Inside U.S.A. / The Band Wagon

Inside U.S.A. / The Band Wagon

by Jack Haley Sr.Jack Haley Sr.


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In Europe, copyrights on recordings expire after 50 years, which allows record labels to press up their own unlicensed versions of vintage material, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. (Although nominally not available in the U.S., where copyrights last longer, such recordings usually are not difficult for Americans to obtain.) Here's a case of the copyright limit producing a valuable release. Britain's Sepia Records specializes in show music, and this album compiles tracks from numerous recordings of music written by composer Arthur Schwartz and lyricist Howard Dietz from a period of more than 20 years, much of it long out of print. The team's 1948 musical revue Inside U.S.A. was commemorated with a 78 rpm album released by RCA Victor Records featuring the show's principals, Beatrice Lillie and Jack Haley, as well as performances by non-cast member Billy Williams and Perry Como's hit recording of "Haunted Heart." This album was never reissued in the LP era, and the eight tracks surface here for the first time in more than half a century. But that's only the beginning. Pearl Bailey and Buddy Clark cut a 10" LP of the show's songs for Columbia Records, and its six tracks are also included. Schwartz and Dietz's 1931 revue The Band Wagon led to some RCA recordings featuring its stars, Fred and Adele Astaire, including a 12" 78 containing two medleys and an experimental 33-1/3 rpm record (17 years before the LP was introduced formally), and those tracks are here, too. In 1953, MGM released a movie adaptation of The Band Wagon starring Fred Astaire and featuring interpolations from other Schwartz-Dietz shows as well as the newly written "That's Entertainment." An MGM Records soundtrack LP appeared, and a few of those songs are included. The arrival of the film inspired RCA to record a studio cast album (also including songs from Schwartz and Dietz's The Little Show revues) featuring George Britton, Harold Lang, and Edith Adams, and four tracks come from that. The result is a 25-track, 78-minute Schwartz-Dietz compilation of rarities that should delight collectors of show music.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
Label: Sepia Recordings
UPC: 5055122110569
catalogNumber: 1056
Rank: 172226

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Haley   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Fred Astaire   Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Pearl Bailey   Vocals,Track Performer
Perry Como   Vocals,Track Performer
Jack Buchanan   Vocals,Track Performer
Beatrice Lillie   Vocals,Track Performer
George Britton   Vocals,Track Performer
Mitchell Ayres   Conductor
Russ Case   Conductor,Accompaniment
Adolph Deutsch   Conductor
Howard Dietz   Vocals
Arthur Schwartz   Piano
MGM Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Leo Reisman   Conductor
Nanette Fabray   Vocals,Track Performer
Leo Reisman & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Jay Blackton   Conductor
Edith Adams   Vocals,Track Performer
Adele Astaire   Vocals
Billy Williams & Choir   Vocals,Track Performer
Harold Lang   Vocals,Track Performer
Russ Case & His Orchestra   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
India Adams   Vocals,Track Performer
MGM Studio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Robert Russell Bennett   Orchestration
Howard Dietz   Composer,Lyricist
Arthur Schwartz   Composer,Lyricist
Rexton S. Bunnett   Liner Notes
Craig Hewitt   Graphic Design

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