Yankee Doodle Dandy Soundtrack
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The immortal James Cagney and his portrayal of George M. Cohan are lovingly presented here, in a complete soundtrack that even includes an outtake and some rehearsal tracks! According to the liner notes (which are very well written, by the way), this CD has been assembled from a combination of the best surviving original materials, and the sound is remarkable for recordings that are 60 years old.
If you are one of the many who have the old bootleg CD on "Hollywood Soundstage" records, you can happily toss that piece of garbage in the trash can where it belongs. This release is truly glorious, and comes at a time when we cannot have too much patriotism.
This album is terrific from start to finish, and highly recommended!
Monumental effort must have gone into this soundtrack, given the age of the original recordings. The tracks here are crisp, clear, and bright, with no evidence of how long ago they were first put down. The editors were also generous in their inclusion of dialogue that ties some of the tracks together (for example, we hear the man tell Johny Jones to watch for the skyrocket, then we hear the skyrocket as it leads into "Give My Regards to Broadway"). There are a couple of places where the endings are slightly abrupt but this is because, in the movie, the music fades into extended dialogue.
The only bit of dialogue I expected to hear in a song, but didn't, is in "Over There" near the very end of the film, when Cagney/Cohan has fallen in step with the soldiers going off to WWII, as they're singing "Over There", when the soldier nearest him says something like, "What's wrong, old timer, don't know the words?" and Cagney says, "Seems to me I do" and starts singing along. That's minor and pales next to how wonderful the rest of this soundtrack is.
One of the biggest treats on this CD is that we get to hear some of Cagney's tapping, notably in "Give My Regards to Broadway", "You're a Grand Old Flag", and - one of my favorite moments in movie history - when he dances down the White House stairs to "Yankee Doodle" near the end).Read more ›
Well, thank God I didn't pay any attention to that dumb idea!
If you love "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and Cagney, you just have to buy this soundtrack. It's like being able to take the movie with you anywhere ... it's not just the songs - as others have said - but also includes bits of Cagney's voice-overs, even the tap-dancing from the end of "Little Johnny Jones." And since the audio system in my car is better than my TV's, it all seemed even bigger, richer and better. (George M. would love that!)
Wonderful, wonderful stuff!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the movie and enjoy several parts, mostly the opening,but unless your a real fan, buy the DVD.Published 11 months ago by Art Vanderlay
The best of Cagney as Cohan. Wonderful history of Cohan and what a remarkable man he was. I bought several and sent one to a young man in Afghanistan. Read morePublished 14 months ago by MtMiss
George M. Cohan tunes from one of the greatest movies makes and unbeatable combination, great to listen to while watching 4th of July fireworks!Published 23 months ago by TroyBoy
Still enjoy this classic. I purchased this to share with my grandchildren and will as soon as I hide the charger for those darn ipads, or idistracts or whatever those hand held... Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Melvin P Thorpe
This recording has, as far as I can tell, every single bit of the music that is in the motion picture. The film itself was a tour-de-force for Cagney. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Roger F. Chatterton
This is one of the all time great films and really good in color. Music and particularly Cagney' s dancing are great.Published on October 17, 2013 by Glenn Thiel
I loved this cd as the "4th. of July is my favorite holiday. I seemed to have been always in trouble,for shooting off fire works in the wrong places, but that was 40 years ago. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Larry P. Burton
If you love this movie you will also love the soundtrack which I frequently listen to riding around in my car.Published on December 3, 2012 by ST Kaine
This is Coronet Records #CX-71, "Yankke Doodle Dady", A Musical Tribute to George M. Cohan, America's "Yankee Doodle Dandy"!!!! Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Charles