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Name: KRITZERLAND
Number: KR200307

SUN VALLEY SERENADE / ORCHESTRA WIVES (2CD) (CD)
Composed by: Mack Gordon, Harry Warren

Sample Tracks
Name Number
Main Title (The Kiss Polka) / Snoop Magazine 01 - 01
Taxi Ride 01 - 04
In The Mood 01 - 06
Trip To Sun Valley 01 - 09
The Rink 01 - 14
Moonlight Ski Ride 01 - 19
American Patrol 02 - 09
Serenade In Blue 02 - 15
On To Iowa 02 - 16
I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo 02 - 19
You Say The Sweetest Things, Baby [unused] 02 - 24
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Musical Direction by Alfred Newman and Emil Newman
Featuring The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Songs by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
It’s funny how music can define an entire era, and Glenn Miller’s unique sound did just that. It was no surprise when Twentieth Century Fox snapped up Miller and his band for the movies. He only did two but they were perfect vehicles. They were cleverly built around him, and he was surrounded by excellent actors, singers, and dancers. The stories were simple, they didn’t overstay their welcome, and the music was superb.

Sun Valley Serenade (1941), featured Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie, John Payne, Milton Berle, Lynn Bari, Joan Davis, Dorothy Dandridge, the amazing The Nicholas Brothers, and, of course, Glenn Miller and his orchestra, along with The Modernaires.

In addition to some Miller classics (“Moonlight Serenade,” “In the Mood”), the movie also featured a few great songs by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, including a song that would become one of Miller’s biggest hits, “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” which, in the film, is a spectacular production number with Dandridge and The Nicholas Brothers. Another great new song, “At Last,” was also recorded for the film, but wasn’t used, except as background music for several scenes. The song itself would end up in the next Miller film, because Sun Valley Serenade proved to be so popular, that Fox immediately put another Glenn Miller vehicle before the camera, this one entitled Orchestra Wives.
Orchestra Wives was a bit more serious than the light and airy Sun Valley Serenade. This time the cast included George Montgomery, Ann Rutherford, Lynn Bari, Cesar Romero, Marion Hutton (sister of Betty), The Modernaires, and, of course, The Nicholas Brothers. We also get some wonderful Harry Warren and Mack Gordon songs, including “At Last” (the castoff from Sun Valley Serenade), “Serenade in Blue,” “People Like You and Me,” and the instant classic, “I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo.” The latter was, like “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” nominated for an Oscar for Best Song.
This is the first time Sun Valley Serenade and Orchestra Wives are being released complete, each CD close to eighty minutes in length. Previous LP and CD releases didn’t have particularly good sound, but for this release the sound has been lovingly restored by Mike Matessino from the Fox vault elements – it’s safe to say, you’ve never heard these scores sounding like this. It should be noted that while the films were given a synthesized stereo treatment in the early 1990s for home video, all of the original music elements are, in fact, mono. Yet they remain as clear and vibrant as the day they were recorded. All the songs, the incidental scoring, and some amazing bonus material is all here. While some of the bonus material had made it onto CD, it was taken directly from the films themselves and sounded horrible. And there are quite a few never-before-released tracks. -KRITZERLAND RECORDS

DISC ONE

SUN VALLEY SERENADE
1. Main Title (The Kiss Polka) / Snoop Magazine **
2. It Happened In Sun Valley (rehearsal) *
3. Moonlight Serenade / I Know Why (And So Do You)
4. Taxi Ride *
5. Toy Instruments / Getting Married *
6. In The Mood
7. I Know Why (And So Do You) [piano] *
8. At Last *
9. Trip To Sun Valley *
10. It Happened In Sun Valley
11. Ted’s Room *
12. First Time Skating *
13. Miss Carstairs *
14. The Rink *
15. Chattanooga Choo Choo
16. Chase Through The Snow
17. The Kiss Polka *
18. Marriage Announcement *
19. Moonlight Ski Ride *
20. I Know Why (And So Do You) [Reprise] *
21. Sun Valley Ice Ballet
22. End Cast

BONUS TRACKS: SUN VALLEY SERENADE
23. Main Title Montage [unused] *
24. Sunny Valley Jump (Fox Trot) [unused]
25. Measure For Measure [unused]
26. The Spirit Is Willing [unused]
27. At Last [Alternate] *
28. Chase Through The Snow [Alternate #1] *
29. Chase Through The Snow [Alternate #2] *
30. End Cast [Alternate] *

DISC TWO

ORCHESTRA WIVES
1. Main Title (Moonlight Serenade)
2. Chattanooga Choo Choo (rehearsal) *
3. People Like You And Me
4. Boom Shot
5. At Last
6. Yours (Rhumba) *
7. Ready To Fight *
8. Father Agrees *
9. American Patrol
10. Bugle Call Rag
11. I’m Not Going To Let You Go *
12. Band Montage *
13. Pot Pie Joint *
14. In Tears *
15. Serenade In Blue
16. On To Iowa *
17. Band Talk *
18. Serenade In Blue (Piano) *
19. I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo
20. End Title

BONUS TRACKS
21. ORCHESTRA WIVES: Main Title (Moonlight Serenade) [Alternate]
22. Serenade In Blue [Alternate] *
23. That’s Sabotage [unused]
24. You Say The Sweetest Things, Baby [unused]
25. Moonlight Sonata [unused]
26. The Man In The Moon [unused] *
27. End Cast [unused] *
*previously unreleased
**contains previously unreleased material

  
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Posted by Richelle Brittain on March 25, 2016 10:41 AM
This is the very same "At Last" which was later made famous by Etta James, though in a different arrangement than Miller's version. More recently, Beyoncé covered James' version while playing her in the movie "Cadillac Records"; that led to her singing it for President & Mrs. Obama at their first inaugural ball in 2009. Funny that a song originally written -- though thrown away faster you can say "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" ;) -- for a musical featuring Dorothy Dandridge, who a decade later in "Carmen Jones" would become the first black Best Actress nominee, was used decades later to serenade the first black President & First Lady!

Posted by Toni Riess on August 6, 2016 6:21 AM
simply wonderful two-disc-set Release which contains the soundtrack (used/unused) recordings from the 1941and1942 movies SUN VALLEY SERENADE and ORCHESTRA WIVES (which was released on DVD a few years ago). Younger people might not know Glenn-Miller but my heard at least "In the Mood" which is on the first movie "Valley".
Disc one has 30 Tracks and Disc two 27. The Quality of the sound (75 years old) are great in my mind. Well, KRITZERLAND did it and gave us a great "sound" release of (two forgotten movies).

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