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It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Enhanced, Import, Soundtrack

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Ori Release '97. Features Theatrical Trailer. Mostly Delected Elsewhere.

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Music by Ernest Gold/lyrics by Mack David (1963) Touted as one of the funniest films ever made, the cast of this classic comedy was a veritable who's who of the biggest stars of the 1960's. The official billing of the first big budget, All-Star spectacular ran as follows. Starring Spencer Tracy and starring in alphabetical order; Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas and Jonathan Winters. Co-starring in alphabetical order; Edie Adams, Dorothy Provine. Also starring in alphabetical order; Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Jim Backus, Ben Blue, Joe E. Brown, Alan Carney, Barrie Chase, William Demarest, Andy Devine, Peter Falk, Norman Fell, Paul Ford, Sterling Holloway, Edward Everett Horton, Marvin Kaplan, Buster Keaton, Don Knotts, Charles McGraw, ZaSu Pitts, Carl Reiner, Madlyn Rhue, Arnold Stang, The Three Stooges and Jesse White WITH A FEW SURPRISES! And in alphabetical order JIMMY DURANTE. All appear in this three hour plus extravaganza of over-the-top screwball antics. The highly regarded score, composed by Ernest Gold (whose illustrious track record includes scores for Exodus, On the Beach and Judgment at Nuremberg), was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Sound. The vibrant and energetic music, performed by the 97-piece LA Philharmonic, is the perfect accompaniment to this rollicking classic.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture
  2. It's A Fact
  3. Main Title
  4. Every Man For Himself
  5. Follow The Leader
  6. A Starting Contest
  7. Away We Go
  8. Oh I couldn't
  9. Gullible Otto Meyer
  10. What's Wrong With America
  11. The Living End (Act 1)
  12. You Satisfy My Soul
  13. The Only Way To Fly
  14. Thirty- One flavors
  15. You're Bugging Me
  16. Adios Santa Rosita
  17. Instant Chase
  18. At The Big W
  19. The Big W
  20. The Great Pursuit
  21. Retribution
  22. It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  23. Just Desserts
  24. Interview With Ernst Gold And Stanley Kramer


Product Details

  • Conductor: Ernest Gold
  • Composer: Ernest Gold
  • Audio CD (November 4, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B0000009TZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Though touted as an original "soundtrack" recording, this is in actuality an original "score" recording. The soundtrack was recorded with the 106 member Los Angeles Philharmonic. This disc is a re-recording with a 65 piece orchestra, helmed by composer Ernest Gold. However, all of the well remembered themes are here, and some bits of memorable dialogue. Also included are full versions of "Thirty One Flavors," and "You Satisfy My Soul" - the songs heard during the scenes with Dick Shawn and Barrie Chase. All in all, a fun listening experience of music which was as much a character in the film as any of the actors.
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This soundtrack is one of my favorite Ernest Gold works. I waited years for this to be available on CD. The score was touted as one of the stars of the film, and those who have seen this wonderfully humorous epic, like myself, would certainly agree. Even though no single cut from this soundtrack was distinctive enough on its own to ever make its mark in radio play, listeners will vividly recall scenes from the movie as they browse the tracks. I particularly enjoy the Main Title, Music at the Big W, and Adios Santa Rosita, among others. This soundtrack is reasonably listenable on its own. It includes a variety of musical styles wrapped together with a recurring theme that identifies itself as part of this classic film that is a who's who of comedy actors of it's time. If you haven't seen the 1963 film, get that as well - an all time comedy classic.
Any of Ernest Gold's soundtracks are worth having if you like his music. Judgement at Nuremburg is a reprint of the original soundtrack and is now available. Other Ernest Gold soundtracks that I have heard include Exodus (with its famous theme music that did make radio play in its time), Ship of Fools, and On the Beach, an early cold war doomsday classic. By the way, with the exception of Exodus, the other films mentioned here were all directed by Stanley Kramer. Another collaboration between these two men was The Secret of Santa Vittoria, a WWII comedy/drama. Get your Ernest Gold now before it goes out of print.
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As is often the case, Amazon mixes reviews for different versions of the same title. Unlike the earlier CD release, the 2 - CD set from La - La - Land features the actual music in the film as played by the L A Philharmonic. It is not the score as re recorded for the LP Soundtrack album, although it includes that version on the second CD.
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This is not the exact music heard in the movie. It is a remake. Someone should issue the ACTUAL music soundtrack heard in the movie on cd. They Could Take The Original 6-Track 70mm Optical Soundtracks, and use a mixing board to get rid of the dialogue and sound effects, and edit the selections to how they are heard on this CD, but they would be the originals heard in the movie (maybe throw in some extra music from the movie that has never appeared on any of the soundtrack albums in the past 41 years, hint, hint :). Until then, I guess this is as good as it gets.
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Ernest Gold was so adept at his craft, it is hard to believe that much of his career was spent scoring unremarkable television programs and B-movies. His long-running relationship with director Stanley Kramer led to many collaborations, including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in 1963. Billed as "the comedy to end all comedies," this star-studded, Ultra Panavision 70 spectacle needed a rollicking soundtrack to match. And that, Ernest Gold delivered. Gold's "merry-go-round" approach captures the essence of Mad World's fruitless race perfectly; carefully orchestrated themes reflect and magnify the on-screen action.

That stated, this compilation has its shortcomings. Obviously, this recording is not the original soundtrack but is instead a re-record with a smaller orchestra. The difference is particularly noticeable in the overture. Rather than an overwhelming, thundering chorus, the vocals seem to be coming from a stripped-down ensemble. The arrangements differ from the originals as well, with each track being much shorter than the movie version. Despite these departures from the original soundtrack, this recording is bold and well balanced with fidelity and noise control that is decent for its era. A casual listener would be hard-pressed to distinguish this recording from the actual soundtrack.

Also on the CD are some dialog snippets taken from the movie, but I find these to be excessively annoying. The last track is an excerpt from Something a Little Less Serious, the 1991 making-of feature included on the "restored" video release.

The liner booklet includes a fold-out movie poster--albeit from the 1970 theatrical re-release. The insert also contains notes by score critic Andy Dursin and some interesting photos but looks like a (good) graphic design student's senior project and somehow seems misplaced. (Personal rant:) And enough with plastering that damned MGM lion on everything--Mad World wasn't an MGM release!
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A classic soundtrack if there ever was one, Ernest Gold's music for Stanley Kramer's sprawling film is truly the glue that holds it all together. Watching the film requires the audience to follow five sets of characters, new characters who join them and the story of the Santa Rosita police chief. All of this could have become an incomprehensible mess if not for Kramer's excellent pacing and editing (he knew exactly when to focus on a new group) and the playful, carnival-like score that darts in and out throughout the film almost like an extra character commenting on the action.

The film is an over the top farce which bends reality enough to seem like a giant cartoon and Gould's score obliges by being perhaps the most inventive cartoon score ever written. Saying he was inspired by the crazy driving in the film - often in circles - Gold decided that the main theme should sound like a merry-go-round and came up with a grand melody that encapsulates all the frantic madness and absurdity that animates the film. A secondary melody, and a tune to represent Captain Culpepper and the police complete the triad of themes that comprises most of the score. Gould, of course was a master of scoring and composition and puts these themes through innumerable twists and variations within each cue so you never tire from repetition. To this he adds delightful little surprises like the gentle ragtime of "Gullible Otto Meyer", Mexican-inflected music for Adios Santa Rosita, the wordless vocals at "The Big W". There are hints of Mahler's Fourth in" Follow the Leader", and Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije Suite in the opening of "The Big W" and momentary excursions into barnyard hoedown territory.
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