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The Busby Berkeley Album / McGlinn, Barrett, Gravitte

John Mcglinn, Brent Barrett, Debbie Gravitte
Release Date: 07/23/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 55189  
Composer:  Harry Warren
Performer:  Judy BlazerDebbie GravitteBrent BarrettAnn Morrison,   ... 
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London SinfoniettaLondon Sinfonietta Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

John McGlinn's enterprising foray into the field of the musical film is a sizzling disc.

In his introduction to the admirable booklet that accompanies this sizzling disc, Miles Kreuger writes that if ''by some miracle'' anyone has reached the record-purchasing age without seeing the great Busby Berkeley movies, then they can ''make up their own images'' to go with the exhilarating routines. Despite the devotion of all our television channels to old films, nowadays people are much more likely not to have seen 42nd Street, Dames or the Gold Diggers than they were 20 years ago, the black and white Hollywood classics being generally relegated to antisocial hours. There was an LP issued in the 1970s which included the
Read more original sound tracks of some of these numbers. I remember being somewhat disappointed then, for without the sight of Ginger Rogers, Ruby Keeler Dick Powell and supporting cast, the songs seemed to fall a bit flat. The opposite is true of this CD. The sound is terrific and the original orchestrations by Ray Heindorf for Warner Brothers studio come up fresh and inventive. On the whole the modern singers have managed to hit off the required style without resorting to camp impersonations.

Brent Barrett, the memorable Tommy in McGlinn's recording of Brigadoon (EMI, 1/93), is especially successful in the Dick Powell numbers ''Young and healthy'', ''Pettin' in the park'' and one I hadn't heard before, ''I'm going shopping with you'' from the less well-known Gold Diggers of 1935. The one missed chance is in that great lament from the Gold Diggers of 1933, ''Remember my forgotten man''. Though Debbie Shapiro Gravitte is good in this, in the original sequence it was done by two singers, Joan Blondell as the diseuse streetwalker, and Etta Moten as the woman in the window. The electrifying effect when the camera pans away from Blondell, and Moten takes up the melody in a higher key, could easily have been achieved here. As it is, this remains the greatest of all the Depression ballads, along with Blitzstein's ''Nickle under the foot'' and Crosby's ''Buddy can you spare a dime?''.

On screen, the finale ''Lullaby of Broadway'' can seem interminable at the end of a long evening but here it is the fitting climax to John McGlinn and the London Sinfonietta's enterprising foray into the field of the musical film. If you're feeling blue, just put on this CD and, in no time at all, the ''hi-dee-hi and boop-a-do'' will get you feeling ''naughty, bawdy, gaudy and sporty''.

-- Patrick O'Connor, Gramophone [12/1994]

Track Listing
1. We're In The Money
2. Forty Second Street
3. Shuffle Off To Buffalo
4. Young And Healthy
5. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
6. I'm Going Shopping With You
7. Pettin' In The Park
8. Remember My Forgotten Man
9. Dames
10. Lullaby Of Broadway

Personnel includes: John McGlinn (conductor, vocals), Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, Ann Morrison, Debbie Shapiro Gravitte, Guy Stroman, Stan Chandler, Larry Raben (vocals).

Recorded at CTS Studios 1 & 2, Wembley, England, in November 1993. Includes liner notes by Miles Krueger.

All music written by Harry Warren. All lyrics written by Al Dubin.

John McGlinn's BUSBY BERKELEY ALBUM features standout tracks from musicals whose dance sequences Berkeley choreographed and directed. Included on the album are songs from "Gold Diggers Of 1933", "Gold Diggers Of 1935", "42nd Street" and "Dames."
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Works on This Recording

1.
Forty-Second Street: We're in the money "Gold Diggers' Song" by Harry Warren
Performer:  Judy Blazer (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
2.
Forty-Second Street: Forty-Second Street by Harry Warren
Performer:  Debbie Gravitte (Voice), Brent Barrett (Voice)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Forty-Second Street: Shuffle off to Buffalo by Harry Warren
Performer:  Ann Morrison (Voice), Judy Blazer (Soprano), Guy Stroman (Voice),
Debbie Gravitte (Voice)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
4.
Forty-Second Street: Young and Healthy by Harry Warren
Performer:  Brent Barrett (Voice)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
5.
Forty-Second Street: You're getting to be a habit with me by Harry Warren
Performer:  Judy Blazer (Soprano)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
6.
Golddiggers of 1935: I'm Going Shopping with You by Harry Warren
Performer:  Brent Barrett (Voice)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
7.
Golddiggers of 1933: Pettin' in the Park by Harry Warren
Performer:  Guy Stroman (Voice), Ann Morrison (Voice), Brent Barrett (Voice),
Stan Chandler (Voice), Larry Raben (Voice)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
8.
Golddiggers of 1933: Remember My Forgotten Man by Harry Warren
Performer:  Debbie Gravitte (Voice)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
9.
Dames: Dames by Harry Warren
Performer:  Jayne Sylvester (Voice), Stan Chandler (Voice), Brent Barrett (Voice),
David Engel (Voice), Larry Raben (Voice), Debbie Gravitte (Voice)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
10.
Golddiggers of 1935: Lullaby of Broadway by Harry Warren
Performer:  Larry Raben (Voice), David Engel (Voice), Brent Barrett (Voice),
Ann Morrison (Voice), Stan Chandler (Voice), Debbie Gravitte (Voice)
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  London Sinfonietta Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935 

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