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SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
« on: December 17, 2010, 11:47:44 PM »

Well, you've read the notes, the notes confirmed the rumor that a certain roly-poly person is coming to town, and now it is time for you to post until the Santa Cows come home.
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010, 11:48:32 PM »

And the word of the day is: HORRIPILATE!
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2010, 11:52:12 PM »

As promised, the final Kritzerland releases of 2010 - I couldn't imagine going out with two more fun titles than these - read carefully to see why they're very special.  You know the drill, if you want them, they're each 19.98 - if you take both, shipping remains 3.75.  Go directly to paypal and use our paypal address, which is kritzerland at adelphia dot net.  I suspect these will be swift sellouts, so do not tarry or dally or even dally or tarry.


Kritzerland is proud to present two new limited edition soundtracks, our two final releases for 2010 – one world premiere CD release and one very special reissue:

CASINO ROYALE
Music Composed and Conducted by Burt Bacharach

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GENGHIS KHAN
Music Composed and Conducted by Dusan Radic

CASINO ROYALE IS TOO MUCH… FOR ONE JAMES BOND!

In 1953, British author Ian Fleming created one of the most enduring cinematic characters with the publication of his first 007 novel, Casino Royale.  Thirteen years later, producer Charles K. Feldman (of What’s New Pussycat? fame) reimagined Fleming’s story as a large-scale, star-studded spy spoof inspired by the Bond mania that swept across the world in the 1960s. While not exactly delivering the kind of James Bond films audiences had loved and come to expect, Casino Royale has became a cult classic in the ensuing decades, a colorful addendum to the history of the 007 legacy.  With an all-star cast that included David Niven, Deborah Kerr, John Huston, Woody Allen, Peter Sellers, cameos by Jean-Paul Belmondo, David McCallum, and Peter O’Toole, and even featuring an authentic Bond girl, Ursula Andress (from Dr. No), the rag-tag craziness on view was directed by several different directors – John Huston, Joseph McGrath, Robert Parrish, with Val Guest overseeing the entire production.  As would be expected, the end result was eclectic, sometimes very funny, and sometimes just plain weird. 

One person who immensely helped tie the whole thing together was the brilliant Burt Bacharach, who provided one of the most popular and universally applauded features of Casino Royale: its musical score. Hired on the strength of his music for What’s New Pussycat?, the composer was expected to bring the same kind of cheek to Feldman’s latest picture, offering a colorful kaleidoscope that went on to define the Swingin’ Sixties without referencing the typical musical spy vernacular. In fact, Bacharach’s approach is much closer to the Henry Mancini/Blake Edwards song scores such as The Pink Panther or The Party, which may explain the soundtrack’s extraordinary success on its own. The score was nominated for a Grammy and “The Look of Love” received an Oscar nomination.  Bacharach had, of course, had countless hits by the time of this film, and would go on to have countless more (one of the only pop song composers to have hits in every decade since the 1950s), as well as providing the soundtracks to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Arthur, and many other films.

This is the third CD release for Casino Royale (although both releases on Varese Sarabande were pretty much identical) – the original LP has long been considered one of the great audiophile releases, thanks to a nod in The Absolute Sound.  But due to an unfortunate accident, just prior to the transfer of the master tape, the tape was rewound too quickly and stripped of iron oxide, thereby compromising and damaging the tape.  The transfer could still be made and the CD came out – but anyone expecting it to sound like the LP was disappointed, and for obvious reasons.  For this release, we have spent much time in trying to alleviate some of the effects of the tape damage – our mastering engineer, James Nelson, has painstakingly and lovingly repaired numerous dropouts and other anomalies and we’ve worked very hard to get this to sound as good as it ever has or will, and the result is pretty amazing.  We’ve also added three short bonus cues, available on CD for the first time, including the original end credits vocal.   And, of course, we get the great performances of Dusty Springfield and Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass.

But one of the main reasons for doing this third CD release was to offer as a bonus a straight transfer of that original record – done from several pristine copies of the LP – so that the original sound, with no additional processing or EQ, is captured on CD for the very first time.   We leave it for others to judge whether that sound holds up for today’s listeners.  Given what happened to the master tape, this is as close to that original LP sound as we’re ever going to get.

