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 Posted:   Jan 6, 2018 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

VOTD: 2:26-2:56 The Girl On The Train - the visual similarities are fairly striking, except one is a celluloid source and the other isn't.

I'd go for Dionne Warwick with this song over and above current offerings, any day.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2018 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I came across a chart of the 100 Top-Selling LPs for the Week of March 16, 1968. In the #10 spot is the soundtrack for VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (20th Fox 4196), up from the #12 spot the week before. It was the 7th week that the album had been on the chart.

Down in the middle of the chart, at #55, was Dionne Warwick's LP "Valley of the Dolls" (Scepter SPS-568). The album had entered the chart at the #88 spot the week before.

Two weeks later, for the Week of March 30, 1968, the Fox LP had climbed to the #6 spot, with the Warwick album hot on its heels at #12. I wonder how many people had purchased the Fox soundtrack LP looking for the Dionne Warwick vocal that was not to be found, and was just then appearing in stores.

I assume that the recording on Warwick's LP was actually a re-recording of the song. I guess the actual soundtrack recording has never been heard outside of the film. Warwick's recording, in both its album and single form, went gold.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2018 - 6:13 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

Unless I'm mistaken, the version of the title song on the original soundtrack (at least the version I used to own) is the same version heard in the film, complete with spoken narration over the beginning of the track. The version on the Warwick LP is a single/radio version that didn't appear in the film or on the original soundtrack album, but the orchestration is similar (if not identical) to the film version.

The film is a superior work of camp, and the title song is one of the most beautiful movie songs ever.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2018 - 7:11 PM   
 By:   Mike Matessino   (Member)

Warwick's record contract prevented her recording from being on the soundtrack album -- it was sung by Dory Previn. They just used the opening narration for the film as a lead in for the soundtrack. Interestingly, Williams is "John" on the film but "Johnny" on the album. And, of course, it was his first Oscar nomination!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2018 - 11:47 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 5, 2020 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

An expanded and remastered edition would be great (okay it's Fox/Disney so it's highly improbable right now). Does someone has an idea of how much underscore is missing from the OST? Songs demos could make a great bonus too...

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2021 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)



Orrr......



Is there a "conspiracy" that only a nerd could find? smile

Namely, that he didn't compose it, but was credited with it because of some contractual thing.




Not letting go of this theory, I am.

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2021 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

And isn't it time we got a better re-issue than just the LP program?

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2021 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2021 - 8:21 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2021 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Nov 20, 2021 - 8:25 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2021 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)



Orrr......



Is there a "conspiracy" that only a nerd could find? smile

Namely, that he didn't compose it, but was credited with it because of some contractual thing.



Not letting go of this theory, I am.


Found the Dolls song, but not finding sheet music for the Paper Chase song, dang-it.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2021 - 4:59 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Here's a shot of John Williams with Dionne Warwick during recording of song.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2021 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

I believe this is the only film that has a screen credit for handbags.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2021 - 8:26 PM   
 By:   Mike Matessino   (Member)

And on the subject of credits, it's fascinating that Williams is "Johnny" on the album but "John" in the on-screen main titles.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2021 - 10:14 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

And on the subject of credits, it's fascinating that Williams is "Johnny" on the album but "John" in the on-screen main titles.


That was just about the time of the "Johnny" to "John" switchover.

 
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