That's Entertainment: The Ultimate Anthology of MGM Musicals

That's Entertainment: The Ultimate Anthology of MGM Musicals

The Golden Age of the Hollywood movie musical is one of the glories of American culture. The high quality of the music composed for these effervescent productions, combined with the vibrant performances, make listening to these gems on their own as satisfying as watching the films themselves. Here’s where the newest version of That’s Entertainment! comes in. At


The Golden Age of the Hollywood movie musical is one of the glories of American culture. The high quality of the music composed for these effervescent productions, combined with the vibrant performances, make listening to these gems on their own as satisfying as watching the films themselves. Here’s where the newest version of That’s Entertainment! comes in. At 135 tracks, all gathered from the cream of M-G-M musical productions from the years 1929 to 1957, this six-CD set is an essential delight. (An additional disc of unreleased music, as well as upgraded sound, represents the major difference from the 1995 set.) The vocal greats are all here: Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, and Fred Astaire, as well such great stylists as Gene Kelly and Jimmy Durante, representing such classic films as The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, High Society, Kiss Me Kate, Easter Parade, and plenty of others. Composers include Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin -- ‘nuff said. They don’t write or sing ‘em like they used to, and here’s all the proof you need to back up that statement.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
It should be stated that this 2006 edition of Rhino's six-CD box That's Entertainment: The Ultimate Anthology of MGM Musicals is a prodigious effort, in both its scope and quality, as well as the audio engineering, though it may well frustrate owners of the earlier 1995 edition, which used the same title but had different cover art and a different song lineup, especially on disc six. Indeed, at the time of the latter's release in the mid-'90s, this was easily the most comprehensive overview of a movie studio's music output to be found on CD. For starters, Rhino was the first audio licensee of this material, since the days when MGM had its own record label -- and they weren't always known for being sticklers for quality -- to have access not only to first-generation original audio sources, but, in this instance, restored audio sources. In some instances, this means that one is getting the unmixed music tracks off of the original film recording sessions -- something few people were ever privileged to hear prior to the '90s -- while in other cases, it allows one to hear the mastering elements off of which finished, restored film soundtracks are struck. And in this edition, about a third of the material has been remastered using the more advanced technology available in the subsequent decade, as well as better sources that have been uncovered; and some material, mostly from better-known movies that are now represented by expanded soundtracks of their own, has been deleted, so there is less of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney here, and fewer songs from the 1951 Show Boat are represented. But the music is in its optimum state; and that means that the basses and percussion are deep and booming, the vocals are out in front and soaring, and the brasses and horns have the kind of bite that one associates with high-fidelity recording, all within the limits of 21st century technology and vault research. In fairness, not every track here blossoms the same way in its sound; some of the medleys -- especially "Singin' in the Rain" -- that are keyed to the actual That's Entertainment or That's Entertainment, Pt. 2 movie sequences, are easier to appreciate if you have seen the movies; and it's difficult to imagine anyone buying this set who has not seen both movies a lot more than once. Discs one and two take us through That's Entertainment's musical highlights, while discs three and four are devoted to That's Entertainment, Pt. 2. In every instance on the material from those movies, the tracks represent complete numbers, rather than the edited excerpts used in the two anthology movies -- and considering that most of the movies represented here pre-date the late '40s and, thus, never had soundtrack releases of their own, that only enhances the value of this set (one can "square" its value for serious musical buffs). The fifth disc is a direct reissue of the 1994 That's Entertainment, Pt. 3 soundtrack CD. The major difference between this set and the previous edition lies in disc six, which has been changed completely -- instead of tying up loose ends from the other anthologies, that disc now contains 25 outtakes from the MGM vaults, many of them never heard before or only previously available in low-quality dubs, and among the highlights are Fanny Brice's complete rendition of "My Man" from The Great Ziegfeld and a Lee Wiley demo of "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and Kay Thompson performing "Weekend at the Waldorf." Some fans will be upset at the loss of certain tracks that were on the sixth platter of the original edition and, in fact, this re-release has proved somewhat controversial in that regard, and perhaps a seven-disc set would have been preferable -- or an eventual separate release of disc six here, for those who already owned the old set. On a technical level, one must point out the inevitable weaknesses in a set like this. Most important, there is always going to be some compression on music of any kind recorded before the end of the '40s, even if it is preserved perfectly, but the Turner Entertainment and Rhino archivists and engineers have put together a remarkably satisfying body, several hundred artists and tracks strong, covering territory from the '20s to the '70s. Secondly, although the musical credentials involved with 99-percent of what's here are impeccable, this was, at root, an effort to make visually stimulating material, so there will be some element missing from the allure of much of what is here, in terms of what it was intended to do. But that doesn't mean that, divorced from the visuals, elements of the music can't blossom in their own right. The whole set makes for a few weeks' worth of listening to be properly absorbed.

