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2008 digitally remastered edition of the soundtrack to the Frank Sinatra/Bing Crosby film featuring the 10 tracks from the original Oscar Nominated sound track plus 10 bonus tracks performed by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra The movie tells the tale of Tracy Lord, who was once married to likeable musician CK Dexter Haven. After a brief marriage the couple divorced and Tracy is now planning to re-marry a dull and shrewd social climber. However, Dexter is still in love with his ex-wife. Dexter with help from Mike Connor (a reporter who is covering the nuptials for Spy Magazine), attempt to uncover Tracy's real feelings and help her see whom she really should marry. 20 tracks. Music Digital.
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The soundtrack from the 1956 MGM film HIGH SOCIETY with its Cole Porter score has been a favorite for nearly fifty years. The picture stars Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and Frank Sinatra--its just a treat to watch.
This German release of the soundtrack is probably the easiest version to come across in CD format. The entire contents of the original 1956 Capitol Records LP are featured here--all 10 cuts. The sound is in stereo. The sound quality, though, leaves a bit to be desired. There is quite a bit of distortion and tape hiss in many places and the fidelity varies. The cover has a little sticker claiming that the recording was remastered for this. My guess is that, if it were remastered at all, it was done from the original LP masters, and NOT from the original recording session masters. If you're able to get over that, though, this disc is a very worthwhile purchase if you're fortunate enough to come across it. The cover art from the 1956 LP has not been reproduced for this release. As I said, this release is rather difficult to find and when it does surface, it can get rather pricey. You might even be further ahead to locate a nice copy of the LP on Ebay.
We would like to see a restored edition of the HIGH SOCIETY soundtrack from Capitol Records released in this country in the near future--maybe an expanded edition? Capitol/EMI should be closed down for allowing this recording to become so scarce in the US market. Rhino could do wonders for this--as they have with other MGM musicals--except that HIGH SOCIETY is one of the few MGM musicals to which they do not control soundtrack album rights. The BELLS ARE RINGING soundtrack album, which is also controlled by Capitol, has been on CD for years... why not this as well? Is anyone at Capitol Records reading this? I guess we'll just have to wait. In the meanwhile, enjoy this if you get a chance.