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 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World - 2 disc set, 24 page booklet
Music by Ernest Gold
LLLCD 1167
Limited Edition of 2000 units
Regular Retail Price: $24.98
Special Sale Price: $19.98

Produced by Ford A Thaxton and Ray Faiola, Chelsea Rialto Studios
Mastered by Ray Faiola, Chelsea Rialto Studios
Liner Notes by Jeff Bond
Art Direction by Mark Banning

This note by Producer/Mastering Guru Mr. Faiola says it all. . .


Producing the Original Soundtrack
by Ray Faiola, Chelsea Rialto Studios

"As one of those die-hard fans of IAMMMMW (my 16mm IB/Scope print is one of my most prized possessions), it has long been a wish of mine to have a recording of the complete original soundtrack score. For some time it was believed that the dubbing stems survived, but this turned out not to be the case. So, we’ve taken an extreme step and used the limited range rear recording angles from the original six-track composite soundtrack. This presented us with both positive and negative aspects of the materials. The positive was that, for the most part, the tracks were music-only. Only one cue had a major sound effect that commandeered the tracks, necessitating a portion of re-modulating and replacing those few bars of music. The negative was that while many of the cues were overt and took primary occupation of the track space, many others were dubbed far beneath dialogue sequences. This resulted in several cues having a noise-to-signal ratio of nearly 70 per cent. In bringing the music level to acceptable volume, the radically increased noise had to be suppressed as best as possible. Thus, some cues are of significantly lesser fidelity than others. Also, the entire soundtrack had to be corrected for audio-dipping during dialogue portions that lasted from moments to many seconds. All-in-all, many hundreds of edits, adjustments, transitions, and, yes, even a few artistic choices had to be made. The rear channels were, in fact, a single “split” signal, similar to the early Re-Channeled-for-Stereo LP’s had been. Rather than have two channels each with partial information, they have been recombined into two pure mono channels. Since all the “program” music (Overture, entr’acte, exit music) as well as the chorals from the main, intermission and end titles are in full stereo, the mono score channels have been separated by a third of a frame to give expansion and create graceful segues into the stereo chorals and program tracks. It should be noted that the harmonica solo at the beginning of “Exit Smiler Grogan” did not appear on the surround channels and is irrevocably combined with dialogue. Nor did the Shirelles’ “31 Flavors” appear on the surrounds. Finally, none of the rear surround music from the so-called “restored” sequences were available and our soundtrack represents the general release print of the film. The resulting disc is certainly not an optimum recording of the soundtrack score. But, given that these are the materials that survived we have made our best effort create a complete symphonic presentation."


See ya back here next Tuesday, March 15 at 1 pm PST for our day of MADNESS!

MV

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Woo! A+ Release!

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

How limited will this be?

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

How limited will this be?

2000 units

MV

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

How limited will this be?

2000 units

MV


OK, thanks. And congrats! One of the great comedy scores of all time!

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

MV, you forgot to mention the composer of the music!

I had to look it up on wikipedia to find out it was Ernest Gold.

LLL's Wiki page updated!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   TruPretender   (Member)

This is going to be so AWESOME! I see our little Ford A. Thaxton is on this one. Glad to see he is still successing the business. I am SO awaiting this one! I have always LOVED this score. Always wondered why it never got a proper complete release.

But just a quick question - if I understood correct, there will be some score cues that are stereo and some that are mono? Some with dialogue? Explain please.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

The soundtrack disc - No dialogue. The Overture, Ent'racte and Exit music are Stereo. Everything else is mono.

The LP disc - full stereo.

If you're a fan of this score....it's as good as it will ever get!!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   Pete Apruzzese   (Member)

The soundtrack disc - No dialogue. The Overture, Ent'racte and Exit music are Stereo. Everything else is mono.

The LP disc - full stereo.

If you're a fan of this score....it's as good as it will ever get!!


Fantastic, Ray. So it's two CDs - one with the LP program (stereo) and one with the 'full score' (stereo and 'mono' as described above)? Should be great.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Thanks for popping in, Ray!

I wonder if we can get the cover art or tracklist before next Tuesday now that so many details are out?

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   Miles (MerM)   (Member)

DAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I'm sorry... just think it's hilarious how people were expecting it to be Die Hard.

Looks like a great release, though it's not really my cup of tea. Hope it sells well though!

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

I'm a sucker for this score, I'll be getting a copy. Just reading what all you had to do, man I was exhausted and I didn't do any of the work.

It's a real bummer the actual score isn't somewhere to make a re-release much easier.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Ray, could you perhaps tell us how La La Land's release will differ from this release by Kritzerland:

http://www.kritzerland.com/mad.htm



Does the "LP disc" feature dialogue?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   Joe Brausam   (Member)

Incredible release!

I've owned the Ryko release and the Kritzerland release - love this score. I can see that a lot of work went into this and even though the music isn't in ideal condition I know I'm going to enjoy every minute of it, thank you!

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   Hermit   (Member)

That's an awful lot of work to make this as complete and presentable as possible but wouldn't a complete re-recording have been easier?

No matter, I love this score and look forward to the previously-unavailable parts. And you're releasing it on my birthday! Thank you so much! You really shouldn't have. Beware the Ides of March indeed...

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Ray, could you perhaps tell us how La La Land's release will differ from this release by Kritzerland:

http://www.kritzerland.com/mad.htm



Does the "LP disc" feature dialogue?


Just to clarify the only voices you will here on discs one and two are the singers...and maybe the ones in our heads. wink

MV

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Excellent!

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Also, the LP disc features the Shirelles songs after the score, not in the middle as they appeared on LP.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   JayGatsby   (Member)

Ray, could you perhaps tell us how La La Land's release will differ from this release by Kritzerland:

http://www.kritzerland.com/mad.htm



Does the "LP disc" feature dialogue?


The original vinyl LP did not contain dialogue. Ryko re-pressed the LP onto CD with dialogue interspersed between music tracks. (Thanks Ray)

The Kritzerland pressing is from the master tapes used for the album, which was a re-recording of the score specifically made for the album. The Ryko dialogue tracks were not included on this CD. Bonus film cues include sound effects from the movie soundtracks.

The LLL discs are from the original six-track composite soundtrack, so this music is not the re-recording, but the cues as they are heard in the film, sans sound effects.

Someone has probably done an analysis of the film cues vs. the album cues and can explain the differences (arrangements, instrumentation). I imagine it's a bit like the album version of The Great Escape, for example, versus the final Intrada release using the film tracks.

 
 Posted:   Mar 8, 2011 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   Theocracy   (Member)

Argh - purchased the Kritzerland edition only like 13 months ago...

Hate double dipping...but since this score has a close place to my heart (my family would always watch this movie on new years eve growing up), might just have to bite the bullet

Happy to see there's a sale price on it! =)

 
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