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Irving Berlin In Hollywood (Film Score Anthology) Soundtrack


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Clocking in at over 77 minutes, this 25-track anthology is the only single-CD collection of Irving Berlin's unforgettable Hollywood hits-show-stoppers like Blue Skies Al Jolson; Easter Parade Fred Astaire and Judy Garland; After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It Marilyn Monroe; Puttin' on the Ritz Clark Gable, plus more legendary on-screen moments with Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Alice Faye and more. Includes five previously unreleased tracks!

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Irving Berlin's songs defined popular music in Tin Pan Alley, and once the talkies took over, the composer who helped shape ragtime found a second wind, churning out movie song after movie song that kept him in the entertainment spotlight. Irving Berlin in Hollywood focuses on these songs, made unforgettable by the likes of Fred Astaire, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, and the full-throated Betty Hutton. It's infectious stuff, brimming with romance and timeless themes; even today it's hard not to be caught in the charms of songs like "Anything You Can Do" or "Cheek to Cheek." Because of licensing difficulties, there are some obvious omissions from some of Berlin's finest screen moments (no Holiday Inn or White Christmas tracks), but there are plenty of gems here (tracks from Easter Parade, Annie Get Your Gun, Top Hat, and Alexander's Ragtime Band). A few previously unreleased Merman tunes and great liner notes by Ian Whitcomb make this a must-have for musical lovers and one of the best collections of Berlin's music. --Jason Verlinde

1. The Hostess With The Mostess - Ethel Merman
2. Steppin' Out With My Baby - Fred Astaire
3. I Got The Sun In The Morning - Betty Hutton
4. Mandy - Eddie Cantor/Ethel Merman/George Murphy/Ann Sothern
5. Blue Skies - Al Jolson
6. Puttin' On the Ritz - Clark Gable
7. Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain) - Fred Astaire
8. Shaking The Blues Away - Ann Miller
9. Heat Wave - Ethel Merman
10. Vaudeville Medley From Easter Parade - Judy Garland/Fred Astaire
11. Let Me Sing And I'm Happy - Al Jolson
12. A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody - Allan Jones
13. Top Hat, White Tie And Tails - Fred Astaire
14. Colonel Buffalo Bill (Outtake) - Howard Keel/Keenan Wynn/Geraldine Wall
15. You Can't Get A Man With A Gun - Betty Hutton
16. Marching Along With Time (Outtake) - Ethel Merman
17. They Say It's Wonderful (Outtake) - Judy Garland/Howard Keel
18. Cheek To Cheek - Fred Astaire
19. After You Get What You Want, You Don't Want It - Marilyn Monroe
20. Anything You Can Do (Outtake) - Judy Garland/Howard Keel
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 16, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000HZEP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,550 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fantastic collection of Berling's songs!
W.A. Todd
I was born way after those days but good music is good music no matter when.
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Betty belts this out and she really does it up right!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Irving Berlin In Hollywood has twenty-five wonderful songs and ballads by the great Irving Berlin that ever performed in Hollywood pictures. There are even a few outtakes on this CD which makes it all the more valuable; and the sound quality is excellent considering the age of these recordings. The artwork is very tastefully done and the liner notes are well written, too.

Ethel Merman starts things off with a song named "The Hostess With The Mostess" from Call Me Madam. Ethel's excellent diction bolsters her performance and that big band musical flavor really works wonders for this ballad. I love that horn work! Betty Hutton and the MGM Chorus perform "I've Got The Sun In The Mornin'" from Annie Get Your Gun; Betty has a great voice even though not everybody was her fan. Betty belts this out and she really does it up right! In addition, Al Jolson performs a shorter version of "Blue Skies" from The Jazz Singer;" this is easily a major highlight of this album, and Jolson aces this number seemingly without any effort. He was THAT talented!

Ethel Merman returns to sing one of my very favorite Irving Berlin tunes entitled "(We're Having A) Heatwave;" "(We're Having A) Heatwave" was a number Josephine Baker liked to perform when she was in Europe and elsewhere and Ethel Merman's version is every bit as good! Great! "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" comes from The Great Ziegfeld; and Allan Jones performs this for Dennis Morgan who was apparently dubbed for his singing. Allan Jones sings this with panache; and this too is another of my very favorite Irving Berlin melodies even if this version by Allan Jones isn't my favorite version. There's also "You Can't Get a Man With A Gun" by Betty Hutton; she delivers this with a lot of energy and that's terrific!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bluebird on December 12, 2000
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This is a great compilation of film performances of songs by the king of American standards. Berlin wrote many songs which were introduced by Fred Astaire and Ethel Merman, an there is a nice sampling of these two artists here. Jolson's "Blue Skies" from 1927's THE JAZZ SINGER also appears, and many many others. "You're Just in Love" is one of the most brilliant pieces of melody/countermelody overlapping in the history of music and will be stuck in your head for days. You will also find both Judy Garland AND Betty Hutton's ANNIE GET YOUR GUN songs here, along with a bevy of other greats.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1999
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The work of Irving Berlin is still as fresh as ever, and I have a new appreciation for the late Ethel Merman based on her swingy, energetic rendition of "Marching Along With Time," which was one of the best musical numbers to wind up on the cutting room floor -- thankfully, it was resurrected and we can enjoy it today. Today's youthful swing fans should hear it and realize what the truly hot stuff really sounds like!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 1999
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I just bought this CD a few days ago and already it's one of my favorite CD's ever! Each song is bright, original, and catchy. I'd never heard most of them before, but after having listened to them only a few times, they seem to fit my ears like an old glove. (That's an odd image...) If you see this CD, buy it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 1999
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i enjoy listening to this gay music all through the day and i even play it while i have dinner parties!
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