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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The answer to the obvious question "Who is Elisabeth Welch?" is -- an expatriate African-American actress and singer based in England since 1933. As such, she was an ideal screen and musical partner for Paul Robeson, who made a series of recordings and films in the U.K. in the 1930s. Their association began with a studio recording of "I Still Suits Me," a song Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote for the second movie version of Show Boat, and continued with co-starring roles in Song of Freedom 1936 and Big Fella 1937. As such, this 78-and-a-half-minute, 30-song compilation of Robeson's film music is able to include two duets between the two the other one is ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The answer to the obvious question "Who is Elisabeth Welch?" is -- an expatriate African-American actress and singer based in England since 1933. As such, she was an ideal screen and musical partner for Paul Robeson, who made a series of recordings and films in the U.K. in the 1930s. Their association began with a studio recording of "I Still Suits Me," a song Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote for the second movie version of Show Boat, and continued with co-starring roles in Song of Freedom 1936 and Big Fella 1937. As such, this 78-and-a-half-minute, 30-song compilation of Robeson's film music is able to include two duets between the two the other one is "Sleepy River" from Song of Freedom and six solo performances by Welch. She is good both as a partner and as a solo singer, but the real focus here is on Robeson, heard on 22 tracks, including "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" from Show Boat, which also features Helen Morgan, Irene Dunne, and Hattie McDaniel. McDaniel also duets with Robeson on the soundtrack version of "I Still Suits Me," which is why she rates a sub-billing on the disc. He also sings with Esme Perry on "Stepping Stones" from Song of Freedom. This is not always the best material Robeson has been given to sing, but he is typically impressive, and while the album does not contain all of his movie music, it comes close. The tracks, transferred from 78s, have been cleaned up using the CEDAR process, so the sound is good, given the vintage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/1997
  • Label: MOVIE STARS
  • UPC: 793515801124
  • Catalog Number: 011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Still Suits Me - Hattie McDaniel (2:43)
  2. 2 Water Boy - Hattie McDaniel (1:48)
  3. 3 Lazy Lady - Hattie McDaniel (1:45)
  4. 4 Canoe Song - Hattie McDaniel (2:56)
  5. 5 Congo Lullaby - Hattie McDaniel (3:05)
  6. 6 Ol' Man River - Hattie McDaniel (4:55)
  7. 7 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - Hattie McDaniel (4:48)
  8. 8 Ol' Man River (Reprise)/I Still Suits Me - Hattie McDaniel (4:00)
  9. 9 Sleepy River - Hattie McDaniel (2:59)
  10. 10 Lonely Road - Hattie McDaniel (3:14)
  11. 11 Stepping Stones - Hattie McDaniel (1:51)
  12. 12 Sleepy River (Reprise) - Hattie McDaniel (1:36)
  13. 13 Song of Freedom - Hattie McDaniel (2:37)
  14. 14 Nightfall - Hattie McDaniel (2:09)
  15. 15 I Got a Robe - Hattie McDaniel (0:49)
  16. 16 One Kiss - Hattie McDaniel (2:49)
  17. 17 Roll up, Sailorman - Hattie McDaniel (2:13)
  18. 18 My Curly-Headed Baby - Hattie McDaniel (2:59)
  19. 19 Harlem in My Heart - Hattie McDaniel (3:03)
  20. 20 River Steals My Folks from Me - Hattie McDaniel (1:43)
  21. 21 Ho! Ho! (The Wagon Song) - Hattie McDaniel (3:08)
  22. 22 Climbin' Up (The Mountain Song) - Hattie McDaniel (3:22)
  23. 23 My Way - Hattie McDaniel (2:46)
  24. 24 Deep Desert - Hattie McDaniel (2:54)
  25. 25 Red Hot Annabelle - Hattie McDaniel (1:37)
  26. 26 Rehearsal Scene - Hattie McDaniel (2:15)
  27. 27 All Through the Night - Hattie McDaniel (0:46)
  28. 28 Deep River - Hattie McDaniel (2:24)
  29. 29 Land of My Fathers - Hattie McDaniel (2:21)
  30. 30 Land of My Fathers (Reprise) - Hattie McDaniel (1:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Robeson Primary Artist, Vocals
Elisabeth Welch Track Performer
Technical Credits
Hattie McDaniel Contributor
Brown Arranger
Helen Morgan Contributor
Eric Maschwitz Composer
Irene Dunne Contributor
Irving Arranger
Eric Ansell Composer
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