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You Can't Have Everything/Melody for Two

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You Can't Have Everything/Melody for Two Review

by William Ruhlmann

This unlicensed European disc gathers music directly from the soundtracks of four Hollywood movie musicals of the 1930s and '40s: You Can't Have Everything (1937; starring Alice Faye), Go into Your Dance (1935; starring Al Jolson), Melody for Two (1937; starring James Melton), and You'll Never Get Rich (1941; starring Fred Astaire). All the music from these four films does not fit onto a single 64-minute CD. In fact, none of the four is complete, with Melody for Two contributing only one track, the standard "September in the Rain," its five other songs missing. The most notable omissions, however, are Helen Morgan's performance of "The Little Things You Used to Do" (covered for a major hit for Johnny Green), which is one of three songs missing from Go into Your Dance, and the Delta Rhythm Boys' rendition of Cole Porter's "Since I Kissed My Baby Goodbye" from You'll Never Get Rich. Of course, what's here is impressive. Tony Martin sings "The Loveliness of You," the Harry Revel-Mack Gordon hit from You Can't Have Everything; there are five Harry Warren-Al Dubin songs from Go into Your Dance sung by Jolson, including the title song, "About a Quarter to Nine" and "She's a Latin from Manhattan," all of which became hits (though not for Jolson); and Fred Astaire, in addition to dancing furiously, notably on the instrumental "A-stairable Rag," sings two other Porter songs. As a gray market release, the album has more than its share of factual errors in the minimal annotations. Charles Winninger gets his name misspelled. The song "Long Underwear" is mistakenly credited to Revel and Gordon, when it was actually written by Sam Pokrass, Sid Kuller, and Ray Golden. And the concluding song from You'll Never Get Rich mistakenly bears the credit "Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Nan Wynn)." In fact, no dubbing was involved; the song was sung in the film by former bandsinger Martha Tilton, who appeared onscreen.

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