The original soundtrack to the 1975 film At Long Last Love, features 16 songs with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The musical romantic comedy film was written, produced and directed by Peter Bogdanovich. It stars Burt Reynolds and Cybill Shepherd. The film pays homage to the great Hollywood musicals of the 1930's such as Swing Time and Top Hat. This is the first time the soundtrack is available on CD.
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The three leads can all carry a tune. But it's the late, Madeline Kahn who really outshines Burt and Cybill with her voice. Who knew Miss Kahn could sing?
I understand that the singing in this film was recorded "live" as they filmed each scene. So instead of there being a rich full sound on each lead vocal on this album, the sound quality is flat. This approach to its soundtrack was a mistake. The actors should have gone into a full-fledged recording studio and recorded each song with a mike in front of them. Keeping the "live" vocals in the film would have been fine, as that was an interesting approach. But a separate studio soundtrack album would have been best, ensuring a much fuller sound to the lead vocals. Because as I listen and enjoy this album, the vocals have a mono sound to them.
Lastly, I'm thinking the late, great Karen Carpenter would have been great in the lead or even in the supporting cast with her million dollar voice. Miss...
An enjoyable piece of fluff with interesting, mostly charismatic stars, created around the persistently enjoyable music of Cole Porter. Plus, I believe it wasn't dubbed; they're actually singing. Though not a singer, Burt Reynolds does a quite good job, ditto for Cybil Shepard, who actually does claim to be a singer. Eileen Brennan is her unique, always entertaining self, and I can't praise Madeline Kahan enough. Only the highly forgettable Italian star is a letdown.
It's a bit silly, I know, to write a review of this album. The movie is generally lambasted for the vocal qualities of the principals, so why bother with the soundtrack? Well, for one thing, some of us are fans of the movie and consider it--and the talent of the principals--underrated. And further, a review like this is probably the only way to connect with others who share our esteem for the movie.
I love the movie. Shepherd and Reynolds can't sing very well, but they aren't painful, either. I'd call them eager amateurs. Kahn and De Prete are good singers. The orchestrations are ravishing, some of the best orchestrations I've ever heard for Porter (only "I Love Him (but He Didn't Love Me)" is too rushed), and it's great to hear some neglected gems alongside the famous numbers. The script bubbles with wit and charm. The movie looks like a dream.
There are a few problems with this soundtrack, though, even for fans of the film. Remember the vocals were...
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