Richard Llewellyn’s 1939
novel, How Green Was My Valley, was a popular success, so much so that
Twentieth Century-Fox purchased the screen rights immediately and released
their Academy Award-winning film version just two years later. The team
responsible for musicalizing How Green Was My Valley was first-time
Broadway composer John Morris, and first-time book and lyric writers
Gerald Freedman and Morris.
May 26, 2012
Wounded Bird Records announces:
MEL BROOKS' GREATEST HITS
first ever CD release of 1978 LP compilation
Records released earlier this year CDdirect CD transfer of the original 1978 LP, and
includes selections from "High Anxiety" (Main Title, High Anxiety, Anxious
Theme, If You Love Me Tell Me Loud, End Title), "The Producers"
(Springtime For Hitler, Prisoners Of Love), "The Twelve Chairs" (Hope For
the Best Expect The Worst, Vorobyaninov's Theme), "Blazing Saddles"
(Blazing Saddles, The French Mistake, I'm Tired), "Young Frankenstein"
(Main Title, Puttin' On The Ritz) and "Silent Movie" (Burt Reynold's
House, Silent Movie March). Although some of the movies mentioned are available as
individual soundtracks on CD, "Silent Movie" is not, and this is the only
release ever of the music from Brooks' homage to Alfred Hitchcock, "High
Anxiety".Music by John Morris,
Lyrics by Mel Brooks.
February 1, 2011
La La Land Records announces:
CLUE: THE MOVIE
limited edition of 3000 copies
Presenting the world premiere
release of renowned composer John Morris’(YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, BLAZING
SADDLES, SPACEBALLS, THE ELEPHANT MAN) original orchestral score to the
beloved 1985 Paramount Pictures comedy CLUE: THE MOVIE, based on the
famous board game and starring Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher
Lloyd, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull and Michael McKean and written and
directed by Jonathan Lynn. Having gathered a notable, devoted cult
following since its initial theatrical release, CLUE: THE MOVIE sports a
wonderful score by Morris ? one that deftly weaves wit, slapstick, mystery
and suspense with a masterful touch.
November 16, 2010
Presenting the premiere release of composer John
Morris’ sumptuous orchestral score to the 1986 Orion Pictures feature
flim, HAUNTED HONEYMOON, starring Gene Wilder, Gilda Radner and Dom
DeLuise, and directed/co-written by Gene Wilder. Produced by Ford A.
Thaxton and digitally edited and mastered by James Nelson, this release
finally makes available one of John Morris’ most technically spectacular
and evocative scores (brilliantly performed by the London Symphony
Orchestra). Limited to 1200 Units, this release features exclusive,
in-depth liner notes are by film music writer Jeff Bond.
Quartet Records proudly presents the world premiere
recording of John Morris’ classic film score for YELLOWBEARD.An ambitious parody of Pirate and
Cloak-and-Dagger films directed by Mel Damski in 1981, with a real crazy
cast which combines very different artistic worlds: Some Monthy Python
members (Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese), the usual actors in Mel
Brooks’ movies (Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Kenneth Mars),
two ephemeral American comedy stars as Cheech & Chong, prestigious and
venerated well known British comedians (Peter Cook, Spike Milligan), the
luxury supporting actors regularly appearing in great productions (James
Mason, Susannah York, Michael Hordern, Ferdy Maine), and even a cameo role
by David Bowie!
This September german
record company Filmkunst-Musikverlag reissued John Morris' original score
for 1994 miniseries SCARLETT as digital download only. Although in US the
CD is still rather difficult to find (you can get a copy from
SAE selling currently one used copy of the original album), in Europe the
CD is much more easily available and German Amazon lists several sellers offering copy
of the album for a very reasonable prices. Surprisingly, new download
only version includes all previous content by John Morris who isn't listed
on the package, but doesn't include the title song 'Love Hurts' by
Nazareth, which was a HUGE hit in 1994. The miniseries is a sequel to GONE
WITH THE WIND and follows the story of title character, who is trying to
win back Rhett Butler's heart. The series stars Timothy Dalton (Butler)
and Joanne Whalley-Kilmer (Scarlett).
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