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Disc 1

  1. Overture, for orchestra (from That's Entertainment!)
  2. Singin' in the Rain, song (from "Hollywood Review of 1929") [From Holly
  3. Main Title (That's Entertainment)
  4. Broadway Melody
  5. Indian Love Call
  6. A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody, song (from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1919") [F
  7. Begin The Beguine
  8. The Song's Gotta Come from the Heart
  9. Honeysuckle Rose
  10. Take Me out to the Ball Game
  11. Thou Swell
  12. The Varsity Drag
  13. Aba Daba Honeymoon
  14. It's A Most Unusual Day (for the film A Date With Judy) [From A Date wi
  15. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
  16. Gotta Feelin' For You, song for voice & chorus (from Hollywood Revue of
  17. Easy to love, song (from the film "Born to Dance")
  18. Puttin' on the Ritz, song (from "Puttin' On The Ritz") [From Idiot's De
  19. Dear Mr. Gable / You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It) (from Br
  20. Babes in Arms, musical
  21. They Can't Take That Away from Me, song (from Shall We Dance?, film) [F
  22. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan
  23. Dancing in the Dark
  24. I Wanna Be Loved By You
  25. Be My Love, for voice & orchestra (from "The Toast of New Orleans") [Fr

Disc 2

  1. I've Gotta Hear that Beat, song for voice & orchestra [From Small Town
  2. Make 'Em Laugh
  3. Ol' Man River, song (from "Show Boat")
  4. By Myself
  5. New York, New York, song for voice & piano (from "On the Town") [Extend
  6. The Worry Song
  7. Singin' In The Rain
  8. Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film "The Wizard of Oz") [From The
  9. But Not for Me, song (from Girl Crazy, musical)
  10. The Trolley Song (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis) [From Meet Me in St. L
  11. The Boy Next Door
  12. Under the Bamboo Tree
  13. Get Happy, song (used in "9:15 Revue")
  14. Going Hollywood
  15. Well, did you evah!, song (from "High Society")
  16. True love, song (from "High Society")
  17. Hallelujah!
  18. Barn Dance (Bless yore Beautiful Hide)
  19. Gigi, song (from "Gigi ")
  20. An American In Paris ballet (extended version)

Disc 3

  1. Overture from That's Entertainment, Part 2 [From That's Entertainment,
  2. That's Entertainment! (from The Bandwagon)
  3. For Me and My Gal
  4. Fascinatin' Rhythm, song (from Lady, Be Good!, musical) [From Lady Be G
  5. I've Got A Feelin' You're Foolin' (used in the film Broadway Melody of
  6. I Wanna Be A Dancin' Man, song for voice & orchestra (from The Belle Of
  7. Hi-Lilli, Hi-Lo (from the film Lili)
  8. Be a clown, song (from the film "The Pirate")
  9. From this moment on, song (from film "Kiss Me Kate") [From Kiss Me Kate
  10. All of you, song (from "Silk Stockings")
  11. The Lady is a Tramp, song (from musical "Babes in Arms") [From Words and Mu
  12. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, song (from "Roberta")
  13. Easter Parade, song (from "As Thousands Cheer")
  14. Temptation, song (from the film Going Hollywood)
  15. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
  16. Taking A Chance On Love (for the musical Cabin In The Sky) [From "Cabin
  17. Swingin' the jinx away, song (from film "Born to Dance") [From Born To
  18. Lover Come Back to Me, song (from "The New Moon")
  19. Wedding of the Painted Doll, song
  20. Inka Dinka Doo

