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Easter Parade: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack]

Irving Berlin , Johnny Green , Judy Garland , Fred Astaire , Peter Lawford , Ann Miller Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: July 8, 1948
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino / Turner Classic Movies
  • ASIN: B0000033JD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title - M-G-M Studio Orchestra And Studio Chorus
2. Happy Easter - Fred Astaire And The Mel-Tones
3. Drum Crazy - Fred Astaire
4. It Only Happens When I Dance With You - Fred Astaire
5. Happy Easter - The Mel-Tones
6. Everybody's Doin' It Now - M-G-M Studio Orchestra
7. I Want To Go Back To Michigan (Down On The Farm) - Judy Garland
8. Happy Easter - M-G-M Studio Orchestra And Studio Chorus
9. Making Faces - M-G-M Studio Orchestra
10. Beautiful Faces Need Beautiful Clothes - M-G-M Studio Orchestra
11. This Is The Life (Dog Act) - M-G-M Studio Orchestra
12. Along Came Ruth - M-G-M Studio Orchestra
13. Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon - M-G-M Studio Orchestra
14. A Fella With An Umbrella - Judy Garland And Peter Lawford
15. Vaudeville Montage: I Love A Piano - Judy Garland
16. Vaudeville Montage: Snookey Ookums - Judy Garland And Fred Astaire
17. Vaudeville Montage: The Ragtime Violin - Fred Astaire
18. Vaudeville Montage: When The Midnight Choo-Choo... - Judy Garland And Fred Astaire
19. Mixed Greens - M-G-M Studio Orchestra
20. That International Rag (Fanfare And Montage-Zieg.. - M-G-M Studio Orchestra
See all 31 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The classic Garland/Astaire and beloved Irving Berlin musical about a dancer who tries to forget his ex-dance partner (and ex-flame) while rising to stardom with a new sidekick.

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great American musical January 31, 2001
By "pspa"
Reservations about the recording quality are inevitable, and of course when Astaire was involved the songs are always better when you can watch him dance and hear his tapping, but that said, there is no greater American musical in my opinion than this one. The title song, simple as it is, is so evocative of New York and the 40s and the hope of a new season that I almost cry every time I hear it. To me, it is the best song Berlin ever wrote and one of the very few best American songs ever written. The rest of the disc is one great number after another, with Judy Garland in top form and Fred Astaire constantly revealing that it is phrasing and timing more than a great voice that make a great singer, which he undoubtedly is. Indispensible music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any season December 12, 2000
This is one of the first MGM films to receive the full soundtrack treatment from Turner/Rhino. All of the songs and underscoring are included, plus two outtakes and an extended version of one track. The results are wonderful and with the exception of a couple of tracks the sound is very good. Unfortunately the original multi-miked recordings did not survive, resulting in the inablility to mix the music to true stereo as has been done with so many of the subsequent MGM soundtrack releases. The only surviving recordings are the monaural mix down tracks of the orchestral parts and a separate vocal track. Fortunately these tracks do not include the dialogue, tapping, and foley of the final film soundtrack elements. There is a noticable lack of fidelity on "A Couple of Swells" due to the fact that a recording disc was all that survived. No version of "I Want to Go Back to Michigan" could be found, so the version heard here is straight from the film soundtrack and includes the applause at the end of the song. No dialogue or other distractions were used in the sequence, thank goodness, so the result is fine. "Mr. Monotony" and the extended "Better Luck Next Time" will thrill the Garland fans out there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Treat for Astaire/Garland Fans August 9, 2000
Easter Parade, one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) musical ever produced, has it all! The wonderful songs of the inimitable Irving Berlin and of course, the classic performances of its stars, the great Fred Astaire and the enchanting Judy Garland. The music continues to thrill and entertain audiences decades later. The songs are as fresh as when the film made its debut. Everyone knows that Fred Astaire is synonymous with dance, but this was the first time I had the opportunity to actually really listen to his singing, and I was impressed. You'll enjoy this soundtrack.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top Judy Garland soundtrack July 23, 2004
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EASTER PARADE was one of the biggest-grossing musicals ever made at M-G-M, with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in their only big-screen pairing. Ann Miller also puts in a fabulous performance.

Irving Berlin's score includes the classic Title Song as well as the infectious "Drum Crazy", wistful "I Want to Go Back to Michigan", the romantic plea "It Only Happens When I Dance with You" and the showstopping "Shakin' the Blues Away".

Judy Garland, at the zenith of her film career, is luminous and Fred Astaire is charmingly comedic. Ann Miller belts out "Shakin' the Blues Away" in the film's tapdancing showstopper. Peter Lawford also gets to sing a fine little ditty called "A Fella with an Umbrella".

Sound quality is very impressive for a soundtrack of late-40's vintage. Another winner from TCM/Rhino soundtracks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent! June 13, 2000
What a great CD. It is just so good. It is full of wonderful Irving Berlin songs sung by brilliant stars such as Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Ann Miller. Song highlights include Judy's outtake of 'Mr. Monotony',and 'When The Choo Choo Leaves For Alabam'', Fred Astaire's 'Steppin' Out With My Baby' and Ann Miller singing (and tapping) to 'Shakin' The Blues Away'. This CD has a wonderful array of songs that will keep you singing them for hours. (I did) All in all, an absolutely excellent CD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you love the movie, you'll love this. September 2, 2005
i love the movie so naturally i love the soundtrack. all the music is on here as well as the songs. i'd reccomend buying the movie first and if you like that, definitely purchase the soundtrack.
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