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 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   Panavision70   (Member)

It was 1985 and I was flipping discs in the first CD store in Minneapolis. "Just looking" since I didn't have a machine yet. In the soundtrack rack was the soundtrack album from the 1977 movie of "A Little Night Music" on CD. I held it in my hand, it was real. But I've never seen it again...

I know the film is mostly a disaster. But, it has Diana Rigg, who is glorious, and a great version of the act one finale "A Weekend in the Country."

Has anybody else ever seen this CD?

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   Michael Condon   (Member)

I swear to high heaven that I once saw this same CD around 1990. I remember even making sure that it was the film soundtrack and not a stage version. Hoever, I can find no indication that it was ever released in the Cd format.
I'd really love to get it on cd!
Mike

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

I've never come across a CD of the film soundtrack, though I'd love to have it (I still have the LP).

Along with Rigg's wonderful performance, the movie version of "The Glamorous Life" is hugely different from the stage version and is a particular highlight.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   Panavision70   (Member)

The film version of "The Glamorous Life" is on this 3-disc collection from RCA -- "A Collector's Sondheim."

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   Michael Condon   (Member)

I've often wondered why this has never made it to CD. I suppose it has to do with film rights vs. stage rights. Anyone have some insight as to the relase of film soundtracks of stage shows?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 6:29 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Well, it was a tremendous flop when it was released. Elizabeth Taylor was literally all over the place, and vocally she was little better than speaking her songs. (It's even obvious that her actual weight fluctuates between different shots, apparently filmed at different times.) Hal Prince, who directed the show, also directed the film, and his film sense was not nearly as good as his work on stage. And, for some reason, they changed the locale from Sweden to Austria, which I could never fathom.

However, the film version of "The Glamorous Life" is very good, and quite different from that on stage.

And, yes, I too have seen the film CD available, but I never bought it because I never wanted it. The cover was the same ad campaign as the original cast recording, but the blue background was a lighter shade than that of the OBC. The original cast recording is far better, and captures the magic of the stage show more completely. I saw the original cast twice, and loved it both times.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   Panavision70   (Member)

Thank you guys for confirming the existance of the CD. It is a terrible film of a wonderful play. But, I wish I had bought thing anyway. I do have my tape of the 1990 Live from Lincoln Center broadcast with Sally Anne Howes. That production is sublime. Thank God I had the smarts to put a tape in the machine that night. I recall reading on the board here that the Lincoln Center production is not likely to see a dvd release. Oh well....

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   Michael Condon   (Member)

True, the movie wasn't a hit. It is one of my "guilty pleasures." I remember my younger brother and I watching it on HBO (more commonly known at that time as Home Box office) in 1978 or so. Later he bought the soundtrack for me for Christmas, and it remains a prized posession.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

I hear this will be reissued in conjunction with a newly-recorded CD featuring Elizabeth Taylor singing the best of her film theme songs:

"The Shadow of Your Smile" from THE SANDPIPER

"There Is No One Else But You" from GIANT

"The Melody of Spring" from CYNTHIA

"It's A Most Unusual Day" from A DATE WITH JUDY

"The Song of Raintree County" from RAINTREE COUNTY (in a special re-mixed recording allowing her to sing with Nat "King" Cole)

The "Rebecca" theme from IVANHOE, with new words by Paul Francis Webster

"Here Pussy, Pussy", originally sung by the Ritz Brothers in GOLDWYN FOLLIES, but here performed by Taylor in tribute to her performance in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.



Sure to be a collector's item!


big grin big grin big grin


 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)



Gee M !........

Isn't she going to give us her version of Jerome Kern's "CLEO-PATT-ERA " ????

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   Michael Condon   (Member)

I'm still not sure there was a release of the soundtrack on cd. I only think I remember seeing it. But if two people on here have that same vague memory, then perhaps there was a version released, albeit it very briefly.

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

The film version of "The Glamorous Life" is on this 3-disc collection from RCA -- "A Collector's Sondheim."


If I'm not mistaken, the later CD issue of the Broadway cast recording includes the film version of "The Glamorous Life" as a bonus track.

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2006 - 9:52 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

that's right

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2006 - 2:00 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

I remember...watching it on HBO (more commonly known at that time as Home Box office) in 1978 or so...the soundtrack...remains a prized posession.

Ditto ditto.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 2, 2006 - 8:43 PM   
 By:   dalekmindprobe   (Member)

The Glamorous Life is so good. So is Liasons and Every Day a Little Death.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2012 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I just found this on LP for a buck, and am interested to hear the differences between the stage and film versions. Elizabeth Taylor sounds a little-less-than-suitable for the singing, but that's not why she was hired, I'm guessing.

If this in on a legitimate CD release, SoundtrackCollector doesn't know about it yet.

http://www.soundtrackcollector.com/title/38731/Little+Night+Music,+A

The one listing on eBay that I saw today doesn't look like we can discuss it....

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2012 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

If A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is on CD, that CD would have had to have been issued some years after the 1978 film was released, since CDs didn't exist until 1982. It seems unlikely that Columbia would have gone back and issued a CD for a flop musical so early in the life of the medium, and it's almost certain that they didn't license it out to some other label.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2012 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

If A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is on CD, that CD would have had to have been issued some years after the 1978 film was released, since CDs didn't exist until 1982. It seems unlikely that Columbia would have gone back and issued a CD for a flop musical so early in the life of the medium, and it's almost certain that they didn't license it out to some other label.

Just to be clear, faulty memories aside, the soundtrack has never been released on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2012 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

If A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC is on CD, that CD would have had to have been issued some years after the 1978 film was released, since CDs didn't exist until 1982. It seems unlikely that Columbia would have gone back and issued a CD for a flop musical so early in the life of the medium, and it's almost certain that they didn't license it out to some other label.

Just to be clear, faulty memories aside, the soundtrack has never been released on CD.



So what are you waiting for, Mr. Bruce?!!!!

You have about 8-10 buyers right here, so a 75-copy pressing would be a very quick sellout, I imagine! smile


Incidentally.....for the record....Elaine Tomkinson dubbed Elizabeth Taylor's voice (probably only partially, as with Nixon and Kerr in KING AND I).....and she also dubbed Lesley-Anne Down and Chloe Franks in the film.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2012 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Oh, if only Lee Remick had done this on stage as it was announced (for a production at the Doolittle in LA)......

 
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