Disc 4

  1. I Got Rhythm, song (from Girl Crazy, 1930)
  2. Manhattan
  3. Good Morning (used in the film Babes in Arms) [From Singin' in the Rain
  4. Triplets
  5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Lou
  6. Steppin' Out with My Baby, song (from "Easter Parade") [From Easter Par
  7. Ten Cents a Dance, song (from "Simple Simon") [From Love Me or Leave Me
  8. I Got Rhythm, song (from Girl Crazy, 1930)
  9. Ol' Man River
  10. You're sensational, song (from "High Society")
  11. I Fall In Love Too Easily
  12. I Begged Her
  13. Girls, Girls, Girls!
  14. The Last Time I Saw Paris, song (from the film "Lady Be Good") [From Till t
  15. Love Is Here to Stay, song (from The Goldwyn Follies, film) [From An Am
  16. (I'll Build A) Stairway to Paradise, song (from An American In Paris)
  17. A Couple of Swells, song (from "Easter Parade")
  18. Now you has jazz, song (from film "High Society")
  19. There's No Business Like Show Business, song (from "Annie Get your Gun"
  20. I Like Myself
  21. I Remember It Well, song (from "Gigi")
  22. Bouncin' The Blues, song for 2 voices & orchestra (as used in the film
  23. That's Entertainment Finale, song for chorus & orchestra (as used in th
  24. End Credits, for orchestra (as used in the film "That's Entertainment,

Disc 5

  1. That's Entertainment III Overture (as used in the film "That's Entertai
  2. Good Morning (used in the film Babes in Arms)
  3. The Three B's
  4. Just one of those things, song (from "Jubilee")
  5. Hollywood Party
  6. Shakin' the Blues Away, song (from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1927") [From Ea
  7. Pass That Peace Pipe (for the film Good News)
  8. The Heather on the Hill, song (from "Brigadoon")
  9. I Wish I Were in Love Again, song (from "Babes in Arms") [From Words an
  10. You Are My Lucky Star (outtake)
  11. Swing, Mr. Mendelssohn (extended version), song for voice, chorus & orc
  12. A Lady Loves, song for voice, chorus & orchestra (as used in the film "I
  13. Baby, You Knock Me Out
  14. Thanks A Lot But No Thanks
  15. Who?, song (from "Sunny")
  16. You Stepped Out Of A Dream, song
  17. March Of The Doagies (outtake)
  18. Stereophonic sound, song (from "Silk Stockings")
  19. Shakin' the Blues Away, song (from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1927") [From Lo
  20. Jailhouse Rock, song (as used in the film "Jailhouse Rock") [From Jailh
  21. That's Entertainment! (from The Bandwagon)

Disc 6

  1. Swing Trot, song for chorus & orchestra (as used in the film "The Barkl
  2. The Lock Step (outtake) (as used in the film "The March of Time")
  3. Poor Little G-String (outtake), for voice & orchestra (as used in the f
  4. Fly Away To I-Oway (outtake)
  5. Buds Won't Bud, song
  6. Let's Pretend It's True (outtake), for voice & orchestra (as used in th
  7. It's Fun To Be In Love (outtake), for 3 voices & orchestra (from Meet M
  8. Weekend At The Waldorf (Demo), song for voice & orchestra (as used in t
  9. Folly Me (outtake), for voice & piano (as used in the film "Torch Song"
  10. You Won't Forget Me (outtake), for voice & orchestra (as used in the fi
  11. Too Beautiful to Last (outtake), for voice & orchestra (as used in the
  12. I Have A Dream (outtake), for 2 voices & orchestra (as used in the film
  13. And There You Are (outtake), for voice & orchestra (as used in the film
  14. A Message From The Man In The Moon (outtake), for voice & orchestra (as u
  15. Baby Doll (outtake), song for voice & orchestra (as used in the film "T
  16. Some of These Days
  17. A Woman without a Man (outtake), voice & orchestra (as used in the film "
  18. Make it another old fashioned, please, song (from "Panama Hattie") [Out
  19. You belong to my heart (Solamente una vez)
  20. Something's Gotta Happen Soon (outtake), song for voice & orchestra (as
  21. Deep In My Heart, Dear (demo)
  22. Can't Help Lovin' dat Man, song (from "Show Boat")
  23. Mon homme (My Man), song
  24. I've Told Ev'ry Little Star / The Song Is You (outtake) (from Till The
  25. That's Entertainment! III End Credits (as used in the film "That's Ente

