Hollywood Hits: 70 Years of Memorable Movie Music

Hollywood Hits: 70 Years of Memorable Movie Music


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Assembled as a companion piece/pledge item for the 2007 PBS television concert special Movie Songs Live, this boxed collection is divvied into separate discs, each devoted to movie themes, Oscar-winning songs and film musicals. While the vast and rich history of the motion picture music genre cannot possibly be compressed into any three-CD set, the compilers did a remarkable job of covering the touchstones -- although there are only 54 tracks here in all, there is little to quibble about when playing the what's-included-and-what's-left-out? game. These are all original recordings, not remakes by cheesy pops orchestras or Broadway wannabes. Most of the chosen tracks are instantly recognizable, certified classics so ingrained into the collective consciousness that all it takes is a few seconds before you're singing or humming along (so don't be surprised if, after spinning a disc, you find yourself walking around belting out "Maria, I just met a girl named Maria" or whistling the theme from The Bridge on the River Kwai). Great movie music will do more than remind you of the film in which it was originally featured, and many of the tracks here are evocative of entire eras, deeply embedded emotions and, in the larger sense, the art of cinema itself. Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain," the insanely addictive (whether you want it to be or not) theme from Rocky and Judy Garland singing "Over the Rainbow" (or, for that matter, "Easter Parade," the latter with Fred Astaire) are more than just Hollywood hits, despite the set's title; they are firmly entrenched in our collective cultural makeup. Although the collection does indeed reach back some seven decades (beginning with the iconic theme from 1939's Gone with the Wind), it weighs heavily toward the middle part of the covered period, the '50s through the '70s, gliding easily from James Bond to 2001, Doris Day to Isaac Hayes, Oklahoma! to Guys and Dolls, "Cheek to Cheek" to "Some Enchanted Evening." If we did want to play the what's-missing game, we might bring up the most glaring omission of The Sound of Music (which spent more than four years on the Billboard LP chart and contributed "Do-Re-Mi," "My Favorite Things" and "Climb Ev'ry Mountain"), as well as Grease, How the West Was Won, Hello Dolly, Peter Pan and even A Hard Day's Night. But who's complaining? Hollywood Hits is a rewarding, smartly curated one-stop-shopping keepsake for anyone who wants to keep -- just like the subtitle says -- some of the most memorable movie music handy.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
Label: Shout Factory
UPC: 0826663976458
catalogNumber: 39764


Disc 1

  1. Tara's Theme (Main Title)
  2. Laura
  3. Frankie Machine
  4. March From The River Kwai And Colonel Bogey
  5. Theme From "A Summer Place"
  6. Theme From Exodus
  7. James Bond Theme
  8. The Pink Panther Theme
  9. Lara's Theme
  10. [Opening]
  11. The Odd Couple
  12. Midnight Cowboy
  13. Suicide is painless, song (theme from the movie & television series M*A
  14. Summer Of '42
  15. The Entertainer, for piano
  16. Theme From Jaws
  17. Gonny Fly Now (Theme From "Rocky")
  18. Star Wars Main Title
  19. Theme From Superman (Main Title)

Disc 2

  1. The Way You Look Tonight
  2. Over The Rainbow
  3. Going My Way / Swinging On A Star
  4. On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe
  5. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será, Será)
  6. Moon River
  7. Days of Wine and Roses (for the film The Days of Wine and Roses)
  8. Born Free
  9. The Windmills Of Your Mind
  10. Raindrops keep fallin' on my head (for the film "Butch Cassidy and the
  11. Theme from Shaft
  12. You Light Up My Life, song (for the film You Light Up My Life)
  13. Last Dance (for the film "Thank God It's Friday"), song
  14. Fame, song (as used in the musical play "Fame")
  15. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)
  16. Up Where We Belong
  17. Say You, Say Me (for the film "White Nights"), song
  18. (I've Had) the Time of My Life
  19. Let The River Run

