The Odessa File - Christmas DreamPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Original Soundtrack Music From
The Odessa File
From Columbia Pictures
Album Notes by Ronald Neame

        Side One:

Main Title Music
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Christmas Dream
~with vocal by Perry Como and The London Boy Singers
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by and Tim Rice
with German lyrics by André Heller
Solomon Tauber's Diary
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Music at Riga ( Staendchen )
Music by J. Heykens - Traditional
Miller's Theme
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Ambross Polka
Odessa Anthem ( Vocal Version )
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber with German lyrics by Michael Dress
Schwarzbraun Ist Die Haselnuss
Odessa Anthem ( Orchestral Version )
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

        Side Two:

Miller Joins the Odessa
Christmas Dream ( Carousel )
Odessa Discovery
Sigi and Miller
Miller Finds Roschmann
Christmas Dream ( German Band )
All Music Composed By Andrew Lloyd Webber
All selections Published By Colgems Music ~ ASCAP
Recording Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Recorded in Munich, London and New York
Chief Engineer: Alan O'Duffy
London recordings conducted by Anthony Bowles and Alan Doggett
Solo Cello ~ Julian Lloyd Webber
Keyboards ~ Anne Odell
Bass Guitar ~ John Priseman
Lead Guitar ~ Vic Flick
Drums ~ Simon Phillips
"Christmas Dream: sung by Perry Como with the London Boy Singers
Ambross Polka, Schwarzbraun ist die Haselnuss, German band arrangement of "Christmas Dream"
conducted by Adolf Stahuber
German lyrics for "Christmas Dream" by André Heller
and for the Odessa Anthem by Michael Dress
English Lyrics by Tim Rice
Recording Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber
"The Odessa File" is Andrew Lloyd Webber's third film score, the first being "Gumshoe" starring Albert Finney ( 1971 )
and the second being the adaptation of his score of "Jesus Christ Superstar" for film ( 1973 ). He has composed the score
for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" ( 1969, extended 1973 for the Young Vic production by Frank Dunlop )
which, as with "Jesus Christ Superstar," has lyrics by Tim Rice. He is currently ( late 1974 ) completing work of a musical
based on P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves" books with book and lyrics written by Alan Ayckbourn.
Album notes:
The first time I met Andrew Lloyd Webber he was fourteen. He visited my home in Italy, borrowed the piano, and made tape recordings. His Aunt Vi, a close friend and neighbour, had told me many times of the exceptional talent of her young nephew. I had listened politely. There are a lot of aunts in the  world with talented nephews.
Several years later I suggested to Andrew he might like to write a song on "spec" for a musical I was preparing. He did. I never got the film off the ground, but the song became one of the hits in "Jesus Christ Superstar."
Composer have always made an important contribution to motion pictures, and in this respect Andrew is no exception. When he joined John Woolf and me on "The Odessa File" we decided on, and he wrote, three main themes. The first a  composition for the O.D.E.S.S.A. itself, a Teutonic anthem, which contained in the melody phrases that could be used separately to dramatise the menace of this secret society. The second a theme illustrating the compulsive and frustrated drive of the main character. The third a nostalgic, typically German jingle which became the song "Christmas Dream", with lyrics by Tim Rice, Andrew's partner.
"Christmas Dream" helped to set the period of the sixties, and gave support as background music to the romantic element in the story. Perry Como, a favourite in Germany during this period, added authenticity.
Of these three themes, the second is musically most important. A fugue for cello - played by Andrew's brother Julian - with a Rock Group and full orchestra. It is probably Andrew's most provocative and original composition to date. It cannot fail to cause a great deal of attention in the world of music. Auntie Vi was right.

           Ronald Neame

Original Soundtrack Music From "The Odessa File" ~ 1974I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever ~ 1982

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