Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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 ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227832322
  • Catalog Number: 78323

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Singin' In The Rain - Gene Kelly (4:53)
  2. 2 There's No Business Like Show Business, song (from "Annie Get your Gun" - Louis Calhern (2:29)
  3. 3 'S Wonderful, song (from Funny Face, musical) [From An American in Pari - Georges Guétary (2:48)
  4. 4 That's Entertainment! - Nanette Fabray (3:29)
  5. 5 Stranger In Paradise - Ann Blyth (5:34)
  6. 6 Easter Parade, song (from "As Thousands Cheer") - Judy Garland (2:42)
  7. 7 Lullaby Of Broadway - Dick Powell & Chorus (4:56)
  8. 8 version used in the film Summer Stock - Judy Garland (2:48)
  9. 9 Night and day, song (from "Gay Divorce") - Fred Astaire (4:28)
  10. 10 True love, song (from "High Society") - Grace Kelly (3:05)
  11. 11 Honeysuckle Rose - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (2:50)
  12. 12 Version used in the film The Barkleys Of Broadway - Fred Astaire (4:33)
  13. 13 Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet - MGM Studio Chorus (3:05)
  14. 14 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Esther Williams (4:44)
  15. 15 For Me And My Gal - Gene Kelly (4:21)
  16. 16 Version used in the film Idiot's Delight - Clark Gable (0:55)
  17. 17 Hallelujah! - Clark Burroughs & Co. (3:48)
  18. 18 Bless Yore Beautiful Hide - Howard Keel (2:30)
  19. 19 Taking A Chance On Love - Eddie "Rochester" Anderson (4:21)
  20. 20 Version used in the film Casablanca - Elliot Carpenter (2:45)
  21. 21 Lara's Theme (Main Title) - MGM Studio Orchestra (2:39)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland (2:45)
  2. 2 It's A Most Unusual Day (for the film A Date With Judy) [From A Date wi - Jane Powell (1:17)
  3. 3 Wunderbar, song (from "Kiss Me Kate") - Howard Keel (3:15)
  4. 4 Can't Help Lovin' dat Man, song (from "Show Boat") - Ava Gardner (3:24)
  5. 5 Going Hollywood - Bing Crosby (0:40)
  6. 6 The Trolley Song - Judy Garland & The MGM Studio Chorus (4:03)
  7. 7 Gigi, song (from "Gigi ") - Louis Jourdan (3:03)
  8. 8 I Got Rhythm, song (from Girl Crazy, 1930) - Mickey Rooney & Co. (8:04)
  9. 9 Version used in the film Two Weeks With Love - MGM Studio Chorus (3:13)
  10. 10 The Lady is a Tramp, song (from musical "Babes in Arms") [From Words and Mu - Lena Horne (2:45)
  11. 11 Version used in the film Good News - Peter Lawford & June Allyson (11:45)
  12. 12 Cheek to Cheek, song (from "Top Hat") - Fred Astaire (12:45)
  13. 13 A Kiss To Build A Dream On - Louis Armstrong (13:45)
  14. 14 Put 'Em In A Box - Page Cavanaugh Trio (14:45)
  15. 15 If Swing Goes, I Go Too - Fred Astaire (15:45)
  16. 16 Almost Like Being In Love, song (from "Brigadoon") - Gene Kelly (16:45)
  17. 17 Let's Face the Music and Dance, song (from "Follow the Fleet") [From Fo - Fred Astaire (17:45)
  18. 18 Be a clown, song (from the film "The Pirate") - Gene Kelly (18:45)
  19. 19 Embraceable You, song (from Girl Crazy, musical) [From "When the Boys M - Connie Francis (19:45)
  20. 20 On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe - Judy Garland (20:45)
  21. 21 One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), song [From The Sky's the L - Fred Astaire (21:45)
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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
Al Dubin Lyricist
Arthur Freed Lyricist
Ira Gershwin Composer, Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein II 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The CD every musical lover should own

    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!

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