Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals

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As part of its pact with Turner Entertainment, which controls the vaults of several of the great movie studios, Rhino Records has issued many compilations of soundtrack material from the movie musicals of the 1930s to the 1960s. Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals is an attempt to present the musical highlights of the Turner

Overview

As part of its pact with Turner Entertainment, which controls the vaults of several of the great movie studios, Rhino Records has issued many compilations of soundtrack material from the movie musicals of the 1930s to the 1960s. Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals is an attempt to present the musical highlights of the Turner collection on a single album, albeit a two-disc set running two and a half hours. Perhaps inevitably, it ends up sounding like a soundtrack album drawn from the series of MGM anthology films of the 1970s under the title That's Entertainment! Annotator John Fricke admits the tracks are "predominantly (though not exclusively) drawn from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer properties," which he claims is "simply because they had the greatest talents to invest in all aspects of their product." Fair enough, although one might add that 20th Century Fox and Paramount had some pretty great talents, too, and none of them are here unless, like Bing Crosby for example, they occasionally made a picture outside their contracted studios that has somehow fallen into the Turner maw. Still, when you are drawing from the MGM, Columbia, and RKO catalogs, you have some great material to choose from. The songs performed by Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, and Gene Kelly, whom Fricke calls "The Big Three," are a given, and they are also overly familiar. More interesting are the performances by less frequently heard singers like Nancy Walker, Jane Powell, and even Ava Gardner (whose voice was dubbed in the 1951 Show Boat, but not here). Taken from primary sources, the tracks appear in better sound quality than you will hear on the endless European gray-market compilations flooding the market. And if there are favorites missing, it's only because it would take more than two discs to do justice to the era.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2002
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227832322
catalogNumber:
78323

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Singin' In The Rain
  2. There's No Business Like Show Business, song (from "Annie Get your Gun"
  3. 'S Wonderful, song (from Funny Face, musical) [From An American in Pari
  4. That's Entertainment!
  5. Stranger In Paradise
  6. Easter Parade, song (from "As Thousands Cheer")
  7. Lullaby Of Broadway
  8. version used in the film Summer Stock
  9. Night and day, song (from "Gay Divorce")
  10. True love, song (from "High Society")
  11. Honeysuckle Rose
  12. Version used in the film The Barkleys Of Broadway
  13. Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet
  14. Baby, It's Cold Outside
  15. For Me And My Gal
  16. Version used in the film Idiot's Delight
  17. Hallelujah!
  18. Bless Yore Beautiful Hide
  19. Taking A Chance On Love
  20. Version used in the film Casablanca
  21. Lara's Theme (Main Title)

Disc 2

  1. Over The Rainbow
  2. It's A Most Unusual Day (for the film A Date With Judy) [From A Date wi
  3. Wunderbar, song (from "Kiss Me Kate")
  4. Can't Help Lovin' dat Man, song (from "Show Boat")
  5. Going Hollywood
  6. The Trolley Song
  7. Gigi, song (from "Gigi ")
  8. I Got Rhythm, song (from Girl Crazy, 1930)
  9. Version used in the film Two Weeks With Love
  10. The Lady is a Tramp, song (from musical "Babes in Arms") [From Words and Mu
  11. Version used in the film Good News
  12. Cheek to Cheek, song (from "Top Hat")
  13. A Kiss To Build A Dream On
  14. Put 'Em In A Box
  15. If Swing Goes, I Go Too
  16. Almost Like Being In Love, song (from "Brigadoon")
  17. Let's Face the Music and Dance, song (from "Follow the Fleet") [From Fo
  18. Be a clown, song (from the film "The Pirate")
  19. Embraceable You, song (from Girl Crazy, musical) [From "When the Boys M
  20. On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe
  21. One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), song [From The Sky's the L

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fred Astaire   Vocals,Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Vocals,Track Performer
Doris Day   Vocals,Track Performer
Judy Garland   Vocals,Track Performer
Gene Kelly   Vocals,Track Performer
Debbie Reynolds   Vocals,Track Performer
Connie Francis   Vocals,Track Performer
Lena Horne   Vocals,Track Performer
Ethel Waters   Vocals,Track Performer
Oscar Levant   Vocals,Track Performer
Vic Damone   Vocals,Track Performer
Nancy Walker   Vocals,Track Performer
Kathryn Grayson   Vocals,Track Performer
Jane Powell   Vocals
Jack Buchanan   Vocals,Track Performer
Howard Keel   Vocals,Track Performer
Louis Jourdan   Vocals,Track Performer
Georges Guétary   Vocals,Track Performer
Louis Armstrong   Vocals,Track Performer
Benny Carter   Leader
Ann Blyth   Track Performer
Clark Burroughs   Vocals
Carleton Carpenter   Vocals
Tommy Dorsey   Leader
Peter Lawford   Vocals,Track Performer
Ann Miller   Vocals,Track Performer
Page Cavanaugh Trio   Track Performer
Mickey Rooney   Vocals
MGM Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ava Gardner   Vocals,Track Performer
Clark Gable   Vocals
Kay Armen   Vocals,Track Performer
Betty Hutton   Vocals,Track Performer
Nanette Fabray   Vocals,Track Performer
Keenan Wynn   Vocals,Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
June Allyson   Vocals,Track Performer
Winifred Shaw   Vocals,Track Performer
Arthur "Dooley" Wilson   Vocals,Track Performer
MGM Studio Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Elliot Carpenter   Piano
Louis Calhern   Vocals,Track Performer
Grace Kelly   Vocals,Track Performer
Ricardo Montalban   Vocals,Track Performer
Dick Powell   Vocals
Esther Williams   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Alexander Borodin   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Andy Razaf   Lyricist
Sammy Cahn   Lyricist
Gene DePaul   Composer,Lyricist
Buddy DeSylva   Lyricist
Howard Dietz   Lyricist
Dubin   Lyricist
Arthur Freed   Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer,Lyricist
Lorenz Hart   Lyricist
Ray Henderson   Lyricist
Bert Kalmar   Composer
John Latouche   Lyricist
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer,Lyricist
Paul Weller   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Doug Schwartz   Engineer
Harry Warren   Composer
Roger Edens   Lyricist
George Feltenstein   Producer
Frederick Loewe   Lyricist
John Fricke   Liner Notes
Ralph Blane   Lyricist
Ted Koehler   Lyricist
Harold Adamson   Lyricist
George Forrest   Composer,Lyricist
Edgar Leslie   Composer,Lyricist
Clifford Grey   Composer,Lyricist
Ted Fetter   Lyricist
Arthur Fields   Lyricist
George W. Meyer   Composer
E. Ray Goetz   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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MaineMusician More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely fabulous album of some of the greatest Broadway show tunes ever. The liner notes are well done and the recording is crystal clear. I put this in my car CD player and sang all the way down the highway!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I needed a CD for an activity program I was doing at an assisted living residence. The staff at my B&N- Schenectady NY- helped me find this one and ordered it to be sent to my home. It was perfect, great selection of Hollywood music for the generation I was presenting to. My only wish was that I had more time to play the whole CD for them. A perfect addition to my reference collection!