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Composed and Conducted by:
Alex North

2001 Album Co-Produced by:
Nick Redman

2001 Album Co-Produced and Designed by:
Robert Townson

2001 Album Restoration Co-Produced by:
Lukas Kendall

2001 Album Remixed and Arranged by:
Michael McDonald

2001 Album Notes by:
Jeff Bond
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 20th, 2001)

Tsunami (Germany)
(August 4th, 1997)
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The German Tsunami album of 1997 was limited to 2222 copies, but became readily available on the secondary market upon the debut of the 2001 Varèse Sarabande album, which is a regular U.S. release. That 2001 album, however, fell out of print itself within a few years.
Nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... if you wish to hear Alex North's percussive mastery balanced well by two extremely romantic themes, creating a bridge between two ages of Hollywood film scoring.

Avoid it... on the Tsunami CD release of the 1990's, which was overwhelmed by a far superior remastering of the score in 2001 by Varèse Sarabande.
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WRITTEN 3/24/01, REVISED 9/22/08
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2001 Album

Cleopatra: (Alex North) The ultimate studio disaster turned fiscal success, the story of the film Cleopatra's production is truly unique. Easily the most expensive film ever made at the time, the lavish and delayed completion of the project shared the international spotlight with accusations of immoral sexual relations between stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton that reached from Vatican City to the United States Congress. When combined with the gross profits that the film has managed to accumulate over the years, the hype surrounding Cleopatra has helped it become such a successful film that you see it written about in books, articles, and accounts of Hollywood history. Its immense size was awarded with numerous Academy Awards, spanning all the technical and artistic fields. While fans turned the four-hour epic into a pop culture phenomenon, many of those who were involved with the project, including Taylor herself, became so sick of Cleopatra that they refused to associate themselves with it for a long time. In the late 1990's, however, a group of those who were either involved with Cleopatra (or related to such people) launched an effort to recover the decaying film and, just as it had been so beautifully done to Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, have restored it to a condition better than its original form. The end goal of the restoration was the stunning DVD of the film that was released in 2001. With every aspect of the movie receiving attention, it is no surprise, therefore, that Alex North's score would get the full treatment as well. The original LP album for Cleopatra was an enormous success for the composer. The album spent many weeks on the nation's top selling charts, and, along with Spartacus a few years earlier, established North as the premiere composer for modern epic films. Several re-recordings of the film's two famous, main themes, many of which by pianists or string groups, turned up as elevator music in following years.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Tsunami Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 74:27
• 1. Overture (2:45)
• 2. Caesar and Cleopatra (2:35)
• 3. The Head of Pompeius (2:58)
• 4. A Gift for Caesar (1:49)
• 5. The Palace of Alexandria (2:58)
• 6. The Fire Burns, The Fire Burns (2:03)
• 7. Taste of Death (1:46)
• 8. A Queen's Bedroom (4:59)
• 9. Conspirations and Conflicts (3:55)
• 10. Anthony and Calpurnia (2:05)
• 11. Caesar's Farewell (3:47)
• 12. Cleopatra Enters Rome (6:03)
• 13. Caesar's Assassination (4:38)
• 14. Epilogue (Act 1) (2:24)
• 15. Anthony and Cleopatra (2:20)
• 16. We Shall Meet in Egypt (2:40)
• 17. Cleopatra's Barge (3:02)
• 18. Anthony's Victory (3:22)
• 19. Love and Hate (2:17)
• 20. My Love is my Master (2:12)
• 21. Anthony's Farewell (2:40)
• 22. Grant Me An Honourable Way to Die (2:39)
• 23. Dying is Less than Love (4:31)
• 24. Anthony... Wait (3:59)
2001 Varèse Sarabande Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 151:01

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The 1997 Tsunami album contains information about both the score and film. The 2001 Varèse Sarabande album includes lengthy notes about the film, score, and documentary that accompanied the DVD set. The following press statement was released by Varèse in March of 2001:

    "Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison star in one of the most breathtaking epics in motion picture history - the story of the Queen of the Nile's tumultuous love affairs with Marc Antony and Julius Caesar. Directed by the great Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve), Cleopatra's astounding recreation of the eighteen years leading up to the formation of the Roman Empire makes for one of the most lavish productions in Hollywood history.

    Coming in April from Twentieth Century Fox is a deluxe three DVD set presenting a painstaking restoration of this enormous production. Newly produced for this set is a lavish two-hour documentary telling the turbulent story of the production of one of Hollywood's most infamous and expensive (nearly $400 million when adjusted for inflation) motion pictures. This documentary will also air repeatedly on AMC as part of a tremendous promotional push by the studio. Cleopatra is one of the studio's grandest productions and this DVD will be the ultimate presentation of the spectacular epic.

    Equally historic is this first ever presentation of over 150 minutes of Alex North's glorious and Academy Award-nominated film score. The composer's own score for Spartacus and Miklos Rozsa's magnificent Ben Hur are perhaps this score's only peers. Recorded with an orchestra of unprecedented size, it is truly one of the most extraordinary scores ever composed for a film. Cleopatra has never before been available on CD. An LP of recorded highlights of North's music spent some six months on the charts and was the country's number 2 album for three weeks. Now, for the first time ever, the complete original soundtrack from the film, digitally re-mastered and sounding better than ever, is presented on this elaborately packaged double CD.

    Cleopatra opened June 12, 1963. The film was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Also receiving Oscar nominations for their work on the film were Rex Harrison (Best Actor) and Alex North (Best Score). Cleopatra was additionally nominated for Best Film Editing and Best Sound and took home Oscars for Cinematography, Art Direction - Set Decoration, Costume Design and Special Effects."
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