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Music scores composed by Frank Skinner

Orchestra conducted by Joseph Gershenson

Release date:  March 2012

This is the overdue CD premiere of two original soundtrack albums by Frank Skinner (1897-1968), the overlooked composer of about 200 movie scores who worked extensively with director Douglas Sirk. Other Sirk-Skinner successful melodramas include Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven AllowsandWritten on the Wind.

Imitation of Life (1959) is arguably one of Skinner’s finest efforts, a forgotten gem packed with moving and atmospheric themes, in addition to the main title melody provided by Sammy Fain. Interlude (1957) relies mostly on popular classical works. In both cases, Joseph Gershenson conducts with brio the Universal International orchestra and the young Henry Mancini is said to have collaborated anonymously! 12-page booklet with English and French liner notes.



01  Main Title: Imitation of Life 2:17
(Sammy Fain - Paul Francis Webster) Sung by Earl Grant

02  Home from the Beach 5:00

03  Disappointed 3:51

04  Rejected 3:20

05  Break-Up 2:13

06  Success Montage 3:28

07  Lovely 2:03

08  Wishing Star 3:55

09  Being Childish 2:36 
10  The Truth / Heartbreak 2:19

11  Secrets 4:45

12  Trouble of the World 3:08

13  Going to Glory & End Title 2:59  Traditional sung by Lillian Hayman



14  Interlude Suite 1 13:05

15  Interlude Suite 2 9:16

TT 64:27

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