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Percy Faith   Conductor
Henry Mancini   Conductor
Fred Astaire   Vocals
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Doris Day   Vocals
Judy Garland   Vocals
Gene Kelly   Vocals
Debbie Reynolds   Vocals
Dinah Shore   Vocals
Frank Sinatra   Vocals
Elvis Presley   Vocals
Lena Horne   Vocals
Harry James   Conductor,Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
André Previn   Conductor
Ethel Waters   Vocals
Lee Wiley   Vocals
Barrett Deems   Vocals
Oscar Levant   Vocals
Sophie Tucker   Vocals
Vic Damone   Vocals
Nelson Eddy   Vocals
Maurice Chevalier   Vocals
Allan Jones   Vocals
Mario Lanza   Vocals
Tony Martin   Vocals
Jim Burroughs   Vocals
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Vocals
Fanny Brice   Vocals
Nancy Walker   Vocals
Yvonne De Carlo   Vocals
Jimmy Durante   Piano,Vocals
Dolores Gray   Vocals
Kathryn Grayson   Vocals
Jane Powell   Vocals
George Chakiris   Vocals
Jack Buchanan   Vocals
Bronislaw Kaper   Conductor
Howard Keel   Vocals
John Mauceri   Conductor
Louis Jourdan   Vocals
Ray Bolger   Vocals
Hermione Gingold   Vocals
Leslie Caron   Vocals
Joan Crawford   Vocals
Trummy Young   Vocals
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Williams Brothers   Vocals
Nacio Herb Brown   Conductor
Louis Armstrong   Vocals
Benny Carter   Conductor
Ralph Brewster   Vocals
Carleton Carpenter   Vocals
Eugene Cox   Vocals
Adolph Deutsch   Conductor
Tommy Dorsey   Conductor
Johnny Green   Conductor
Lennie Hayton   Conductor
Billy Kyle   Vocals
Peter Lawford   Vocals
Bill Lee   Vocals
Jeanette MacDonald   Vocals
Mel-Tones   Ensemble
Ann Miller   Vocals
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Loulie Jean Norman   Vocals
Donald O'Connor   Vocals
Carol Richards   Vocals
Ginger Rogers   Vocals
Mickey Rooney   Vocals
David Rose   Conductor
Arvell Shaw   Vocals
Jimmy Stewart   Vocals
Robert Taylor   Vocals
Alfred Newman   Conductor
Roger Edens   Piano,Conductor
MGM Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
George Stoll   Conductor
Jud Conlon   Vocals
Marjorie Main   Vocals
Mary Moder   Vocals
Margaret O'Brien   Vocals
Virginia O'Brien   Vocals
Kay Thompson   Vocals
William Warfield   Vocals
Janis Paige   Vocals
Herbert Stothart   Conductor
Hal Hopper   Vocals
Clark Gable   Vocals
Frances Langford   Vocals
Kay Armen   Vocals
Gloria DeHaven   Vocals
Betty Hutton   Vocals
Cyd Charisse   Vocals
Nanette Fabray   Vocals
Keenan Wynn   Vocals
Dorothy Jackson   Vocals
Benny Carter & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Harry James & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Robert Tucker   Piano
Leo Arnaud   Conductor
Allen Jones   Vocals
June Allyson   Vocals
Williams Axt   Conductor
Trudy Erwin   Vocals
Lee Gotch   Vocals
Judy Matson   Vocals
Dorothy McCarty   Vocals
Kenneth Rundquist   Vocals
Dorothy Wilkerson   Vocals
Claude Martin   Vocals
Betty Lynn   Vocals
Ann Sothern   Vocals
Alice Ludes   Vocals
Arnet Amos   Vocals
Music Maids   Ensemble
Mel Ferrer   Vocals
MGM Studio Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Charles King   Vocals
Pete Roberts   Vocals
Louis Calhern   Vocals
Grace Kelly   Vocals
Elva Kellogg   Vocals
Rex Dennis   Vocals
India Adams   Vocals
Six Hits and a Miss   Ensemble
Jimmie Garland   Vocals
Dan Dailey   Vocals
Lyttle Sisters   Ensemble
Connie Russell   Vocals
Robert Taylor   Vocals
Marjorie Lane   Vocals
Douglas McPhail   Vocals
Betty Jaynes   Vocals
Joan McCracken   Vocals
Williams Brothers   Vocals
Ed Hall   Vocals
Arthur Lange   Conductor
Bobbie Canvin   Vocals
Ruth Clark   Vocals
Berry Brothers   Ensemble
Dodge Twins   Ensemble
Roy Isnor   Conductor
Johnny Jonston   Vocals
Polly Moran   Vocals
Jerry the Mouse   Vocals
Jules Munshin   Vocals
Charles Pavalato   Vocals
Ralph Rlane   Vocals
Carole Richards   Vocals
George Sanders   Vocals
St. Brendans Boys' Choir   Choir, Chorus
George Sanders   Vocals
Harry Stanton   Vocals
Bill Lee   Vocals
Marvin Baily   Vocals
Claude Martin   Vocals
June Knight   Vocals
William Axt   Conductor
James Stewart   Vocals
Charley King   Vocals
Frances Williams   Vocals
James Burroughs   Vocals
Ed Hall   Vocals
David Rose   Conductor
JoAnn Greer   Vocals
Vivian Edwards   Vocals
Douglas MacPhail   Vocals
Robert Tucker   Piano
Harry Stanton   Vocals
Joe Karnes   Vocals