Disc 3

  1. Cheek To Cheek
  2. If I Only Had A Brain
  3. Easter Parade
  4. Anything You Can Do
  5. Ol' Man River, song (from "Show Boat")
  6. Singin' In The Rain
  7. The Surrey With The Fringe On Top
  8. Luck Be A Lady
  9. You'll Never Walk Alone
  10. Getting To Know You
  11. Some Enchanged Evening
  12. Thank Heaven For Little Girls
  13. Maria
  14. Seventy-Six Trombones
  15. If Ever I Would Leave You
  16. I'd Do Anything
  17. Cabaret
  18. Rainbow Connection
  19. Tomorrow

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Percy Faith   Conductor
Henry Mancini   Vocals
Shirley Jones   Vocals
Elmer Bernstein   Track Performer
Fred Astaire   Vocals
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Judy Garland   Vocals
Gene Kelly   Vocals
Liza Minnelli   Vocals
Andy Williams   Vocals
Joe Cocker   Vocals
Christopher Cross   Vocals
Lionel Richie   Vocals
Carly Simon   Vocals
Dusty Springfield   Vocals
Donna Summer   Vocals
Jennifer Warnes   Vocals
Shelly Manne   Track Performer
Marni Nixon   Vocals
Bill Medley   Vocals
Mitch Miller   Conductor
Maurice Chevalier   Vocals
Irene Cara   Vocals
Mitzi Gaynor   Vocals
Gordon MacRae   Vocals
Matt Monro   Vocals
Jack Wild   Vocals
Shorty Rogers   Conductor
Howard Keel   Vocals
Ray Bolger   Vocals
Ron Moody   Vocals
Jim Henson   Vocals
Kasey Cisyk   Vocals
Isaac Hayes   Vocals
Gene Merlino   Vocals
Robert Preston   Vocals
Sinfonia of London Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
B.J. Thomas   Vocals
MGM Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Shani Wallis   Vocals
William Warfield   Vocals
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Betty Hutton   Vocals
Percy Faith & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Shorty Rogers & His Giants   Ensemble
Mitch Miller & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Giorgio Tozzi   Vocals
Shirley Jones   Vocals
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Charlotte Greenwood   Vocals
Sheila White   Vocals
Mark Lester   Vocals
Claramae Turner   Vocals
Aileen Quinn   Vocals
Shorty Rogers & His Orchestra   Ensemble
Robert E. Preston   Vocals
Marlon Brando   Vocals
John Barry Seven   Ensemble
Jim Bryant   Vocals
Kermit the Frog   Vocals
Robert Preston's Company   Ensemble
Ron Moody's Boys   Ensemble
MGM Studio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
MASH   Ensemble
Andy Williams   Vocals
Jim Bryant   Vocals
Gene Merlino   Vocals

Technical Credits

Malcolm Arnold   Composer
Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Maurice Jarre   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Henry Mancini   Composer
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Lyricist
Elmer Bernstein   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Doris Day   Lyricist
Christopher Cross   Composer
Lionel Richie   Composer
Carly Simon   Composer
Scott Joplin   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Harold Arlen   Lyricist
Paul Jabara   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Peter Allen   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Jack Nitzsche   Lyricist
Marvin Hamlisch   Arranger
Lionel Bart   Composer
Joe Brooks   Composer
John Kander   Lyricist
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Kenneth J. Alford   Composer
John Barry   Arranger
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Kenny Ascher   Lyricist
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Don Black   Lyricist
Johnny Burke   Lyricist
Hal David   Lyricist
John DeNicola   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Lyricist
Arthur Freed   Lyricist
Ernest Gold   Composer
Michael Gore   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Lyricist
Will Jennings   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jay Livingston   Lyricist
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer,Lyricist
Monty Norman   Composer
Dean Pitchford   Lyricist
Franke Previte   Composer
David Raskin   Composer
Max Steiner   Composer
Charles Strouse   Composer
Harry Warren   Lyricist
Paul Williams   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Lyricist
Martin Charnin   Lyricist
Richard Foos   Executive Producer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Marc Weingarten   Liner Notes
Donald Markowitz   Composer
Ayn Robbins   Composer
Carol Connors   Composer
Garson Foos   Executive Producer
T.J. Lubinsky   Executive Producer
Emily Johnson   Artwork
Jeff Palo   Producer
Jeff Monachino   Licensing
Dave McIntosh   Business Consultant

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