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 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   JThree   (Member)


Dear Guys:

Last November, a new version of the Scrooge (1970) soundtrack came out, starring the voice of Robert Picardo as Ebenezer, but what I found myself wondering is why just doesn't the original soundtrack of the movie come out on CD, the one that did have a vinyl release?

There's been a stage version that came out on CD, and now this attempt, but why not just put out the first?

I thought I might ask some people who might be in the know.

JThree

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

By all accounts, that's not a "just." Either the original is trapped in some convoluted rights hell or the rights-holder is uninterested in releasing it. BSX did the rerecording (which I very much enjoy) because of this.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

By all accounts, that's not a "just." Either the original is trapped in some convoluted rights hell or the rights-holder is uninterested in releasing it. BSX did the rerecording (which I very much enjoy) because of this.

Exactly this. If memory serves, Bruce Kimmel had been looking into releasing the original, and as said above... rights hell...

So BSX did what they could to get the songs out there

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2012 - 10:17 PM   
 By:   JThree   (Member)


Thanks. Your info means a great deal. I hope someone, somehow, someday, will be able to rescue this soundtrack from "rights hell." To many great tv shows, soundtracks, etc lost to this evil, despicable "rights hell."

JThree

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2012 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

No Scrooge on CD in 2012. Ah well, maybe next year...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2012 - 2:29 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

We were seriously going after it, but the costs were so prohibitive for us, we had to pull away. It involved licensing the album, and then doing all kinds of other deals and at the end of the day there was no way to make any money. From what I understood then, one of the labels with deeper pockets than us, who perhaps don't need to have every title be a profit maker, was interested in proceeding. But that was over a year ago, so maybe it's just not worth it.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2012 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

We were seriously going after it, but the costs were so prohibitive for us, we had to pull away. It involved licensing the album, and then doing all kinds of other deals and at the end of the day there was no way to make any money. From what I understood then, one of the labels with deeper pockets than us, who perhaps don't need to have every title be a profit maker, was interested in proceeding. But that was over a year ago, so maybe it's just not worth it.

Thanks for the response, Bruce. It's such a pity and rather strange that so much financial outlay is required for this to get reissued. It's one of the few remaining popular musicals from that era that seems destined to languish in the vaults. Do Sony still own the album rights? I'm surprised Mr Bricusse himself isn't able to finance a release, especially as the stage version seems to get staged annually in London and the DVD of the movie is, so I understand, a regular seller.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2013 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

It's that time of year again to wonder where the heck is Scrooge?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2013 - 1:44 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

You say it. A much underrated musical achievement by Leslie Bricusse. I always loved every song in it and that does not happen all the time with musicals.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2013 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

You say it. A much underrated musical achievement by Leslie Bricusse. I always loved every song in it and that does not happen all the time with musicals.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2013 - 1:58 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

It's that time of year again to wonder where the heck is Scrooge?

Rights are a mess for ANY soundtrack recording (expanded or not). Hopefully, some day, they will be figured out/renegotiated. Until then, enjoy the BSX re-recording

MV

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2013 - 2:35 PM   
 By:   baguayo1   (Member)

I agree that this is one UNDERRATED soundtrack and film. I really hope that the soundtrack gets released on CD some day soon. While this movie did not make an impact in 1970, it certainly has garnered a large following in the years since. I saw it as a kid when it first came out as part of a double feature and was totally captured. Great flick, awesome soundtrack.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2014 - 1:45 PM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

Well, it's 15 weeks until Christmas folks, I just wonder if we'll get a "Scrooge" CD in our stockings this year?! Probably not, but maybe one day...

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 10, 2014 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   jef29bow   (Member)

It would be a very Merry Christmas indeed were this to finally make it's way out of "rights hell" and cold storage that it's been consigned to for what seems like forever. But it seems as though a Scrooge "before" his miracle transformation controls this. Sad..... At least we can still see the film and hear the great Albert Finney bemoan: "Poor Tiny Tim....." We can still hope that someday this wonderful score will be able to "Begin Again!"

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2014 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

I agree that this is one UNDERRATED soundtrack and film. I really hope that the soundtrack gets released on CD some day soon. While this movie did not make an impact in 1970, it certainly has garnered a large following in the years since. I saw it as a kid when it first came out as part of a double feature and was totally captured. Great flick, awesome soundtrack.

One of my favorite Christmas scores, and my second favorite musical (after "Paint Your Wagon"). A dire need of a C.D. release!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2015 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

Well, it's just 11 weeks to Christmas and time to resurrect this thread once again!

I don't suppose this long-awaited CD will be coming down our chimneys this year, but here's hoping maybe one Christmas Eve in the not too distant future...

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2015 - 12:02 PM   
 By:   carolyn532   (Member)

Bless you sir. It's still on my holy grail list.


James

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2015 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

It'd be wonderful, but I doubt it'll happen. A friend of mine cleaned up my old LP which was in decent shape and did a CD transfer for me. That'll have to do for now.

But what a fabulous score and movie. It was one of mom's favorites and now every year watching the Blu Ray I think about her

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2017 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Five years on and this one looks as remote as ever. With a little good will from all parties this wonderful album could get a CD/download release but clearly that good will is currently lacking....

 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2017 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   acathla   (Member)

Which movie version is this? Is it the one with "Thank you very much, thank you very much" and "I like life" etc?
In that case i love this!!

 
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