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 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   Music Box Records   (Member)


Limited Collector's Edition of 1000 copies.
World Premiere Release. 39 minutes of music never released before.
8-page CD booklet with liner notes by Gergely Hubai.

Ref: MBR-037
RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2013

Music Box Records proudly presents the world premiere CD release of acclaimed composer Georges Delerue's score for American Friends (1991).

Directed by Tristram Powell, American Friends is a period romance written by and starring Michael Palin. Based on the journals of his great grandfather, Palin's screenplay tells the story of Reverend Francis Ashby, a reclusive Oxford scholar who takes a trip to Switzerland. While hiking in the Alps, Ashby meers Caroline and Elinor Hartley, a wealthy socialite and her adopted daughter who both take an interest in the strange foreigner. When the trip is over, the Hartleys follow Francis back to Oxford where the strict moral codes and restrictions are bound to cause havoc, especially now that Ashby is about to run for an important position at his college...

Transferred from the DAT containing all the recording sessions, the music by Georges Delerue is relatively brief (it's about 40 minutes long), but it contains all the charm and wonder we come to expect from the composer, especially from the later period of his career. Featuring some of his favorite London musicians, Delerue's score benefits from the lush strings section in creating the perfect accompaniment for the picturesque hikings in the Alps - the music is so warm that it's capable of melting the hearts of the most serious gentlemen at Oxford!

The liner notes by Gergely Hubai discuss the film and the score based on original interviews with star/screenwriter Michael Palin, director Tristram Powell and Colette Delerue.


1. Main Titles (02:33)
2. To the Alps (01:59)
3. Reverend Francis Ashby (01:48)
4. Campus Mischief (00:37)
5. College Rules (02:22)
6. Out of Time (02:02)
7. Rushden's Funeral (01:38)
8. Organ Source (00:52)
9. Romance on the Lake (01:52)
10. Staying in Oxford (02:13)
11. Unwanted Visitors (01:34)
12. Farewell to Caroline (01:30)
13. Pub Source (01:08)
14. Disgrace for All Parties (02:29)
15. Summer Cottage (00:54)
16. Elinor and Cable (01:49)
17. Croquet Break-Up (01:42)
18. Mountain Hiking (02:02)
19. Big Day Tomorrow (01:59)
20. They Left (02:18)
21. End Titles (03:04)

TOTAL TIME • 39:15

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 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 8:09 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Never thought this would be released!

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Never thought this would be released!

As soon as I saw the announcement on Facebook, I sent the link to you there Malficio.


 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

Wonderful ! Bravo, Music Box for making this dream come true ! Now, dare we hope the tapes for PARIS BY NIGHT were also lurking near-by?

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Martin B.   (Member)

Wozers what a great pair of releases. Wonderful.

Many thanks Music Box.

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   Althazan   (Member)

I'm very happy for this new Delerue Thank you, Music Box!

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   Althazan   (Member)

Oh, this triple posts... wink

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   Althazan   (Member)

Oh, this triple posts... wink

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   Michael_McMahan   (Member)

Looks to be a great release! Thank you.

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:06 PM   
 By:   italia57   (Member)

Needless to say, ORDERED! Thank you so much, once again, MB!
It's a Treasure for us, Delerue fans!

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Wonderful ! Bravo, Music Box for making this dream come true ! Now, dare we hope the tapes for PARIS BY NIGHT were also lurking near-by?

What other Delerue scores were recorded at Abbey Road?

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

I don't know, other than this one...

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

I absolutely love late-period Delerue. I truly think he wrote his most heartfelt (or perhaps, his most heartbreaking) music during the last decade of his life. After hearing the samples, I immediately ordered this CD from SAE. Thank you Music Box!

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

I can't wait to hear the end titles on my stereo:

 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 5:41 PM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

Maleficio, if you have many Delerue-scored VHS or DVDs, why not check the end credits which usually say where the music was recorded...

 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   PatrickB   (Member)

Thank you very much, Music box !
It will be completely new for me because I haven't the Cinemusique compilation containing two tracks from it.
The issuing of totally new (or almost) Delerue's is now each 3 months great.
I noticed in the samples that the suspense/tension cues are much well done than in numerous Delerue scores; a different style.


 Posted:   Nov 13, 2013 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Purchased this title along with the Morricone and a couple of other Music Box titles over at that the Movie Music Store.

Now the lonnnng wait....

 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 1:57 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

This is first page news and will remain that way.

 Posted:   Nov 15, 2013 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

The trailer for the film makes good use of the score:

 Posted:   Nov 17, 2013 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

More music in the context of the film:

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