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If you’ve downloaded this in the past or haven’t picked it up now’s the time to download. New rip of the record with better sound. Peep the post here:

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This album consists of songs that weren’t actually in the movie but rather “inspired” by it. I have a feeling that these tracks were considered for the original score but Kubrick didn’t have quite enough room. It’s a shame because the songs in Vol. 2 are quite good. So, you can consider this collection an excellent supplementary B-Side set to the original, if you so desire. I have to admit I prefer Vol. 2 to the original because the songs have a darker, deep space feel. More insane warp tunnel/Spacebaby, less space station/moon base.

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Tracks with descriptions from album cover:

 1. Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra

This selection composted by Richard Strauss is heard at the opening of the motion picture “2001: A Space Odyssey” Karl Böhm conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

2. Leo Delibes – Coppélia

(This) was composed by Leo Delibes and conducted by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. As in the film. Mr. von Karajan’s performance conveys the feeling of the graceful rocket ships speeding through space.

3. György Ligeti – Lontano

Ligeti’s contribution to the music in “2001:” was very important. This selection, which does not appear in the film, was conducted by Ernest Bour and the Südwestfunk Orchestra.

4. Anton Webern – Entflieht Auf Leichten Kähnen

Written by one of the innovators of modern music with words by Stefan George. It is performed by Clytus Gottwald and the Stuttgart Schola Cantorum, who performances also appeared in the motion picture.

5. Richard Strauss – Waltzes From Der Rosenkavalier

Karl Böhm conducts the Berlin Philharmonic. Again, spacious music for outer space.

6. Richard Strauss – Thus Sprach Zarathustra (Part 2)

Additional exciting music from Richard Strauss symphonic poem from the original recording by Karl Böhm and the Berlin Philharmonic.

7. György Ligeti – Volumina

Performed by organist Karl-Erik Welin. This impressive Ligeti music give the feeling of rushing through space.

8. Aram Khachaturian – Berceuse

From Khachaturian’s “Gayne Ballet Suite.” This was conducted by Gennadi Rozhdestvensky and the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra. Both the conductor and the composer were well represented in the motion picture.

9. György Ligeti – Requiem

This is another part of Ligeti’s Requiem,” a portion of which appeared in the original film. This, however, is performed by the Hessian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Gielen.

10. Charles Gounod – Margarethe

Charles Gounod’s music by the Radio-Symphony orchestra of Berlin and conducted by Ferenc Fricsay, also gives impressions of graceful objects speeding through space to the accompaniment of graceful music.

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I’m posting this as a reference point for the rarely seen pressing of 2001: A Space Odyssey Volume 2 that will follow shortly. Download and enjoy.

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A1 Karl Bohm* & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*  – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) 1:37  
  Composed By – Richard Strauss
Conductor – Karl Bohm*
A2 Francis Travis & Bavarian Radio Orchestra*  – Requiem For Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs And Orchestra 4:04  
  Composed By – Gyorgy Ligeti*
Conductor – Francis Travis
A3 Clytus Gottwald & Stuttgart Schola Cantorum*  – Lux Aeterna 5:50  
  Composed By – Gyorgy Ligeti*
Conductor – Clytus Gottwald
A4 Hervert von Karajan* & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*  – The Blue Danube 6:55  
  Composed By – Johann Strauss*
Conductor – Hervert von Karajan*
B1 Gennadi Rozhdestvensky & Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra  – Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio) 5:12  
  Composed By – Aram Khachaturian*
Conductor – Gennadi Rozhdestvensky
B2 Ernest Bour & Sudwestfunk Orchestra*  – Atmospheres 7:56  
  Composed By – Gyorgy Ligeti*
Conductor – Ernest Bour
B3 Herbert von Karaja* & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*  – The Blue Danube 3:30  
  Composed By – Johann Strauss*
Conductor – Herbert von Karaja*
B4 Karl Bohm* & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra*  – Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra) 1:37  
  Composed By – Richard Strauss
Conductor – Karl Bohm*

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This is the album that really defines what an American Christmas is all about. The original LP version of this was released in 1955 but the songs were recorded as early as 1942. This, of course, puts it right smack dab in the midst of World War II.

Now I don’t have any concrete evidence to go on but I’m going to say that this album won the war for the Allies. Anyone stateside with access to a radio would have heard these songs during that gnarly brawl overseas. The presence of Bing’s masculine yet gentle tremelo recharged the nation of Rosie the Riveters each year with tremendous effect. His words soothed and assured them that yes, everything would one day return to normal. Our boys would be home for the Christmas; if not this year then definitely the next.

Sure enough Bing was right: the boys came home  marching triumphantly and America, in their minds, had solidified its place as the moral compass for the world.

Christmas for The Good Guys

Of course, when the G.I.’s returned home there were many new traditions just waiting to be created. One of these was adopting Bing, an All-American guy with an honest gee-whiz face, as the voice of the holidays. And thank you Jesus. I can’t think of anyone else I’d want captaining the U.S.S. Noel.

Whenever I put on this disc it’s always like slipping on the most comfortable sweater in the world and cozying up to a real wood-burning fireplace. It’s so incredibly warm and reassuring.

Ok, too warm.

If you’ve never listened to this album you’ll still recognize the majority of the tracks from movies like A Christmas Story. However, two of the most jolly songs on here were written long after the war in 1950 and 1951. The 50s were a time of carefree optimism and this is perfectly captured in the songs “Christmas in Killarney” and “Mele Kilikimaka”. Both songs take a cheeky, if perhaps a bit culturally stereotypical, spin on the Christmas theme. Make sure to check them out at end of the disc–you’ll be humming them throughout the holidays.

^Christmas Vacation featuring Mele Kilikimaka. Unfortunately you’ll have to visit YouTube to watch this gem.^


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A1 Silent Night 2:35
A2 Adeste Fideles (Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful) 3:08
A3 White Christmas 3:03
A4 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 2:15
A5 Faith Of Our Fathers 2:54
A6 I’ll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams) 2:52
B1 Jingle Bells 2:35
Backing Vocals – Andrews Sisters, The
B2 Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town 2:38
Backing Vocals – Andrews Sisters, The
B3 Silver Bells 2:59
Vocals – Carole Richards
B4 It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas 2:43
B5 Christmas In Killarney 2:40
B6 Mele Kalikimaka 2:49
Backing Vocals – Andrews Sisters, The

If you’ve had any trouble unzipping the recent posts there’s good news: I’ve installed YKK zippers on each to make them easily accessible to all. Thanks for stopping by.