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The Best of Everything (1959)
Music by Alfred Newman
The Best of Everything The Best of Everything
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Price: $14.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: August 2001
Catalog #: Vol. 4, No. 11
# of Discs: 1

Alfred Newman's tenure at Twentieth Century-Fox ranks him as the greatest of the great studio music directors. He was a skilled composer, a legendary conductor and a tireless administrator who brought excellence to all aspects of Fox music for two decades. But all good things must come to an end and in January, 1960 Newman left the studio for the freelance world, where he worked for the last decade of his life.

The Best of Everything (1959) is Newman's last score at Fox and one fondly recalled by Golden Age aficionados. The film is an ensemble look at the working world from a woman's point of view, with a sprawling cast including Hope Lange, Stephen Boyd, Joan Crawford, Suzy Parker, Robert Evans, Martha Hyer, Diane Baker and Louis Jourdan. Newman's score covers the film with a romantic mist of longing and nostalgia, making wide use of two main themes: one a optimistic title song (with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, performed by Johnny Mathis), the other a melancholy, bittersweet melody often carried by piano. The two themes are scored in a variety of treatments, from fully symphonic to small-ensemble jazz, with the piano theme slowly developed into an "obsession" motive as madness overtakes one of the characters. Newman also provides a rich handful of original themes and passages for the story's supporting characters.

FSM's CD restoration features the complete score remixed in stereo. Following Newman's music is a bonus section of the film's source cues, a rare instrumental demo of the theme, several cues repeated in mono (for which the stereo masters—also included in the main program—have sustained deterioration), and even an example of the film's temporary music ("Street Scene"). For fans of Alfred Newman, it is the "everything" of The Best of Everything!

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About the Composer

Alfred Newman (1901-1970) is one of the most important figures in the history of movie music, a nine-time Oscar winner (with 45 nominations overall) who was head of music at Twentieth Century-Fox in the 1940s and '50s. His influence as a composer and executive cannot be understated; he invented the "Newman System" of synchronizing music to picture and is the patriarch of the Newman family of composers and musicians (Lionel, Randy, David, Thomas and others). Just a sampling of his work as a composer includes How Green Was My Valley, Captain From Castile, All About Eve, The Robe and The Diary of Anne FrankIMDB

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Leader (Conductor):
Alfred Newman

Violin:
Victor Arno, Sol Babitz, George Berres, Henry Camusi, Joachim Chassman, Harold Dicterow, Kurt Dieterle, Adolph DiTullio, David Frisina, Werner L. Gebauer, Otis Igelman, Anatol Kaminsky, Louis Kaufman, Marvin Limonick, Paul Lowenkron, Lewis Main, Jr., Irma W. Neumann, David Selmont, Paul C. Shure, Felix Slatkin, Marshall Sosson, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel)

Viola:
Myer Bello, Norman Botnick, Alvin Dinkin, Alex Neiman, Robert Ostrowsky, Sven Reher, Joseph Reilich, Paul Robyn, Sanford Schonbach

Cello:
Naoum Benditzky, Joseph Coppin, Joseph DiTullio, Ossip Giskin, George Neikrug, Kurt Reher

Bass:
C. Magdelano Rivera, Meyer (Mike) Rubin, Kenneth Winstead

Flute:
Richard Giese, Arthur Gleghorn, Arthur Hoberman, Luella Howard, Archie Wade

Oboe:
William Kosinski, Gordon Pope

Clarinet:
Russell Cheever, Morris Crawford, Charles Gentry, Abe Most, William A. Ulyate

Bassoon:
Don Christlieb, Ray Nowlin

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent N. DeRosa, Fred Fox, William A. Hinshaw, Harry Schmidt

Trumpet:
Frank Beach, John Clyman, Robert Fowler

Trombone:
Marlo Imes, Ray Klein, Richard "Dick" Nash, James Priddy, Sr., Robert F. Robinson

Tuba:
Clarence Karella

Piano:
Shibley Boyes, Pete Jolly (Ceragloli), James G. Rowles, Urban Thielmann

Guitar:
Vito Mumolo, Howard Roberts

Harp:
Anne Stockton (Mason)

Accordion:
Dominic Frontiere, Raymond Van Eyken

Drums:
Richard Cornell, Paul DeDroit, Preston Lodwick, Harold L. "Hal" Rees

Vibes:
Emil Radocchia (Richards)

Arranger:
Earle H. Hagen, Bernard Mayers, Nelson Riddle, Herbert W. Spencer

Copyist:
Allan Campbell, Aristide G. Coccaro, Alexander Gerens, Paul Glass, Richard Guyette, Wally Heglin, Elton A. Koehler, Ernest Rosecrans, Paul Sprosty, Harry Stone, Wallace Wheeler

Librarian:
Fred Combattente

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