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Brigadoon [Original Soundtrack] [Rhino Bonus Tracks]
     

Brigadoon [Original Soundtrack] [Rhino Bonus Tracks]

 
Brigadoon, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's first successful musical, had a more problematic transition to the screen than one might expect, given that Lerner wrote the screenplay. Budgetary conditions prevented it from being shot on location in Scotland and, in widescreen CinemaScope, the MGM soundstage proved an

Overview

Brigadoon, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's first successful musical, had a more problematic transition to the screen than one might expect, given that Lerner wrote the screenplay. Budgetary conditions prevented it from being shot on location in Scotland and, in widescreen CinemaScope, the MGM soundstage proved an artificial and limited backdrop for the dance sequences. Star Gene Kelly was more a dancer than a singer, and co-stars Cyd Charisse and Jimmy Thompson didn't sing at all; their songs were dubbed by Carol Richards and John Gustafsen. While all the songs were taken from the stage score, there were only six of them in the finished film. Amazingly, "Come to Me, Bend to Me," one of the most memorable songs from the show, was cut from the movie, along with "There But for You Go I," and the risqué numbers "My Mother's Weddin' Day" and "The Love of My Life." What was left may not have seemed like enough to justify a soundtrack album, but MGM Records included "Come to Me, Bend to Me" (sung by Gustafsen) and "There But for You Go I" (sung by Kelly), along with some orchestral music, to come up with a ten-track disc running under 28 minutes, long enough by the standards of 1954 LPs. The MGM studio orchestra expands the Broadway instrumentation, giving the music a bigger sound. Kelly is a limited but warm singer. The dubbers, Richards, affecting a brogue on "Waitin' for My Dearie," and Gustafsen, an airy tenor, are the real stars of the soundtrack album. The 1947 original Broadway cast album was not perfect, but it remained preferable to this rendition. [The soundtrack to Brigadoon was expanded twice for reissue in the 1990s. First Sony acquired the rights, and its Columbia Records label issued a version containing 16 tracks and running 60 minutes in 1990. Then, Rhino, as part of its deal with Turner Classic Movies, which had obtained the MGM film library, put out an even longer one, the initial 27-and-a-half-minute LP now inflated into a 69-minute CD. While the Columbia album added mainly instrumental scoring, the Rhino disc also included several reprises sung by Richards.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/1996
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227196523
catalogNumber:
71965

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Performance Credits

Gene Kelly   Track Performer
Paul Roberts   Track Performer
Van Johnson   Track Performer
Ernie Newton   Track Performer
Carol Richards   Track Performer
MGM Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Dick Beavers   Track Performer
Robert Franklyn   Performing Ensemble
Bill Reeves   Track Performer
MGM Studio Chorus   Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
John Gustafsen   Track Performer
John Green   Conductor

Technical Credits

Ray Linn   Contributor
Arthur Freed   Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Alan Jay Lerner   Screenplay
Ernie Newton   Contributor
Conrad Salinger   Arranger,Orchestration
Bobby Tucker   Arranger
George Feltenstein   Producer
Bradley Flanagan   Producer
MGM Studio Orchestra   Contributor
Dick Beavers   Contributor
Coco Shinomiya   Art Direction
Albert Sendrey   Orchestration
Robert Wacker   Contributor
Lucille Smith   Contributor
Pete Roberts   Contributor
Bill Reeve   Contributor
Eddie Quillan   Contributor
John Green   Arranger

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