Limited Edition of 1,000 Copies
Kritzerland (KR 20014-7)
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Conducted by Ernest Gold
|3.||Follow The Leader||3:38|
|4.||Away We Go||3:35|
|5.||Gullible Otto Meyer||2:08|
|6.||The Living End (Act 1)||3:07|
|7.||You Satisfy My Soul||2:01|
|9.||Adios Santa Rosita||2:08|
|11.||The Big W||4:42|
|12.||The Great Pursuit||3:14|
|14.||It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World||2:17|
|15.||ORIGINAL FILM VERSIONS: Overture||2:25|
|21.||Main Title (without sound effects)||4:11|
|Total Album Time:||56:58|
For the score of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, director Stanley Kramer turned to Ernest Gold, who'd already done several films for Kramer. Gold turned out to be the perfect choiceone simply cannot imagine the film without Gold's music. For the main theme, he came up with a maddeningly and brilliantly tuneful theme, which is used throughout the score in a whole variety of guises, even sung, with mad lyrics by Mack David.
It's a glorious merry-go-round of a score, infectious and delightful. As Stanley Kramer said, "Since the advent of sound, music has been an essential adjunct to a motion picture. But in the score for It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Ernest Gold has accomplished what has long been sought; he has succeeded in making the score one of the stars of the film."
The original United Artists LP of Ernest Gold's score was a re-recording, as was occasionally the fashion in those days. The original CD issue of the score (long out of print) included dialogue snippets after almost every track, which unfortunately impeded the wonderful flow of the music. We've eliminated all the dialogue and gone back to the original LP presentation, transferred and completely remastered from the original album masters created in 1963.
As bonus tracks, we're thrilled to include the original film versions of the overture, main titles (both with the sound effects, which were designed to go hand in glove with Gold's score and Saul Bass's fantastic title design, and without), intermission, entr'acte, finale, and exit music.
This release is limited to 1000 copies only.
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