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Nino Rota's THE GODFATHER (1972) - NEW! 2-CD Expanded Edition from La-La Land Records (2022)


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What a wonderful surprise.  Amazing classic score and, yes, long overdue for a proper release.

 

My wallet is really hurting with this Black Friday batch!

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55 minutes ago, Disco Stu said:

My wallet is really hurting with this Black Friday batch!

 

*Your* wallet? I've got a backlog spanning about half a years' worth of releases, to save on shipping costs. I expect it's going to be a €300+ (if not €400+) order this time… :crymore:

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I’m really curious about/the remastered sound, I’ve listened to the ost so much that I’m used to the not so good sound lol. 
 

Hopefully the second score can get a similar release in the future!

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2 hours ago, Yavar Moradi said:


Don’t see his name mentioned here! Could he have been referring to The ‘Burbs?

 

Yavar


well I half-nailed it with predicting the expanded score release 😂

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1 hour ago, Jay said:

Dan Goldwasser says

 

The original recorded tracks sound absolutely pristine - the 1972 OST was not reflective of the quality of the recording. Chris did an excellent job on the mix, and Doug Schwartz did a wonderful job on the mastering.

 

https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=149830&forumID=1&archive=0

Excellent news! 

 

As some of have expressed above, it is about time we got a complete film score release of this classic score.

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12 minutes ago, Incanus said:

Excellent news! 

 

As some of have expressed above, it is about time we got a complete film score release of this classic score.

Yes, this is one of the essential film scores!

 

I’m happy that the source music from the wedding is included.

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I'm not super familiar with this score, and while I have seen the three films, that was a long time ago now.

 

I was looking at the tracklist, and assumed the *s were for previously unreleased stuff, until I saw that they were for unused in the film stuff!  Wow!  Nino Rota wrote a ton of stuff that Coppola did not use, eh?  There's a * or ** on 20 out of the 29 main program tracks!  This release looks quite revelatory!

 

For the second film, did Rota write a significant amount of new material, or was it largely cues from the first reused or reworked?

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Would there be a cue assembly/slate list (a la Intrada) in the booklet?  @Jay I don't know if you would know, hence the ask.  [Sidebar--I know it's not the norm for LLL, but it was featured in the Mystery Men booklet].  Carry on.

 

And yes, the original pst sounded a bit muffled.  Granted that's yesteryear technology, so a pristine, crisp version is most welcome.

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3 hours ago, Jay said:

I'm not super familiar with this score, and while I have seen the three films, that was a long time ago now.

 

I was looking at the tracklist, and assumed the *s were for previously unreleased stuff, until I saw that they were for unused in the film stuff!  Wow!  Nino Rota wrote a ton of stuff that Coppola did not use, eh?  There's a * or ** on 20 out of the 29 main program tracks!  This release looks quite revelatory!

 

For the second film, did Rota write a significant amount of new material, or was it largely cues from the first reused or reworked?

The second score has a lot of new thematic material (the immigrant theme and Kay’s theme being the most prominent) so I don’t think there’s much recycling from the first score.
 

I’m really curious about all the unused cues and wonder if there is unused stuff for the second score as well.

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Looking at the bonus cues  

Manhattan Serenade after Connie's wedding when we pan and see Hollywood

Tarantella, Mazurka, Foxtrot all play at Connie's Wedding

The Loneliness plays after Michael Shoots Salazo and a newspaper montage plays

Lucky When we see Las Vegas 

Connie's wedding must contain Every time I Look In Your Eyes which that one is not separate.

The Last two tracks play during Michael and Apollonia wedding 

 Still missing is Libiamo , Mona Lisa and For He's A Jolly Good Fellow these can be easily ripped from the 5.1 without SFX

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On 26/11/2022 at 12:41 PM, Jay said:

For the second film, did Rota write a significant amount of new material, or was it largely cues from the first reused or reworked?

 

IIRC the second film has a less conventional score and mainly uses source music, but I do remember two lovely themes specifically composed for the Ellis Island arrival and for the character of Hyman Roth

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It's definitely because watching The Godfather over and over at 14 (after reading the book first!) was such a formative experience, but "Manhattan Serenade" remains to this day one of my favorite needle drops in any movie ever.  It perfectly accentuates the juxtaposition of the cloistered cultural enclave of the wedding with the outside world, going from tarantellas to swing.  Also it's just a damn catchy tune and I'm a sucker for that late 30s/early 40s smooth pop swing of bands like Dorsey and Shaw.

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3 hours ago, Score said:

 

Franco Sciannameo wrote the book "Nino Rota's The Godfather Trilogy - A Film Score Guide". For his researches, he had the permission to see Nino Rota's manuscript scores for all the Godfather movies from two different archives, and at the end of the book he lists all the cues that he has found (including slate numbers), specifying those which were recorded but not used in the films. I think it's quite a comprehensive list, possibly complete (there, one can find all the track titles of the LaLaLand release of the first score). The answer to your question is: yes, there is some recorded but unused stuff also for the second score. 

 

 

 

Great info!

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Years ago I made a few cover sets for The Godfather Trilogy so I thought I'd post it here if anyone is interested:

 

Click on this link to go to the album with the full res images:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/162181720@N04/albums/72157704770679964/with/44549426470/

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Gotta admit, I don't like the cover art.  I understand it's gotta differentiate itself, but this is just ugly.  The simplicity of just the logo on black is so iconic, I wish they had just stuck with that and added '50th Anniversary' text at the top or bottom or something.

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