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Greatest Story Ever Told

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5.0 out of 5 stars PEERLESS April 9 2004
By G. A.
Format:Audio CD
One of the most lyrically soaring soundtracks a film composer has ever brought out, The Greatest Story Ever Told belongs in a class of its own.
After almost forty years, Alfred Newman's masterwork retains all of its beauty and majesty. I think it is possibly the finest music the movies have ever produced.
HIGHLY recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of breathtaking beauty April 29 2000
By M. van Hasselt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was at first apprehensive to buy this set, as I own the original LP, which -as beautiful as it is- is a re-recording in mono. This set I feared would just be a polished digital version of that LP, augmented with some laserdisc/DVD-soundtrack derived cues (people who own a copy of the ALdebaran Productions 3+ hours soundtrack CD set of Ben-Hur will know what I'm talking about: it's very disconcerting to have a sudden stereo-to mono shift in mid-track...not to mention truly barbaric fade-outs, cut-ins and cut-offs...and I also paid a LOT of money for THAT one).
However, I was pursuaded by the review below to try this set anyway, and OH MY GOD! It's worth EVERY PENNY! It contains not only the originally released soundtrack (the afore-mentioned re-recording) in glorious stereophonic sound, but two (TWO!) discs containing the original movie soundtrack cuts never ever heard before (as far as I know). These were apparently saved by famous Hollywood choral director Ken Darby (a long-time associate and friend of Alfred Newman) and God bless him for it!.
The tracks have been lovingly rearranged in a symphonic segue in brilliant stereo sound.
This collection gives a great insight in the original intention of Newman as the tracks flow flawlessly one into another to create an amazing musical tapestry of introspection and quiet grandeur, far more a unity than in the original release. That this quiet power comes off so clearly is even more remarkable considering the movie itself (in my opinion) is gargantuan and patchy at best. Newman's score (by far the best part of it) is in complete and utter juxtaposition to it.
(Collector's note: compare this score to Miklos Rozsa's 'King Of Kings' -unfortunately not (yet?) available through Amazon- for a completely different, musical as well as spiritual, take on Jesus)
A lovely last surprise: this set is a multimedia project: it even contains the original movie trailer! If this isn't getting your money's worth, I don't know what is.
Highly, HIGHLY recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Alfred Newman Masterpiece! Praises to Ryko!! Aug. 30 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Finally, we have Alfred Newman's beautiful score for GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD on CD. And not only do we have a reissue of the soundtrack as it appeared on a United Artists LP in 1965, but we also have on two extra CDs the score as Newman envisioned it, complete with his wonderful Hallelujahs. As most readers may know, George Stevens butchered Newman's score by cutting and recutting the film, asking for rewrites, and insisting on the inclusion of Verdi's "Requiem" and Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." Poor Newman was in declining health and yet had to endure this kind of desecration of his artistic creation. The selections on Discs 2 and 3 have floated about for years on tape among collectors, and there was even a 2CD set released as a bootleg (horribly distorted but very valuable for collectors). Now, however, we may rejoice in these pristine recordings. Along with the Rhino edition of Miklós Rózsa's masterpiece, BEN-HUR, this is one of the finest items to come along in years. Get your copy now. Support Ryko's marvelous work so that maybe we'll get even more discs like this one!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alfred Newman's Final Masterpiece! Great restoration! April 2 2000
By Joe NY - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although Alfred Newman would go on to score other movies (and win a final Oscar for CAMELOT), THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD is perhaps his last great effort. This great RYKO set includes 3 CDs, One features the original LP soundtrack released by United Artists records, which was in itself a re-recording (about 40 min). Two other CDs contain Newman's actual movie soundtrack recordings (totaling some 95 min). Newman's recordings were often tampered with, and in some cases, replaced by Director George Stevens. This set presents Newman's music as he recorded it. It is a magnificant, moving work which no movie music lover should be without. One small complaint, as with other RYKO releases,the booklet is actually a large fold out, cumbersome to read. I prefer liner notes which are presented in "book" form. Regardless, this is one of the top soundtrack restorations of recent years. It should be supported by all movie music fans. A high water mark in movie soundtrack restorations, lets hope more quality releases like this are available in the future.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD Nov. 29 2002
By Carlos Eduardo Da Silva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Recently I discovered a rare motion picture score of a long forgotten monumental film "THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD".
I don`t know if the movie is still "being show on tv circuits" nowadays. The film soundtrack however unfortunately is no longer available, only in certain antique shops perhaps. What fascinates me here is the breathtaking way the composer illustrates each scene so brilliantly. As if one could actually see what happens on the screen. Close your eyes, listen to the sound and you actually can "see" "THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD"
A masterpiece by Alfred Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars "Greatest Story Ever Told" April 30 2013
By calicocatmom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember from the first time I saw the movie years ago, that
the music soundtrack was beatiful and so expressive, with a
classical feel. Having seen it again, during this year's Easter
season, I bought the 3-CD set from Amazon, and once again was moved and thrilled by it.
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