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Woody Allen: Songs That Made His Movies Great [2 CD] CD

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Music has played an integral role in the films of Woody Allen; here are 26 songs he used beautifully in his movies. Includes Makin' Whoopee Mel Torm+ª; In the Mood Glenn Miller; Take the 'A' Train Duke Ellington; Lazy River Hoagy Carmichael; Sing, Sing, Sing Louis Prima; Moonglow Artie Shaw; Sleepy Lagoon Tommy Dorsey; Caravan Bunny Berigan, and more on two low-priced CDs!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. As Time Goes By
  2. Embraceable You
  3. Stompin' At the Savoy
  4. Take the "a" Train
  5. In the Mood
  6. September Song
  7. Begin the Beguine
  8. Opus No. 1
  9. Mairzy Doats
  10. I'm In the Mood For Love
  11. Nagasaki
  12. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
  13. Lullaby of Broadway

Disc: 2

  1. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
  2. Frenesi
  3. Pistol Packin' Mama
  4. American Patrol
  5. The Way You Look Tonight
  6. Isn't It Romantic?
  7. Cheek To Cheek
  8. If I Didn't Care
  9. Night and Day
  10. Sing, Sing, Sing
  11. Sophisticated Lady
  12. You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)
  13. (You'd Be So) Easy To Love


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B002QXINA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This two-CD set is a lovely sampler of more than two dozen Thirties - Forties popular music, and as such is really a great buy despite a few minor demerits:

-- You'll find no classical music here. Nor blues, nor folk music. These twenty-six tracks are the kind that were popular on the radio from the mid-Thirties to the mid-Forties; in fact, ten of them (I may have undercounted a little) came from one Woody Allen movie, RADIO DAYS (1987), which runs from 1938 to New Year's Day, 1944. But while there's a good deal of overlap, this album and the movie RADIO DAYS hold quite a few tunes of their own.

-- For the most part, (one exception being Artie Shaw's studio masterpiece "Begin the Beguine"), these are radio versions of popular tunes, probably recorded on acetate master discs during live performances over network radio. Several times we hear the audience applauding, laughing or murmuring. Additionally, the "source limitations" of the acetate masters and no stereo signal are inherent: mono only, very limited frequency range, lots of white noise-type hiss and some rumble. If you insist on the highest technology of standards or arrangements that exactly match later postwar recordings or movie music, this album is not for you.

-- This is a plus and a minus: at least ten of the songs are included in Woody Allen's 1987 film RADIO DAYS, which is set in almost this exact period -- about 1938 to New Year's Day 1944 -- and features almost wall-to-wall music as heard on the radio. SONGS THAT MADE HIS MOVIES GREAT is not an official soundtrack, but with over a third of this compilation's songs featured in the movie, it's understandable to compare.
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I love the music in Woody Allen's films! This is a great collection of the type of Jazz Woody is famous for using in soundtrack. I love listening to this while I work, write cook or eat!
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Every so often I like to escape - my waspy culture, my suburban childhood and my ballroom dancing classes. Music allows one to speak a foreign language for a while, wear virtual low slung pants and rap or remember when innocent romance swept my parents away! Escape with big band, listen to simple lyrics and travel in time ... the escape is a gentle time machine!
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The music is fine. But the title was why I bought the CD. Yes I like all the songs but it would have been nice to know what movies they were from. There are no notes at all. Nothing about how they relate to the movies, etc. It wouldn't have taken a lot of effort to relate the CD to the title but they made no such effort.
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I was hoping for this set to have the songs from Midnight In Paris, which they didn't. Still there were the songs from Radio Days including a couple of obscure takes/arrangements on some big band numbers which I hadn't heard before and thought them quite nice and refreshing.
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The wonderful array of classics here is timeless. The album itself is a fly-by-night, thrown together item. There are no liner notes whatever, nothing to assign the songs to particular Woody Allen movies. When I went to enter these classics into my iTunes, the second disc came up only as Track1, Track 2 etc. No names. I would never again buy an album from the people who produced this one.
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How wonderful to hear all of these classics again! This cd is on my player more than any other. I can sing along with all of them. Whether or not you're a Woody Allen movie fan, it's hard to argue with his selections of background music. They're all great!
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If you love popping in a cd that transcends time and takes you on a whimsical journey through an era of art - class and groove. Then look no more. Pop this cd in and feel the good vibes. Bonus if you recognize what films the songs are from
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