All the lovely tunes from the movie are on the disc, which is a faithful reproduction of the originals. The voices we hear are those of Vic Damone, Ann Blyth, Dolores Gray and Howard Keel. They are supported by the MGM Studio Orchestra conducted by Andre Previn. The music for Kismet was composed mainly by the Russian Romantic composer Alexander Borodin. The themes were reworked into popular style to fit appropriately into the film by Robert Wright and George `Chet' Forrest. They had already done something similar with the music of Edvard Grieg to produce the show Song of Norway. Here they added two original tunes of their own - `Bored' and `Rahadlakum'.
The show tunes `Rhymes have I', `Not since Nineveh', `The olive tree' and the still popular `Stranger in paradise' (a big hit for Damone) are derived from Borodin's opera Prince Igor. `Baubles, bangles and beads' and `And this is my beloved' come respectively from the 2nd and 3rd movements of Borodin's String Quartet No.2. Critic and author Will Friedwald is not correct when he says in the accompanying booklet that the origin of `Baubles, bangles and beads' is unknown. `Sands of time' is a reworking of Borodin's `In the Steppes of Central Asia'. `Gesticulate and `Fate' come respectively from the 1st and 2nd symphonies. I thoroughly enjoyed the film; now I enjoy listening to its lovely music.