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


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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, May 23, 1995
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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: #151,725 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.

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In my opinion, Ann Miller was the "Gene Kelly" of the classic musical dance profession!!
CapeCodDishAddict
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.
Ignacio Blade
The results are wonderful and with the exception of a couple of tracks the sound is very good.
Bluebird

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "pspa" on January 31, 2001
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 By Bluebird on 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 By Ignacio Blade VINE VOICE on 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 By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 By samjbrown1@excite.com on 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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~~~This GREAT MGM CLASSIC, "Easer Parade" is a FANTASTIC MOVIE, MUST SEE MOVIE for EVERYONE! Everyone needs to see this great movie, especially those who love a CLASSIC, a MUSICAL, FRED ESTAIRE AT HIS BEST (coming back after his 3rd retirement LOL), THE INCOMPARABLE JUDY GARLAND, and SO MANY MORE GREAT STARS AND CHARACTERS! The "Drum Scene" early on in the movie is about the BEST DANCING I'VE EVER SEEN FRED ESTAIRE DO! There are movements and things he does in this scene that you just don't see in any of his other movies. It will have your mouth dropping, your remote control rewinding over and over again in disbelief (Did Fred REALLY DO THAT?) and it will warm your heart with it's CONTINUAL, NEVER BORING, STORY LINE THAT JUST WON'T QUIT! As a huge Classic movie fan, this RIGHT AT THE TOP WITH ME! And I'm pretty tough on these older movies if they are not worth watching! But this one is NOT WORTH MISSING!! If you are lucky enough to find the VERION WITH A TWO MOVIE SET, it will come with a SECOND COMPLETE RECORDING of the entire movie as it originally is, but with wonderful COMMENTARY by FRED ESTAIRS' DAUGHTER, and JUDY GARLANDS BIOGRAPHER, JOHN FRICKLE speaking softly in the background. The two of them work off each other perfectly as they answer things like: "HOW DID THEY DO THAT" OR "HOW DID THEY DECIDE WHO WAS TO ACT IN THIS MOVIE" and MANY JUICY NUGGETS ABOUT what was going on in Hollywood at that time, especially pertainting to THIS MOVIE, then you MUST SEE AND HEAR THIS AWESOME COMMENTARY! You will thoroughly enjoy the MIRIADS of INFORMATION about the makings of this movie, it's actors, and as I said, juicy bits of Hollywood at that time period. Even if you are NOT a Classic Movie Lover, this is still a MUST SEE!Read more ›
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