Original Soundtrack

Silk Stockings [Original Soundtrack] [CBS Bonus Tracks]

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The movie version of Cole Porter's 1955 musical Silk Stockings, which followed its Broadway opening by only a little over two years, was more faithful than most such transfers. The cast changed completely, and the plot was altered a bit. But of the 13 songs heard on-stage, 11 remained in the film, albeit that one, the title song, had been relegated to an instrumental background for a dance. "As on Through the Seasons We Sail" and "Hail Bibinski" had been replaced by two new Porter compositions, the moving ballad "Fated to Be Mated" and the bizarre attempt to be trendy, "The Ritz Roll and Rock." But the score's ballad standard "All of You" was still in place, along with its comic triumphs "Siberia" and "Stereophonic Sound" (even if the latter, a send-up of fashions in movie-making, didn't quite work when it itself placed in a movie). 57-year-old Fred Astaire, in his final romantic lead in a movie musical, led the cast, which also included stage star Janis Paige and dancer Cyd Charisse, her singing dubbed by Carol Richards. Astaire, of course, was a past master at interpreting Porter, and the rest were fine. The M-G-M Orchestra expanded upon Porter's music without improving or injuring it. The original soundtrack album was first released on MGM's own label in monophonic sound. In 1990, CBS Special Products issued a version that added dialogue and underscoring and put some of the music in true stereo.