(Date Posted:02/17/2011 15:09)
Something like a couple of decades ago I borrowed from the Seattle Public Library a VHS copy of the animated Christmas film "The Snowman"
When I played it I was surprised to find that during the flying scene, instead of boy singer Peter Auty's haunting solo of "Walking in the Air," a saxophone solo of the same melody was played instead.
This VHS version of "The Snowman" has long since disappeared from the library's collection, and I've been unable to find any information about it. I did write down on a slip of paper the name of the company that distributed that odd version of the film. But after years of being disabled by chronic illness, I've long since lost track of that slip of paper.
I'm wondering which came first, the sax version or the sung version.
And where I could find a high quality recording of the sax version.
I did have the presence of mind back then to record onto a little handheld cassette recorder the audio of that sax solo from the VHS tape. Here's what it sounded like: "The Snowman," "Walking in the Air" Sax Solo
I'd sure be grateful to any of you who can offer me clues to help me solve this mystery.
P.S. I've been reading the customer reviews at Amazon.com and so far have found one that mentions the VHS tape without the Peter Auty vocal: "The DVD version includes terrible vocals dubbed over the most pleasant
part of the music of this movie. I was horrified. When I mentioned it
to my daughter, she said that I was surely mistaken because that would
ruin the whole tone of the movie.
"A review of the VCR tape proved that, sadly, I was not dreaming. I
can't imagine what possessed the manufacturer to tarnish this lovely
story with someone singing over the beautiful notes of the instruments
AND NOT MENTION IT IN THE ADVERTISEMENT YET. I will REALLY treasure my
VCR tape now"
Will in Seattle