This very special release is limited to 1000 copies only.  The price of the CD is $19.98, plus shipping.   Additionally, we are offering a special deal with the purchase of this release.  Go to the item page and click on the link to find out about it.

“I ALLOW YOU TO LIGHT THIS LAST SPECTACLE”

Genghis Khan hit movie screens in 1965 at the tail end of a ten-year run of epic films on epic subjects.   While not up to the classics that had preceded it (Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, El Cid, and others), it wasn’t really trying to be – in fact, it was more of a boy’s adventure film, but with a little sex in it.  It was one of many multi-national films made at the time, with an irresistible cast of actors, including Omar Sharif, Stephen Boyd James Mason, Robert Morley, Francoise Dorleac, Telly Savalas, Eli Wallach, Woody Strode, Michael Hordern, and hordes of extras splashing across the Technicolor and Panavision screen.  As to historical accuracy – well, no.  As to entertainment – well, yes, especially seen today.  It’s one of those “they don’t make ‘em like that anymore” movies and one looks back on some of these films rather fondly.  The film did not do well at the box-office and wasn’t well-reviewed, but seen today it’s a really fun adventure yarn.

Helping the film enormously is the grand, robust, and adventure-filled score of Dusan Radic.  A Yugoslavian composer born in 1929, Radic had previously scored many films in his home country, as well as being very prolific in the classical world, but became known in America with two 1960s films – The Long Ships and, a year later, Genghis Khan, both of which thankfully received LP releases.  Those LP releases were must-haves for those who loved and collected soundtracks back then.   The score of Genghis Khan is real old-fashioned movie music – music in classic adventure mode with themes galore, whether a heroic march or a beautiful love theme. Radic’s music propels the film from scene to scene, which helps the pace of the two-hour plus film immeasurably.  It’s a shame Radic didn’t continue to work on American films.

The original soundtrack release of Genghis Khan was on Liberty Records.  For this first release on CD we’ve used the original album masters housed in the vaults at Capitol/EMI.   Although there was both a mono and stereo LP release, both were, in fact, mono – a stereo release simply never existed – we present the CD in mono as it was recorded.  We also include two bonus tracks formerly available only on an overseas pressing of the LP soundtrack.  It is a treat to bring the music of Dusan Radic and Genghis Khan to a new generation of soundtrack fans – just as with the film (they don’t make ‘em like that anymore), so it is with Dusan Radic’s score – they don’t write ‘em like that anymore. 

This release is limited to 1000 copies only.  The price of the CD is $19.98, plus shipping.   Additionally, we are offering a special deal with the purchase of this release.  Go to the item page and click on the link to find out about it.

CD will ship the last week of January – however, preorders placed directly through Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks earlier (we’ve been averaging four weeks early).   To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.

 


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Re: SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 12:25:37 AM »

A Very Happy Birthday to DR PennyO!!

and

A Very Happy Birthday to DR Dan (the Man)!!

;D
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2010, 12:25:54 AM »

Both CDs have been ordered!
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2010, 12:27:35 AM »

I didn't wait to order through Kritzerland.com, so I don't know what the deals are for each title.  I hope that I'm not missing out on something.
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2010, 12:40:59 AM »

December must be the busiest month for birthday here at HHW!!!


A Very Happy Birthday to DR PennyO!!

and

A Very Happy Birthday to DR Dan (the Man)!!

(A cut and paster from DR George)
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2010, 12:44:18 AM »

RE: Title of todays's notes.

Reminds me of the line from "A Night at the Opera"

Fiorello: You can't fool me! There ain't no Sanity Clause!
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2010, 12:56:16 AM »

December must be the busiest month for birthday here at HHW!!!

March seems to have been a busy month, too. ::)

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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2010, 01:50:47 AM »

So, this past Thursday was our annual Holiday Potluck at work...it was also the day of my new supervisor's retirement.  She'd been at Timberland for 19 years.  Anyway, when she announced way back in April (I think) that she was going to retire in December, she came to my cubicle and asked if I could play at her retirement party the song from that show where I wore the Carmen Miranda outfit (you know the outfit).  The show was Harlequin Productions' "Stardust for Christmas" in 1995.  I sang "Boom Chicka Boom," from Nick & Nora.  I have the original Broadway cast recording and I said that I would be happy to play it.  Well, I recently remembered that I also have the videotape of the Stardust show and thought that it would be a lot funnier if I actually made a DVD of the song and played that.  Well, I did!  Everyone loved it!  A couple of people suggested that post it to YouTube, so I did!  If you want to see me in performance in the Carmen Miranda drag, click HERE.

