Casablanca: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
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The score by composer Steiner is reminiscent of his music for a movie also set in French North Africa (Algiers), with melodies and rhythms that evoke the desert and alien cultures of the region. Interpolating the French national anthem and (reluctantly) As Time Goes By, as well as snippets of Germany's national anthem, Steiner's music sets the tone for the conflict both out in the wider world at war and in Rick Blaine's disillusioned heart.
Adding punch and poignancy to Steiner's score are recordings of "Dooley" Wilson, the Warner Bros. Orchestra, and pianist Elliot Carpenter (the real ivories-tickler behind "Sam Waters'" playing) as they performs such wonderful numbers as "Knock on Wood," "It Had To Be You," "The Very Thought of You," "Frenesi," and, of course, the incomparable "As Time Goes By." And as a bonus, Casablanca fans will be thrilled to hear many of the great lines from the movie, spoken by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, and other cast members. Some of these exchanges will make you smile, others will make you mist up. Others will help you settle bets ("See, no one in the movie ever, ever says, 'Play it again, Sam.'").
I like this collect a lot but there are some songs missing, and some of the spoken parts I could do without.
Having said that, I do recommend this, highly!!. It's a recording of a legacy of superb actors, and Dooley Wilson, the guy on the piano. I've never seen him in anything else, and no where else. Lovely and talented! I bought it for someone on the same day I found and bought it for myself. If someone is having a birthday and they love Humphrey Bogart, get them this sound track, even if they have the DVD!!!! SO WONDERFUL!!!
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This release is largely a collection of straight audio cuts from the film - music and dialog together. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lieutenant Dan
The score sounds like absolute garbage. Hisses and pops galore why even release it?? It's sad that the Dialogue tracks have a better recording of the scrore than the actual music... Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Kevin