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The Pleasure of His Company


Movie | Release date: 10/24/2013 | Film release: 1961 | Format: CD
Kritzerland (857252002593)
Limited edition: 1000 copies
 

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# Track   Duration
1.Prelude / Lullaby in Blue 
2.Pogo Poole 
3.I Am the Essential Guest 
4.Portraits From the Past 
5.Hello Katherine 
6.A Tender Reunion 
7.Toy's Radio (Hawaiian War Chant) 
8.So Little Time 
9.Country Club Samba 
10.Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco / The Picnic / The Cable Car 
11.Chez Allain 
12.Time, the Enemy 
13.For Old Time's Sake 
14.Just Testing (Kitchen Scene) 
15.I'm Alone Parts 1 and 2 / Pogo's Farewell 
16.BONUS TRACKS: Lullaby in Blue (Demo) 
17.The Pleasure of His Company (Demo 1) 
18.The Pleasure of His Company (Demo 2) 
19.Wedding Reception 
20.Country Club Dance #1 (Personality) 
21.Country Club Dance #2 (Easy Living and Lover) 
22.Terrace in the Fog (That Old Black Magic) 
23.Reception Waltz Medley (The Champagne Waltz and Lover) 
24.That Old Black Magic (Pre-Recording) 
25.That Old Black Magic la Previn (Pre-Recording) 
26.Personality (Pre-Recording) 
27.Easy Living and Lover Medley (Pre-Recording) 
28.The Champagne Waltz and Lover Medley (Pre-Recording) 
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Kritzerland is proud to present a world premiere limited edition CD release:

THE PLEASURE OF HIS COMPANY
Music Composed and Conducted by Alfred Newman

Take an all-star cast (including Fred Astaire, Debbie Reynolds, Lili Palmer, Tab Hunter, Gary Merrill and Charlie Ruggles), a hit Broadway show (The Pleasure of His Companyby Samuel Taylor and Cornelia Otis Skinner), a world-class director (George Seaton), and what could possibly go wrong? The answer is, in a word nothing. The plot is a bubbly confection about a neer-do-well rich man named Pogo Poole (Astaire), who returns from his many travels to attend the wedding of his daughter Jessica (Reynolds), a debutante who hasnt seen her father since he and her mother (Palmer) divorced. As in all bubbly confections, there are complications, misunderstandings, charm, laughs and the eventual happy ending. The Pleasure of His Company has all these in spades with an emphasis on the pleasure.

Hired to compose the score was the great Alfred Newman, whod recently ended his long tenure at Twentieth Century-Fox. Newman had scored several of director George Seatons early films, including Chicken Every Sunday, The Big Lift, For Heavens Sake and Anything Can Happen, and just as Seaton had migrated from Fox to Paramount, so, too, did Newman. There he scored both The Pleasure of His Company and Seatons next Paramount film, The Counterfeit Traitor.

Its hard to imagine a more luscious, melodic, beguiling and captivating romantic comedy score than what Newman delivered for The Pleasure of His Company. The score gets off to a stunning start with a great Newman theme, Lullaby in Blue a theme that is the cornerstone of the score and will reappear at frequent intervals. The main secondary theme occurs soon thereafter, Newmans Pleasure of His Company theme. Theres a wonderful theme for Astaire, a kind of traveling music that is infectious and fun. And there are other lovely themes along the way to the happy ending. The score is like a sparkling glass of champagne sophisticated, lush, witty, tender and pure Newman.

This is the first CD release for The Pleasure of His Company and we present the complete score, the source music, and some demo cues, mostly in stereo from the original session masters housed in the Paramount vaults. A world premiere score release by Alfred Newman is always cause for celebration so, pop open the champagne and be prepared to be charmed by one of the greatest film composers who ever lived.

The Pleasure of His Company is limited to 1000

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