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The Family Way [Soundtrack]

Paul McCartneyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00545KTVG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,086 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered edition of the original soundtrack to the 1966 motion picture scored by Paul McCartney. The recording was arranged and supervised by Beatles producer George Martin. The soundtrack recording begins with McCartney's theme, 'Love In the Open Air, and contains 12 more (untitled) instrumental themes suited to the onscreen action. For his composition, McCartney was initially inspired by the sound of brass bands, familiar to his childhood in the North of England

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4.0 out of 5 stars Macca's first solo work in its original version August 8, 2011
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Composed in late 1966, THE FAMILY WAY soundtrack was the first time that Paul McCartney composed a work on his own (without sharing credit with John Lennon). The original soundtrack album, issued on Decca (U.K.) and London (U.S.) and performed by The George Martin Orchestra, has been a long-sought collector's item. Up until now, the only official CD version was the 1995 Philips Classics remake, The Family Way Variations Concertantes, Opus 1, commissioned by McCartney himself, and performed by French-Canadian guitarist Carl Aubut with chamber-music musicians. In 2003 a Canadian indie label, Montreal-based XXI Records, did release a semi-official CD, The Family Way Original Sound Track, containing both the George Martin and Carl Aubut versions, as well as three Family Way tracks performed by the Quebec-based La Flûte Enchantée Quartet (from a CD called Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool), but the Martin version was mastered from vinyl (a "needle-drop"), which means that the master tapes were either unavailable, or that the release was legally questionable.

Now, Varèse Sarabande Records' Varèse Vintage imprint has finally released an official CD of THE FAMILY WAY ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, remastered from the original stereo master tapes, with the track listing featuring all of the musical cues, and a bonus track of "Theme From The Family Way," in stereo for the first time, originally released as a non-LP B-side under the name The Tudor Minstrels on Decca/London. The A-side of that single, "Love in the Open Air," is track 6 on the CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally made it! October 16, 2011
By btc
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While John Lennon was off winning the war, Paul McCartney was composing the music for the soundtrack of the cute, but a little naughty, The Family Way. First released in 1967, it's been a long gestation for the music to see the light of day. The music was created by Paul and George Martin who transferred Paul's ideas into what was to become a soundtrack, with the theme as a single (both sides are here as bonus tracks). It failed to chart and the album was deleted shortly after its initial run. For many years the only way one could purchase the soundtrack was to import the Australian Decca Stereo release, which was still on the catalogues into the 80's. The music is quite charming, very "English" and easy on the ear. It sounds as though it was made on a sunny day and is most suitable for a picnic in the park. Lovely background music! The CD comes with an 8 page booklet which features the UK and US covers on the front and back pages of the book (it was the UK cover that made it to the Aussie release) and a very brief article on the music's origin. Some photos give an idea of the movie and if you want to know what the UK and US singles looked like, they are pictured as well. A nice, but essential purchase for the McCartney completists!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rare McCartney Record September 9, 2011
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This is the soundtrack to a little seen English domestic dramady. Not really much to hang your hat on...only for completists.A lot of George Martin in here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I waited a long time to have this on CD! June 23, 2014
By Sally G
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I loved this music from the very first time I heard it way back when the movie was in theaters - and it was perfect for the movie! To me, the main theme is one of Paul's most beautiful and poignant melodies, and it was such a thrill to hear him compose something so completely different from his Beatles' work - his musical genius was becoming even more evident. I own both the US and UK vinyl and played them to death. I was so happy to finally own it on CD. I'm not saying every cut on the CD is a gem, but to have that beautiful melody I love so very much is a total treat! And, I can now put my vinyl ones into retirement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Soundtrack For The McCartney music lover! April 7, 2014
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Great soundtrack for Paul's first attempt! Not necessarily my favorite McCartney composition but a definite "must-have" for the fan that wants it all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paul's attempt at a movie's music score January 8, 2014
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While still with the Beatles this was Paul McCartney's project away from the group. A beginning of yet another great direction for Paul that has proven to show just how extremely talented he really is.
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