New York, New York: Original Soundtrack 1977 (Robert De Niro & Liza Minnelli) CD-New $54.99


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Director Martin Scorsese’s ambitious and lengthy movie musical New York, New York is a bittersweet love story set in the years after World War II, told against the background of the popular music business. Its tale of meeting, marriage, and breakup between a saxophonist played by Robert De Niro and a singer played by Liza Minnelli, starting on VJ Day and ending some time in the ’50s, is mirrored in the development of pop music over the period, as a Tommy Dorsey-like band is heard playing “Opus Number One” early on, and then the heyday of big-band swing gives way to the era of pre-rock/pop singers on the one hand and bebop on the other. Each of the protagonists represents one side of that dichotomy, which may alert a music fan that their romance is ultimately doomed. On this soundtrack album (originally released as a two-LP set), the dominant voices are Minnelli‘s, naturally, and the saxophone of Georgie Auld, mimed by De Niro onscreen. Musical supervisor Ralph Burns tackles the job of re-creating the big band and traditional pop styles, as Minnelli initially tries to get along musically with her husband, even undertaking a credible jazz vocal, complete with scatting, on “Just You, Just Me.” Soon enough, however, they are going their separate ways, as De Niro tries a post-swing big-band sound, singing along with Mary Kay Place on “Blue Moon” (he’s flat, but so was Benny Goodman in this kind of number) and Minnelli starts to gravitate toward a Sinatra-style ‘50s pop sound on “The World Goes ‘Round.” That song and several others were penned by the Broadway team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, who double as Minnelli’s personal songwriters. They are also responsible for the 11-minute pastiche of a ‘50s Hollywood movie musical production number, “Happy Endings,” which pairs Minnelli with Broadway star Larry Kert. It appears on the album, although it was cut from the initial release of the film (which still managed to cross the two-and-a-half-hour mark). By the end, De Niro has come up with his cool jazz signature tune, “New York, New York,” which Minnelli sings in a manner again reminiscent of Sinatra (or of her mother, Judy Garland). There may already have been a good song called “New York, New York,” but this one is also a classic. (Not surprisingly, Sinatra himself revived it for a Top 40 hit in 1980.) Saxophone parts of Robert De Niro performed by George (Georgie).

Video: New York, New York – Trailer (1977)



1 Unknown Artist Main Title
2 Liza Minnelli You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
3 Georgie Auld Flip The Dip
4 Unknown Artist V.J. Stomp
5 Unknown Artist Opus Number One
6 Liza Minnelli Once In A While
7 Liza Minnelli You Are My Lucky Star
8 Georgie Auld Game Over
9 Unknown Artist It’s A Wonderful World
10 Liza Minnelli The Man I Love
11 Unknown Artist Hazoy
12 Liza Minnelli Just You, Just Me
13 Liza Minnelli There Goes The Ball Game
14 Robert De Niro & Mary Kay Place Blue Moon
15 Unknown Artist Don’t Be That Way
16 Liza Minnelli & Larry Kert Happy Endings
17 Liza Minnelli But The World Goes ‘Round
18 Georgie Auld Theme From New York, New York
19 Diahnne Abbott Honeysuckle Rose
20 Georgie Auld Once Again Right Away
21 Unknown Artist Bobby’s Dream
22 Liza Minnelli Theme From New York, New York
23 Unknown Artist The From New York, New York (Orchestral Reprise)



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Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 1 in