Mad About Music - Rarities & Gems
Deanna Durbin was discovered by an MGM talent scout while at junior high school and put into a short film EVERY SUNDAY (1936) with another juvenile, future star Judy Garland. Rumour has it that Durbin was erroneously dropped from MGM and her option was picked up by Universal Pictures. She was an overnight sensation in her feature film debut THREE SMART GIRLS. The film was a box office hit and the world fell in love with Deanna Durbin and her singing.
Successive popular films like ONE HUNDRED MEN AND A GIRL, MAD ABOUT MUSIC, THREE SMART GIRLS GROW UP followed by IT'S A DATE, SPRING PARADE, NICE GIRL? and the Technicolor film CAN'T HELP SINGING, with gorgeous songs by Jerome Kern, confirmed her popularity further.
By 1946, Durbin was becoming increasingly unhappy partly contributed by the studio putting her in inferior films. Her last four films did not fare well at the box office and at this point she moved to France. Deanna Durbin said goodbye to Hollywood aged 27 having made clear she wanted a "normal" life and privacy. She lives in France to this day.
Most of the gems on this CD are derived from unique studio lacquers for use in the film making and many tracks are different from the ones used in the finished film or Durbin‘s commercial recordings. These alternate takes include extra verses or alternate sections. Songs recorded for but never heard in Durbin’s films include “Carmena Waltz”, “Sweet Molly Malone” and “Brahms’ Lullaby”. Other tunes were used in Deanna’s films, but here, you will finally hear them without any interruption by dialogue and/or sound effects.
1. I LOVE TO WHISTLE 2:05
2. A SERENADE TO THE STARS 2:06
3. WHEN I SING 3:32
4. CARMENA WALTZ 3:23
5. THE OLD REFRAIN 4:38
6. BEGIN THE BEGUINE 3:53
7. PALE HANDS I LOVED (KASHMIRI SONG) 3:54
8. SAY A PRAY'R FOR THE BOYS OVER THERE 3:36
9. IN THE SPIRIT OF THE MOMENT 4:12
10. RUSSIAN MEDLEY 5:25
11. NESSUN DORMA 3:40
12. ALWAYS 2:23
13. GIMME A LITTLE KISS, WILL YA, HUH? 2:31
14. NIGHT AND DAY 3:26
15. LOVER 2:05
16. DANNY BOY 3:54
17. SWEET MOLLY MALONE 3:33
18. BRAHMS’ LULLABY 2:39
19. GRANADA 4:48
20. SARI WALTZ (LOVE'S OWN SWEET SONG) 1:30
21. (I'M) HAPPY GO LUCKY AND FREE 3:18
22. SOMETHING IN THE WIND 2:59
23. (I'M) HAPPY GO LUCKY AND FREE 3:15