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An American in Paris (1951 Film Soundtrack) [Soundtrack]

George Gershwin , Gene Kelly , Oscar Levant Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Performer: George Gershwin, Gene Kelly, Oscar Levant
  • Audio CD (July 16, 1996)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033JE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Main Title (An American In Paris/'S Wonderful/I Got Rhythm) - MGM Studio Orchestra
2. Paris Narration/Left Bank (Themes From An American In Paris) - MGM Studio Orchestra
3. Nice Work If You Can Get It (Outtake) - Georges Guetary
4. Embraceable You - MGM Studio Orchestra
5. By Strauss - Gene Kelly, Georges Guetary, Mac MacLain, Grace Stark, Pete Roberts
6. Street Exhibit - MGM Studio Orchestra
7. I Got Rhythm - Gene Kelly, MGM Children's Chorus
8. But Not For Me - Benny Carter & His Orchestra
9. Medley: Do, Do, Do/Bidiin' My Time/I've Got A Crush On You/Love Is Here To Stay - MGM Orchestra
10. Someone To Watch Over Me - Benny Carter & His Orchestra
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Painting Montage (Tra-La-La/Love Is Here To Stay) - MGM Studio Orchestra
2. Kiss Me (Outtake) - MGM Studio Orchestra
3. 'S Wonderful - Gene Kelly, Georges Guetary
4. Lise, I Love You ('S Wonderful/Love Is Here To Stay) - MGM Studio Orchestra
5. Strike Up The Band (Extended Version) - MGM Studio Orchestra
6. Liza (Complete Version) - Oscar Levant
7. Medley: Oh, Lady Be Good/'S Wonderful - MGM Studio Orchestra
8. Medley: That Certain Feeling/Clap Yo' Hands - MGM Studio Orchestra
9. I've Got A Crush On You (Outtake) - MGM Studio Orchestra
10. I Got Rhythm (Extended Version) - MGM Studio Orchestra
See all 27 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

This is a considerably expanded version of the soundtrack album to Vincente Minnelli's Oscar-winning film. With two discs and 100 minutes of music (much of which is presented for the first time), these original session masters are highlighted by the MGM Studio Orchestra, Oscar Levant, Benny Carter, and Gene Kelly, all of whom perform such memorable Gershwin tunes as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Love Is Here to Stay," and "S'Wonderful." Just about all of the material has a monotonously mono sound, but Levant's version of "Concerto in F" is included here for the first time in true stereo. Along with several Levant improvisational piano solos based on Gershwin's music, there are also some outtakes as well as extensive production and historical notes. --Joseph Lanza

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the "Holy Grail" of MGM soundracks for lovers of MGM musicals. Expanded with cut numbers and alternate tracks, this 2 CD set covers most of Gerwhwin's great music. "Concerto In F" with Oscar Levant at the piano is in stereo as is several other tracks and has never sounded better. A pure joy to listen to and a must for all Gershwin and/or MGM musical fans!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ga Ga for Gershwin December 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Nearly every popular Gershwin tune is represented here, either as an instrumental, a vocal, or a production number. I am not a big fan of the film, but the soundtrack is fabulous. There are some stereo tracks here, too. Yet another triumph in the Turner/Rhino soundtrack collection of MGM films.As a sidenote I would like to thank Rhino for their extremely co-operative staff. When I bought this CD I opened up the very extensive booklet and was disappointed to find that due to an error on the assembly line I had received an insert that had some pages repeated and others deleted. I contacted Rhino and they sent me a new booklet which arrived within a week! That's what I call excellent customer service. The really neat thing is the fact that I have both booklets. The flubbed copy is sort of a collector's item to me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American in Paris August 29, 1998
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, 's wonderful! This is the original 1950-51 recording with great pictures and information. This CD includes all the music from the movie, as well as many outtakes and variations. If you liked the movie (and even if you didn't), you'll love this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filled with musical gems February 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This comprehensive edition is a must have for fans of the movie and of the Gershwins. The outtakes, contrary to the first review above, are excellent. Gene Kelly offers a wonderful vocal of "I've Got a Crush on You" and his short riff on "'S Wonderful" is almost like an acoustic version, much different than the over-the-top duet in the movie. And the Oscar Levant piano pieces are as close to George sitting down at the keys as we're going to get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic of love March 10, 2007
By Zipporo
Format:Audio CD
Nothing but Gene and George: the hard work and the happiness in music, conducting by the magician Vince.

Noone is better, noone could do better.

American masterpiece with european feelings.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GERSHWIN'S TALENT August 11, 2001
By irmita
Format:Audio CD
Many agree that the talented George Gershwin is a fabulous pianist, and alongside Ira, he helped to create some of the most beloved music ever. After viewing the movie that was filled with song and dance, I was pleased to discover that the soundtrack was readily available. The plot of An American in Paris mainly focuses on the lives of three friends and their dreams in addition to the romance that they encounter in the most popular European city. Gene Kelley is a struggling artist who soon falls in love, and the many songs in this cd express his emotions. Who wouldn't want to dance to Gershwin's spectacular tunes such as "Embraceable You?" These original songs included in this two cd set are well worth the price. Furthermore, "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" is a true favorite with unique lyrics. Don't miss out on this must have cd collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the movie..... July 19, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
You'll love the soundtrack. it includes tracks not included in the film and some great instrumentals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the content, and nostalgia! November 1, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my Mom for her 70th birthday. She LOVES it!
She says its the best! I would recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The American in Paris is a must have for musical comedy lovers
An American I Paris is a masterpiece. The soundtrack was wonderful. I have thoroughly enjoyed this CD. George Gershwin's suite is a perfect backdrop for this delightful film/
Published 11 months ago by Mary P. Rahill
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly What He Wanted
This soundtrack has all of the key songs from the musical as originally recorded plus some "outtakes" which are nice. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anne E. Melville
5.0 out of 5 stars S'Wonderful Soundtrack!
I love the film but I think I like this 2 disc soundtrack even more on it's own! This is rich with Gershwin's songs as well as the beautiful "American In Paris Ballet", the finale... Read more
Published on January 29, 2012 by Scott Dorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie.
I had never SEEN "American In PAris", but decided to explore the music first. After all, it's bad is that, ever? Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by Gary J. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack
This is an awesome soundtrack, it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. The best songs on these cds are all of them
Published on February 6, 2011 by David
3.0 out of 5 stars stunning item for gershwin / kelly fans
This edition is stunning for all gershwin fans.
- Fat booklet with fotos and stories, good polygraphy. Read more
Published on October 14, 2010 by V. Vakhlov
5.0 out of 5 stars 1950's Revival
I've recently discovered old movies from the 50's staring Gene Wilder. He was a great actor from his time and deserves much recognition for his work.
Published on March 18, 2010 by P. Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars TOO LONG !!!!!!!!!!!
I would not suggest buying this version of this sondtrack!!! The underscores and the extra tracks that are not featured in the film are not neccesary. Read more
Published on June 17, 2002
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