This compilation brings together many of the
most well remembered film musical performances of Dick Haymes and quite a few
lesser-known ones too. Over the years the release of soundtrack excerpts from
his films has been at the top of the ‘wants’ list for his fans. We have had to
wait but that wait was well worth it. Of course, some tracks just could not be
edited out of their film context e.g. ‘Moonlight Propaganda’ and ‘Do You Love
Me’ but the bonus is the inclusion of songs from a wider range of musicals
dating from 1943 to 1953. "Let The Rest of the World Go By" was adopted by
Haymes as his theme tune for many years, became a million seller and because
"Irish Eyes are Smiling" had had a major release it was the film that most of
this fans saw first and remembered so well. Possibly his greatest romantic
moment came when he serenaded Betty Grable on a riverboat in "Diamond Horseshoe"
singing "The More I See You" which was another million seller. Again with Grable
but this time with the added bonus of a Gershwin score "For You, For Me, For
Evermore" is a pairing the likes of which we never got again. The romance is
there, the song is beautifully constructed and it was a personal favourite of
both artistes. The fast moving production number "Costa Rica" which has him in a
duet with Celeste Holm demonstrates how at ease Haymes was with faster tempo
material but it is songs like "‘Mi Vida" and their slower and more romantic pace
that made him so popular. "Close as Pages in a Book" didn’t even get into the
film "Up in Central Park" as it suffered from cutting room syndrome. It would
have been the saving grace of an otherwise disappointing film, which makes its
exclusion even more puzzling. The duet between Deanna Durbin and Haymes was the
only number in the film that he really rated simply dismissing the rest of the
score! The set closes with "Cruisin’ Down the River" which includes one of the
finest performances of Haymes film musical career, his rendition of "Swing Low
Sweet Chario"’ not only is his phrasing perfection but he sings the song with
such sincerity. This may well be a trip down memory lane but it demonstrates how
consistently Dick Haymes was able to create a magical moment in film that now
transfers in sound alone so perfectly. The running time is approx 79 minutes and
the original mono sound is crisp and clear throughout. The excellent and
well-researched liner notes are by Geoff Milne and this is a must for both
Haymes and film musical collectors.
Produced by Geoff Milne
"FOUR JILLS IN A JEEP"
1. HOW BLUE THE NIGHT
2. YOU SEND ME
3. HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU?
"IRISH EYES ARE SMILING"
4. I'LL FORGET YOU
5. DEAR LITTLE BOY OF MINE
6. LET THE REST OF THE WORLD GO BY
7. WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING
8. I WISH I KNEW
9. THE MORE I SEE YOU
10. IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
11. ISN'T IT KINDA FUN?
"DO YOU LOVE ME?"
12. AS IF I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH ON MY MIND
"THE SHOCKING MISS PILGRIM"
13. AREN'T YOU KIND OF GLAD WE DID?
14. ONE, TWO, THREE/WALTZING IS BETTER SITTING DOWN
15. FOR YOU, FOR ME, FOR EVERMORE
"CARNIVAL IN COSTA RICA"
16. MI VIDA
17. COSTA RICA
18. ANOTHER NIGHT LIKE THIS
19. I'LL KNOW IT'S LOVE
"UP IN CENTRAL PARK"
20. WHEN SHE WALKS IN THE ROOM
21. CAROUSEL IN THE PARK
22. CLOSE AS PAGES IN A BOOK
"ONE TOUCH OF VENUS"
23. SPEAK LOW
24. DON'T LOOK NOW BUT MY HEART IS SHOWING
"CRUISIN' DOWN THE RIVER"
25. THERE GOES THAT SONG AGAIN
26. PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
27. HAS YOUR MOTHER ANY MORE LIKE YOU
28. SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT
29. CRUISING DOWN THE RIVER
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Dick HAYMES - In Hollywood
- Product Code: JASCD 124
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