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 Posted:   Mar 25, 2014 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

Back in the early '80s a 2-LP set was issued on the budget Cambra label of "The Many Sides Of Johnny Douglas". All of the tracks were licensed from RCA which makes me assume, rightly or wrongly, that these are selections from his Living Strings albums. One of the tracks is Douglas' lovely theme from "The Railway Children", but does anyone know on which Living Strings album it first appeared?

This is a link to someone's CD transfer of the set:

http://www.mymusicboutique.com/product/JDO101-0908788

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2014 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   blue15   (Member)



You can get a 2-CD set of the score (CD 1) & story narration (CD 2) from Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Railway-Children-Johnny-Douglas-Orchestra/dp/B000BJ6306/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1395764247&sr=1-2&keywords=the+railway+children

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2014 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)



You can get a 2-CD set of the score (CD 1) & story narration (CD 2) from Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Railway-Children-Johnny-Douglas-Orchestra/dp/B000BJ6306/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1395764247&sr=1-2&keywords=the+railway+children


Many thanks for the info, but I'm curious to know the origin of the cover version Douglas made for RCA. I'm fairly sure it's the not the same as the one on the EMI/Columbia LP, which itself was a re-recording of course.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2014 - 1:18 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I've gone over the track lists of all of the Living Strings albums (of which there were not that many after the 1970 release of "The Railway Children"). The theme (or any other track) from that film does not appear on any of them.

Perhaps it was a previously unreleased track. Or maybe RCA did indeed license the track from Columbia for the Cambra set, so that there would be some representation of one of Douglas' most famous works.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2014 - 5:35 AM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

I've gone over the track lists of all of the Living Strings albums (of which there were not that many after the 1970 release of "The Railway Children"). The theme (or any other track) from that film does not appear on any of them.

Perhaps it was a previously unreleased track. Or maybe RCA did indeed license the track from Columbia for the Cambra set, so that there would be some representation of one of Douglas' most famous works.


Thanks for checking out the Living Strings LPs, Bob. I too wondered if it was taken from the Columbia album but the arrangement is quite different. As you say, perhaps it was intended for an album that never materialised, or perhaps it's not actually a Living Strings recording. I have contacted Dulcima Records, who look after Johnny's music, and they have very kindly said they'll look into this for me, so I will keep you posted!

 
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