Holiday Inn Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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As for the music, there are 12 songs written by the great Irving Berlin, expertly sung by either Bing or Fred Astaire and Margaret Lenhart on a few tracks. Backing is provided by longtime Crosby collaborator John Scott Trotter on about half of the selections, and Bing's brother Bob Crosby and His Orchestra on the others. Some of the Crosby tracks in particular provide excellent swinging arrangements which inspire Bing's jazzier approach to singing. Aside from "White Christmas," "Easter Parade," and "Be Careful It's My Heart," most of the songs are lesser known examples of Berlin's music; it's nice to discover a song like "Lazy" with its clever lyrics (". . . with a great big valise full of books to read where it's peaceful."). Most of the selections on hand here have been released on one of a series of 2 CD sets on the Jasmine label devoted to Bing's movie songs, but at the price this version of Holiday Inn is being offered for, it's easily worth the money.
1942 musical "Holiday Inn", a Bing and Fred team-up
triumph. This is the film that introduced "White Christmas",
Bing's signature song.
Obstensively a Christmas movie, this one can
be enjoyed at any time of year, as Christmas serves as the
"book-ends" for a year's worth of Berlin tunes (except
Halloween... they left that one out of the movie for some
The songs are intoxicating and contageous! You'll find
yourself humming some of these cuts long after you've put the CD on
"Holiday Inn" is not to be missed, but it is
sure to be cherished once you have a look, and a listen.
The scratches, skipped notes and hideous tonal quality are reminiscent of a beat up old 78 record. What a disappointment considering this disc contains some hard-to-locate Bing songs like "I'll Capture her Heart" and "I've Got Plenty to be Thankful For." You might as well buy the VHS version of Holiday Inn and make your own recording from the film. This CD's quality is the nadir of listening experiences!
And Bing and whoever the studio backup singers are lack most -- and on some songs all -- of the warmth and sparkle present in the movie renditions.
Whoever one's the rights to the Paramount catalog really ought to put out a real soundtrack of the this "ten best in any genre, any era" 1941 film, it's almost 70 years overdue.
It would have to mean there were no improvements in 60 years!
Now, they could have doctored it a little, but would
that have improved it? Not necessarily. I remember some pretty
creepy sounding "Electronic Stereo" albums in the '60s.
If you want better sound you could rip the CD and run your own
favorite sound hacking program.
But emough of that.
The performances on this CD are exactly what was on my mother's 78 RPM Album
(A real album not a record) which she played over and over. The joy is in the nostalgia.
4 stars plus 1 just for being available
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First, as stated by other reviewers this is NOT the soundtrack from the movie "Holiday Inn". Which disappointed me. The only voices are that of Crosby and Astaire... Read morePublished 8 months ago by BRIAN A. O'DELL
So glad I took the chance and purchased a used disc. All songs played perfectly. Finally I own the soundtrack to my favorite movie!Published on January 7, 2014 by Anne Marie Dezelan
I love this musical. I own it on dvd and count it as one of my favorites. I was so excited to get this cd but was quite disappointed in it. Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by AuntieB
I downloaded this and really have no complaints. Yes, it's not the original soundtrack (it doesn't sound exactly like the music in the movie), but I couldn't find an original... Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by themom1980
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