Movie Music: The Definitive Performances (2-CD)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: October 12, 1999
  • Label: Sony

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Music For Silent Movies - Charlie Young
  • 2.Singin' in the Rain - Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards (from "Hollywood Revue Of 1929")
  • 3.You Are Too Beautiful - Al Jolson (from "Hallelujah, I'm A Bum")
  • 4.Guy What Takes His Time, A - Mae West (from "She Done Him Wrong")
  • 5.Temptation - Bing Crosby (from "Going Hollywood")
  • 6.Inka-Dinka-Doo - Jimmy Durante (from "Joe Palooka")
  • 7.Rock and Roll - Boswell Sisters (from "Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round")
  • 8.Lullaby of Broadway - Dick Powell (from "Gold Diggers Of 1935")
  • 9.Way You Look Tonight, The - Fred Astaire (from "Swing Time")
  • 10.Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, A - Frank Sinatra (from "Higher And Higher")
  • 11.Secret Love - Doris Day (from "Calamity Jane")
  • 12.Man That Got Away, The - Judy Garland (from "A Star Is Born")
  • 13.Giant - The Warner Bros Orchestra & Chorus (from "Giant")
  • 14.March From The River Kwai / Colonel Bogey March (from "Bridge On The River Kwai") - Mitch Miller, His Orchestra & Chorus
  • 15.Affair to Remember, An - Vic Damone (from "An Affair To Remember")
  • 16.Certain Smile, A - Johnny Mathis (from "A Certain Smile")
  • 17.My Heart Belongs to Daddy - Marilyn Monroe (from "Let's Make Love")
  • 18.Overture - Orchestra Conducted By Johnny Green (from "West Side Story")
  • 19.With a Little Bit of Luck - Stanley Holloway & Ensemble (from "My Fair Lady")
  • 20.To Sir With Love - Lulu (from "To Sir With Love")
  • 21.Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel (from "The Graduate")
  • 22.Ballad of Easy Rider - The Byrds (from "Easy Rider")
  • 23.Be - Neil Diamond (from "Jonathan Livingston Seagull")
  • 24.Way We Were, The - Barbra Streisand (from "The Way We Were")

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Suicide Is Painless (M*A*S*H) - The Mash (from "M*A*S*H")
  • 2.Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan (from "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid")
  • 3.Evergreen - Barbra Streisand (from "A Star Is Born")
  • 4.On the Road Again - Willie Nelson (from "Honeysuckle Rose")
  • 5.Tender Years - John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band (from "Eddie & The Cruisers")
  • 6.Footloose - Kenny Loggins (from "Footloose")
  • 7.Take My Breath Away - Berlin (from "Top Gun")
  • 8.It Had to Be You - Harry Connick, Jr. (from "When Harry Met Sally")
  • 9.John Dunbar Theme, The - Orchestra Conducted By John Barry (from "Dances With Wolves")
  • 10.State of Love and Trust - Pearl Jam (from "Singles")
  • 11.When I Fall in Love - Celine Dion / Clive Griffin (from "Sleepless In Seattle")
  • 12.Streets of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen (from "Philadelphia")
  • 13.I'm Forrest...Forrest Gump - Orchestra Conducted By Alan Silvestri (from "Forrest Gump")
  • 14.Childhood - Michael Jackson (from "Free Willy 2")
  • 15.Sweetest Thing, The - Refugee Camp Allstars / Lauryn Hill (from "Love Jones")
  • 16.Men in Black - Will Smith (from "Men In Black")
  • 17.I Say a Little Prayer - Diana King (from "My Best Friend's Wedding")
  • 18.Southampton - James Horner (from "Titanic")
  • 19.My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion (from "Titanic")
  • 20.I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith (from "Armageddon")

Product Description:

Also available as part of the 26-CD box set SONY MUSIC 100 YEARS: SOUNDTRACK FOR A CENTURY (65750).
Compilation producers: Didier C. Deutsch, Steve Berkowitz.
Includes liner notes by Joseph Lanza, Didier C. Deutsch and John Swenson.
Digitally remastered by Darcy Proper (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music hasn't existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the box. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 44-track Movie Music: The Definitive Performances is impressive. Columbia and its subsidiaries were one of the first labels to issue soundtracks, and this set traces the history of the movie soundtrack, from Al Jolson to Aerosmith. Musically, this volume may not be as historically significant as others in the Sony Music 100 Years set, but it's nevertheless fascinating, providing a capsule history of pop music in popular film. It's possible to hear the evolution of movie music, as it moved from standards and show tunes to pop tunes in the late '60s. There are a number of timeless songs here -- "The Way You Look Tonight," "March from the River Kwai," "An Affair to Remember," "To Sir with Love," "Mrs. Robinson," "The Way We Were," "Suicide Is Painless," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" -- along with some tunes that merely signify the times. And that's what makes it worthwhile -- it's pop history in the best sense, even if only half of it is musically significant. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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