Singin' in the Rain [Rhino Deluxe Edition]

Singin' in the Rain [Rhino Deluxe Edition]


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Singin' in the Rain [Rhino Deluxe Edition]

Of the promised Turner/MGM soundtrack releases from Rhino, this one is among the most anticipated. Fortunately for the discerning soundtrack collector, it's well worth the wait -- fans of musicals in general should not miss this one, and even those who know the Singin' in the Rain score backwards and forwards will likely want this double-CD edition as a reference source. Producers Marilee Bradford and Bradley Flanagan have gone back to the original music sources to retrieve all the musical material from the film in its optimum form. They've also added several outtakes, including the unused version of "You Are My Lucky Star" (which has appeared in one prior edition of this soundtrack, from Sony Music Special Products), as well as a brace of supplementary material, including an alternate version of the main title (in instrumental form; the vocal angles were lost). But on top of that, they've included a whole second CD, 78 minutes of music and built around the preceding versions of the songs featured in Singin' in the Rain, going all the way back to Charles King's 1929-vintage renditions of "The Broadway Melody" and "You Were Meant for Me," and including James Burroughs' "The Wedding of the Painted Doll" and Cliff Edwards' performance of the title song. These extend up to Judy Garland's performance of the latter from Little Nellie Kelly (a decade after Edwards) and Frances Langford's version of "Broadway Rhythm" -- one only wishes the makers could also have included Spanky's version of the same tune from The Our Gang Follies of 1938. The remainder of the disc is filled out with material that can hardly be considered filler -- orchestral excerpts of the Singin' in the Rain score and lyricist Arthur Freed singing two of his own songs, and it finishes with an alternate version of "The Broadway Melody Ballet" from Singin' in the Rain. Additionally, a number of the tracks from the movie are newly mixed to stereo from the original studio angles. The remastering job on all of it -- even those 1920s and 1930s recordings retrieved from film releases and never intended to be heard freestanding and fully exposed -- has stood the test of the time across more than a decade, and runs circles around prior issues of this soundtrack. The material from 1929 is a bit compressed, but the 1930s-vintage recordings reveal little or none of the boxiness that one expects from film-based recordings of the period. And to top it off, the makers have provided copious liner notes (including a very witty and informative article from scenarist/screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green). The whole release should be irresistible to musical buffs and soundtrack collectors, lovers of great American songs, and nostalgia mavens, but it will almost certainly also dazzle and delight casual listeners, who should not be put off by either the depth of the double-CD set or its price. This is a bargain, given what's here, and also as much fun as the movie from which it's derived. ~ Steven McDonald & Bruce Eder

Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/2002
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227449728
catalogNumber: 74497


Disc 1

  1. Main Title / Singin' in the Rain
  2. Fit As A Fiddle (And Ready For Love) (as used in the film Singin' in th
  3. Tango (Temptation)
  4. All I Do Is Dream Of You
  5. All I Do Is Dream Of You (Outtake)
  6. Make 'Em Laugh
  7. Beautiful Girl Montage
  8. Beautiful Girl
  9. You Were Meant For Me
  10. You Are My Lucky Star (Outtake)
  11. Moses Supposes (used in the film Singin' in the Rain)
  12. Good Morning
  13. Singin' in the Rain
  14. Would You?
  15. Broadway Melody Ballet (Extended version) (for Singin' in the Rain)
  16. Would You? / End Title
  17. Singin' in the Rain (In A flat) (extended version)
  18. Finale
  19. Main Title (alternate version)
  20. Beautiful Girl (alternate version / tempo track) [Alternate Version/Tem
  21. Would You? (unused version)
  22. Would You? (Duet) (unused version)
  23. Beautiful Girl (unused original version)
  24. Singin' In The Rain (alternate vocal)
  25. Should I (unused instrumental)

Disc 2

  1. The Broadway Melody, film score
  2. You Were Meant for Me
  3. The Wedding Of The Painted Doll
  4. Singin' in the Rain
  5. Should I (for the film Lord Byron of Broadway)
  6. Beautiful Girl (used in the film Stage Mother)
  7. All I Do Is Dream Of You, song (used in the film Sadie McKee) @@Gene Raymond
  8. Broadway Rhythm (used in the film Broadway Melody of 1936)
  9. I've Got A Feelin' You're Foolin' (used in the film Broadway Melody of
  10. You Are My Lucky Star (from the film Broadway Melody of 1936)
  11. Would You? (used in the film San Francisco)
  12. Good Morning (used in the film Babes in Arms)
  13. version used in the film Little Nellie Kelly
  14. (outtake) (used in the film Andy Hardy Meets Debutante)
  15. Dignity (orchestral track for Singin' In The Rain)
  16. Stunt Montage (extended version) (for Singin' In The Rain)
  17. First Silent Picture (extended version) (for Singin' In The Rain)
  18. Have Lunch With Me (for Singin' In The Rain)
  19. Dancing On A Rainbow
  20. Radio broadcast on 02/25/1941
  21. Broadway Melody Ballet (original version for Singin' in the Rain) (bonu

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Judy Garland   Vocals
Gene Kelly   Vocals,Musical Direction,Staging
Debbie Reynolds   Vocals
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Vocals
Nacio Herb Brown   Conductor
Arthur Freed   Vocals
Lennie Hayton   Piano,Musical Direction
Jeanette MacDonald   Vocals
Donald O'Connor   Vocals
Mickey Rooney   Vocals
Robert Taylor   Vocals
Alfred Newman   Conductor
George Stoll   Conductor
Frances Langford   Vocals
Louis Silvers   Conductor
Stanley Donen   Musical Direction
Arthur Lange's Orchestra   Conductor
MGM Studio Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Betty Noyes   Vocals
Marjorie Lane   Vocals
Arthur Lange   Conductor
MGM Studio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
June Knight   Vocals
Charley King   Vocals
James Burroughs   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gene Kelly   Direction
Bob Wilber   Composer
Jeff Alexander   Vocal Arrangements
Nacio Herb Brown   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
Betty Comden   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Alexander Courage   Arranger,Orchestration
Arthur Freed   Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Adolph Green   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Lennie Hayton   Arranger,Composer
Edward B. Powell   Arranger,Orchestration
Conrad Salinger   Arranger,Orchestration
Arthur Schutt   Arranger,Orchestration
Doug Schwartz   Engineer
Bobby Winkelman   Composer
Roger Edens   Arranger
George Feltenstein   Producer,Liner Notes
George Bassman   Arranger,Orchestration
Coco Shinomiya   Art Direction
Maurice DePackh   Arranger,Orchestration
Leo Arnaud   Arranger,Orchestration
Robert Franklyn   Orchestration
Wally Heglin   Arranger,Orchestration
Lori Carfora   Creative Services Director
Murray Cutter   Arranger,Orchestration
Lloyd "Skip" Martin   Orchestration
Jeff Alexander   Vocal Arrangements

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