That was a year and a half ago but here's hoping that The Official Album of EPCOT Center does get a digital release at some point. I just bought a copy today from a used record store; while it's not the hardest album to find, the sound quality can't compare to modern digital releases.I make no promises, but I wouldn't be surprised if the actual full "EPCOT Center" album shows up on iTunes in the not too distant future.
It's an easy comparison to make because many of the tracks from the album have been released on CD. I went track by track with a good pair of headphones comparing the vinyl to the same tracks from the 2005 Happiest Celebration on Earth Walt Disney World Official Album. While the vinyl held up pretty well there was just a crispness and stability to the 2005 release that the record lacked. It got me thinking that it would really be nice to have the entire album at that quality.
Now, I suppose when I say "the entire album" I'm really referring to three (really two) tracks, as 9 of the 12 are present on the aforementioned 2005 release.
There's the original version of Golden Dreams, which was replaced in 1992 by the current version. I believe the original version did make it onto CD, on The Music of Disneyland, Walt Disney World & EPCOT Center. I just bought a copy of The Official Album of Disneyland/Walt Disney World released in August 1991, which presumably include the original version (and may be the last release to do so- or perhaps the track wasn't updated until later in the decade?).
There's The Computer Song, from the Astuter Computer Review. This was the first attraction at the park to close and as such, I don't believe it ever made it onto another release. This is the true "lost track" of this album.
And finally there's It's Fun to Be Free. While this track made it onto quite a number of other releases, including the 2005 OA, I'm not sure it's the same reason. The second half of the track has always been the same from the Epcot Center album all the way to the 2005 release, but the first half has changed. On the original Epcot Center album it was the Cool Jazz version of the song, whereas by the time of the 2005 release it was the Soft Shoe version. Both versions were released on the WDW Forever System (which is where I'm drawing the titles from) but unfortunately that release was mono and not the stereo of the official albums. It's also the latter of the version of the track (with the Soft Shoe version) that was used in the 25th Anniversary BGM Loop at the park. I have no idea when the track was changed; it could be that the Cool Jazz version only appeared on the original Epcot album.
In posting this thread, in addition to overtly pressing Randy for a digital release lol I was wondering if anyone could provide more information on the version changes of Golden Dreams and It's Fun to Be Free and which releases contain which versions.
PS- As to that opening quote, in fairness to Randy:
But hey- anything's possible! With all of the recent merchandise releases capitalizing on the retro Epcot brand I think the chances are perhaps better than they might have been a few years ago.I want to make sure I didn't inspire false hopes here, but I was only referring to the possibility of an iTunes re-issue of the original EPCOT Center album the OP had mentioned.