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Gone With The Wind: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Deluxe Edition)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
In the '30s, audio technology was relatively primitive, even for movies. So for years the original Max Steiner score for Gone With the Wind presumably went the way implied by its title, that is until the '60s when Selznick... more »
In the '30s, audio technology was relatively primitive, even for movies. So for years the original Max Steiner score for Gone With the Wind presumably went the way implied by its title, that is until the '60s when Selznick studios executors discovered the lost masters. Now, for the first time, this two-disc digital restoration presents the original Steiner soundtrack in its entirety. Besides the well-remembered "Tara's Theme," these tracks reveal the composer's penchant for dramatic underscoring with lushly romantic melodies, including motifs from Stephen Foster and other Old South strains. For soundtrack aficionados, the music satisfies despite the relatively primitive recording quality of the time. Also included is a 52-page illustrated booklet covering the novel's origins, the film's production, and asides about the actors. --Joseph Lanza
Nearly went with the wind...
Bluebird | USA | 12/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The original Steiner recordings of this film were discovered in the 60's and had never received an original soundtrack issue. All soundtracks of the film prior to this deluxe edition were re-recordings of the score. Now we get the original full length recordings. Sure, the fidelity has moments of weakness, but the historical value of the tracks are reason enough to overlook any shortcomings. All of the film's wonderful visuals will leap into your mind when listening. Steiner's use of themes from American standards blended with his own compositions is brilliant. I hear new things every time I listen."
Rhino Does It Right
MacGuffin | New York City | 09/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a pleasure to be able to hear virtually all of the original soundtrack! I bought the standard vinyl original soundtrack recording in the late 60's after the theatrical re-release that introduced me to what was to become my all-time favorite film, and eventually wore it out through overuse. It was worth the wait to be able to replace it with this fine effort, which includes deluxe packaging and a beautiful 52-page booklet on the making of the film. Granted, one wonders if perhaps the music could have been better restored but I suppose caution is indicated--overzealous use of noise-reduction technology has ruined many a remastering effort. No matter; the first few notes brought tears to my eyes.
I advise GWTW fans to go the extra mile and invest in this two-disk definitive set that will grace any collection. And for the uninitiated, my advice is to "go for it." Max Steiner, who blessed generations of movie goers with scores for such classics as King Kong; Now, Voyager; and Casablanca, composed one of the most famous and recognizable soundtracks in cinema history for what many believe to be the greatest movie of all time--find out why."
So complete I never realized some of this music existed
DodgyUSA | Jamaica Plain, MA United States | 09/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A wonderful 2 disc soundtrack of the film. I know GWTW like a second language, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear music that I never noticed before such as Charles Hamilton Challenges Rhett, and many other "extended" versions.
Rudy Behlmer's liner notes are enlightening, informative, and make for interesting reading.
Max Steiner enthusiasts, and soundtrack aficionados will relish this set."