It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Enhanced, Import, Soundtrack
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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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wonderful circus-like music from your childhood ... does it get any better than this?Published 1 month ago by Trent Haansen
This is truly as good as it gets. I actually have the original LA Philharmonic double pressing with all the extras well over two hours of music. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Strawberryfieldsforever
This is one of my all-time favorite soundtracks. Known for doing serious music for serious films, Ernest Gold proved that he was up to the task of providing a top-notch score for a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jerry Bisbee
BUT INCLUDES THEATRICAL TRAILER. A FEW GREAT SONGS. BUY IT NOW BECAUSE IT WILL PROBABLY GO OUT OF PRINT AND COST A FORTUNE SOON.Published on May 23, 2014 by Clare Quilty
Comic music for comic capers. A fine example of the kind. Includes two strange pop songs created for the movie.Published on November 20, 2012 by A. Goodell
One of my husbands favorite films - it was a gift for him and he loves it!Published on July 20, 2010 by Christa Williams