For the Boys (soundtrack)

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For the Boys (soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by Bette Midler
Released November 12, 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Vocal
Length 37:06
Label Atlantic
Producer Arif Mardin
Dave Grusin
Joe Mardin
Marc Shaiman
Bette Midler chronology
Some People's Lives
(1990)
For the Boys
(1991)
Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits
(1993)
Singles from For the Boys
  1. "Every Road Leads Back to You"
    Released:
  2. "In My Life"
    Released:
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

For the Boys is the soundtrack to the feature film of the same name starring Bette Midler and James Caan, released on the Atlantic Records label in 1991.

In the movie Midler and Caan play the USO entertainers Dixie Leonard and Eddie Sparks who travel and perform together through World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and the soundtrack mainly consists of period music from the songbooks of Hoagy Carmichael, Ray Evans, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and Frank Loesser, including jazz standards and evergreens like "P.S. I Love You", "Stuff Like That There", "Come Rain or Come Shine" and Leonard and Sparks' signature tune "I Remember You". A few of the tracks performed by Midler and Caan were however originals composed especially for the movie; "Dixie's Dream" was written by Midler's longtime collaborator Marc Shaiman and "Dreamland" by Alan and Marilyn Bergman and co-producer Dave Grusin, and Grusin also wrote the Golden Globe nominated original score.

For the Boys was promoted by the Diane Warren-penned ballad "Every Road Leads Back To You" which became a Top 20 hit on the US adult contemporary chart, peaking at #15.[2] The second single was Midler's interpretation of The Beatles "In My Life", in the movie performed by Dixie Leonard as she entertains the US troops during the Vietnam war. "In My Life" also reached #20 on the adult contemporary chart[2] and later made its way onto Midler's greatest hits collection Experience the Divine.

For the Boys album reached #22 on the U.S. album chart, and was later certified Gold by the RIAA, and #75 in the UK.

Tracklist[edit]

All tracks performed by Bette Midler unless otherwise noted

  1. "Billy-A-Dick" (Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Francis Webster) - 1:35
  2. "Stuff Like That There" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) - 2:50
  3. "P.S. I Love You" (Gordon Jenkins, Johnny Mercer) - 3:33
  4. "The Girlfriend Of The Whirling Dervish" (Al Dubin, Johnny Mercer, Harry Warren) - 1:16
    • Performed by the cast
  5. "I Remember You" / "Dixie's Dream" (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) / (Marc Shaiman) - 2:21
    • Performed by Bette Midler and James Caan
  6. "Baby It's Cold Outside" (Frank Loesser) - 1:29
    • Performed by Bette Midler and James Caan
  7. "Dreamland" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Don Grusin) - 3:16
  8. "Vickie And Mr. Valves" (Lenny LaCroix) - 2:29
  9. "For All We Know" (J. Fred Coots, Sam M. Lewis) - 4:00
  10. "Come Rain or Come Shine" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) - 3:30
  11. "In My Life" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 3:26
  12. "I Remember You" (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) - 3:34
  13. "Every Road Leads Back To You" (Diane Warren) - 3:47

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Arif Mardin - record producer, musical arranger, string arrangements, woodwind arrangements
  • Dave Grusin - producer, rhythm arrangements
  • Joe Mardin - producer, arranger
  • Marc Shaiman - arranger, conductor, producer, vocal arrangement
  • Joel Sill - executive producer
  • Artie Kane - conductor
  • Ralph Burns - arranger, conductor
  • Marty Paich - arranger, conductor
  • Billy May - arranger, conductor
  • Robbie Buchanan - rhythm arrangements
  • Morgan Ames - vocal arrangements
  • Lorraine Feather - vocal arrangements
  • Jack Joseph Puig - engineer
  • Joey Wolpert - engineer
  • Bob Schaper - engineer
  • Don Murray - engineer, mixing
  • Michael O'Reilly - engineer, mixing
  • Ray Blair - assistant engineer
  • Brett Swain - assistant engineer
  • Eddie Sexton - assistant engineer
  • Eric Rudd - assistant engineer
  • Marnie Riley - assistant engineer
  • Mark Guilbeault - assistant engineer
  • Charles Paakkari - assistant engineer
  • Doug Sax - mastering
  • Sandy DeCrescent - music contractor
  • Lisa Maldonado - production coordination
  • Recorded at Capitol Studios, Studio 55, Oceanway Recording, and Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California.

References[edit]

  1. ^ For the Boys (soundtrack) at AllMusic. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b For the Boys (soundtrack) at AllMusic. Retrieved July 1, 2012.