Fans of Chaplin’s music rejoice! Association Chaplin has recently released the original scores to four of Chaplin’s films (as well as the classic end speech from THE GREAT DICTATOR) for the first time ever. Snippets of the original soundtracks have been available on compilation albums over the years, but usually with less-than-optimal sound quality.
Available digitally from both iTunes and Amazon, the scores range from Chaplin’s first (CITY LIGHTS, 1931) to his late style where we went back and added scores to his early silents. THE GOLD RUSH is of particular interest as it is presented in its 1942 version without Chaplin’s voiceover, music only. There are minimal sound effects here and there, but this should not detract—or deter—you from enjoying this fine slate of releases. The focus is on Chaplin’s music, as it should be.
Let’s hope there are more scores in the pipeline to be released.
UPDATE 2019: All of Chaplin’s soundtracks have been released by the Chaplin office, except for A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG, though that LP is available digitally as well.
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