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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant CD, but DVD is poor, 14 Sep 2011
This review is from: That's Entertainment: A Celebration of the MGM Film Musical (Audio CD)
I bought the Deluxe Edition of this CD, with the DVD that shows the 'making of', an interview with John Wilson, music video's and 5 sing-a-long tracks. The CD is brilliant and captures a large portion of the music that was presented in the famous MGM prom concert of 2009. The recording was made in Abbey Road Studios (studio no 2) and once again John Wilson has meticulously put together his wonderful orchestra and chosen the very best vocalists to interpret these classic arrangements. One change from the concert is the addition of Matthew Ford, whose voice is better suited IMO than Curtis Stigers to sing 'Heather on the Hill' and 'Broadway Melody'.

If I was reviewing the CD alone, I would give it 5 stars, even though it is clear that both versions of the CD are missing a track? (From the 'making of' it shows that a recording was made of 'Get Happy' with Kim Criswell on vocals, yet curiously it does not appear on either version of the CD?)

What lets down the package is the woeful DVD accompanying it. I bought it thinking we would have an indepth 'making of', but instead we get 10 mins. Whilst those 10 mins are very interesting, I would have thought for a project such as this it wouldn't have hurt EMI to have produced a documentary length feature of at least 30 mins? Then the interview with JW - again very good, but doesn't even last 5 mins. What we are left with is 2 music videos of tracks we have already seen portions of in the 'making of' and 5 sing-along tracks (not of particular interest to me). The liner notes are quite good, but this is hardly worth the extra [] you have to pay. Come on EMI - you can do much better than this!

In short - I recommend you buy the CD, but save yourself the extra [] and avoid the Deluxe Edition. Remember you can see one quarter of the 'making of' free on Amazon, in the related video just below the CD.
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2011 23:19:59 BDT
It looks like "Get Happy" is the last track on the iTunes release... Not sure on timings but I quickly added up the times and I don't think it would quite fit on the CD (Get Happy is 2m54s). Rather stupid to show it being recorded on the bonus DVD!
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