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Fred Astaire At M-G-M
Title:
FRED ASTAIRE AT M-G-M
Category:
Soundtrack
Label:
Rhino Movie Music
Turner Classic Movies Music
Catalog Number:
R2 72828
Release Date:
1997
Type:
CD
Discs:
2
Length:
02:33:10
Availability:
Out of print
Fred Astaire At M-G-M
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ABOUT THE DISC & RECORDINGS:

Like Judy, Fred Astaire spent his entire lifetime in show business. And like Judy, he could "do it all": sing, act, handle comedy, and most of all dance beautifully. This Rhino/TCM Movie Music anthology is an excellent overview of Fred's career at M-G-M and a "must have" for any fan of Fred, movie musicals, or the Great American Songbook.

Several tracks are making their CD debut here. What's interesting for Judy collectors is that the producers chose to use the M-G-M Records version of the abridged "A Couple Of Swells" from Easter Parade. As noted in the Production Notes by George Feltenstein: "The condition of the surviving music master for a "A Couple Of Swells" compelled us to use the master from the original soundtrack album with shortened vamps and dance breaks because of its superior sonics." The Rhino soundtrack CD of the entire score for Easter Parade uses a very muffled low-fidelity playback disc for the complete "Swells". Again, we wonder why they didn't simply use the actual film soundtrack as they did for "I Want To Go Back To Michigan". However, for soundtrack collectors, it's nice to have a good quality CD version of the M-G-M Records version of "Swells", so this is a minor quibble.

All images on this page from the collection of Scott Brogan.

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    TRACK LISTING

Judy Garland tracks in
blue.
* Stereo

Title
Performed with...
From the film...
Date Recorded
Time
Disc 1
Heigh-Ho, The Gang's All Here
Joan Crawford
Dancing Lady (1933)
10-16-1933
2:54
Please Don't Monkey With Broadway
George Murphy
Broadway Melody Of 1940 (1940)
09-12-1939
3:15
I've Got My Eyes On You [solo] Broadway Melody Of 1940 (1940) 11-10-1939 4:03
Here's To The girls *
The M-G-M Studio Chorus
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
04-28-1944
5:12
This Heart Of Mine *
[solo]
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
06-02-1944
7:53
If Swing Goes, I Go Too * (Outtake)
[solo]
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
03-20-1944
5:49
Yolanda *
[solo]
Yolanda And The Thief (1945)
02-16-1945
2:33
Steppin' Out With My Baby
The Mel-Tones & The Lyttle Sisters
Easter Parade (1948)
11-15-1947
11-20-1947
6:20
It Only Happens When I Dance With You
[solo]
Easter Parade (1948)
12-11-1947
01-07-1948
4:18
A Couple Of Swells
[M-G-M Records version]
Judy Garland
Easter Parade (1948)
11-13-1947
2:36
Easter Parade
Judy Garland & The M-G-M Studio Chorus
Easter Parade (1948)
01-26-1948
2:40
You'd Be Hard To Replace (Extended Version)
[solo]
The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
07-30-1948
2:29
Shoes With Wings On
[solo]
The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
07-14-1948
7:16
A Weekend In The Country
Ginger Rogers & Oscar Levant
The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
08-08-1948
2:14
They Can't Take That Away From Me
[solo]
The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949) 08-25-1948
4:32
Manhattan Downbeat
The M-G-M Studio Chorus
The Barkleys Of Broadway (1949)
10-14-1948
3:42
Where Did You Get That Girl?
Anita Ellis (for Vera-Ellen)
Three Little Words (1950)
11-30-1949
2:21
So Long, OO-Long (How Long You Gonna Be Gone?)
Red Skelton
Three Little Words (1950)
12-22-1949
1:33
Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You) Anita Ellis (for Vera-Ellen), with an assist from Red Skelton Three Little Words (1950) 12-31-1949
03-10-1950
2:24
Medley: My Sunny Tennessee/Who's Sorry Now/So Long, OO-Long/Thinking Of You/Three Little Words Red Skelton Three Little Words (1950) Unknown 1:51
Disc 2
Every Night At Seven
The M-G-M Studio Chorus
Royal Wedding (1951)
06-19-1950
6:17

How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Love You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Live

Jane Powell
Royal Wedding (1951)
06-30-1950
4:36
You're All The World to Me
[solo]
Royal Wedding (1951)
09-05-1950
4:08
I Left My Hat In Haiti
The M-G-M Studio Chorus
Royal Wedding (1951)
09-22-1950
6:13
Bachelor Dinner Song
The M-G-M Studio Chorus
The Belle Of New York (1952)
06-14-1951
3:22
Oops!
[solo]
The Belle Of New York (1952)
06-14-1951
5:29
Seeing's Believing
[solo]
The Belle Of New York (1952)
06-14-1951
4:37
Baby Doll
[solo - includes reprise with vocal quartet]
The Belle Of New York (1952)
05-25-1951
3:40
I Wanna Be A Dancin' Man *
[solo]
The Belle Of New York (1952)
08-29-1951
4:08
By Myself
[solo]
The Band Wagon (1953)
10-08-1952
1:43
A Shine On Your Shoes
[solo]
The Band Wagon (1953)
09-17-1952
4:37
That's Entertainment!
Jack Buchanan, Oscar Levant & Nanette Fabray
The Band Wagon (1953)
10-17-1952
3:27
Got A Bran' New Suit (Outtake)
Nanette Fabray with Oscar Levant on Piano
The Band Wagon (1953)
10-14-1952
10-18-1952
2:26
Triplets
Jack Buchanan & Nanette Fabray
The Band Wagon (1953)
12-09-1952
2:31
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
Jack Buchanan
The Band Wagon (1953)
12-09-1952
12-10-1952
1:45
Paris Loves Lovers *
[solo]
Silk Stockings (1957)
11-01-1956
2:42
All Of You (Extended Version) *
[solo]
Silk Stockings (1957)
10-19-1956
6:05
Fated To Be Mated
(Extended Version) *
Carole Richards (for Cyd Charisse)
Silk Stockings (1957)
02-08-1957
02-15-1957
5:11
The Ritz Roll And Rock *
Mac MacLain, Jud Conlon, Charles Palato, Clyde Yocum & Charles Schroeder
Silk Stockings (1957)
01-11-1957
01-24-1957
01-25-1957
4:02
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CREDITS

Produced by: George Feltenstein, and Bradley Flanagan

Project Supervisor:
Julie D"Angelo

Art Direction by: Hugh Brown

Creative Services Direction by:
Lori Carfora

Design by:
Maria Villar

Liner Notes by:
Will Friedwald

Engineering by:
Doug Schwartz, Audio Mechanics, Los Angeles, CA

Photographs Courtesy of:
Turner Entertainment Co. and George Feltenstein

Production Assistance: Vanessa Atkins, Jayne Blume, Steven Chean, and Julee Stover

Special Thanks to: Maggie Adams, Bruce Baggot, Nick Corvello, Roger Mayer, Michael Nieves, Robin Schwartz, Charles Shultz, Thane Tierney and Michael Troyan

Very Special Thanks to:
Ned Comstock/USC Cinema-Television Library

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