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Return to Oz

Return to Oz

Intrada (Special Collection Vol. 319)

Release Date: May 11, 2015

Conducted by David Shire

Performed by
London Symphony Orchestra

Format: CD

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Disc 1: Complete Score
1. Opening Sequence** (With Sweeteners) 3:10
2. Finding The Key* 0:45
3. The Ride To Dr. Worley's** 2:13
4. Ozma In Reflection* 0:55
5. Upstairs At Dr. Worley's**+ 4:47
6. The Headphones* / Flight In The Storm 3:43
7. Oz/The Ruined House** 5:11
8. The Deserted City**+ 3:56
9. Tik Tok+* (Revised) 3:10
10. The Hall Of Heads** 3:01
11. Jack Pumpkinhead** 3:20
12. Here's What We Have To Do* 2:05
13. Mombi's Awake* 3:45
14. Flight Of The Gump* (Revised #1) 4:23
15. Mombi's Mandolin #2* / Wheelers Pursue* / Crash Landing* 3:28
16. Where Are We Anyway?* / Yes, Your Majesty* / Into The Nome King's Lair* 3:31
17. Don't Cry / Where's Dorothy?* 1:41
18. We Accept* 0:50
19. Wrong Guess++* 0:24
20. Farewell To Pumpkinhead* / Tunnel Charge #1*/Tunnel Charge #2* 1:46
21. Ruby Slippers Colloquy** 3:34
22. The Ornament Room** 2:32
23. You're All That's Left* 0:41
24. One Guess Left* / But Not For Much Longer* / Stop**+ / Nome Chase+ / Final Chaos And Restoration**+ / Triumphal March 11:01
  Disc Time: 73:52
Disc 2: Complete Score (cont.) / The Extras / 1985 Album
1. COMPLETE SCORE (cont.): Cheering Bridge / Goodbye** 4:52
2. Just A Reflection / End Credits 5:56
3. THE EXTRAS (ALTERNATE CUES): Tik Tok++** (Original) 3:05
4. Mombi's Mandolin #1* (From Stereo Stems) 0:57
5. Flight Of The Gump (Mix 2) 3:58
6. Flight Of The Gump (Revised #2)++ 4:00
7. We Accept* (Film Assembly) 1:39
8. Triumphal March* (End Credits Part 2) 0:41
9. The Return To Oz Rag March++ 2:46
10. 1985 ORIGINAL ALBUM: Dorothy Remembers / Home / The Ride To Dr. Worley's 4:22
11. Ozma / The Flight In The Storm 3:56
12. Oz / The Ruined House 4:54
13. The Deserted City / The Wheelers / Tik Tok 4:58
14. Mombi's Hall Of Heads 2:47
15. Jack Pumpkinhead 2:49
16. The Flight Of The Gump 4:00
17. Dorothy And The Nome King / The Ornament Room 4:27
18. The Defeat Of The Nome King / The Restoration 6:11
19. The Mirror 2:34
20. Finale And End Credits (Theme From Return To Oz) 4:30
21. The Return To Oz Rag March 2:46
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*Previously Unreleased
**Includes Music Previously Unreleased
+Contains Music Not Featured in Film ++Not Featured In Film

The year 1985 was an extremely rich source of brilliant film scores. One of the most significant was David Shire's score to the 1985 Walt Disney film Return to OZ.

OZ was the first fantasy film for both Director Walter Murch and the composer. Armed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Shire composed and recorded a stunning magnum opus, rich in themes and motifs, color and beauty, suspense and terror, action and even some ragtime for good measure. In addition to several smaller motifs, Shire wrote a total of nine major themes representing the different characters in the film. He tied most of his themes into some instrumental or stylistic antecedent in American music, because he saw the story as Dorothy's dream. Much of his score is derived from what he imagined Dorothy's experience would be as a girl growing up in America during the turn of the twentieth century.

The complete score on this album is nearly twice the amount of music heard on the original soundtrack (which is presented in its Shire-curated purity on disc 2), edited and mastered from two-track digital stereo mixes derived from the 2″ elements stored in pristine condition in the Walt Disney Pictures vaults. It expands upon the original 1985 soundtrack album in numerous ways, including many previously unreleased cues and edits within various tracks as well as the inclusion of various "sweeteners" (xylophone, triangle, timpani, harp) that were not included in the album mixes. In fact, many of those LP mixes differed in substantial ways and in some cases became wholly new versions distinct from their film counterparts.

Just in time for the film's 30th anniversary, this restoration of one of the finest film scores is now available.

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