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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Expanded

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Expanded

Limited Edition of 1,000 Units

Quartet Records

Release Date: December 5, 2012

Format: CD

Track Listing

1. THE ALBUM: Tiba Solo-Into-Comedy Tonight 3:33
2. Search For Mare's Sweat 0:43
3. Lovely 2:51
4. Tintinabula's Dance 1:02
5. Vibrata's Dance 0:49
6. Roman Emissary 0:38
7. Everybody Ought To Have A Maid 2:55
8. Riot At The Funeral 1:28
9. Domina Returns (Fanfare)-Into -My Bride 2:41
10. Erronious Return/Orgy Music-Roman Style 1:58
11. Lovely (Reprise) 2:20
12. In the Arena 1:42
13. The Dirge 3:44
14. The Rescue Of Philia-Into-The Chase 6:02
15. Comedy Tonight and Playout 3:36
17. 2M5 0:47
18. 3M3 0:43
19. 4M1 0:32
20. 5M1 0:38
21. 5M2 0:29
22. 6M1 0:28
23. 6M3 0:31
24. 6M4 1:30
25. 7M1 1:03
26. 7M2 0:37
27. 7M3 1:57
28. 7M4 1:23
29. 7M7 0:57
30. 8M1 0:56
31. 10M1 1:39
32. 10M2 6:04
33. 11M2 3:33
34. BONUS TRACKS: Comedy Tonight (Instrumental) 3:12
35. Lovely (Instrumental) 2:35
36. My Bride (Instrumental) 2:27
37. Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (Instrumental excerpt.) 1:31
38. Fanfares 0:51
  Total Album Time: 71:26

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From the Manufacturer

Quartet Records and MGM proudly presents an expanded release of the classic soundtrack by Stephen Sondheim and Ken Thorne, Oscar-winner for best music adaptation in 1966.

Director Richard Lester's adaptation was not entirely faithful to Sondheim's successful musical; indeed, the director selected only five of Sondheim's original 16 songs, which were included in the film more in the style of video clips (as in his two previous films with The Beatles) than in the manner of a traditional movie musical.

Although Richard Lester worked with many great composers during his career, his favorite was undoubtedly Ken Thorne, who was responsible for scoring ten of the director's movies.

For A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Thorne adapted the five Sondheim songs (including the popular "Comedy Tonight") in a fully personal orchestral style. He also composed the underscore, referencing some of Sondheim's themes.

The previously released LP (United Artists Records, 1966) and its reissue (Rykodisc, 1998) included Sondheim's songs and selections from Thorne's incidental music. This Quartet Records album is the premiere release of Thorne's complete underscore. The sound is much improved and newly remastered from the original stereo 1/2" album masters from the MGM vaults, and a 1/4" tape with acceptable sound (also in stereo) from the private library of Mr. Thorne.

The package includes a deluxe full-color 24-page booklet with liner notes and track-by-track analysis by Randall D. Larson. Limited edition of 1,000 units.

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