Valley Of The Dolls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Remastered) John Williams

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Album-Release:
1967

HRA-Release:
31.03.2017

Label: Decca

Genre: Soundtrack

Subgenre: Film

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  • 1Theme From "Valley Of The Dolls"04:07
  • 2It's Impossible02:14
  • 3Ann At Lawrenceville02:36
  • 4Chance Meeting02:33
  • 5Neely's Career Montage02:00
  • 6Come Live With Me02:05
  • 7I'll Plant My Own Tree02:26
  • 8The Gillian Girl Commercial02:06
  • 9Jennifer's French Movie02:30
  • 10Give A Little More02:30
  • 11Jennifer's Recollection02:45
  • 12Theme From "Valley Of The Dolls" (Reprise)03:00
  • Total Runtime30:52

Info for Valley Of The Dolls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Remastered)



Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack „Valley Of The Dolls“ is more than a motion picture. This is the saga of success as dreamed and dreaded by every woman who lived to be beautiful, by every man who has lived for a beautiful woman.

The soundtrack was released in 1967. Dionne Warwick sang the title track; however, her version is not on the soundtrack album, only on the actual film soundtrack. According to Susann, she wrote her own lyric for the film title track as she felt that Dory Previn's lyric did not establish the story background. Warwick was signed to Scepter Records at the time and could not contractually appear on the soundtrack album. Therefore, a re-recorded version appears on the LP Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls. The film contains two versions of the theme song with different lyrics: one version plays over the opening credits, and the other, with the same lyrics as Warwick's recorded version, is heard towards the end of the film.

Margaret Whiting recorded "I'll Plant My Own Tree" for the film, while Eileen Wilson recorded it for the soundtrack album: the song is dubbed for Susan Hayward, while "It's Impossible" and "Give a Little More" are both dubbed by Gaille Heidemann for Patty Duke. Heidemann and Wilson are uncredited on the soundtrack label.

The original version of "Ill Plant My Own Tree", as recorded by Judy Garland before she was fired from the film production, was finally released in 1976 on a compilation LP Cut! Out-takes from Hollywoods Greatest Musicals.

In "Lovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann" by Barbara Seaman, it is stated that Ruth Batchelor, who wrote lyrics for Elvis Presley, wrote the lyrics for a title song for the movie, which was rejected by the studio as the Previns had already written the soundtrack. It was recorded by The Arbors and used as the opening theme to the 1967 documentary, "Jacqueline Susann and the Valley of the Dolls".

It is the story of four such women, told in Jacqueline Susann’s novel and received by an avid audience around the world. Long into its second year on the New York Times best seller list, the book was filmed by director Mark Robson – who made the screen version of “Peyton Place” more popular than the novel. „Valley Of The Dolls“ is a disturbing look at people with appetites for life greater than their capacity for living. Ann, over-powered by her love for a man, is played by Barbara Parkins. Jennifer, beaten by her great beauty, is played by Sharon Tate. And Neely, driven by talent and an unquenchable need to be loved, is played by Patty Duke. Susan Hayward, one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, portrays Helen Lawson, a great star of Broadway who missed being a great lady.

„Valley Of The Dolls“ was made where it all happened, in New England, New York and Hollywood.”

Barbara Parkins, narrator
Tony Scotti, vocals

Digitally remastered


John Williams
was born in 1932 in Long Island, New York, and later moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1948. He studied composition at UCLA. After serving in the Air Force, Williams returned to New York to study piano at the Juilliard School of Music. He worked as a jazz pianist for a time before moving back to Los Angeles to begin his career in the film studios.

Mr. Williams has composed the music for close to eighty films and has composed some of the most famous themes ever written for cinema. Some of these include Harry Potter, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET - the Extraterrestrial, Jurassic Park, the Star Wars Pre-episode and Trilogy, the Indiana Jones Trilogy, Home Alone, and Empire of the Sun. Receiving 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams has been awarded with five Oscars, seven British Academy Awards, twenty-one Grammies and four Golden Globes. He also has several gold and platinum recordings. His film score for Schindler's List earned him an Oscar and a Grammy. With 45 Academy Award nominations, John Williams has the most nominations of any person alive, and is tied for second ever after Walt Disney!

Mr. Williams was named the 19th conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1980, retiring in 1993. He has appeared as guest conductor with many major orchestras, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and has also written many concert pieces. His concert compositions include: Five Sacred Trees, a bassoon concerto premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1995, a cello concerto premiered in 1994 by Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and several concertos for flute, violin, clarinet, and tuba. His trumpet concerto premiered in 1996 with the Cleveland Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Williams composed the themes for the NBC News, the 1987 International Special Olympics, and the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

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