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

Various Artists Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B002QXINA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 13 tracks on this disc
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
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Editorial Reviews

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!

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "If I didn't care" I wouldn't be writing this review October 30, 2011
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous collection! May 27, 2011
By Ford
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good nostalgia trip... August 20, 2011
By MLO
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Memories September 12, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tunes which make Woody Allen's movies so good January 15, 2012
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, Poor Execution April 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love The Sounds of CareFree Jive December 12, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff April 14, 2014
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A terrific collection of songs and music from an array of Woody's films. Allen has such impeccable tast in music and incorporates them with great effect into his films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
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Published 22 days ago by Leslie A. Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars great music!
fast delivery, great music!
Published 3 months ago by David
1.0 out of 5 stars Gets stuck!
I love the music, BUT the cd won't come out of my cars player. My Honda, my Miata and Bozes system. It gets stuck. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The same as anterior item. Material not found in Brazil. The product arrived quickly. Indispensable for those who enjoy films Woody Allen and their excellent soundtracks.
Published 9 months ago by Adriano Ferreira da Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous collection
I think Woody Allen is a slime mold in his personal life so I wavered on buying. The music is so amazing that I gave in. Read more
Published 9 months ago by LLN
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Collection
Good collection. Music that has been in many Woody Allen movies. These are hard to find selections and Mr. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Scrimshaw_64
3.0 out of 5 stars SONGS ARE BETTER WITH ALLEN'S VISUALS
Songs Are Better With Allen's Visuals
I'm a huge Woody Allen fan and liked this, but listening made me realize I love all of his music more as it accompanies his films. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Linda DeSomber
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jazz Standards
Great music even if you've never seen his movies..Classic Jazz Standards for everyone's music library. Buy this music now please.
Published 12 months ago by Brett Cohen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
he product meets my expectations and will have for a long time. Thank you very much. Hope to buy something like this again
Published 14 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY GREAT MUSIC
Woody Allen really knows how to pic them. All are great old songs, bring back a lot of memories. Loved them all.
Published 14 months ago by CARL WALLAUCH
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