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Arranger,Composer
Rudolf Friml   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Percy Faith   Arranger
Henry Mancini   Arranger,Composer
Fred Astaire   Contributor
Irving Berlin   Composer,Lyricist
André Previn   Arranger,Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Calvin Jackson   Arranger
Sy Oliver   Arranger
Pete Rugolo   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer,Lyricist
Vernon Duke   Composer
Jimmy Durante   Composer,Lyricist
Josef Myrow   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer,Lyricist
Georges Guétary   Composer
Andy Razaf   Lyricist
Jerome Kern   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Arranger,Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer,Lyricist
Benny Carter   Arranger
Shelton Brooks   Composer,Lyricist
Lew Brown   Lyricist
Sammy Cahn   Lyricist
Saul Chaplin   Arranger,Lyricist
Betty Comden   Lyricist
Alexander Courage   Arranger
Buddy DeSylva   Lyricist
Adolph Deutsch   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Howard Dietz   Lyricist
Sammy Fain   Composer
Arthur Freed   Lyricist
Ira Gershwin   Composer,Lyricist
Mack Gordon   Lyricist
Adolph Green   Lyricist
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Otto Harbach   Lyricist
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Lyricist
Lorenz Hart   Lyricist
Lennie Hayton   Arranger
Ray Henderson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer,Lyricist
Burton Lane   Composer
John Latouche   Lyricist
Alan Jay Lerner   Lyricist
Hugh Martin   Composer,Lyricist
Johnny Mercer   Lyricist
Nelson Riddle   Arranger,Composer
Cole Porter   Composer,Lyricist
Edward B. Powell   Arranger
Eleanor Powell   Contributor
David Raksin   Arranger
Leo Robin   Lyricist
David Rose   Arranger
Harry Ruby   Composer
Conrad Salinger   Arranger
Arthur Schutt   Arranger
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Doug Schwartz   Engineer
Marc Shaiman   Arranger,Composer
Stillman   Composer
Mike Stoller   Lyricist
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
Jule Styne   Composer
Marty Symes   Lyricist
Jo Trent   Lyricist
Harry Warren   Composer
Roger Edens   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Additional Music
George Feltenstein   Producer,Liner Notes
Bob Cole   Lyricist
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Kay Thompson   Composer,Lyricist,Vocal Arrangements
George Bassman   Arranger
Herbert Stothart   Arranger,Composer
Jack Norworth   Lyricist
Harry Richman   Arranger
Ted Duncan   Arranger
Ray Gilbert   Lyricist
Maurice DePackh   Arranger
Leo Arnaud   Arranger
Robert Franklyn   Arranger
Bob Wright   Lyricist
Ralph Blane   Composer,Lyricist
Albert Sendrey   Arranger
Robert Van Epps   Arranger
Murray Cutter   Arranger
Ted Koehler   Lyricist
Harold Adamson   Lyricist
Edgar Leslie   Lyricist
Louis Alter   Composer
Ralph Freed   Lyricist
Ruth Lowe   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Channing Pollack   Lyricist
Maurice Yvain   Composer
Jack Matthias   Arranger
Ben Ryan   Composer,Lyricist
Frank Skinner   Arranger
Nicholas Brodszky   Composer
Helen Deutsch   Lyricist
Dorothy Donnelly   Lyricist
Walter Donovan   Composer,Lyricist
Ted Fetter   Arranger,Lyricist
Arthur Fields   Composer,Lyricist
Chet Forrest   Lyricist
Bob Van Eps   Arranger
Stereophonic Sound   Contributor
Joe McCarthy   Lyricist
Walter Jurmann   Composer,Lyricist
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Wayne Allen   Arranger
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Kermit Goell   Lyricist
Edward Ward   Composer
Wally Haglin   Arranger
Lloyd "Skip" Martin   Arranger
Joe McCarthy   Lyricist
Jararaca Paiva   Composer
Vicente Paiva   Composer
Benny Ryan   Lyricist
Quatrocchi   Art Direction
James Hanley   Composer,Lyricist

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