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 Post subject: Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:18 pm 

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In 1986, Geffen Records released the soundtrack for the film on vinyl, CD and cassette, and currently it's available digitally. Actually, I don't think it's EVER been out of print - which is something that one can seldom say about a movie soundtrack!

The problem, however, is that in addition to not including Miles Goodman's Oscar-nominated score, it doesn't match the film at all - off the top of my head, I think "Da-Doo!," "Dentist!" and "Suddenly Seymour" are the only songs that would (almost) sync if played against the movie. I honestly can't complain that several songs include additional verses ("Some Fun Now," "The Meek Shall Inherit," "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space"), but others have completely different vocals (the title track, "Downtown"), some are missing portions of the film's orchestrations ("Grow for Me," "Somewhere That's Green," "Feed Me"), the entire opening segment of "Don't Feed the Plants" was omitted, "Suppertime II" and the (originally deleted) reprise of "Somewhere That's Green" were not included, and "Your Day Begins Tonight," a song composed-and-recorded-but-rejected for the end credits, has never been released in any form anywhere. The original '90s DVD releases included an isolated music track (which was used to get bootlegs circulating in fandom), but the isolated track was not included on the blu-ray. The only other music officially issued are a few demos composed for the film, which surfaced as bonuses on the 2003 Broadway revival CD.

When work began on the "Director's Cut" in 2011, the restoration team tracked down the 24-track master tapes (reportedly in good shape) and utilized them to extend "Mean Green Mother" and restore the reprise of "Somewhere That's Green" and "Don't Feed the Plants." Unfortunately, they seem to have been returned to the WB vaults, as I've never caught wind of any plans to release them. Composer Alan Menken once remarked that there was enough material from the recording sessions to issue 3 full-length albums.

"Little Shop" is an enduring cult classic with legions of fans (thanks in part to stage productions continuously being performed around the world), and I can absolutely guarantee that if Intrada released a lavish multi-disc edition soundtrack, it'd sell out quickly and become a highly sought-after collector's item (in other words, if it happens, don't limit it to a minuscule 1,000-disc pressing for greedy resellers to snap up and gouge fans!).

 Post subject: Re: Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:52 am 

Joined: Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:08 pm
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I wholeheartedly agree. And I would definitely buy it if it was released.

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