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Somewhere over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino / Turner Classic Movies
  • ASIN: B000066RO5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Singin' In The Rain: Singin' In The Rain - Gene Kelly
2. Annie Get Your Gun: There's No Business Like Show Business - Howard Keel
3. An American In Paris: 'S Wonderful - Gene Kelly
4. The Band Wagon: That's Entertainment! - Oscar Levant
5. Kismet: Stranger In Paradise - Vic Damone
6. Easter Parade: Easter Parade - Judy Garland
7. Gold Diggers Of 1935: Lullaby Of Broadway - Winifred Shaw
8. Summer Stock: Get Happy - Judy Garland
9. The Gay Divorcee: Night And Day - Fred Astaire
10. High Society: True Love - Bing Crosby
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Wizard Of Oz: Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
2. A Date With Judy: It's A Most Unusual Day - Jane Powell
3. Kiss Me Kate: Wunderbar - Howard Keel
4. Show Boat: Can't Help Lovn' Dat Man - Ava Gardner
5. Going Hollywood: Going Hollywood - Bing Crosby
6. Meet Me In St. Louis: The Trolley Song - Judy Garland
7. Gigi: Gigi - Louis Jourdan
8. Girl Crazy: I Got Rhythm - Judy Garland
9. Two Weeks With Love: Aba Daba Honeymoon - Debbie Reynolds
10. Words & Music: The Lady Is A Tramp - Lena Horne
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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

And somewhere over the rainbow is where you might find another collection of musical highlights from the silver screen that's this good! Here are 42 classic, original performances from the 1935-1965 golden age of musicals- Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly; Cheek to Cheek Fred Astaire; As Time Goes By Dooley Wilson; A Kiss to Build a Dream On Louis Armstrong; Gigi Louis Jourdan; Wunderbar Kathryn Grayson & Howard Keel; The Best Things in Life Are Free June Allyson & Peter Lawford; Stranger in Paradise Ann Blyth & Vic Damone; Baby, It's Cold Outside Esther Williams & Ricardo Montalban; Bless Yore Beautiful Hide Howard Keel; Going Hollywood Bing Crosby; Put 'em in a Box Doris Day & the Page Cavanaugh Trio; Embraceable You Connie Francis; There's No Business Like Show Business Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Keenan Wynn & Louis Calhern; Puttin' on the Ritz Clark Gable & Co.; It's a Most Unusual Day Jane Powell; Over the Rainbow Judy Garland; The Lady Is a Tramp Lena Horne, and more. Every song a classic great notes, too!

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The "Golden Age" referred to here spans The Jazz Singer and the advent of the talkies to the death throes of the old studio system in the 1960s. So vast was the era's musical landscape that even this 42-track, double-disc anthology can't encompass all its peaks. Not surprisingly, the bulk of this collection originated with the Tiffany's of the screen musical, M-G-M, a body of work whose riches here encompass both pop-cultural bedrock ("Over the Rainbow," "Singin' in the Rain," "There's No Business Like Show Business," etc.) and some less familiar, if equally delightful star turns: Clark Gable gamely "Puttin' On the Ritz"; the sassy, 1948 original of "The Lady Is a Tramp" by Lena Horne; and a loopy duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban. Fred Astaire's elegant, epochal reign at RKO and M-G-M is represented by "Night and Day," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," and three others, while Metro mainstays Gene Kelly and Judy Garland share equal time and billing. It's not perfect--Cagney's "Yankee Doodle Boy" and/or some Sinatra seem more logical choices than the odd "bonus" duet of Casablanca's "As Time Goes By" and "Lara's Theme" from Dr. Zhivago that close out disc one--but it's a stunning, surprisingly comprehensive primer on the Hollywood film musical nonetheless. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

The liner notes are excellent and they offer wonderful photos of the stars as well.
Matthew G. Sherwin
I have most of the movies with the songs on them and it is awesome to be able to enjoy the music without having to watch the movies.
Becky
It's the closest you can get to owning the best of Hollywood Musicals without buying every soundtrack.
Unlucky Frank

