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Why was the original 10" Jazz Soundtrack From George Gruntz Mental Cruelty immediately withdrawn upon release?

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  • Turboellis
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    Originally posted by Grim Lounge Cowboy View Post
    Allmusic says there was a royalties lawsuit that Decca lost. Thom Jurek likes the CD reissue. A lot.
    He certainly does, doesn't he?

    "The unheard record in question is a 1960 soundtrack to a Swiss film called Mental Cruelty, which was made by a former soccer star. The soundtrack was issued by Decca, briefly, on 10" EP, until the musicians realized it -- they were paid for a film soundtrack, not a recorded one. Decca refused to pay, lost in court, and had to destroy what remaining vinyl they had, making this a thousand dollar collector's item. Given that this was Gruntz's first soundtrack, it's extremely impressive. There are 18 tracks, all of them in the prevailing hard bop style of the day with some cool and noir-ish elements thrown in. But it feels more like a blowing session in the same way the Miles Davis soundtrack to L'Ascenseur pour L'Echafaud by Louis Malle did; loose blowing based on images and rushes from the film. Wilen is in especially fine form here: His tone has that big full sound with just a hint of the edge of Sonny Rollinsin it. Gruntz is obviously a cocky, confident young pianist, but he is humbled by Clarke's mastery on the swinging bop tunes and even on the two waltzes, which were the first Clarke had played on record in his life. This is more than a cool jazz record; it is a bit of hipster history with the chops to back up its obscurity. Highly recommended."

    I like the "former soccer star" bit ...

    So "they were paid for a film soundtrack, not a recorded one" ... what does that mean? They weren't told that the music was going to be released on record? Naughty naughty Decca.

    Thanks for the info Grim Lounge Cowboy

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  • Milesago
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    Originally posted by Turboellis View Post
    Anyone know why the original George Gruntz 10" Jazz Soundtrack From Mental Cruelty was immediately withdrawn upon release?
    Illegal use of trombone?
    I dunno, jazz is a mystery to me.

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  • SirSlim
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    Originally posted by Turboellis View Post
    Oh, and almost as importantly, is it any good?
    No idea - but this is very good (Expiry put it on a mix or swap CD? sometime ago)

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  • Grim Lounge Cowboy
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    Allmusic says there was a royalties lawsuit that Decca lost. Thom Jurek likes the CD reissue. A lot.

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  • Cacapo
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    Was it?

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  • Turboellis
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    Oh, and almost as importantly, is it any good?

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  • Why was the original 10" Jazz Soundtrack From George Gruntz Mental Cruelty immediately withdrawn upon release?

    Anyone know why the original George Gruntz 10" Jazz Soundtrack From Mental Cruelty was immediately withdrawn upon release?

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