If you don't want to see it, don't click HERE.

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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2010, 02:36:09 AM »

Morning all.

That is all.
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2010, 02:40:47 AM »

Today I begin my low-residue diet for the two weeks of my medication regime.

It's basically low-fibre foods, Wonder bread, highly processed things or chicken breasts (no skin or gristle)

Here are a couple of links for those who might be interested in what I'll be eating. It's not a diet to be on for a long time because you miss many nutrients and other important nutritional extras.

Low-Residue Diet

More Low-Residue

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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2010, 02:41:54 AM »

No oatmeal, especially with nuts and dried fruit, for a while.
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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2010, 03:55:03 AM »

Happy birthday, PennyO!

Happy birthday, DtM!

Much joy to you both


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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2010, 03:55:34 AM »

Good morning, Ben
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« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2010, 03:55:59 AM »

What's the point of oatmeal if it's not good for you, i always say
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« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2010, 04:32:57 AM »

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday to Our Dearest Darlingest DR PennyO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2010, 04:45:15 AM »

Good morning, all! Around 5:30 am I was awake and disturbing the neighbors with a terrible coughing fit that lasted too long. I am sick with this cold and I am extremely sick of this cold.

I am up early to hit the post office first thing to send off several packages to friends hither and yon. Following that I will vacuum, tidy up the apartment, and work on reports for BABES IN TOYLAND and the Cinderella show by Mr Victor Herbert. My shopping is essentially finished, it's just the wrapping and distribution taking my time this week.

In 1958, my family took a 2-week vacation to Tucson AZ for the holiday. My dad's stepbrother Jay and his wife had moved to Arizona in the late 1940s because of recommendation from the doctors treating their daughter's asthma and rheumatic fever. The car trip  from Ohio to Arizona took us three or four days and I remember that crossing Texas seemed three or four eons. On our last day in Tucson my mother became ill, her usual pattern when it wasn't about her, and the return trip with her pissing and moaning over how poorly she felt was sheer hell.

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« Reply #18 on: December 18, 2010, 04:46:35 AM »

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday Felicitations to DR Dan(theMan) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #19 on: December 18, 2010, 04:55:28 AM »

Happy Birthday Dan!!!
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« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2010, 04:55:43 AM »

Happy Birthday to dear Penny!
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« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2010, 05:02:11 AM »

DR BEN!!!
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« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2010, 05:02:39 AM »

I ordered the CD's and didn't read carefully....I paid shipping for both.  Oh well.  Merry Christmas, Kritzerland!
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« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2010, 05:04:13 AM »

Happy Birthday to DR PENNYO.

Good news from DR MBARNUM, DR LAURA, and DR td.....and DR ELMORE yesterday.

Hopefully the trend will continue.

DR JMK is being stalked by gay porn stars, DR RP is enjoying cantatas and turkey, and MR BK is being paged by Gregory Harrison - the world is as it should be.
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« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2010, 05:04:27 AM »

Today is the LAST Saturday to shop before Christmas, 2011.
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« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2010, 05:07:11 AM »

There is a free computer program called Wavosaur that can remove vocals from a CD track...sort of.....this is probably what those people singing "Be a Santa" used.
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« Reply #26 on: December 18, 2010, 05:23:07 AM »

And now I am off to work.

Have a great Saturday, everyone!
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« Reply #27 on: December 18, 2010, 05:25:20 AM »


DR JMK is being stalked by gay porn stars, DR RP is enjoying cantatas and turkey, and MR BK is being paged by Gregory Harrison - the world is as it should be.


And DR MBarnum is green with envy! All is well with the world. ;D
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« Reply #28 on: December 18, 2010, 05:32:15 AM »

Happy Happy Birthday, Dan (the Man)!!

Happy Happy Birthday, Penny O!
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« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2010, 05:35:16 AM »

Several years ago, DR Sandra and I got lost while running Christmas errands and somehow ended up in Pasadena, where a brand new show -- "Plaid Tidings" was running.
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