Lost Horizon: Original Soundtrack 1973 Film
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The Capra film was a classic, but Ross Hunter's musical remake reeked of the '70s. However, the soundtrack has survived, and it's teeming with disgraceful celebrity singing performances that make William Shatner's Mr. Tambourine Man sound sublime! Includes If I Could Go Back Peter Finch; Reflections Sally Kellerman; Share the Joy Olivia Hussey; Question Me an Answer Bobby Van and children's chorus; Where Knowledge Ends (Faith Begins) Liv Ullmann, and more, including the title song, sung by Shawn Phillips, that actually became a hit!
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The CD is fantastic with outstanding sound, and that shimmering trumpet solo at the start of the title track is brillant. My only complaint is that some of the orchestral cues weren't added as they incorporate themes from the songs. Just accept the CD and DVD for what they are. A curious '70s take on a classic story that is kind of groovy if you give it a chance. Best songs include Living Together, Growing Together which was covered by the 5th Dimension, Shaun Phillips rendition of the title song, a curious little tune performed by Sally Kellerman called Reflections and my personal guilty pleasure, The World is a Circle. Yes, a bit silly but it hooks me every time. Burt Bacharach is a master songwriter and it's a shame that Hal David didn't contribute lyrics that were up to his usual level.
The DVD is supposed to include the Living Together, Growing Together reprise which is the much maligned Fertility Dance. It is amazing how so many films and recordings become cult favorites after a few decades. I first saw this film in 1973 on a giant screen at the Golf Mill Theater in Niles, IL and it was a lot of fun. I was pleased to find the CD re-issued by Razor and Tie and I eagerly look forward to the new DVD from Columbia Classics.
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