Original Soundtrack

Carmen Jones [ASWAS]

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This is an unlicensed European reissue of the soundtrack to the 1954 film Carmen Jones, taking advantage of the 50-year limit on copyright for recordings on that continent; the album was issued initially by RCA Victor Records, which continues to claim copyright in the U.S. and elsewhere. "All ASWAS titles are digitally remastered from original recordings and are a faithful representation of the album as it was originally issued," reads a legend on the back cover. Remastered the album may be (from an old LP, that is), but the sound is muffled in places and on the whole is not a patch on the legitimate release, which has also appeared on CD. This version doubtless is cheaper (at least in Europe, where it is available legally), but cannot be recommended, especially for a score that is rendered so effectively by such a talented cast. (In that cast, leads Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte, who appear on the album cover, are actually heard for only a few seconds in their speaking voices; opera singers Marilyn Horne and LeVern Hutcherson dub their singing voices throughout. Pearl Bailey, also mentioned on the front cover, sings for herself, however.)

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