A Grimm Release

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve probably already read about this as I posted something brief yesterday. But for those of you who don’t, here’s a post about a CD I’m particularly excited about. I don’t usually write about the actual release of a CD. I figure you guys follow those release dates and the message boards pretty closely. I won’t be reviewing this particular CD because of a conflict of interest, but I have no shame in giving it a short plug and marketing it a bit.

Yesterday, Film Score Monthly released the 2-CD premiere recording of Leigh Harline‘s long-awaited (and long thought lost) score for the 1962 George Pal fantasy film, THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM. The 1962 film was the first dramatic story to be told in the massive Cinerama process. Harline took the songs and themes of songwriter Bob Merrill (FUNNY GIRL) to craft an exquisite score for the tale of the Grimms.

Disc Two includes a transfer of the David Rose easy listening LP in which Side One Rose and his orchestra play themes from the BROTHERS GRIMM, while Side Two contained recordings of popular film music themes of the day. Following that are bonus tracks and demos from the GRIMM score. The second disc closes with Harline’s brief score for the 1961 Steve McQueen farce, THE HONEYMOON MACHINE.

Why this announcement when I so rarely announce CD releases, especially of limited editions? Because I wrote the liner notes. For more about the films, the scores, and Cinerama, you can read the notes online at FSM. (There is also a shorter set of notes included with the CD.)

My friend Neil Shurley asked me on Twitter yesterday about the possibility of a blog post detailing the process of writing liner notes. Expect that post soon.

Go to the FSM website to listen to audio clips. Visit the Screen Archives website to order the CD directly. (None of the links in this post are affiliate links.)

Leigh Harline was a consummate film composer who deserves to be known for more than his famous Oscar-winning score for PINOCCHIO. Give THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BROTHERS GRIMM a try. You won’t be disappointed.


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