As part of the 50th anniversary edition of the book, I had proposed including a soundtrack which was to have featured the film’s song score, Styne & Merrill’s demo recordings of their tunes and Walter Scharf’s underscore. The idea was well received and Classic Media was on board so I built the book around this proposal. The songs had been released on iTunes back in 2010 and the long lost Overture had been discovered, too, so it seemed like the project would fall into place and finally, the long awaited original film soundtrack would be released, 50 years after the film had made its debut.
Unfortunately, when the digging really began in earnest, it was discovered that the only musical material that existed in the vaults were the previously released songs and Overture. For those with an attuned ear, it’s clear that the iTunes-released songs are from the original recording session; the final standalone versions of the songs cannot be located. Equally disappointing, the score didn’t exist in any form whatsoever; not the original scoring session takes, not as a standalone score, not even as a mixed music and sound effects track commonly used for foreign language dubbing.
It was, and is, a major disappointment. What seems likely is that the elements are mislabeled or filed incorrectly in the vault. According to a former executive at UPA, the elements were delivered when the assets were purchased. At some point in the future, when the missing elements are located, the intent is to still release an original soundtrack. Until that day, we’ll have to content ourselves with the track that currently exists on the DVD releases.