Hoping to cash in on the soon-to-begin Oscar hoopla, Rhino Records will release a boxed set of all 60 of the winners in the best song category of the Academy Awards. The set is being billed as the most comprehensive collection of film music ever assembled.
Called “The Envelope Please…” the five-disc set will bow Feb. 28, two weeks after the official announcement of nominations for the 1995 Academy Awards. Many of the songs on the discs will feature the original artists performing the Oscar-winning tunes.
The five-volume set will sport Oscar winners from 1934 to 1993, opening with “The Continental” from the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers stirrer “The Gay Divorcee,” and closing with the title theme to last year’s multi-Oscar-winning film “Philadelphia.”
The box will also contain a comprehensive booklet featuring classic and rare photos of the winning film’s stars and facts about the songwriters, the film and the Academy Awards ceremony.
Rhino will support the release with limited edition radio promo samplers.