Just wanted to thank the members of this board for all the info. on this interesting recording. I happened upon two near mint copies of it (jackets and disks), along with another Admiral title and picked them up simply because at 59 I'm old enough to recognize the Cinerama logo. Not sure where to go with them from here, but again, without the information you all have posted here, I wouldn't even know what I've got.
Admirers of Jerome Moross should note that an online US company ( I am not certain of its official statuus ) is currently offering a 2-cd set of the complete soundtrack ( including narration ) of Cinerama's Seven Wonders of the World. Although there are no liner notes or track listings ( the latter are however available on the website ), the sound quality is fine and the cost relatively modest.
The narration is not too intrusive and ther are many passages which are narration free, including the Entracte, Finale and Exit Music. At the very least, we now have an opportunity to hear Moross's splendid score as he intended and in its proper context.
It is always possible that the UK Sepia label which has alreadt issued the original studio tapes of Windjammer and Cinerama Holiday has something up its sleeve in terms of a future release for Seven Wonders.
SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD (1956) was shot over a period of several years, through 32 countries, and was directed by five directors using separate crews. Perhaps that's why it required three composers to score--Jerome Moross, David Raksin, and Emil Newman. Newman conducted the Cinerama Symphony Orchestra during the recording sessions.
Segments of the score can be heard to good advantage in this re-created stereophonic trailer, from Cinerama expert David Strohmaier, who is digitally restoring the film.
Thanks, Bob, for the "Seven Wonders of the World" and "Search for Paradise" trailers. I was impressed with the remastering on the "Cinerama Holiday" and "South Sea Adventures" Blu-rays. Let's hope that these two new installments are released soon.
Regarding the Sepia CD: Does anybody know who wrote what? The album cover mentions 3 composers: Emil Newman, David Raksin, and Jerome Moross. The liner notes also mention Sol Kaplan (misspelled once as "Kaplin"). The liners also break it down as follows:
David Raksin: New York, Darjeeling, Grand Canyon Sol Kaplan: Japanese and Arabic scenes Jerome Moross: Jerusalem and the Holy Land; Athens and Ancient Greece Emil Newman: overall composing effort and score structure (?)
Matching this information with the track list is not easy. One could guess by trying to identify each composer's individual style, but it would be great to have an actual list, if possible.