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Goodbye, Mr. Chips - Soundtrack (CD)

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Track listing Disc 1 TRACKS 1-28: FILM SCORE RECONSTRUCTION TRACKS 29-31: ALTERNATES Disc 2 TRACKS 1-31: NARRATIVE SEQUENCE OF ALTERNATES AND SOURCE MUSIC WITH INTERVIEWS Disc 3 TRACKS 1-15: ORIGINAL 1969 SOUNDTRACK ALBUM (LP) TRACKS 16-17: INTERVIEW SEGMENTS 16. Peter O'Toole on Location (06:33) 17. Petula Clark on Location (04:49) TRACKS 18-26: ADDITIONAL ALTERNATES AND UNUSED SONGS Total Duration: 03:43:31

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • ASIN: B000FI9U6M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,209 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Possibly the best kept secret of the theatrical year is the release of this amazing 3CD set. Totally amazing, especially for those who have been hungering for years for a proper CD of this glorious music from this under rated screen classic . No one could have done a better job of putting all this music together complete with a booklet that sets everything out perfectly with some of the best color shots I have ever seen from this film. Now PLEASE can the people who made this CD firstly try and get it a wider distribution ,with Amazon only listing one available, it looks like case of grab it quickly or it will be gone forever, and PLEASE can some one now take this same care to put a DVD of this movie out complete with all this missing footage, mostly never seen that is aluded to on this disc.,.....Wonderful, joyous, grab it quickly.
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Seriously, Leslie Bricusse has writen some of the most timeless songs for this soundtrack, and for the first time John Williams' music for the movie itself is also included. Listening to these CDs, you hear the beginnings of his later, better known scores.

Sentimental? Yes, but in the best way. Uplifting? Absolutely. I've been searching for a CD of this movie for years, and now to have the bounty of 3 CDs - the first being the actual film score (including the underscore, instrumental music used in specific scenes that has not been available before but is gorgeous), the second being mainly alternate versions of the music used in the movie, along with interview segments with the principal cast members, and the final CD containing the original tracks from the original sound track album along with more interviews and more alternate takes.

In addition, there is a 48 page booklet detailing each CD and track, as well as the history of the movie - and I had never known that originally Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews were to be the principals, with Andre Previn doing the score! Fascinating info - very enjoyable.

I've tried to purchase this set from local booksellers who tell me that this was a limited edition and is now out of print again. Wherever you find it, buy it. I cannot imagine anyone regretting it.
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This is a fantastic package! The contents are listed above, so no need to repeat them. But an obvious labor of love from all concerned, right down to the 48-page booklet, which is a complete chronicle of the production, with a riot of photographs. For newcomers, one can play disc one ("Full Score Reconstruction") and follow the plot with the guide. Naturally, the original MGM soundtrack album is included as well. "Tomorrow With Me", the Petula Clark outake, is worth the price of the package on its own-the song was pulled just before filming to be replaced by "You And I". Essential. But they are only producing 3,000 of these, so don't wait!
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I've been waiting for the film score to Goodbye, Mr. Chips to become available for some time, my only reference to it being a skipping and popping version of the original LP. This movie and its music, an excellent score by Leslie Bricusse with orchestrations and underscore by John Williams, played a very instrumental (no pun intended) role in my development as a performer and actor. The additional information as well as alternate takes and interview sessions with stars O'Toole and Clark provide invaluable insight into how full the production could have been. The notes included in the quite significant booklet add a touch of sophistication and reflection that can be summed up in these thoughts from the booklet: "The final irony is that the revolution on 1969's horizon [Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider, The Wild Bunch-Ed.] never truly materialized: in less than a decade it became clear that the real revolution (as Star Wars depicted) was to restore the values that the 1960's had questioned... it turned out that there was a place for "Brookfield" in the new world after all..." With that said, we now have the clarity of 20-20 hindsight in seeing that the counter-culture films that overshadowed its initial release slowly faded from mainstream media, and that John Williams' scores would go on to become the standard by which all other film scores would be measured.

Now for some wishful thinking: The simplicity and beauty of the music would only be enhanced by a fully restored and remastered DVD version of the film. It's most unfortunate that both the producer Arthur P. Jacobs and the director Herb Ross are no longer available to give us their vision.
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3 well stuffed CDs, in fact. Disc 1 recreates the score for the film, including longer versions, unused vocal and instrumental tracks; disc 2 contains alternate versions and source music - some of which is only briefly heard in the film itself - interspersed with interviews with stars Peter O'Toole and Petula Clarke; disc 3 presents the offically released 1969 soundtrack album plus additional interviews and demos of unused songs. A lot of effort has gone into this wonderful CD set, all the more remarkable given that the film itself was technically a flop, for reasons detailed in the booklet. I love the film and have done so since I was taken to see it back in 1969 at the age of 8, and this soundtrack is recommended for anyone else out there who treasures this unfairly neglected and moving film.
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