Saturday, February 24, 2007

Oscar Winning Scores, Vol. 2 (1950-1968)

Well, here I go again. See the Volume 1 post for all the usual palaver. Hmmmm.....that probably doesn't make this compilation seem too enticing. This is the greatest comp since sliced bread!! How's that? Well, I like it anyway.

Here's another compilation for you to celebrate the Oscar season with. Oops, I ended that sentence with a preposition. How about I end it with a proposition instead? Download this, listen to it, and if you don't like it, you can have your money back.

Well, I might like this volume even better than Volume 1. And I got more help on this one. Thanks to Lee Hartsfeld at the Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else blog (whom I suspect doesn't even know that I exist) for the 'High Noon' track. Thanks so much to the inimitable 'Filmpac' for the Mary Poppins track (see I told you it wouldn't go to waste!). And a big shout out to the equally inimitable 'Isbum' (though I've tried, but he's just not imitable) for providing a replacement for my storage-wracked copy of 'Lion in Winter'. And another big thanks to another favorite visitor of mine, 'Mel' (what's a synonym for inimitable? Hmmm...maybe I've used that before) from Parisian Thoroughfare whom I got the 'Lili' track from. You guys really came through for me and you are fantastic! (And this way, if people don't like it, I can spread the blame around.)

Believe me, you'll like it! Okay, enough of the hard sell. I suspect a lot of the compilation-haters (and people who just hate me in general) won't want to download this, but it's a shame because they'd be missing out on some of the greatest music ever written for film. And they'd be flushing my hard work down the toilet. Hmmmm......I wonder if that's enough guilt? Don't quote me, but the rumor is that if you don't listen to it, cute little puppies will be mercilessly tortured, but like I say, it's just a rumor.

What I said about the Internet Movie Database on Volume 1's post still holds, but a lot of these movies should be more familiar to people who might not have seen some of the earlier films. And these are all great films (though I don't think I've sat all the way through Born Free, Thoroughly Modern Millie, or Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (not because they're bad or anything, but for other reasons) and I don't think I've ever gotten the chance to see The High and the Mighty, but I hope to get around to that someday). And they all have great music.

Enjoy!

Track List:

15 - 1950 - Sunset Boulevard (Franz Waxman) - Sonata For Orchestra - The Hollywood Bowl Orch., cond. by John Mauceri
16 - 1951 - A Place in the Sun (Franz Waxman) - Main Title
17 - 1952 - High Noon (Dimitri Tiomkin) - Morton Gould and His Orch.
18 - 1953 - Lili (Bronislau Kaper)
19 - 1954 - The High And The Mighty (Dimitri Tiomkin) - Main Title / Goodbye to Toby / Flashback, Plane Wreck
20 - 1955 - Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (Fain & Webster, arr. Alfred Newman)
21 - 1956 - Around The World in 80 Days (Victor Young) - Overture
22 - 1957 - The Bridge On The River Kwai (Malcolm Arnold) - The River Kwai March / Colonel Bogey (Malcolm Arnold / Kenneth Alford)
23 - 1958 - The Old Man And The Sea (Dimitri Tiomkin) - Cojimar Harbor And The Old Man
24 - 1959 - Ben-Hur (Miklos Rozsa) - Overture
25 - 1960 - Exodus (Ernest Gold) - Theme of Exodus
26 - 1961 - Breakfast At Tiffany's (Henry Mancini) - Party One [a.k.a., Moon River Cha-Cha]
27 - 1962 - Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre) - The End / Playoff Music - The Philharmonia Orch., cond. by Tony Bremner
28 - 1963 - Tom Jones (John Addison) - Main Title
29 - 1964 - Mary Poppins (Richard & Robert Sherman) - Air Mail / Admiral Boom / The Not-So-Perfect Nannies / Mary Poppins Arrives
30 - 1965 - Doctor Zhivago (Maurice Jarre) - Main Title
31 - 1966 - Born Free (John Barry) - The Royal Philharmonic Orch., cond. by John Barry
32 - 1967 - Thoroughly Modern Millie (Various) - Exit Music: Jazz Baby / Jimmy / Thoroughly Modern Millie
33 - 1968 - The Lion In Winter (John Barry) - Main Title - The Lion in Winter / Eleanor's Arrival at Chinon

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Oscar Winning Scores, Vol. 2 - Part 1 (Rapidshare)

Oscar Winning Scores, Vol. 2 - Part 2 (Rapidshare)

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Oscar Winning Scores, Vol. 2 (Megaupload)


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Notes on the compilation:

15: This is a premier recording made exclusively from the original orchestrations and arrangements from the film that was featured on Mauceri's Hollywood Nightmares album.
17: This is a pop instrumental version made by Morton Gould.
20: Though Alfred Newman received the Oscar for his score to this picture, this track features mostly the instrumental version of the title song written by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster (though I think you can hear a bit of Alfred Newman at the end).
22: I was going to include a track that featured a little more of Malcolm Arnold's music exclusively, but really, how could I not include THIS track? Had to do it.
26: Here's a bit of underscoring that's different from the one on the commercial album (but is essentially the track entitled, 'Moon River Cha-Cha', but without the chorus and a different ending (among other things)).
31: This is a John Barry re-recording from his Moviola release.
32: Elmer Bernstein won the Oscar for his score on this film, but I didn't have any of his underscoring so I thought I'd include this piece from the regular release of the soundtrack that includes an exit music medley of music composed by M. K. Jerome / Jay Thompson / Van Heusen & Cahn, respectively. And let's face it, this is usually the reason that musicals win scoring Oscars. I think people tend to get the score confused with the songs and they vote for the movie rather than the composer. But since I usually like both songs and score, I don't really mind. And in this particular case, any time Elmer Bernstein wins an award, I'm all for it.

Comments:
Thank you for the wonderful time capsules! They are just terriffic! Thank You, once again! XD!
 
Hi Honored General!

You are very welcome! Thanks for saying it!! :))
 
you have a wonderful blog... thanks for your effort.

is there vol. 3 (after 1968)?
 
Hi Godfather!

Thank you for saying it! Once I get a few more of the soundtracks after 1968, I'll probably put together more volumes (I hope before the turn of the century!). :))
 
Ah, but how can you be SURE that you really exist?

I'm not even sure about myself. Maybe I only think that I think that I think.

Hey, thanks for the link/plug!


Lee
 
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