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 Posted:   Apr 13, 2014 - 7:09 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

But how many Jungle Books do you have?

I have the awful, atrociously-edited Varese version by Klauspeter Seibel (presented as one single track). I have no intention of playing this rubbish again (though I will play the much better Thief of Bagdad suite on the same disc, conducted by Rozsa himself).

I also have the release of crotchety old acetates from the Film Music Society (barely listenable but wonderful all the same as it has more music than the suite).

What other recommendable versions in high quality sound are available beyond this new Chandos?

 Posted:   Apr 13, 2014 - 8:51 PM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Why is the Seibel recording so bad, apart from the single track edit?

People can choose among:

Sabu and the Victor Symphony Orchestra,
Leo Genn and the Frankenland State SO,
Elmar Gunsch and the Nuremberg (Seibel)
The Nuremburg minus narration,
The 'Song of the Jungle' with the NPO,
A Varese short edit of part of the Seibel,
The acetate box OST recordings from FMS,
the Chandos BBC Phil suite.

A Spanish member of the Miklos Rozsa Society recorded a choral/orchestral version of the mother's song which can be heard on the sound pages of the Miklos Rozsa site. That site has ALL recordings listed for both concert and film works as downloadable PDf files.

For 'Thief of Baghdad':

The DVD MFX tracks,
The Elmer Bernstein RPO album (FSM),
The Nuremberg SO Varese/Colosseum orchestral suite,
The same suite with German narration read by Elmar Gunsch,
The Frankenland State SO suite with Leo Genn narrating (stereo in the UK),
The Polydor RPO 'Short Suite' (containing nothing from the published suite),
The NPO Gerhardt 'Love of the Princess',
Several movements from the orchestral suite on Silva with the Prague Phil,
The Chandos BBC Phil suite.

These sweeping statements re some recordings as 'rubbish' are simply not substantiated. ALL the above recordings are very good, given the era of their recording. Not one performance listed above could be called bad.

But it's Sunday, and people have nothing to do. There's a world to conquer out there, but people have nothing to do.

 Posted:   Apr 13, 2014 - 9:44 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Why is the Seibel recording so bad, apart from the single track edit?

No orchestral recording in my collection is edited more clumsily than that one. Trailing notes of several sections lopped off, abrupt and ill-timed segues, seemingly cobbled together by a novice.
An otherwise decent recording ruined.
Rubbish is very much what it is. If a student presented that as an example of his editing skills, he'd never find a job.
The Thief of Bagdad suite on the same CD has no such problems.

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