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IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1200 EDITION /LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER) (CD)
Composed by: Dimitri Tiomkin

Sample Tracks
Name Number
Main Title / Heaven 01
Love Sequence 07
George Lassoes Stork 09
George Is Unborn 17
Pottersville Cemetery 19
Wrong Mary Hatch / The Prayer 20
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“STRANGE, ISN’T IT? EACH MAN’S LIFE TOUCHES SO MANY OTHER LIVES. WHEN HE ISN’T AROUND HE LEAVES AN AWFUL HOLE, DOESN’T HE?”

It is surprising to think that one of the most beloved movies of all time was a box-office disappointment during its original engagement. But, over the years, It’s a Wonderful Life found its audience – a huge and enduring audience ¬– and became one of the most beloved works in all of cinema. It’s a Wonderful Life is now seen as the classic it always was, revered by people all over the world, a staple at Christmas, and a movie people watch over and over again without ever tiring of its simple and beautiful message: how our lives touch others’ lives in profound and wonderful ways. It is one of director Frank Capra’s crowning achievements in a career filled with them.

Despite its somewhat less-than-stellar performance at the box-office, the film garnered some excellent reviews and was nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film Editing, and Best Sound Recording. It won none of those but earned a Technical Achievement Award for Russell Shearman and the RKO Special Effects department (for its use of simulated falling snow). But in the end awards didn’t matter, for while it took a bit of time to happen, Wonderful Life entered the public consciousness and has never left it.

Dimitri Tiomkin wrote a wonderful score for Wonderful Life, interweaving original themes and quotes of popular music to great effect. But, as sometimes happens, Capra made lots of changes in the editing room. He cut several cues (letting those scenes play without music) and rearranged where certain cues appeared; he removed sections of cues, and even tracked in music written for other films. But the score as written is exquisite—as heartfelt and moving as the film. And even though the way in which it’s used in the movie works beautifully, hearing it complete (including unused cues) is a special treat. It is filled with Tiomkin’s wonderful sense of film and character and drama.

This is, surprisingly, the world premiere release of the original tracks for Tiomkin’s score. Tiomkin had a set of acetates for the film, some of which were in good condition and some of which weren’t. They were filled with partial takes, aborted takes and full takes. Through careful editing, we were able to piece together everything that was provided to us and Chris Malone, our restoration expert, did a breathtakingly great job on it. Once before he saved for Kritzerland a score many thought could never be released – A Place in the Sun – and his work here is even more astonishing, resulting in close to fifty minutes of pure Tiomkin heaven. While a handful of cues are still a little problematic in terms of acetate noise, the majority of them have been cleaned up without sacrificing any musical or recording qualities and are quite stunning to hear. We have also included several interesting bonus tracks. Do not be fooled by any other CDs that purport to be the original soundtrack for this film - they are all bootlegs and contain dialogue, sound effects and music right off the film itself. This is the first release of the real deal.

And so, at long last, here are the wonderful original score tracks to It’s a Wonderful Life. - KRITZERLAND

1. Main Title / Heaven 2. Ski Run 3. Death Telegram 4. Gower’s Deliverance 5. George and Dad 6. Father’s Death 7. Love Sequence 8. Wedding Cigars 9. George Lassoes Stork 10. Dilemma 11. Bank Crisis 12. Search for Money 13. Potter’s Threat 14. Dankgebet / This Is the Army, Mr. Jones 15. Uncle Billy’s Blunder 16. Clarence’s Arrival 17. George Is Unborn 18. Haunted House 19. Pottersville Cemetery 20. Wrong Mary Hatch / The Prayer 21. A Wonderful Life (original finale) 22. Auld Lang Syne / End Title

BONUS TRACKS
23. It’s a Wonderful Life (vocal) 24. Wedding March / Big Band 25. Father’s Death (alternate) 26. Haunted House (alternate take) 27. Pottersville Cemetery (without chorus) 28. Auld Lang Syne (extended take)

  
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