Wednesday, January 24, 2007

An Affair to Remember OST (1957)

One of my favorite movies of all time is "An Affair to Remember", starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. And, yes, I do cry each and every time I see it. Actually, I start crying before the sad or sentimental parts even start! And sometimes even just talking about the movie and the sad or sentimental parts will start me crying. I'm as bad as Rita Wilson was in "Sleepless in Seattle" when she was describing the movie. This is one of the movies that my mother introduced me to when I was growing up, and we would often watch it together when it was on TV. I also grew up listening to this soundtrack, so this record has been played A LOT. This record belonged to my mother (I believe she bought it in 1957, when it came out), so it is now 50 years old! Wow! The cover is quite worn, and you'll still hear quite a bit of clicks and pops (especially on side 2) even though I ran it through the click and pop removal software. But, Vic Damone still sounds loud and clear on the title song (make me swoon!).

Other info about this album... Lionel Newman conducting the 20th Century-Fox Orchestra and Chorus; Music - Harry Warren; Lyrics - Harold Adamson and Leo McCary (the director of the film); Incidental Music - Hugo Friedhofer; Soloist - Marni Nixon; title song sung by Vic Damone. Harry Warren, Harold Adamson, Leo McCary, and Hugo Friedhofer were all Academy Award winners for various other works. The title song was nominated for Best Song at the 1957 Academy Awards but didn't win ("All the Way" from "The Joker is Wild" won instead). Hugo Friedhofer was also nominated that year for Best Score for "An Affair to Remember", but Malcolm Arnold won for "The Bridge on the River Kwai". "An Affair to Remember" had two other nominations - Cinematography and Costume Design - but didn't get those either.

Track listing for An Affair to Remember OST:

Side 1:
1. Main Title - An Affair to Remember (Our Love Affair) - vocal by Vic Damone
2. Continue - instrumental
3. "Villefranche" and "In the Chapel" - instrumental
4. Tomorrowland - vocal and instrumental
5. Pink Champagne - instrumental
6. Revelation - instrumental
7. You Make It Easy to Be True - instrumental
8. Proposal - instrumental

Side 2:
1. Continue - vocal and instrumental
2. Night Club Affair - vocal and instrumental
3. Empire State Montage - instrumental
4. Return to Villefranche - vocal and instrumental
5. Tiny Scout (He Knows You Inside Out) - children's chorus
6. Ballet - instrumental
7. End Title - An Affair to Remember (Our Love Affair) - chorus and instrumental


Vince said...

Well once again you touch me with sentiments of you Mom and what you shared.
I wish I could learn more about you both.
I will love this record.
Did you feel Deborah Carr in this role was the best casting choice?
I am not a authority on actress but for some reason I remember her being bland in this.
I would have like to see some more spunk in the acting. Who do you think could have been better in this.

Katya Oddio said...

Ah! Another classic! Thank you, Esther. We quote this one so often. Many thanks from two Cary-Grant-ophiles.

david alcoutim said...

This movie is very good. I think I saw it only 2 times [maybe 3] but I like it very much. The music is great. I was looking very hard for this. Thank very much for sharing it. And, look, don't have Casablanca Soundtrack? If you do, could share it? Thank you.

Bee's Blog said...

An absolute classic

graywolf48 said...

It's always great to find albums from when I was a kid. Thanks for posting!

"An Affair To Remember" is a remake of the 1939 film "Love Affair" with Irene Dunne & Charles Boyer. While I am a big fan of Cary Grant and to a lesser extent, Deborah Kerr, I believe that the original is a better film. As I recall, the music is excellent as well.