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State Fair (1945 And 1962 Films) Soundtrack, Extra tracks

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1. State Fair (1945): Main Title: Our State Fair - Percy Kilbride/Charles Winninger/Fay Bainter
2. State Fair (1945): It Might As Well Be Spring - Louanne Hogan
3. State Fair (1945): It Might As Well Be Spring (Reprise) - Louanne Hogan
4. State Fair (1945): That's For Me - Vivian Blaine
5. State Fair (1945): It's A Grand Night For Singing - Louanne Hogan/Dick Haymes/Vivian Blaine/Dana Andrews/William Marshall
6. State Fair (1945): That's For Me (Reprise) - Louanne Hogan/Dick Haymes
7. State Fair (1945): It's A Grand Night For Singing (Reprise) - Vivian Blaine/William Marshall
8. State Fair (1945): Isn't It Kinda Fun? - Dick Haymes/Vivian Blaine
9. State Fair (1945): All I Owe Ioway - Percy Kilbride/Charles Winninger/Fay Bainter/Louanne Hogan/Vivian Blaine/Dick Haymes/Dana Andrews...
10. State Fair (1945): Isn't It Kinda Fun? (Reprise) - Dick Haymes
11. State Fair (1945): Finale - Dick Haymes/Percy Kilbride/Charles Winninger/Fay Bainter/Louanne Hogan/Vivian Blaine...
12. State Fair (1962): Main Title: Our State Fair - The 20th Century-Fox Studio Orchestra And Chorus
13. State Fair (1962): It Might As Well Be Spring - Anita Gordon
14. State Fair (1962): That's For Me - Pat Boone
15. State Fair (1962): More Than Just A Friend - Tom Ewell
16. State Fair (1962): Fair Dance - The 20th Century-Fox Studio Orchestra And Chorus
17. State Fair (1962): Isn't It Kinda Fun? - Ann-Margaret/David Street
18. State Fair (1962): Never Say No To A Man - Alice Faye
19. State Fair (1962): Willing And Eager - Pat Boone/Ann-Margaret
20. State Fair (1962): Romance Medley - The 20th Century-Fox Studio Orchestra And Chorus
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 2, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Extra tracks
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00002MYY3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Two different film soundtracks of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "State Fair" on one CD? Too good to be true? Well, yes and no. If your preference is for the 1945 film with vocals by Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine, you shouldn't be too disappointed. Although the pre-high-fidelity sound leaves something to be desired, at least all the tracks are represented (including an outtake of Dick Haymes soloing "Isn't It Kinda Fun?"). As for the 1962 film soundtrack, be aware of the following: due to the physical deterioration and eventual disintegration of several tracks, one number ("State Fair") is reproduced with its orchestral/choral track intact, but the vocal solos of several of the film's stars are missing. The opposite is also true: Pat Boone and Ann-Margret sing a strangely a cappella duet of "It's a Grand Night for Singing" since the orchestral/choral tracks no longer exist. On a more positive note, however, this CD comes packaged with some richly detailed and highly informative liner notes -- a great treat for anyone interested in the history of the American film musical.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This lovely - and long-overdue - reissue packages together the soundtracks to the 1945 and 1962 versions of STATE FAIR, the made-for-movies musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Both soundtracks have never appeared on CD before, and the original sound masters for the 1962 set have never been found, so this is indeed a fantastic recording for R&H enthusiasts and collectors alike.
The 1945 set memorably stars Dick Haymes and Vivian Blaine (the original Miss Adelaide in GUYS AND DOLLS), Jeanne Crain (with a voice dubbed by Louanne Hogan) and Dana Andrews. Given the lack of singing experience from Crain and Andrews, the bulk of songs were handed to Haymes and Blaine. Blaine sings a confident and knowing "That's For Me" while Haymes sings a lovely "Isn't it Kinda Fun?". Louanne Hogan sings a lovely "It Might as Well Be Spring".
The rarely-seen (or heard) 1962 version starred Pat Boone, Ann-Margret, Pamela Tiffin (with a singing voice dubbed by Anita Gordon) and Bobby Darin, with support from Alice Faye and Tom Ewell. Anita Gordon's "It Might as Well Be Spring" is quite the same as Hogan's, while the souped-up "Isn't it Kinda Fun?" is belted by Ann-Margret for all its worth. Alice Faye sings a new number "Never Say No to a Man" while Bobby Darin croons a new ballad "This isn't Heaven".
Highly-recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pope on December 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This disc is a compliation of soundtracks from both the 1945 and 1962 R&H musical versions of STATE FAIR (the glorious and rarely-seen original 1933 version was not a musical). Sonically the disc is very good, and the 1945 tracks sound remarkable for their age. I do not know if these cuts were taken from audio masters or lifted from a print of the film itself. It makes little difference, since they sound great.

Now, about the 1962 tracks: Most of the music heard in the film is included here. Some people have said that different takes were used for some of the songs in making this CD. I have not done a close comparison between this disc and the film to be able to comment on that. Due to deterioration, some sound elements are missing: The actors' vocal solos in the Main Title are missing, though the choral tracks are present. For "It's a Grand Night for Singing", the orchestra tracks are missing, but the vocals survive and have been included as a bonus at the end; on the Dot LP it runs just under 2:00, so its absence isn't a terrible loss. Additionally, the end cast/exit music is completely missing. Dot Records released a soundtrack LP in 1962. Surely the album masters still exist (hopefully), and one would think that the successor company to the Dot library could have been approached for inclusion of at least these tracks on the CD. Sonically, the rest of the 1962 tracks are good, and if you can get by the fact that one of the film's best songs is incomplete, this disc will be satisfying overall and is worth purchasing. A suggestion would be to go for this disc, but also pick up a copy of the 1962 LP if you should come across it. Then you will have all of the State Fair tracks you need!

Recommended!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter Prainito on January 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The 1945 State Fair was a superior film compared to the 1962 remake. However, despite some missing music (due to Hollywood allowing the 1962 film to badly deteriorate) this compilation CD soundtrack of the music from both the 1945 and 1962 films is worth purchasing. Yes, a lot of the original music from the 1962 version is missing, but some of the new music Richard Rodgers wrote for the 1962 film is quite good. The three I really like are: "Never Say No To a Man" sung by the late Alice Faye, "The Little Things In Texas" sung by Tom Ewell and Alice Faye, and a beautiful ballad "This Isn't Heaven" sung by the late great Bobby Darin. The Bobby Darin track is impossible to find elsewhere. The title of my review sums it up.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Irving Parke-Rhode on June 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
While it's nice to have both soundtracks on one CD the 1945 version doesn't have all the music included on a bonus cassette packaged with the 1994 VHS version. That tape included underscoring and a deleted song by Dick Haymes & Vivian Blaine "We Will Be Together." The 1962 version is missing the movie version of "It's A Grand Night for Singing" due to deterioration of the original soundtrack recording. Why they didn't just license the missing tracks from Dot Records (they put the original LP out) is a mystery. "It's A Grand Night for Singing" from the movie is available but it's on the pricey Ann-Margret Bear Family Records boxset.
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