Michael Hedges: Princess Scargo & the Birthday Pumpkin
Original CD version: 1993, Rabbit Ears 74041-70740-2
Soundtrack to the childrens video with narration by Geena Davis and visuals by Karen Barbour.
Note: The original Rabbit Ears release of this soundtrack included, in addition to the soundtrack itself (narration with accompaniment), "album mixes" of the musical selections that were used in the soundtrack. The soundtrack currently available for sale includes only the narration with accompanying score, but not the music-only section.
Michael Hedges: acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards,
flute, tin whistles, bass, percussion, chant vocals
¹ Pipa Piñonchant vocals
The description below pertains to the original Rabbit Ears release, which is currently not available.
* The arrangement of Prelude included here is
significantly different than on The Road to Return.
Water Music is also a variation on the Prelude theme.
** Kimberly reappears with a different arrangement as Aura Müünta on Oracle.
Music composed, arranged, and performed by Michael Hedges.
Music recorded, mixed, and produced by Michael Hedges at the Speech & Hearing Clinic, Mendocino, CA, with assistance by Bryan Lanser.
Reviewed by Matt Guthrie
In 1993, Michael recorded his second soundtrack for a childrens video by Rabbit Ears Productions, this one titled Princess Scargo & the Birthday Pumpkin. Michaels first soundtrack for Rabbit Ears was 1986s Santabears First Christmas which incorporated rearranged versions of previously released material plus new music, but its been out of print for several years and consequently gained a sort of holy grail status, if only for the incredible track, Larrys Instrumental. The Scargo score similarly uses both new and old material.
Gospel is the hidden gem and is a significantly different arrangement than later appeared on Oracle. The instrumental is carried by a great uptempo fingerstyle acoustic part backed by bass and a beautifully simple lead line on electric slide. Another curious aspect to this song is the inclusion of an acoustic break which, unless you compare them side by side, youd swear is a reprise of the boogie section of Bensusan.
Forest Walk is a slow and mellow piece played on what sounds like a 12-string acoustic and alto flute with splashes of bells and synth.
The version of Prelude included here is a significantly different arrangement than that on The Road to Return. Pipa Piñon sings chant vocals again and Michael plays drums (the real thingnot synth drums) and various percussion, piano, and bass. The drum part is distinctly Native American in feel and adds a nice drive to the piece. This version has a more open and sparse feel than on R2R.
Water Music sounds, well, watery. Pipa Piñon adds chant vocals again with MH on keyboards and bass. It has an extremely slow and dreamlike feel about it. So much so that you might not even notice its actually another arrangement of Prelude.
The version of Sister Soul included here has a drier sound than on R2R and is curiously played in G rather than Ab as on that album. This is an instrumental version with Michael on acoustic guitar, alto flute, whistles, percussion, piano, and bass.
Kimberly is a piece you may have heard live in 91 or 92, linked up back to back with Sister Soul here as he played it live then and with his chant vocals.
Another Forest Walk is of course a rearrangement of Forest Walk with the melody carried on whistle rather than alto flute and a dash of synth. A distinctly Celtic feel.
All in all an interesting collection, but if youre looking for acoustic thrash forget it, although the acoustic fingerstyle fans will like Gospel.
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