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King Kong: The Deluxe Edition (2CD) (1976)
Music by John Barry
King Kong: The Deluxe Edition (2CD) King Kong: The Deluxe Edition (2CD)
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Price: $24.95
Limited #: N/A
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: September 2012
Catalog #: Vol. 15, No. 5
# of Discs: 2

The 1976 Dino De Laurentiis remake of King Kong (starring Jeff Bridges and Jesssica Lange) was one of the first scores John Barry composed after settling in Los Angeles from his native England. Although the composer was forced to write quickly due to production delays, he provided a powerful score that reflects both the film’s exotic adventure setting and the love story at its emotional center.

An unusual variety of melodic ideas to characterize Kong and a strong romantic theme endow the score with a lush sensuality and emotional poignancy that balances the harsher and more horrific elements. Barry’s music ranges from the primitive dances of island natives to the soft saxophone strains of contemporary romance without missing a beat.
FSM released the 1976 Reprise Records album master of King Kong in 2005 when no additional material was available. But now, with the cooperation of Paramount Pictures, we are able to premiere John Barry’s complete score newly mixed and mastered from the 2" 24- and 16-track masters on the first disc of this 2CD Deluxe Edition. We again present the album master on disc 2, augmenting it with several film alternates to make this the most complete possible representation of Barry’s effort.
Informative notes by John Takis, numerous film stills and dynamic original poster art comprise FSM’s colorful 20-page booklet.
If viewers of King Kong care about the hulking creature, it is in no small part because Barry makes them care. Through his art, painstakingly preserved and lovingly presented on this 2CD set, listeners are able to see past the mask of the monster to the infinitely lonely soul locked within.
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About the Composer

John Barry (1933-2011) is a five-time Oscar winner and one of the most successful and beloved composers ever to write for the movies. His career encompasses everything from the James Bond films to Hollywood epics like Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves. His style is marked foremost by melody but also by a thoughtful economy of gesture that has always added a great sense of style and scope to his projects.FSM has released on CD as many of his scores as possible, from intimate dramas like Petulia to the classic Born Free, the 1976 King Kong and the obscure 1968 gem Deadfall. IMDB

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Ships Oct. 2nd

Very expensive week.




Ordered, thanks FSM!!!

That track listing is amazing!


Thanks FSM!

Ordered, my monthly SAE order is complete!

Congratulations FSM, you have done it again!!! Great cover BTW!

Great cover!!

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
John Barry (Prendergast)

Murray Adler, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Herman Clebanoff, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), James Getzoff, Debbie Sue Grossman, Thelma Hanau (Beach), Anatol Kaminsky, George Kast, Jacob Krachmalnick, Marvin Limonick, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Stanley Plummer, Linda Rose, Jay Allen Rosen, Nathan Ross, Sheldon Sanov, Haim Shtrum, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson, Joseph Stepansky, Lya Stern, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Shari Zippert (Freebairn-Smith)

Vance Beach, Douglas L. Davis, Selene Depuy-Hurford, Marie Fera, Armand Kaproff, Dennis Karmazyn, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Ronald A. Leonard, Carolisa Lindberg, Edgar Lustgarten, Jacqueline Lustgarten, Dana Rees, Harry L. Shlutz, Eleanor Slatkin, David H. Speltz, Gloria Strassner, Mary Louise Zeyen

Milton Kestenbaum, Jack Lesberg, Peter A. Mercurio, Meyer (Mike) Rubin

Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), David J. Shostac, Sheridon W. Stokes

William Criss, John F. Ellis, Arnold Koblentz

Dominick Fera, Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), John Neufeld, Hugo Raimondi

Fowler A. Friedlander, Norman H. Herzberg

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, David A. Duke, Arthur Maebe, Jr., Richard E. Perissi, Gale H. Robinson

Jay J. Daversa, Maurie Harris, Malcolm Boyd McNab, Thomas M. Stevens, Anthony "Tony" Terran, Graham Young, Rubin Zarchy

Hoyt Bohannon, Harold Diner, Francis L. "Joe" Howard, Richard "Dick" Nash, Richard Noel, Barrett O'Hara, George M. Roberts, Thomas Shepard, Phillip A. Teele, Lloyd E. Ulyate, Chauncey Welsch

John T. "Tommy" Johnson

John D. Berkman, Mike Boddicker, Ralph E. Grierson, Artie Kane, Michael A. Lang, Clark Spangler, Ian R. Underwood, David Wheatley

Dennis Budimir, David H. Cohen, Lee M. Ritenour, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Fender (electric) Bass:
Max R. Bennett, Reinhold O. Press

Dorothy S. Remsen

Dale L. Anderson, Hal Blaine, Larry Bunker, Anthony Columbia, Victor Feldman, John P. Guerin, Richard A. Lepore, Peter Limonick, Joe Porcaro, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Thomas D. Raney, Kenneth E. Watson, Don Williams

John Barry (Prendergast)

John Barry (Prendergast)

Nathan Kaproff

Joseph Boyer, Dominic John Fidelibus, George Fields, Kevin L. Hiatt, David A. Leech, Aime Vereecke, Ricardo Vettraino

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