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Chaplin, Charlie: Essential Film Music (2 CD SET) Soundtrack

4.7 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Film buffs and classic-comedy lovers know these films-but did you know that Chaplin composed the music for them? This 2-CD set pairs new scores by Carl Davis (penned for the early shorts) with Chaplin's music from The Kids, The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, The Great Dictator, A King in New York and more. A genius that just keeps revealing new layers
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Silva America
  • ASIN: B000EMGIU0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As the previous reviewer pointed out, CHARLIE CHAPLIN: ESSENTIAL FILMS MUSIC does not provide Chaplin's original music transferred directly from his films, but new arrangements by Carl Davis based on Chaplin's original compositions, in order to make the tracks more suitable for CD use.

However, even though the source is not Chaplin's original films, I do disagree with the other reviewer's statement that this lacks "vim and vigor." The other reviewer is entitled to his opinion, of course, but I personally think Davis has succeeded in displaying Chaplin's music in a new light. I don't see how his arrangement of CITY LIGHTS is mainly a "jazz piece." One thing to be aware of is that the customer should not expect this CD to contain the complete music from the titles listed up, as this is rather a compilation consisting of several high-lights from the films. The second disc provides music composed by Carl Davis to the Mutual-shorts, and is very beautiful as well.

I assure you that this collection made me more than satisfied; certain parts are outstanding, in my opinion, such as the ending of the first track, which includes an incredibly beautiful interpretation of the LIMELIGHT-theme. When I first put it in my record-player I was blown away by its beauty, especially when listening to THE KID, THE GOLD RUSH, CITY LIGHTS and THE GREAT DICTATOR, music which I've wanted to own in my music collection for years.

If I have one complaint, it is that some of my favorite compositions from Chaplin are left out, such as the thrilling opening theme of MONSIEUR VERDOUX, or the beautiful finale of THE CIRCUS. Nevertheless, ESSENTIAL FILM MUSIC receives five well deserved stars from me. An excellent collection of outstanding music.
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I so much wanted to like this new collection of Chaplin music but ended up quite disappointed. The pacing of the songs is simply too plodding, slow and lacking the excitement of the actual film versions. This is especially true with the overture from "Modern Times" and the thematic music used throughout "The Kid." The dancing segment from "City Lights" is a punchy jazz piece, designed to be played vulgar and loud. Forget it with this arrangement, which sounds like something out of the Hollyridge Strings.

There are many compilations of Chaplin music and though this is the newest offering, it is by no means the superior choice. Opt instead for the actual soundtracks from his films, where you hear the music as it was intended to be heard. I doubt even CC himself would embarce this staid and arthritic collection, where forceful tunes are reduced to wan drivel.
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Bringing the scores of Classic Chaplin films can only be described as one of the greatest achievements of film score restorations from the Entertainment Industry ---- a musicians musician composer conductor Carl Davis conducts The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra featuring The Wihan Quartet setting the mood for this serious, funfilled and touching story of our favorite "Little Tramp" (Charlie Chaplin) ---- "CITY LIGHTS", falling in love and helping a Blind Flower Girl(Virginia Cherrill)to regain her sight---but some of the biggest laughs are the scenes with the Millionaire (Harry Myers) who just so happens to be drunk fed up and always trying to do away with himself...each scene is funnier than the previous one...Chaplin and Myers are priceless whenever they grace the screen together.

Chaplin's scores has many counterpoints ---- ranging from comedy, romance and even heartache ---- one of the best known songs is "SMILE", which became a standard by several recording artists such as Nat "King" Cole and Tony Bennett...but back to the scores at hand---"ETERNALLY", is classic Chaplin composition as it captures the heart---"THIS IS MY SONG", longings arrangements with outstanding conceptions hit the mark on this disc one.

The second disc has music composed by Carl Davis for "THE FLOORWALKER" (1916), Charlie is mistaken for the manager of a department store who has just stolen from the cash drawer, and Charlie is completely innocent ---- "THE FIREMAN" (1916), Charlie's a sleepy firemen and is simply amazing in this flick as he rescues the damsel in a burning house, the Carl Davis score fits this to a "T" ---- "THE VAGABOND" (1916), this time Charlie's a wandering violinist who falls in love with a gypsy girl as the tears and laughter follow in this Davis score ---- "ONE A.M.
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I can't believe anyone would find fault with this musical feast. Carl Davis did a masterful job of orchestrating and directing this blessing. I have been a fan of Chaplin's films and the music he wrote for them. It was like skipping down memory lane listening to the passionate themes Charlie rendered. Track 2 homage to "The Kid" alone was worth the purchase. When I realized that disc 2 was more about Davis interpreting Chaplin's films, I was a little uneasy. However, it is a great offering. Davis really did his homework to make this something the King of Comedy would have been proud of. I recommend this CD. I would love to listen to it on vinyl.
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This was a gift for my father. He's 78 and has just recently become a real Charlie Chaplin enthusiast. He said this cd is wonderful. It's got songs from his favorite movies on it. I'm very happy that he's happy!
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