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 Post subject: The Raccoons soundtrack
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:20 am 
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Would anyone else be interested in a soundtrack release for the Canadian animated series The Raccoons? The music, composed by Kevin Gillis and Jon Stroll and performed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, was pretty good and the show itself is still quite well known and has a cult following, at least in Canada and the UK, so it would definitely have an audience.

I doubt a complete collection of the show's songs will be released anytime soon as the masters are reportedly missing, and even if someone finds them again or locates safety copies/multitracks of the songs then there would probably be rights issues over the singers, as quite a few big names featured on the soundtrack (does Intrada even release 'song soundtracks' or whatever they're called anyway? I know some of their releases have the odd songs on them but I can't think of any that consist of just songs). However the instrumental music could potentially get released as Jon Stroll owns a tape of the complete score for the third special The Raccoons and the Lost Star, as well as additional cues written for the series - this has been confirmed by Jon Stroll himself and a fan of the series who knows him personally (note: a lot of the music from the third special was recycled for the series. The first two specials had their own unique soundtracks but I don’t know whether they’re missing or not as well).


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 Post subject: Re: The Raccoons soundtrack
PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:35 am 
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One thing to think about is that the current AFM Canadian union fees are too prohibitive for specialist labels like Intrada to endeavor. This even applies to soundtracks with the greatest sales potential.


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 Post subject: Re: The Raccoons soundtrack
PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:26 am 
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T. Newman Fan wrote:
One thing to think about is that the current AFM Canadian union fees are too prohibitive for specialist labels like Intrada to endeavor. This even applies to soundtracks with the greatest sales potential.


It's one of the great frustrations to me that the majority of scores for 1980s cartoons are simply unavailable for release for whatever reason, and this is another example. I would certainly be in for this, and there'd be a lot of music for any potential release (the series ran for quite a while). However, shows like this aren't Intrada's bag. Judging by their catalog, animated TV scores don't come under their remit.

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 Post subject: Re: The Raccoons soundtrack
PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:04 pm 
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I'd be more than interested in the music score from "The Raccoons and the Lost Star" and the TV series itself. Although I wish they'd include instrumental versions of the songs like Lisa Lougheed's "Growing Up" and Dottie West's "Lions and Tigers". I've also emailed Jack Lenz if he had the songs he wrote for the series, too. (Not the ones released on Evergreen Nights, the ones that didn't get a release. For example, "When the Sun Comes Up" sung by Lisa Lougheed and Curtis King Jr.)


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 Post subject: Re: The Raccoons soundtrack
PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:43 pm 
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litefoot wrote:
T. Newman Fan wrote:
One thing to think about is that the current AFM Canadian union fees are too prohibitive for specialist labels like Intrada to endeavor. This even applies to soundtracks with the greatest sales potential.


It's one of the great frustrations to me that the majority of scores for 1980s cartoons are simply unavailable for release for whatever reason, and this is another example. I would certainly be in for this, and there'd be a lot of music for any potential release (the series ran for quite a while). However, shows like this aren't Intrada's bag. Judging by their catalog, animated TV scores don't come under their remit.


I completely understand your frustration, litefoot. Regarding T. Newman Fan's comment, one example, I believe, is Funeral Home by Jerry Fielding. I don't know if this is exactly regarding AFM Canadian union fees, but Canadian-type fees were involved with FH (someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). The desire for Jerry Fielding score releases has existed for a while, and this one is no exception. If IIRC, Intrada more or less did a labor of love to release FH, and I'm not sure if they made any money. Nevertheless, they get my utmost respect for doing so!

However, instead of 80's cartoon scores, more so for me, it's 80's shows. This isn't directly related, but close enough, I believe. I can only think of 2 80's shows that I've love to see released on DVD or Blu-ray: Muppet Babies and Werewolf (1987). So close...same genre, right? (rolls eyes, :lol:) I'm sure my knowledge about these types of situations are dwarfed by / pale in comparison to several other members, but I'm not worried. I think Muppet Babies can't or won't be released because of the multitude of movie clips in so many of the episodes (requiring umpteen permissions and fees). Similarly, but different, I think Werewolf is held up, indefinitely, due to Mike and the Mechanics not wanting JUST ONE of their songs in ONE of the episodes to be used in the DVD / Blu-ray production. Very frustrating, but it is what it is, I guess.


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