George and Ira Gershwin in Hollywood motion picture soundtrack anthology.
|Format:||Music CD 1997|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
Although George and Ira Gershwin were already well established as Broadway's hottest and finest writing team, they had to wait until the movies started talking to come westward to work their magic in films. This two-disc, 40-track deluxe anthology is largely produced through the auspices of Turner Classic Movies, which now owns the enormous MGM library. Along with pre-recorded soundtrack acetates -- free from dialogue and sound effects -- from RKO (the first pre-recording playback discs from A Damsel in Distress and Shall We Dance), this collection brings for the first time to compact disc items like "Delishious," "Summertime," and "135th Street Blues (Blue Monday)," Oscar Levant's "Third Prelude," and Ray Heindorf's original "Overture" from Gershwin's biopic Rhapsody in Blue. With the original film appearances of "Swanee," "Love Is Here to Stay," "Fascinating Rhythm," "The Man I Love," "Embraceable You," "They All Laughed," "A Foggy Day," "But Not for Me," "Let's Call the Thing Off," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Strike Up the Band," "Oh Lady, Be Good," and "I Got Rhythm" aboard, this compilation stands as textbook American popular songwriting of the highest order. Produced by Michael Feinstein, George Feltenstein, and Bradley Flanagan, this was a labor of love, and the work put into finding the rare one-of-a-kind playback discs was the extra mile gone in making this such a thorough overview within the confines of a two-disc anthology. And no, they really don't write them like that anymore. ~ Cub Koda
ContentsOverture: Medley (Swanee/Somebody loves me/Fascinating rhythm/Embraceable you/Oh lady, be good/The man I love/I got rhythm/Liza/Rhapsody in blue/Strike up the band) (outtake) (Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra)
Swanee (Al Jolson)
Somebody loves me (Lena Horne)
I can't be bothered now (Fred Astaire)
(I'll build a) stairway to paradise (Georges Guetary)
They can't take that away from me (Astaire)
Fascinating rhythm (Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra)
Love is here to stay (Gene Kelly)
They all laughed (Ginger Rogers, with taps by Astaire and Rogers)
Embraceable you (Judy Garland, M-G-M Studio Chorus)
135th Street blues (Blue Monday) (extended version) (John B. Hughes; chorus)
Summertime (extended version) (Anne Brown)
Let's call the whole thing off (Astaire, Rogers)
But not for me (Ella Fitzgerald)
Nice work if you can get it (Astaire)
Liza (all the clouds'll roll away) (outtake) (Avon Long)
I've got a crush on you (Kelly)
Third prelude (outtake) (Oscar Levant)
Strike up the band (Garland, Mickey Rooney, Six Hits and a Miss, M-G-M Studio Chorus)
Boy! what love has done to me (extended version) (Dorsey)
Slap that bass (alternate take) (Astaire; chorus)
Aren't you kind of glad we did? (Dick Haymes, Betty Grable)
The man I love (Peg La Centra (for Ida Lupino))
Treat me rough (extended version) (June Allyson, Rooney, M-G-M Studio Chorus, Dorsey)
A foggy day (Astaire)
You've got what gets me (Eddie Quillan, Dixie Lee, Mitzi Green)
Oh lady, be good (Artie Shaw and his orchestra)
He loves and she loves (Astaire)
I was doing alright (Ella Logan)
Love walked in (outtake) (Virginia Verrill (for Andrea Leeds), Jon Hall)
Promenade (Walking the dog) (RKO Radio Studio Orchestra)
(I've got) beginner's luck (Astaire)
'S wonderful (Kelly, Guetary)
Things are looking up (Astaire)
Delishious (extended version) (Sally Sweetland (for Joan Leslie))
Shall we dance (Astaire)
I got rhythm (Garland, Rooney, Dorsey; M-G-M Studio Chorus)
You'd be hard to replace (extended version) (Astaire)
In our united state (Bob Fosse)
For you, for me, for evermore (Haymes, Grable).
|Series||Turner classic movies. TCM music.|
Motion picture music
|Publisher|| Los Angeles, CA :Rhino Movie Music,1997
|Other Titles|| Motion picture music.
Music by George Gershwin ; lyrics by Ira Gershwin.
Includes some previously unreleased selections.
Program notes by Edward Jablonski (38 p. : ill.) inserted in container.
2 audio discs : digital, mono., stereo. ; 4 3/4 in.