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re: My Fair Lady -- Question about Rex Harrison's Vocals
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 06:03 pm EDT 04/07/21
In reply to: re: My Fair Lady -- Question about Rex Harrison's Vocals - AlanScott 12:12 am EDT 04/06/21

The soundtrack of The Snake Pit was released twice on CD -- in 2000 by German label Tsunami and in 2010 by Varese Sarabande. Varese had access to the original 20th Century Fox master tapes. The source for the German CD was not disclosed, but they had claimed that it contained the complete score. While both recordings had the instrumental underscore to the scene featuring "Going Home", Clayton's vocal was missing. The other controversy was the fact that the German CD had 19 tracks (versus 16 on the Varese) and ran about 9 minutes longer than the American CD. There definitely was a lot of discussion on the FSM message board. A few posters (including me) spoke to reps at Varese, but were simply told that Clayton's vocal was not on the master tapes. Neither I nor any other poster thought to ask Varese if Clayton had sung live in the film.

When the Captains Courageous soundtrack was released in 2017, Intrada's CD featured the entire score but only the instrumental version of "Oh, What a Terrible Man" and "Yea Ho, Little Fish". I asked the guy who produced the CD about the vocals, but again was told they weren't on the tapes. The FSM CD of the Random Harvest soundtrack (which did include Garson's vocal) was produced by the guy who did Captains. There was discussion of both CDs on FSM, but the issue of singing live versus recording in a studio was never raised. If I had known at the time that there were two different ways of recording songs in non-musical films, I would have asked the producer a question about it.

I didn't mean to put you on the spot in my earlier post. When I saw you mention that Clayton had sung live in The Snake Pit, I just thought you might have some sort of insider knowledge about whether singing live in a non-musical film might be difficult to preserve for a soundtrack recording.
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