Saturday, February 24, 2007

Two Weeks With Love (1950) (Various) / I Love Melvin (1953) (Josef Myrow & Mack Gordon)

I thought this CD was in storage, but I ran across it while I was looking for something else and thought I'd post it. It's from the long out-of-print Sony disc. 'Mel' posted the LP a while back, but I haven't been able to download it yet, so I don't know if it's the same album or one that just had one of the scores on it. Well, if it was the same LP, I can't see there being much difference, so you can probably pass on this if you already downloaded that one (unless you're someone who absolutely insists on the best possible sound quality and has absolute abhorrence of travesties called LP's........but then again, if that were true, I can't really imagine why you'd be visiting this blog).

'Two Weeks With Love' is the Jane Powell period musical probably most famous for Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter's rendition of 'Aba Daba Honeymoon' (which was actually a song from the World War I era, but because of this version was popularly revived in the 1950's). And 'I Love Melvin' was another Debbie Reynolds musical, this time with Donald O'Connor, concerning a chorus girl. And you may remember Noreen Corcoran as the daughter from the John Forsythe TV series, 'Bachelor Father' (which I always think of as a teeny-bopper version of 'My Little Margie').

It's funny. It occurs to me that I haven't posted many musicals on the blog even though they're one of my favorite film genres, but I suppose it's because so many of them are high-profile and somewhat available (but that hasn't really stopped me before). I think it's because I figure people have the most famous ones already (which is probably why you see 'I Love Melvin', 'Lost Horizon', and 'Oh, What a Lovely War' on here). And for some odd reason, the musical stuff seems to be less popular here (and generally on the web, I suppose). Maybe it's because they don't show those movies on TV anymore. Maybe it's because the median age of the average computer user puts them well below the age to watch this stuff. Or maybe it's because Beyonce hasn't done her cover version of 'Aba Daba Honeymoon' yet. I don't know.

Well, their lack of popularity wouldn't really stop me from posting things (as you can probably tell by the spectacularly unpopular stuff I sometimes, well, most of the time, post), but I guess it boils down to what I put more time and effort into. It takes longer to type and tag all the info on a vocal album or compilation than it does an instrumental one and that combined with fewer people showing an interest in it, makes me tend to post fewer of them, I guess.

But as long as James Shigeta or Ricardo Montalban see fit to sing, as long as Liv Ullman wants to lip-synch, or as long as people want to sing about monkey honeymoons, I'll be there to post them.

Which reminds me - it's my contention that Ricardo Montalban is a better dancer than he is a singer. And he's not a bad singer. Anybody else out there agree with me?

Well, whether you do or not, enjoy!

Track List:

01 - TWWL (1950) - Orchestra - Overture
02 - TWWL (1950) - Jane Powell - A Heart That's Free
03 - TWWL (1950) - Debbie Reynolds, Carleton Carpenter, & Quartet - That's How I Need You
04 - TWWL (1950) - Jane Powell & Chorus - Oceana Roll
05 - TWWL (1950) - Debbie Reynolds & Carleton Carpenter - Aba Daba Honeymoon
06 - TWWL (1950) - Louis Calhern, Ann Harding, Ricardo Montalban, Phyllis Kirk, Jane Powell, & Chorus - By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
07 - TWWL (1950) - Orchestra - Waltz
08 - TWWL (1950) - Jane Powell & Chorus - Beautiful Lady / My Hero
09 - TWWL (1950) - Debbie Reynolds & Carleton Carpenter - Row, Row, Row
10 - TWWL (1950) - Orchestra - Flamenco
11 - TWWL (1950) - Orchestra - End Titles (Aba Daba Honeymoon)
12 - ILM (1953) - Orchestra - Overture
13 - ILM (1953) - Debbie Reynolds & Men - A Lady Loves
14 - ILM (1953) - Debbie Reynolds & Donald O'Connor - We Have Never Met As Yet
15 - ILM (1953) - Orchestra & Chorus - Saturday Afternoon Before The Game
16 - ILM (1953) - Debbie Reynolds & Donald O'Connor - Where Did You Learn To Dance
17 - ILM (1953) - Noreen Corcoran - Life Has Its Funny Little Ups And Downs
18 - ILM (1953) - Orchestra - And There You Are
19 - ILM (1953) - Donald O'Connor - I Wanna Wander
20 - ILM (1953) - Orchestra - Judy LeRoy (A Lady Loves)
21 - ILM (1953) - Orchestra - Finale: Judy And Melvin

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Two Weeks With Love / I Love Melvin - Part 1 (Rapidshare)

Two Weeks With Love / I Love Melvin - Part 2 (Rapidshare)


Two Weeks With Love / I Love Melvin (Megaupload)

around 146 MB

@ 320 Kbps

more more more!!!!!! i love obscure musicals...and jane powell is a favorite! thank you!

there really needs to be a blog for this.

i just started mine, so i might post more of this genre.
Hi Yvana!

You're welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post.

And I checked out your blog and it looks fantastic. It's too bad it has to go private. I'd love to contribute to it, but I get so far behind here, I have a feeling I wouldn't make much of a contribution to your fine blog! :))

But maybe I'll try and post more musical material!
It won't truly have success, I believe this way.
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