Mondo is going to release Alex North’s rejected score to director Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey on vinyl.
The album will be titled Music for 2001: A Space Odyssey and will come in a deluxe package, complete with liner notes by Jon Burlingame.
Composer Alex North’s original score to the film was abandoned during post-production, apparently at the last minute. North was unaware of this, though, and only learned of it during the film’s premiere screening! How terrible and unprofessional is that?
Austin composer and writer Brian Satterwhite will host a panel on the subject at WonderCon (between September 20th and 21st in Austin). The panel will include a live presentation of several scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey with the lost score reintegrated back into the film to show what could have been. That sounds so cool!
The vinyl will first be available for sale at the Mondo booth during WonderCon.
This Mondo release is bound to be highly sought after. North’s original score has previously been released on Audio CD, a few times actually. The most sought after version was Intrada’s Special Collection release (pictured above). It sold out immediately, becoming a big collector’s item. You can still find it on Amazon and on Ebay but be prepared to crack open the piggy bank…
Listen to a preview of the score (from the Audio CD):
Note that Mondo haven’t released artwork for the vinyl release at the time of this post.