Tuesday, November 07, 2006

By Request - Around The World In 80 Days (1956) (Victor Young) [Bootleg]

'Anonymous' requested this score, but my copy of the regular release CD is in storage, so I was all set to put it up at the Requests post when I remembered that I had a copy of the bootleg release here, so here it is! I consider this score to be in the all-time pantheon of classic film scores and it is one of my favorites. Ironically, that is one reason why it would never occur to me to post it and I probably wouldn't have if it hadn't been a request.

I guess I figure that people who are interested in it would've already heard it a million times and would want something else by Victor Young. Like if I were going to post something by John Williams, it would never occur to me to post Star Wars. Or if I wanted to post Lalo Schifrin, I would never post Mission Impossible. Even though I love those scores and albums and I could always listen to them again. I even felt a little funny when I posted Fitzwilly because I figured if you liked John Williams you probably already had this score. I would've posted it eventually, I think, but somehow my instinct when it comes time to deciding what to post, would make me want to post something like Penelope or even John Goldfarb Please Come Home instead (though I would probably avoid this one, just because it's FSM and most likely currently available) just because those are ones people hear less often.

It's only when I see the number of downloads my files get or when I look at other blogs and I notice postings of albums that I would've passed on and see the reaction that they get that it makes me think I should post more popular albums. But that thought passes pretty quickly and I always seem to revert back to my natural instinct when it comes time to pick what to post. But it was after I posted Kings Row and some of the reaction I got from that that really made me realize that I've got to post more of those albums that I take for granted.

Maybe people aren't sick of hearing them or never had the chance to hear them in the first place. But I always feel funny about assuming people haven't heard something like that; it's like assuming they haven't heard Star Wars or Planet of the Apes. I keep forgetting that you have an entire generation of people who may not have gotten a chance to see Kings Row or Around the World in 80 Days on televsion, for instance. It's not like they show these things anymore. And unless you're willing to rent them or you have 500 cable channels, you're not likely to be exposed to it, I guess. It's still very hard for me to think that way and so I'm trying to make more of an effort to fight those instincts and occasionally pick those kinds of things to post. But it is funny; I usually end up posting them in response to a request. I guess it's because it tells me that somebody is interested in having it posted.

Well, I don't know. It's hard to fight your natural instincts, but I'm going to try to post a few more of my all-time favorites (even if people may be sick of them by now!). Of course, now that I think about it, the other thing that stops me from doing it is that other people have already posted a lot of them, but I guess there are always a lot more of my favorites that haven't been posted yet.

Well, here's one of them anyway. Because of the travel theme, this score has a propulsive quality which keeps it constantly moving forward in a very fluid kind of way, and it's also lyrical in a very Victor Young kind of way. Enjoy another one of my favorites (or don't, it's really up to you)!

Track List:

01 - Overture
02 - Paris Arrival
03 - Sky Symphony
04 - The Descent
05 - Arrival In Figueroas
06 - Passepartout Dances
07 - Invitation To a Bullfight
08 - Arrival In Suez
09 - Passepartout On the Ship
10 - Bombay Harbor
11 - India Countryside
12 - Suttee - Pagoda of Pillagi
13 - Royal Barge of Siam Suez
14 - Temple of Dawn
15 - Finale Act One
16 - Intermission
17 - Transcontinental Railway
18 - Trestle (Weak Bridge)
19 - Sioux Attack
20 - Prairie Sail Car
21 - Land Ho
22 - Epilogue
23 - Exit Music - [slight glitch at 3:39 min.]

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Around The World In 80 Days - Part 1 (Rapidshare)

Around The World In 80 Days - Part 2 (Rapidshare)


Around The World In 80 Days (Megaupload)

around 140 MB

Nomwl1, you've done it again. I think you should consider renaming your blog to "(Almost) Everything You've Always Wanted But Were Too Reticent To Request".

I can hardly believe that so much stuff I've been searching for for years is suddenly falling into my lap.

Thanks for all the hard and time-consuming work you're putting in to keep so many of us happy.

You're a giant.

Incidentally, this may be a "Bootleg" but it's a magnificent performance of Young's music.

Many, many thanks.

All the best - Mel.
Further to my previous post, with nomwl1's permission, I would like to thank all you wonderful guys (and perhaps dolls) out there who so kindly fulfil our requests via this blog - good buddies like Quinlan, Isbum, Quidtum, Mickey, Rocket From Mars, Ripman and all the others some of whom prefer to remain anonymous.

My best wishes to all of you - Mel.
Hi Mel!

That's so nice of you to say! I'd be tempted to change the name of the blog to that, but I wouldn't want to be accused of false advertising! :))

You don't know how nice it is to hear that you've been able to get stuff that you've been searching for for years. That really makes my day!!

And it's comments like this that make the effort so worthwhile!

And thanks again for all the nice sentiments. It is really appreciated. It's hard to know what people think until they leave comments like this so it's really very valued. And you (and so many of the other nice people who visit the blog) are exactly the kind of person I was hoping would stop by when I started the blog.

Again, you've really made my day!! :)))
This is a very nice post. I've never heard so large a selection of music from this score. It is better than I had thought.
The movie seems almost unwatchable to me, with little to recommend it once it's pulled down off the BIG screen - So I hadn't heard the music in years.
Hi Anonymous!

Thanks for what you said about the post and the score. I enjoy the movie, but I can understand how people could be put off by it. It's really just an excuse to showcase stars (and the wide screen), but I've always loved the story (and it's fun celebrity-watching!). :))
I came across this blog in my long continuing internet search for this soundtrack, and it's a great joy to finally find it after literally years looking. 'India Countryside' is one of my favourite pieces of music ever, and I'm so happy to finally hear it in full. Thanks a lot for sharing.
Hi Vince!

Sorry, but I realized when I checked that there's something wrong with my copy of John Goldfarb, but maybe I can put in a request at the Requests Post. :(


Hi Holgaman!

I'm so glad I could make it available to you after you've been searching for it for so long! :))
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