nothing of the original, and "Bill" from Show Boat had lyrics by P.G. Wodehouse, not Hammerstein. And the set cuts off arbitrarily in 1949, not because there were no more Hammerstein musicals after that, but because European copyright law extends 50 years and Pearl couldn't use recordings from shows like The King and I (1951) and The Sound of Music (1959). As such, the label's second volume of Hammerstein material is less impressive than its first.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Pearl
  • UPC: 727031013228
  • Catalog Number: 132

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's a Grand Night for Singing, song (from film "State Fair") [From Sta - Chorus (2:35)
  2. 2 Why Do I Love You, song (from "Show Boat") - Victor Young & His Orchestra (3:08)
  3. 3 Can't Help Lovin' dat Man, song (from "Show Boat") - Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra (2:48)
  4. 4 Ol' Man River, song (from "Show Boat") - The Orchestra (4:04)
  5. 5 I Still Suits Me, song (from 1936 film "Show Boat") - The Orchestra (2:51)
  6. 6 The Folks Who Live On the Hill, song (from the film "High, Wide and Handsom - John Scott Trotter (3:06)
  7. 7 It Might as Well Be Spring, song (from film "State Fair") [From State F - Earle H. Hagen (3:10)
  8. 8 All Through the Day, song (from film "Centennial Summer") [From Centenn - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:20)
  9. 9 If I Loved You, song (from "Carousel") - Russ Case & His Orchestra (3:12)
  10. 10 People Will Say We're in Love, song (from "Oklahoma") - Bobby Tucker Singers (3:16)
  11. 11 Make Believe, song (from "Show Boat") - Al Sack & His Orchestra (3:01)
  12. 12 A Wonderful Guy, song (from "South Pacific") - The Orchestra (3:34)
  13. 13 Bali Ha'i, song (from "South Pacific") - The Orchestra (3:29)
  14. 14 Some Enchanted Evening, song (from "South Pacific") [From South Pacific - The Orchestra (3:09)
  15. 15 Can I Forget You?, song (from the film "High, Wide and Handsome") [From - John Scott Trotter (2:56)
  16. 16 I Won't Dance, song (from 1935 film "Roberta") - Lombardo Trio (3:24)
  17. 17 Bill, song (from "Show Boat") - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:43)
  18. 18 Who?, song (from "Sunny") - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:05)
  19. 19 Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin', song (from "Oklahoma") - Bobby Tucker Singers (2:57)
  20. 20 Happy Talk, song (from "South Pacific") - The Orchestra (3:34)
  21. 21 Why Was I Born?, song (from "Sweet Adeline") - Glenn Osser & His Orchestra (3:10)
  22. 22 All the Things You Are, song (from "Very Warm for May") [From Very Warm - Al Sack & His Orchestra (3:13)
  23. 23 You'll Never Walk Alone, song (from "Carousel") - The Orchestra (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Perry Como Vocals, Track Performer
Bing Crosby Vocals, Track Performer
Doris Day Vocals, Track Performer
Judy Garland Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Robeson Vocals, Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Vocals, Track Performer
Les Brown Conductor
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Artie Shaw Conductor
Helen Forrest Vocals, Track Performer
Elisabeth Welch Vocals
Vic Damone Vocals, Track Performer
Dick Haymes Vocals, Track Performer
Mary Martin Vocals, Track Performer
Tony Martin Track Performer
Juanita Hall Vocals, Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey Conductor
Glenn Osser Conductor
Axel Stordahl Conductor, Track Performer
Victor Young Conductor, Track Performer
Frances Langford Vocals, Track Performer
Carmen Lombardo Track Performer
Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians Track Performer
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Track Performer
Les Brown & His Orchestra Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Track Performer
Victor Young & His Orchestra Track Performer
Al Sack & His Orchestra Track Performer
Clifford Greenwood Conductor, Track Performer
Earle H. Hagen Conductor
Ella Fitzgerald & Her Famous Orchestra Track Performer
Russ Case & His Orchestra Conductor, Track Performer
Glenn Osser & His Orchestra Track Performer
John Scotto Trotter Conductor
Technical Credits
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Colin Brown Producer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist
Otto Harbach Composer
Tony Watts Producer, Liner Notes
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