Original Soundtrack

An American in Paris [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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This two-CD set represents the ultimate musical resource for the MGM film. In the early '90s, Turner Entertainment undertook a major restoration of the movie and, in doing so, in addition to original film elements, unearthed a treasure trove of original audio masters and studio session recordings, including alternate takes, unused songs, and rehearsals. Some of these (which included many tracks by Georges Guetary) turned up on the 1992 vintage laser disc box, and now they're here, remastered yet again, along with elements of the film's underscore, which contained dozens of George Gershwin tunes that were never actually "featured" in the movie. The result is a two-hour celebration of Gershwin's music that may hold up better than any of the other MGM songbook musicals of this period, thoroughly annotated for the serious listener and pleasingly, entertainingly packaged for the casual purchaser, for whom the only drawback may be the relatively steep price of the double-disc set.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
An American in Paris, film score (Gershwin works arr. by Saul Chaplin, et al.)
1 1:35
2 3:34
3 1:05
4 2:48
5 3:43
6 0:44
7 3:43
8 1:21
9 4:07
10 1:17
11 3:33
12 3:44
13 2:24
14 3:46
15 1:15
16 2:42
17 2:45
18 2:35
19 2:49
Concerto in F, for piano & orchestra
20 4:35

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
An American in Paris, film score (Gershwin works arr. by Saul Chaplin, et al.)
1 1:32
2 0:56
3 2:47
4 2:12
5 1:48
6 0:59
An American in Paris, film score (Gershwin works arr. by Saul Chaplin, et al.)
7 1:58
8 1:27
9 1:05
10 1:15
11 1:05
12 1:38
13 4:19
14 16:38
15 1:17
16 1:47
17 3:12
18 1:39
19 0:30
Preludes (3) for piano
20 1:01
An American in Paris, film score (Gershwin works arr. by Saul Chaplin, et al.)
21 1:08
22 1:46
23 0:36
24 3:27
25 1:38
26 0:56
27 1:34
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