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Finian's Rainbow O.S.T. (US Release)
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Finian's Rainbow O.S.T. (US Release)

Finian's Rainbow
16 Aug. 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 18 Mar. 2004
  • Release Date: 18 Mar. 2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • Copyright: 2004 Warner Bros. Records. Manufactured and Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing.
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  • Total Length: 52:55
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  • ASIN: B001F38HP6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,115 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Demos on 13 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Although this Finian's Rainbow (1968 - Warner Bros. (U.S.)) movie soundtrack cd from Rhino Handmade is now out of print stateside, if this movie ever meant anything at all to you, PLEASE do yourself a HUGE favor and track down a copy, if at all possible.
The sound reproduction is SPECTACULAR (STUNNINGLY CLEAR and BEAUTIFUL!) and the music itself is WONDERFUL! Personally, I always felt that this particular score was never given the accolades it TRULY deserved, probably due to the fact that this movie was released just as the great hollywood movie musical was on life-support, soon to gasp it's last, dying breath!
Simply one of the GREAT, UNDERRATED movie soundtracks of the 60's, if not all time!
Okay, maybe I'm getting a bit carried away writing this review as I listen to the music again (and again, and again), but let's look at the facts:
The first time this soundtrack has been made available on cd in it's entiretly, from a movie directed by no less than Francis Ford Coppola (Granted, never to be known as one of the great movie musical directors, but he certainly had NOTHING to be ashamed of with this film and soon to become a world-class director, thanks to his work on a certain little film about the mob, that you might say drew just a BIT of attention back in 1972!).
Petula Clark, the pop songbird at the peak of her vocal talent. JUST AWESOME!! Enough said!
Fred Astaire. The man was just crossing into his seventies when he made this movie, yet was still as graceful on-screen as no human being before, or since. Simply put, a man BORN to dance. And though he would never set the world on fire with his singing abilities, he carries his own weight here with the same elegance and class he was known for throughout his career.
Don Francks.
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I have always liked the music and enjoyed the tracks I downloaded. The only exception is the Exit Music. It was good for the first one and a half minutes and then for some reason Petula Clark starts babbling on about tuning in to the radio station, what the weather is like etc for another one and a half minutes !!! A waste of a good track.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Devilishly beguiling! 19 Oct. 2004
By R. L. Pulliam - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What can I say different from what has been said?

This film and its score resonate on so many levels for me that I hardly know where to begin. First, this film was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It was his 2nd or 3rd directorial effort.

Second, this film was the first time that choral supervisor Ken Darby received a solo screen credit -- and it was well-earned, well-deserved. It was also his last film musical, so quickly did the genre phase out over the next few years.

Third, Don Francks threw his heart and soul into the part of Woody and became that rarest of musical rarities -- the perfect leading man.

For me, Petula Clark was the major revelation in this film. A "pop" recording star from the U.K., her Sharon was beautiful, poignant and perfect. Her scenes with Fred Astaire are sheer magic and you can see the joy she had working with him and the other cast. As for her Sharon, she invests her vocals, both spoken and sung, with an Irish lilt that captures the optimism of that fantastic people with an ineffable sadness that evokes some mystical sense of loss. That and the Burton/Lane songs add up to musical perfection in my book.

Astaire is one of my idols. I was very glad to see him in this film, and he is a joy forever. Although top-billed, his Finian isn't the dominant character in the film, although he gets many big moments, including the finale in which he leaves his daughter and new son-in-law in search of another rainbow. It truly seemed to be the end of the great musical era despite his appearance with Gene Kelly in 1976 in "That's Entertainment, Too (2)."

The opening of the film, which hopefully will be released on DVD in the near future, is a vast canvas of landscapes as Finian and Sharon make their way from Ireland to the United States. And there's that phenomenal vocal by Clark of "Look to the Rainbow". The score is magic: "How Are Things in Glocca Morra" (be it vocal by Clark or by the fantastic chorus, the arrangements are dazzling and the lyric delivery touches the heart). "Old Devil Moon" has never been served better than in the fantastic forest setting with Woody and Sharon flat on their backs singing to each other. "That Great Come and Get it Day" is a rouser, and all the rest of the songs are appealing and extremely well-served. Yes, Tommy Steele's leprechaun has an over-the-top edge that can clench jaws from time to time, but it's also an appealing character more often than not.

The recording is fantastic. The vocals are a dream. It's one of the glories of film musicals as a recording and as a film.

I only wish they'd been able to give us more of it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's Almost Perfect... 4 Jan. 2005
By Ryff Wolf - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Beautifully rendered soundtrack of a superlative musical score, what could make it any better? Well, it misses perfection just by a hair because the dance break in "Look to the Rainbow" isn't included, nor was it on the original LP. If Rhino was going to go to all the trouble of remastering the sparkling tracks from this film, including the addition of the overture, entr'acte and exit music, why not include those few minutes of terrific dance arrangement from that great number?

Otherwise, a splendid reading of the tunes from one of best movie musicals of the 1960s. Terrifically cast, gorgeously photographed and edited, with a joyous, youthful sweep to even the nost corny of musical comedy routines, it's wonderful to have the soundtrack on CD. And the DVD isn't far behind, appearing this March on Warner Home Video. Hurray!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Glorious! 11 Jan. 2005
By Stephen - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've been wishing for this one over many years, and at last Rhino Handmade has re-released this soundtrack recording from the 1968 film version, starring Petula Clark, Fred Astaire, Don Francks, and Tommy Steele. It's one of the rare instances where the soundtrack is better than the original cast album--both in terms of sound and the quality of the performances. The Burton Lane/E.Y. Harburg score includes "Look to the Rainbow," "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?", "Old Devil Moon," "If This Isn't Love," and "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The DVD is On Its Way 28 Dec. 2004
By Jim Phillips - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This disc is spendid and I was so pleased when it arrived. But what could be better? The DVD, remastered in Dolby 5.1 and widescreen, and it will be released by Warner Home Video March 15, 2005 just in time for St. Patrick's Day. I can hardly wait!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
sooooooooo goooooooood! 29 Jun. 2012
By Emily Scott - Published on
Format: Audio CD
deciding whether to get remastered or original vinyl and wonder if Don Francs is alive this music is a joy the singers pronounce the words and pace the notes so thrillingly no more loud, harsh songs of drugs, murder, rap, hard rock garbage I CHOOSE BETTER and it is a CHOICE!!
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