PUBLIC DOMAIN: FRANK SINATRA - GUYS AND DOLLS OST

September 10, 2016 – 11:09 am

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FRANK SINATRA
Guys And Dolls OST [no label, 1CD]

Reconstructed soundtrack. Very good audio.

Thanks to DOC for the efforts and for sharing the reconstructed soundtrack on the net.

DOC noted:

As far as I am aware there has never been a complete “official” release of the 1955 movie soundtrack of Guys And Dolls. This has been an incredible frustration to most musical lovers as both the movie and score are superb.

In 1983, Motion Picture Tracks released a bootleg LP of the complete score in mono and I believe a Japanese company issued that same score on a limited CD pressing.

I bought the LP when it was released and while it is excellent - still a special part of my collection, it is a shame that it seems that an optical film print (mono) was used for the transfer, as the magnetic theatrical prints carried a stereo soundtrack, though in fairness the magnetic prints would have been a lot harder to obtain.

Some two or three tracks from the original Sinatra/Brando score were added onto a CD reissue of the original Broadway soundtrack at one point which has always struck me as curious - why not issue the complete score?

MGM released the movie on DVD and followed up with a collector’s issue which would have been a perfect opportunity to have included an isolated score - but they missed the boat.

It wasn’t until 2006 that a Dutch company issued a commercial stereo version hidden away as part of a three-disc collection of Brando - Music And Highlights From His Movies. This was  a credible version that may have been transferred from a stereo film print but more likely was sourced from the remastered MGM DVD release. Even if the score was lifted from an AC3 soundtrack, the engineer did a good job of the transfer. It sounds good and Tau shows it as a mixture CDDA and Unknown.

There were two major problems with this issue however - for some incredibly stupid reason, they left out the overture and all the dance music sequences! This equates to four tracks - some 12 and a half minutes of the 51-minute score were missing! In addition, they had an unfortunate habit of cutting the tracks very short at the end and occasionally missing the first few notes of some of the tracks - maybe those Dutch Guys were spending too much time in their cafes smokin’ strange stuff.

This share is my personal stereo CD copy - it is by nature a hybrid. It has the 14 tracks from the Golden Stars CSS 5416 CD and has the missing four tracks re-engineered and restored in the correct sequence. I have used the 14 commerical tracks as the reference point. Adjusting the levels and mix of the four additional tracks and doing a little repair to some of the source tracks was extremely time consuming, but I feel it worked as well as could have been expected - after all this was a labour of love.

I have always adored the film score version and have been very frustrated that a company like Angel has not yet taken this project on board and given it a full official release - I can only hope we may yet see that happen.

Until then, I can offer you this version - which I believe is pretty good. Please note that all the versions available to date contain some degree of SFX in them - I don’t think it detracts in any way from the enjoyment of this masterpiece musical.

It is so much fun to hear Brando sing and he does it very well - certainly better than Clint Eastwood or Telly Savalas in their respective attempts on screen and off. If you haven’t seen the movie, it is realy worth searching out on DVD - it truly is a classic.

This share is for all musical lovers in HQS and especially in tribute to our great HQS friends and fellow Guys And Dolls fan, amigos Jegar and ROB42.

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Track 01. Overture 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 02. Fugue For Tinhorns 1:42 (2.9MB)
Track 03. Follow The Fold 0:38 (1.1MB)
04. The Oldest Established Floating Crap Game In New York - Omitted *
Track 05. I’ll Know 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track 06. Pet Me, Poppa 4:08 (7.0MB)
07. Adelaide’s Lament - Omitted *
08. Guys And Dolls - Omitted *
Track 09. Adelaide 1:34 (2.6MB)
Track 10. Dance Sequence/A Woman In Love 3:29 (5.8MB)
Track 11. If I Were A Bell 2:17 (3.8MB)
Track 12. A Woman In Love 2:20 (3.9MB)
Track 13. Take Back Your Mink 3:55 (6.6MB)
Track 14. Luck Be A Lady/The Crap Game Dance 3:38 (6.1MB)
Track 15. Luck Be A Lady 3:02 (5.1MB)
16. Sue Me - Omitted *
Track 17. Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat 2:00 (3.4MB)
Track 18. Guys And Dolls/Finale 1:31 (2.6MB)
40 mins

* Available on Sinatra In Hollywood 1940-1964 (released in 2002).


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  1. 2 Responses to “PUBLIC DOMAIN: FRANK SINATRA - GUYS AND DOLLS OST”

  2. Sad that an attempt to compile a complete sound track has been compromised by unnecessary omissions.

    If the tracks are public domain / out of copyright, that remains the case even if they happen to be re-released in a compilation (an artificial construct) of a later date.

    I believe you could reinstate those tracks without breaching any self-imposed limitations or rules.

    It’s no different than EMI placing a track by Caruso on a hypothetical “The Greatest Tenors” special collection: Caruso would remain out of copyright no matter how often some fancy record company chooses to exploit his legacy, while the Pavarotti tracks would very clearly remain copyrighted.

    By the real Tony on Sep 11, 2016

  3. thanks a lot for the share and the story!

    By thibo on Mar 15, 2017

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