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Somewhere over the Rainbow: The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals

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And somewhere over the rainbow is where you might find another collection of musical highlights from the silver screen that's this good! Here are 42 classic, original performances from the 1935-1965 golden age of musicals- Singin' in the Rain Gene Kelly; Cheek to Cheek Fred Astaire; As Time Goes By Dooley Wilson; A Kiss to Build a Dream On Louis Armstrong; Gigi Louis Jourdan; Wunderbar Kathryn Grayson & Howard Keel; The Best Things in Life Are Free June Allyson & Peter Lawford; Stranger in Paradise Ann Blyth & Vic Damone; Baby, It's Cold Outside Esther Williams & Ricardo Montalban; Bless Yore Beautiful Hide Howard Keel; Going Hollywood Bing Crosby; Put 'em in a Box Doris Day & the Page Cavanaugh Trio; Embraceable You Connie Francis; There's No Business Like Show Business Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Keenan Wynn & Louis Calhern; Puttin' on the Ritz Clark Gable & Co.; It's a Most Unusual Day Jane Powell; Over the Rainbow Judy Garland; The Lady Is a Tramp Lena Horne, and more. Every song a classic great notes, too!

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The "Golden Age" referred to here spans The Jazz Singer and the advent of the talkies to the death throes of the old studio system in the 1960s. So vast was the era's musical landscape that even this 42-track, double-disc anthology can't encompass all its peaks. Not surprisingly, the bulk of this collection originated with the Tiffany's of the screen musical, M-G-M, a body of work whose riches here encompass both pop-cultural bedrock ("Over the Rainbow," "Singin' in the Rain," "There's No Business Like Show Business," etc.) and some less familiar, if equally delightful star turns: Clark Gable gamely "Puttin' On the Ritz"; the sassy, 1948 original of "The Lady Is a Tramp" by Lena Horne; and a loopy duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban. Fred Astaire's elegant, epochal reign at RKO and M-G-M is represented by "Night and Day," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," and three others, while Metro mainstays Gene Kelly and Judy Garland share equal time and billing. It's not perfect--Cagney's "Yankee Doodle Boy" and/or some Sinatra seem more logical choices than the odd "bonus" duet of Casablanca's "As Time Goes By" and "Lara's Theme" from Dr. Zhivago that close out disc one--but it's a stunning, surprisingly comprehensive primer on the Hollywood film musical nonetheless. --Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Singin' In The Rain: Singin' In The Rain - Gene Kelly
  2. Annie Get Your Gun: There's No Business Like Show Business - Howard Keel
  3. An American In Paris: 'S Wonderful - Gene Kelly
  4. The Band Wagon: That's Entertainment! - Oscar Levant
  5. Kismet: Stranger In Paradise - Vic Damone
  6. Easter Parade: Easter Parade - Judy Garland
  7. Gold Diggers Of 1935: Lullaby Of Broadway - Winifred Shaw
  8. Summer Stock: Get Happy - Judy Garland
  9. The Gay Divorcee: Night And Day - Fred Astaire
  10. High Society: True Love - Bing Crosby
  11. Thousands Cheer: Honeysuckle Rose - Lena Horne
  12. The Barkleys Of Broadway: They Can't Take That Away From Me - Fred Astaire
  13. Broadway Rhythm: Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet - Nancy Walker
  14. Neptune's Daughter: Baby, It's Cold Outside - Esther Williams
  15. For Me And My Gal: For Me And My Gal - Judy Garland
  16. Idiot's Delight: Puttin' On The Ritz - Clark Gable & Co.
  17. Hit The Deck: Hallelujah! - Kay Armen
  18. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers: Bless Yore Beautiful Hide - Howard Keel
  19. Cabin In The Sky: Taking A Chance On Love - Ethel Waters
  20. Casablanca: As Time Goes By - Dooley Wilson
  21. Dr. Zhivago: Lara's Theme (Main Title) - The M-G-M Studio Orchestra

Disc: 2

  1. The Wizard Of Oz: Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
  2. A Date With Judy: It's A Most Unusual Day - Jane Powell
  3. Kiss Me Kate: Wunderbar - Howard Keel
  4. Show Boat: Can't Help Lovn' Dat Man - Ava Gardner
  5. Going Hollywood: Going Hollywood - Bing Crosby
  6. Meet Me In St. Louis: The Trolley Song - Judy Garland
  7. Gigi: Gigi - Louis Jourdan
  8. Girl Crazy: I Got Rhythm - Judy Garland
  9. Two Weeks With Love: Aba Daba Honeymoon - Debbie Reynolds
  10. Words & Music: The Lady Is A Tramp - Lena Horne
  11. Good News: The Best Things In Life Are Free - June Allyson
  12. Top Hat: Cheek To Cheek - Fred Astaire
  13. The Strip: A Kiss To Build A Dream On - Louis Armstrong
  14. Romance On The High Seas: Put 'Em In A Box - Doris Day
  15. If Swing Goes, I Go Too - Fred Astaire
  16. Almost Like Being In Love - Gene Kelly
  17. Follow The Fleet: Let's Face The Music And Dance - Fred Astaire
  18. The Pirate: Be A Clown - Judy Garland
  19. When The Boys Meet The Girls: Embraceable You - Connie Francis
  20. The Harvey Girls: On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe - Judy Garland & Co.
  21. The Sky's The Limit: One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) - Fred Astaire


Product details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino / Turner Classic Movies
  • ASIN: B000066RO5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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