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Our Relations (The Original Sheet Music)

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The music of Leroy Shield and the comedy of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy went together hand in glove throughout the 1930s as did Shield's music and the comedy of the Little Rascals/Our Gang troupe across the same period -- Shield being the resident composer for producer Hal Roach, who had all of that talent under contract. But the movie Our Relations, directed by Harry Lachman, was something special, one of Roach's biggest budgeted productions, owing to its special effects Laurel & Hardy play dual sets of twins and complex plot. And one area where the studio spared no expense was in the score, getting Shield to write a full-length body of entirely new music. The irony of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The music of Leroy Shield and the comedy of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy went together hand in glove throughout the 1930s as did Shield's music and the comedy of the Little Rascals/Our Gang troupe across the same period -- Shield being the resident composer for producer Hal Roach, who had all of that talent under contract. But the movie Our Relations, directed by Harry Lachman, was something special, one of Roach's biggest budgeted productions, owing to its special effects Laurel & Hardy play dual sets of twins and complex plot. And one area where the studio spared no expense was in the score, getting Shield to write a full-length body of entirely new music. The irony of this fact, which made Our Relations unique in his output for Roach Studios, was that the score was then cut into pieces and ultimately compromised by the final editing of the movie. The Beau Hunks and the Metropole Orchestra, being the leading exponents of Shield's work for well over a decade, have taken it upon themselves, using newly discovered sheet music, to restore the composer's original conception of the score, recorded and presented here for the first time. And the results are mightily impressive, to say the least -- anyone who only associates Shield's work with the cute pop music passages heard in earlier Laurel & Hardy or Little Rascals movies will find a revelation of cohesiveness and coherency here, worthy of a good comedic operetta. The music -- including dance numbers such as "Let's Face It" -- not only fits together neatly, but displays a good deal of class in the composition and the playing. The latter can be attributed to the extra care that the Beau Hunks and the Metropoles take in presenting this material -- they treat this music as seriously in the playing as the New York Philharmonic treats, say, the work of Richard Strauss, but they never let go of the fun inherent in most of it, either. And when they're spot-on, as they are across the nearly one hour of this CD, there's no listening experience quite like it. Indeed, some of what's here gives them an excuse to improve upon earlier work -- the rendition of "On a Sunny Day," one of Shield's most familiar and beloved tunes, and one instantly recognizable to any fan of Laurel & Hardy or the Little Rascals, is played with such panache here that it eclipses the Beau Hunks' earlier recording of the same piece, and is almost worth the price of admission, especially juxtaposed with the comedic/action material that follows it. The sound is superb throughout, and there's an accompanying booklet that could keep the listener busy for days absorbing all of its information and observations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2001
  • Label: Basta Records
  • UPC: 723724088924
  • Catalog Number: 3091022
  • Sales rank: 326,372

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Our Relation (Overture) (0:58)
  2. 2 Ku-Ku (0:05)
  3. 3 We're Just a Happy Family (1:36)
  4. 4 Carefree (4:10)
  5. 5 Transition, No. 2 (0:56)
  6. 6 Captain Winkle (0:26)
  7. 7 Alf's Hornpipe (2:06)
  8. 8 Walkin' the Deck (0:30)
  9. 9 Fancy This (3:34)
  10. 10 Captain Winkle, No. 2 (1:10)
  11. 11 Transition, No. 3 (0:49)
  12. 12 We're Out for Fun (3:02)
  13. 13 Just a Kiss (2:28)
  14. 14 Walk (0:07)
  15. 15 Drunk (0:10)
  16. 16 Don't Push Me (3:06)
  17. 17 MRS. McGregor (0:35)
  18. 18 Ku-Ku (0:37)
  19. 19 Carefree, No. 2 (0:26)
  20. 20 Hornpipe (0:04)
  21. 21 We're Out for Fun, Pt. 2 (0:18)
  22. 22 Gossip (0:38)
  23. 23 Transition, No. 4 (0:17)
  24. 24 It's the Law (3:42)
  25. 25 Dancing on the Clouds (2:36)
  26. 26 Ku-Ku and Hornpipe (0:09)
  27. 27 Just a Little Rhythm (3:13)
  28. 28 Let's Face It (2:15)
  29. 29 Happy Birthday (0:21)
  30. 30 On a Sunday Afternoon (2:41)
  31. 31 Don't Push Me, No. 2 (0:58)
  32. 32 On the Dock (5:33)
  33. 33 We're Just a Happy Family (Reprise) (0:50)
  34. 34 Finale (For End Title) (0:49)
  35. 35 [Untitled Track] (0:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Beau Hunks Primary Artist
Bart Van Lier Trombone
Hans Bonsel Cello
Louis Debij Drums
Linda Dumessie Violin
Wim Grin Cello
Olaf Groesz Cello
Henk Heijink Trumpet
Jan Hollander Trumpet
Rami Koch Violin, Concert Master
Wim Kok Violin
Eddy Koopman Percussion
Marijn Rombout Violin
Aimee Versloot Viola
Simone Vierstra Violin
Hans Vroomans Piano
Paul Woesthuis Trombone
Arlia de Ruiter Violin
Martin De Ruiter Oboe
Metropole Orchestra Track Performer
Herman Rieken Percussion
Ruud Breuls Trumpet
Ronald Jansen Heijtmajer Clarinet, Saxophone
Johan Plomp Bass
Frank Timpe Clarinet, Saxophone
Tom Van Bergeijk Guitar
Robert Veen Clarinet, Saxophone
Mieke Honingh Viola
Jan Stulen Conductor
Seya Teeuwen Violin
Erica Korthals Altes Violin
Friederike Darius Flute
Leo Van Oostrom Clarinet, Saxophone
Janine Abbas Flute
David Kweksilber Clarinet, Saxophone
Jan Oosting Trombone
Mike Schäperclaus Percussion
Daniëlle Van Den Akker Violin
Marianne Van Den Heuvel Violin
Herman Van Haaren Violin
Eric Winkelmann Bass
Michael Klier Viola
Pauline Terlow Violin
Bastiaan Van Der Werf Cello
Norman Jansen Viola
Technical Credits
Gert-Jan Blom Producer
Menno Daams Arranger
Piet Schreuders Producer, Art Direction
Peter Stöve Arranger
Leroy Shield Arranger
Traditional Composer
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