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Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
Music by Andre Previn
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Price: $29.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: April 2009
Catalog #: Vol. 12, No. 5
# of Discs: 2

Inside Daisy Clover (1965) was one of André Previn’s last film scores, and also one of his best: an expansive, quasi-musical song-score for the “fictional biopic” starring Natalie Wood as Daisy Clover, an overnight singing sensation in 1930s Hollywood who struggles against the dark forces of showbiz. 

Inside Daisy Clover was based on a novel by Gavin Lambert and brought to the screen by the producing-directing team of Alan J. Pakula and Robert Mulligan. In addition to Wood, the film stars Robert Redford (in an important early role) as a charismatic, bisexual movie star, Christopher Plummer as the tyrannical head of “The Swan Studio,” Roddy McDowall as Swan’s attaché, and Ruth Gordon as Daisy’s eccentric mother. The film received mixed reviews but has become a cult classic for its vivid performances and cynical depiction of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

André Previn was the best-possible choice to score Inside Daisy Clover, capable of both the film’s modern psychological scoring and authentic recreations of Golden Age movie musicals. (In addition, Previn, like the Daisy character, famously began his career as a teenager.) The composer and his lyricist wife Dory wrote three songs for the film: “You’re Gonna Hear From Me,” “A Happy Song” (deleted from the final cut, debuting here) and “The Circus Is a Wacky World,” orchestrated with gusto by Alexander Courage in the vibrant M-G-M musical tradition. Between the dynamic songs and Previn’s intense, sensitive and ineffably melodic underscore, Inside Daisy Clover is a masterwork and, though not his last film work chronologically, creatively the climax of Previn’s Hollywood career before he devoted his energies to other musical pursuits.

Previously released on LP in 1965, Inside Daisy Clover here receives a definitive 2CD presentation, remixed and remastered from the original ½" Warner Bros. three- and four-track stereo scoring masters. The recording was made by the legendary Dan Wallin and is amongst the cleanest and most vibrant ever presented on FSM. Disc one features the complete, chronological film score as well as a bonus section of alternate, early versions of cues. Disc two contains the LP assembly of the score as well as demos, source cues and alternate recordings of the songs; although Natalie Wood had hoped to do her own singing for the film, a professional Hollywood voice double (Jackie Ward) was hired to complete Daisy’s image as a singing prodigy. Disc two features Wood’s original, unused song performances as well as alternate takes by Ward.

As usual with FSM’s 2CD sets, the two discs contain nearly two-and-a-half hours of music—and the 32-page booklet may take that long to read, containing an essay on the film and score by Scott Bettencourt and complete track-by-track commentary by Lukas Kendall.  

Andre Previn Scores on FSM
About the Composer

André Previn (b. 1929) famously broke into film scoring at M-G-M while still a teenager—he was a child prodigy as a classical and jazz pianist who took to composing and arranging as well. In his twenties and thirties he scored numerous films and acted as music director for famous movie musicals like Gigi, Porgy and Bess and My Fair Lady. He largely retired from film in the late 1960s—fed up with Hollywood—to pursue a career as a classical conductor; he has also written operas and stayed active as a recording artist. Previn's early work as a film composer (much of it on obscure projects) is of startlingly high quality and FSM will continue to release it where possible. IMDB

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Thanks to Bruce Kimmel, here's an ID of the unlisted demo vocalist on disc 2, track 14: Joanie Sommers.


Well, the $32 I spent on the LP back in 1982 has just gone to waste. :D

(Actually that works out to about 3 tenths of a cent per day, so it's not bad.)

Seriously, though, this should be a fascinating listen, with all that extra music.

Man, I remember Joanie Sommers from quiz shows like Password & You Don't Say. How do you like that. 'S been ages since that name came up.

Man, I remember Joanie Sommers from quiz shows like Password & You Don't Say. How do you like that. 'S been ages since that name came up.[/endquote]

Joanie also was the recognizable "singing voice" in the Pepsi Cola--"For Those Who Think Young" commercials.

Get out your earphones so you can nerd along with me: the vocalist on CD2, cuts 21 and 22 is not JUST Natalie Wood.

On cut 21, Jackie Ward sings

0:46 "And sing, like me"

1:54 "Winter will seem like spring,
while I've a happy song, I can sing."

3:11 "We've learned how things go wrong..." [and continues to end]

And on cut 22, Ward does

1:22 "It ain't what it's supposed to be."

5:04 "So step right up and join the show."

(How am I able to find this when the producers/liner note writers could not? Perhaps because when they were still in rompers, I coughed up a lotta clams for the LP. So maybe I've got years more experience memorizing Jackie Ward's voice.)

DiB I love it. Bravo.

DiB I love it. Bravo.[/endquote]

Thanks, HL. :)

They're suddenly disappearin' like clever budgies flyin' out of the cage.

Thanks, this is awesome.

Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Andre Previn

Israel Baker, David Berman, Henry Arthur Brown, Herman Clebanoff, Harold Dicterow, Baldassare Ferlazzo, Sam Freed, Jr., David Frisina, Jacques Gasselin, Howard W. Griffin, Anatol Kaminsky, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Hillard Lubie, Jerome Joseph Reisler, Sam Ross, Joseph Stepansky, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Harry Zagon

Donald A. Cole, Alvin Dinkin, Cecil Figelski, Virginia Majewski, George Raymond Menhennick, Robert Ostrowsky, Sanford Schonbach, Milton Thomas

Margaret Aue-Van Wyck, Justin DiTullio, Marie Fera, Anne Goodman (Karam), Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Nino Rosso, Emmet Sargeant, Joseph Saxon, Harold Schneier, Eleanor Slatkin

Richard D. Kelley, Abraham Luboff, Peter A. Mercurio, Keith "Red" Mitchell

Arthur Gleghorn, Martin Ruderman, Sylvia Ruderman

Arnold Koblentz

Richard H. Anderson, Mitchell Lurie, John Neufeld, Hugo Raimondi

Bass Clarinet:
Dominick Fera

Norman H. Herzberg, Jack Marsh

Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang)

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, James A. Decker, Vincent N. DeRosa, William A. Hinshaw, George W. Hyde, Arthur Maebe, Jr.

Emanuel "Manny" Klein, Uan Rasey, Larry Sullivan, Raymond Triscari

Hoyt Bohannon, Richard Noel, George M. Roberts, Kenneth Shroyer, Lloyd E. Ulyate

Bass Trombone:
George M. Roberts

Sam Rice

Russell Freeman, Pearl Kaufman (Goldman), Harper MacKay

Eugene LePique

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Denzil (Gail) Laughton

Dale L. Anderson, Larry Bunker, Frankie Capp, Milton Holland, William Kraft, Chester Ricord

Orchestra Manager:
Kurt E. Wolff

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