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Show Boat [1951 Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]
     

Show Boat [1951 Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks]

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The soundtrack album for the 1951 MGM production of Show Boat (the third film version of the 1927 musical) was released in the summer of that year and spent 19 weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart. The 10" LP (also released as a set of 45s) featured eight songs -- "Make Believe," "Bill," "Life Upon the Wicked Stage," "You Are Love," "Can't Help Lovin'

Overview

The soundtrack album for the 1951 MGM production of Show Boat (the third film version of the 1927 musical) was released in the summer of that year and spent 19 weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart. The 10" LP (also released as a set of 45s) featured eight songs -- "Make Believe," "Bill," "Life Upon the Wicked Stage," "You Are Love," "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," "I Might Fall Back on You," "Why Do I Love You," and "Ol' Man River" -- sung by Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ava Gardner (whose voice was dubbed in the film, but not on the album), Marge and Gower Champion, and William Warfield. This 29-track CD, running nearly 73 minutes (the film itself only ran 107), is more of a reconstruction and restoration than merely an enhanced reissue of the soundtrack album. Going back to the original masters, the reissue producers have managed to construct a stereo version for the most part. Their musical additions include a large amount of scoring, additional reprises of the songs, and the version of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" sung by Annette Warren for Gardner, as heard in the film. (The original masters for Warren's version of "Bill" were destroyed, and an alternate take is substituted here.) Although it is treated with scholarly reverence, including a historical essay about Show Boat written by Miles Kreuger and notes about the 1951 film by reissue co-producer Marilee Bradford, the resulting album doesn't add much to listeners' understanding and enjoyment of Show Boat. Listeners get the chance to compare Gardner and Warren, which does not detract from the decision to use Warren in the film, even though Gardner's voice is adequate. But the heart of the soundtrack remains the excellent performances of Keel and, particularly, Warfield singing "Ol' Man River."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/1995
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227199821
catalogNumber:
71998

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John McGlinn   Conductor
Annette Warren   Track Performer
Kathryn Grayson   Vocals,Track Performer
Howard Keel   Vocals,Track Performer
Adolph Deutsch   Conductor
MGM Orchestra & Chorus   Track Performer
John McCarthy   Choir Master
Roger Edens   Piano
MGM Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Joe E. Brown   Vocals
Gower Champion   Vocals,Track Performer
Marge Champion   Vocals,Track Performer
Ava Gardner   Vocals,Track Performer
Agnes Moorehead   Vocals
William Warfield   Vocals,Track Performer
Robert Franklyn   Performing Ensemble
Robert Sterling   Vocals
Wayne Marshall   Piano

Technical Credits

John McGlinn   Director
Ambrosian Chorus   Contributor
Jerome Kern   Composer
London Sinfonietta   Contributor
Robert Russell Bennett   Orchestration
Alexander Courage   Arranger,Orchestration
Adolph Deutsch   Arranger
Ted Hall   Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
John Kurlander   Remixing
Philippe Saisse   Composer
Conrad Salinger   Arranger
Kirk Whalum   Composer
P.G. Wodehouse   Composer
Marilee Bradford   Producer,Liner Notes
Bradley Flanagan   Producer
Miles Kreuger   Liner Notes
John Fraser   Producer
Daguerre de Hureaux   translation
Michael Sheady   Engineer

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Show Boat [1951 Soundtrack] [Bonus Tracks] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
luvsuspence More than 1 year ago
I grew up in a home filled with GOOD music and this was included. I love the music and the artists.