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The great folks at Rhino and Turner have once again come up with a treasure chest of great (if not THE GREATEST!) songs from the golden era of Movie Musicals. With an emphasis from the masterpieces of MGM, but also with selections from Warner Bros. and RKO, this 2 CD set is simply a must-have for fans of soundtrack gems. All the great moments are here: Fred Astaire's romantic warblings to Ginger Rogers of CHEEK TO CHEEK, THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME and LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE; Gene Kelly's immortal SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, his fabulous duets with Judy Garland on FOR ME AND MY GAL and BE A CLOWN, and then of course there's Judy herself: The amazing GET HAPPY, the Oscar winning ON THE ATCHISON,TOPEKA, & SANTA FE, and of course the track that influenced the collection's title, OVER THE RAINBOW.
The list goes on and on; I got chills listening to the huge stereophonic splendor of HALLELUJAH from "Hit the Deck", and the gorgeous duet by Vic Damone and Ann Blyth of STRANGER IN PARADISE from "Kismet". The superstar line-up also includes Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Tommy Dorsey, Lena Horne, Mickey Rooney, and dozens of others.
If you don't have any of the full Rhino albums these tracks are taken from (each one of which is worth buying on its own), then this double CD is a sampler that will make you want all of them.
If you already have the full albums, you'll want this super compilation as something you'll listen to in the car or the house or on your walkman over and over again.
To top it off, there are SUPERB liner notes which are succinct and eloquent in encapsulating the genius of such a varied and unique collection of soundtrack performances.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Rhino Records and Turner Classic Movies Music present - "SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW: THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS", some of the long ago musicals and stars that will never be forgotten...a 2-CD-Set covering several decades from 1935-1965 with many of the show stoppers of that time...some rare moments from entertainers that you haven't heard or thought of in sometime.

The lineup is fantastic and gives the listener a variety of what musicals were all about in the "Golden Age of the Hollywood Musicals"
June Allyson, Kay Armen, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Ann Blyth, Jack Buchanan, Louis Calhern, Bing Crosby, Vic Damone, Doris Day, Nanette Fabray, Connie Francis, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, Kathyrn Grayson, Georges Guetary, Lena Horne, Betty Hutton, Louis Jourdan, Howard Keel, Gene Kelly, Grace Kelly, Peter Lawford, Oscar Levant, Ann Miller, Ricardo Montalban, Page Cavanaugh Trio, Debbie Reynolds, Winifred Shaw, Nancy Walker, Ethel Waters, Esther Williams, Dooley Williams and Keenan Wynn.

On Disc One 21 Classic Songs from great musicals with songs in alphabetical order:
AS TIME GOES BY - Dooley Wilson with Elliot Carpenter, pianist (1942)
BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE - Esther Williams & Ricardo Montalban (1949)
BLESS, YORE BEAUTIFUL HIDE - Howard Keel (1954)
EASTER PARADE - Fred Astaire & Judy Garland (1948)
FOR ME AND MY GAL - Gene Kelly & Judy Garland (1942)
GET HAPPY - Judy Garland (1950)
HALLELUJAH!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Take all the greatest songs from Hollywood's greatest musicals, use top modern technology to make them sound amazing (while maintaining faithfulness to the original sonics), put them all together in a beautifully designed double CD, and you've got SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW.
I've had this for over two weeks now, and still don't want to listen to anything else. All my favorite performers are here from Bing Crosby to Doris Day and everyone else in between. There are great liner notes, wonderful pictures, and at this price, getting so many songs for so (relatively) little money is an amazing bargain. I highly recommend this CD set.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Unlucky Frank on October 1, 2004
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WOW!! AWESOME!! RHINO HAS DONE IT AGAIN. Rhino Records always puts out great anthologies. I can remember growing up in the 60's and these musicals were always playing on the television on a Saturday afternoon. I have to thank my Mom for that. I remember most of these tunes and I can't wait to order this. It took some time to search it out on Amazon. Congratulations!! You won't find another collection as good as this. It's the closest you can get to owning the best of Hollywood Musicals without buying every soundtrack. If you remember lazy days on the family couch singing along with JUDY GARLAND, FRED ASTAIRE, and GENE KELLY, this collection should HIT THE SPOT.

I agree, this collection needs more BING CROSBY. But I disagree that it needs some SINATRA. (Even though I love ON THE TOWN and GUYS AND DOLLS.) There are plenty of great SINATRA recordings to own (I have 12), but these recordings are RARE. Man, they had to make room for CLARK GABLE. What a great choice. But never fear SINATRA fans, maybe Rhino will do a box set. One can only hope.

"FORGET YOUR TROUBLES, COME ON GET HAPPY." IF YOU REMEMBER WHEN HOLLYWOOD COULD SING, YOU HAVE TO GET THIS. ENJOY.
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