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Laura

Laura

Kritzerland

Release Date: March 12, 2013

Conducted by Alfred Newman

Format: CD

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1. Main Title
2. The Phonograph
3. The Café
4. Waldo Walks Away
5. Theatre Lobby
6. Night
7. The Café / Waldo's Apartment
8. Laura Leaves
9. The Portrait
10. Mark
11. Apartment House
12. Radio
13. The Party
14. Outside Waldo's Door
15. Waldo
16. End Title
17. BONUS TRACKS: Laura Theme (Test Demos)
18. The Laura Suite (Theme and Variations)
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Laura–both the 1944 film and the immortal David Raksin score that supports and, in the opinion of some, lends it classic status–is the ultimate in noir-ish Hollywood glamour: a dark masterpiece that somehow transcended all the difficulties strewn along its path to production to become one of the great exemplars of the accidental artistry of a largely commercial studio system.

Laura was David Raksin's first major composing assignment and he delivered the goods, with a breathtakingly beautiful monothematic score that fits Laura like a glove. Shockingly, there were twenty best score nominations in 1944 and Laura was not one of them. But the theme and the score have endured and grown even more popular over the years. Many singers have recorded the song (with its lyric by the great Johnny Mercer), and there have been an equal number of instrumental and jazz covers–in fact, during Raksin's lifetime it was said to be the second most recorded song in history.

In tandem with the film's release on Blu-ray, we are thrilled to present for the first time on CD, the complete score for Laura. The previous CD release on Arista, which has been out of print for many years, was missing about ten minutes of cues. Additionally, what was presented was compiled into a twenty-seven minute suite with no track breaks–one long track. That release was taken from a reel-to-reel tape, but for this complete release the original elements were used.

Additionally, we include as a bonus some test demos and the entire suite from the previous release. In total, eighteen tracks of prime David Raksin, and a score that truly stands the test of time.

Laura–a movie and musical masterpiece.

Laura is limited to 1000 copies only.

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