Kismet [1955 Soundtrack] [Rhino Bonus Tracks]

Kismet [1955 Soundtrack] [Rhino Bonus Tracks]


When MGM Pictures released its movie adaptation of the stage musical Kismet in 1955, an 11-track soundtrack LP was issued simultaneously by MGM Records. Thirty-five years later, with the MGM film library having changed ownership, CBS Special Products put out an expanded version of the soundtrack album that didn't just add some bonus tracks, but instead went back to the film track for a selection of songs, underscoring, and dialogue amounting to nearly 63 minutes from the movie's 113-minute running time. Six years on from that, with the MGM film library acquired by Turner, which in turn has made a deal with reissue specialist Rhino for a new series of soundtrack albums, producers George Feltenstein and Bradley Flanagan have gone back even further for what might be considered the Kismet soundtrack 3.0: they had access to the original sound elements, including unused material. So, this nearly 72-minute version of the soundtrack dispenses with the dialogue, bringing the underscoring out more clearly, and adds music that hit the cutting room floor. That includes one song, the excellent "Rhymes Have I," featured in the Broadway score, but not in the film, and a longer version of another, "Rahadlakum," with lyrics that might have been considered too risqu? in the 1950s. Lacking the dialogue and boasting far superior sound, this version is to be preferred over the CBS Special Products album. Even with the improvements, however, the album still lacks two songs heard on Broadway, since they simply never were part of the film and weren't even recorded. Typically, Hollywood excised songs sung by minor characters, in this case "Was I Wazir?" and "He's in Love," while adding a new number for one of the stars, "Bored," sung by Dolores Gray. Thus, the soundtrack to Kismet still remains inferior to the Original Broadway Cast album, despite boasting an unusually strong-voiced cast itself, led by Howard Keel and including Vic Damone (who got to sing "Stranger in Paradise") and Ann Blyth ("Baubles, Bangles and Beads"). ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

  • Condition: --
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: Rhino (Label)
  • UPC: 081227248222
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Track listings

  • 1. Kismet: Not Since Nineveh: Not Since Nineveh / Stranger In Paradise Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 2. Kismet: Rhymes Have I Howard Keel/Ann Blyth (Previously Unreleased)
  • 3. Kismet: Fate Howard Keel
  • 4. Kismet: Bazaar Of The Caravans Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 5. Kismet: Not Since Nineveh Dolores Gray/Mgm Studio Chorus/Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 6. Kismet: Dabba (Stranger In Paradise) Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 7. Kismet: Baubles, Bangles And Beads Mgm Studio Chorus/Ann Blyth
  • 8. Kismet: I Am A Gardener Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 9. Kismet: Stranger In Paradise Ann Blyth/Vic Damone
  • 10. Kismet: Gesticulate Dolores Gray/Howard Keel/Mgm Studio Chorus
  • 11. Kismet: Bored Dolores Gray
  • 12. Kismet: Fate (Reprise) Dolores Gray/Howard Keel/Mgm Studio Chorus
  • 13. Kismet: Night Of My Nights Mgm Studio Chorus/Vic Damone
  • 14. Kismet: The Olive Tree Howard Keel
  • 15. Kismet: Rahadlakum Dolores Gray/Howard Keel/Mgm Studio Chorus/Betty Allan/Betty Wand (Previously Unreleased)
  • 16. Kismet: Marsinah Arrives At Castle/I'm In Love/Certain Young Women (Baubles,) Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 17. Kismet: And This Is My Beloved Howard Keel/Ann Blyth/Vic Damone
  • 18. Kismet: Innocent Amusement (Medley: And This Is My Beloved/Rahadlakum): And This Is My Beloved / Rahadlakum Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 19. Kismet: Diwan Dances, Pt. 1 (Rahadlakum) Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 20. Kismet: Diwan Dances, Pt. 2 (Night Of My Nights) Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 21. Kismet: Drowning Scene/Sentence (Fate) Mgm Studio Orchestra
  • 22. Kismet: Sands Of Time (End Title): Sands Of Time / End Title Howard Keel
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
Conditions Guide
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