The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm / The Honeymoon Machine [Soundtrack] 2-CDs
Lyricist: Bob Merrill
Audio CD (double)
FILM SCORE MONTHLY
Disc one of this 2-CD set presents the premiere release of the complete score to The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, newly mixed and mastered from the original seven-channel Cinerama masters. Disc two has three sections: First is the David Rose "cover" version of the Brothers Grimm soundtrack released by MGM Records at the time of the film, featuring Rose's versions of Merrill's themes on side one, and six contemporary movie themes on side two. In the middle of disc two is a program of bonus tracks from the original soundtrack sessions to Brothers Grimm. Finally, concluding disc two is Leigh Harline's charming, never-before-released romantic comedy score to the 1961 M-G-M film, The Honeymoon Machine, starring Steve McQueen, with an upbeat title song, "Love Is Crazy" (lyrics by Jack Brooks).
This may very well be one of the best soundtrack CDs ever created.
The Brothers Grimm tracks were mastered from the original seven-channel Cinerama masters, and the results are breath-taking. The recordings are nearly 50 years old, but because Cinerama was decades ahead of its time, the music is lush, sweeping, alive, rich, and fanciful.
There are alternate takes, all fascinating. And the booklet inside is an amazingly beautiful work of art. Even the pictures on the discs are gorgeous.
There is a second disc of related (and unrelated) music by David Rose and his orchestra, as well as the soundtrack to The Honeymoon Machine.
This is a limited edition set: there are only 2000 copies, so get it while you can. It is well worth the price, and I can almost guarantee that everyone, young and old, will like it.
GOOD JOB, Film Score Monthly! Now if you could find a studio that would release the movie on DVD, it would be the icing on the cake.