03 - Paris Arrival
04 - Sky Symphony
05 - Invitation To A Bull Fight/Entrance Of The Bull March
06 - India Country Side
07 - Around The World Part II
08 - The Pagoda Of Pillagi
09 - Temple Of Dawn
10 - Prairie Sail Car
11 - Land Ho
12 - Epilogue
One of the most famous sequences in the film, the flight by hot air balloon, is not in the original Jules Verne novel. Because the film was made in Todd AO, the sequence was expressly created to show off the locations seen on the flight, as projected on the giant curved screen used for the process.
The original soundtrack to AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS features 12 tracks composed by Victor Young for the 1956 film. Released to coincide with the film's 50th anniversary, this expanded edition soundtrack album of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS contains nearly 30 minutes of previously unavailable music, as well as film music composer Victor Young's delightful original score, for which he won a posthumous Oscar after dying of a heart attack soon after the film's completion. Japanese edition of the soundtrack to 1956's Academy Award winner for Best Score by Victor Young. 12 tracks. MCA. 2003. Composed and conducted by Victor Young.
By AvidOldiesCollector (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Not too long after composing the music for this brilliant 1956 film starring David Niven, Shirley MacLaine, and Cantinflas, Victor Young passed away at the age of 56 on November 11, 1956. He did, however, leave behind a legacy of musical classics that will endure forever.
In addition to the title tune, which became a Billboard Pop Top 100 single for Decca that summer [his last], going to # 13 [the flip was a vocal version by Bing Crosby with Young's backing and which also charted at # 25], he composed such gems as A Ghost Of A Chance, Stella By Starlight, and My Foolish Heart, among others, and also put seven other tunes onto the charts from 1950 to 1955.
There are several Victor Young CDs available, but none among them, as far as I can tell [some listings do not show contents], contain his hits, other than the one in this album.
Two months later, under the billing Victor Young And His Orchestra And Chorus And Don Cherry, their rendition of Mona Lisa went to # 7, one of seven charted versions of that song from the film Captain Carey, U.S.A., and second only to the Nat "King" Cole # 1. The flipside, The Third Man Theme from the classic Orson Welles film, had six charted versions itself. including the Young/Cherry collaboration, but this time they had to settle for a # 22, well back of the hit versions by Anton Karas and Guy Lombardo [both # 1].
There were also eight hit versions of his next offering, My Heart Cries For You, an adaptation of the 18th Century French melody Chanson de Marie Antoinette. Only this time his version, with vocals by Louanne Hogan, Joe Graydon and a chorus, finished in eighth place at # 29 in March 1951, well back of those by Guy Mitchell [# 2], Dinah Shore [# 3], and Vic Damone [# 4].
Two years would pass before his next hit, Ruby, from the film Ruby Gentry and once more his instrumental brought up the rear at # 20, behind those of Richard Hayman [# 3] and Les Baxter [# 7]. Following another full year's drought, he returned to the charts in 1954 with The High And The Mighty from the John Wayne film, finishing second [# 6] to Les Baxter's version [# 4], with the haunting whistling of Muzzy Marcellino.
His next entry, coming in 1955, was still another multi-recorded tune, Autumn Leaves, which, with piano solo by Ray Turner, finished well back [as did all the others] of the Roger Williams # 1. Then came Around The World In 80 Days, with the original Decca soundtrack LP 79046 going on to become a best-seller.
It's great to see it preserved in this MCA CD release, but what we need now is a compilation of his hit singles for posterity.
Young was born in Chicago on 8 August 1900 into a very musical family, his father being a member of one Joseph Sheehan’s touring Opera company. The young Victor began playing violin at the age of six, and was sent over to Poland when he was ten to stay with his grandfather and study at Warsaw Imperial Conservatory, achieving the Diploma Of Merit.He studied the piano with Isidor Philipp of the Paris Conservatory.While still a teenager he embarked on a career as a concert violinist with the Warsaw Philharmonic under Julius Wertheim before returning to Chicago in 1920 to join the orchestra at Central Park Casino. He then went to Los Angeles to join his Polish fiancée, finding employment first as a fiddler in impresario Sid Grauman's Million Dollar Theatre Orchestra then going on to be appointed concert-master for Paramount-Publix Theatres. In the mid-1930s he moved to Hollywood where he concentrated on films, recordings of light music and providing backing for popular singers, including Bing Crosby.His composer credits include "When I Fall in Love," "Blue Star (The 'Medic' Theme)," "Moonlight Serenade (Summer Love)" from the motion picture The Star (1952), "Sweet Sue," "Can't We Talk It Over," "Street of Dreams," "Love Letters," "Around the World," "My Foolish Heart," "Golden Earrings," "Stella by Starlight", and "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You."
Young was signed to Brunswick in 1931 where his studio groups recorded scores of popular dance music, waltzes and semi-classics through 1934. His studio groups often contained some of the best jazz musicians in New York, including Bunny Berigan, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Venuti, Arthur Schutt, Eddie Lang, and others. He used first-rate vocalists, including Paul Small, Dick Robertson, Harlan Lattimore, Smith Ballew, Helen Rowland, Frank Munn, The Boswell Sisters, Lee Wiley and others. One of his most interesting recordings was the January 22, 1932 session containing songs written by Herman Hupfeld "Goopy Geer" and "Down The Old Back Road", which Hupfeld sang and played piano on (his only two known vocals).
In late 1934, Young signed with Decca and continued recording in New York until mid-1936, when he relocated to Los Angeles.
Radio and films
On radio, he was the musical director of Harvest of Stars. He was musical director for many of Bing Crosby's recordings for the American branch of Decca Records. For Decca, he also conducted the first album of songs from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, a sort of "pre-soundtrack" cover version rather than a true soundtrack album. The album featured Judy Garland and the Ken Darby Singers singing songs from the film in Young's own arrangements. He also composed the music for several Decca spoken word albums.
He received 22 Academy Award nominations for his work in film, twice being nominated four times in a single year, but he did not win during his lifetime. He received his only Oscar posthumously for his score of Around the World in Eighty Days (1956). His other scores include Golden Boy (1939), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Love Letters (1945), So Evil My Love (1948), Samson and Delilah (1949), Our Very Own (1950), My Favorite Spy (1951), Payment on Demand (1951), The Quiet Man (1952), Scaramouche (1952), Something to Live For (1952), Shane (1953), A Man Alone (1955), and Written on the Wind (1956).
Young also composed "The Call of the Faraway Hills," used as the theme for the U.S. television series Shane.
As an occasional bit player, Young can be glimpsed briefly in The Country Girl (1954) playing a recording studio leader conducting Crosby while he tapes "You've Got What It Takes". His last film score was for Omar Khayyam, starring Cornel Wilde, filmed in 1956 and released by Paramount in 1957 after Young's death.
Young died in Palm Springs, California after a cerebral hemorrhage at age 56. His family donated his artefacts and memorabilia (including his Oscar) to Brandeis University, where they are housed today.