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1-Jan-2006 - Film Score Monthly has a pleasant surprise for John Barry fans: a premiere CD that features two Warner Bros. albums from a period of great creativity for the composer, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (1972) and Petulia (1968). Alice's Adventures In Wonderland was a musical telling of Lewis Carroll's famous story, featuring an all-star British cast. John Barry collaborated with lyricist Don Black on the delightful song-score, which includes three ballads, large symphonic pieces, and enjoyable settings of classic Caroll nonsense -- with Barry melodies through and through. Petulia features, in addition to the haunting main theme, a distinctive figure for saxophones, and several pieces of vintage Barry source music -- low-key jazz tunes that rank with the best instrumental music of the era. The music on this CD is remastered from the original 1/4'' stereo album tapes.
The Glass Slipper (1955) was a live-action version of the Cinderella tale which M-G-M produced following their successful Lili (1953). The film reunited screenwriter/lyricist Helen Deutsch, star Leslie Caron, and Oscar-winning composer (for Lili) Bronislau Kaper. FSM's premiere release of the original soundtrack features the complete score as it is heard in the film, followed by additional and alternate versions on a bonus disc. The entire soundtrack has been remixed from the original 35mm three-track stereo recordings, as conducted for the film by Miklos Rozsa (a little-known fact).
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