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Q. Who are Cirque's Composers?
Q. Who released/releases the catalog?
Q. Which label released what title?
Q. What are the EXT CDs?
Q. Are Cirque Vol 1 and 2 different?
Q. Are the Mystère CD's different?
Q. Why 3+ Saltimbanco CDs?
Q. Why 2 Varekai CDs?



   Through the years a number of composers have created music for
   Cirque du Soleil productions, they are: 

	o) René Dupéré                  o) Benoît Jutras
  		.) Le Grand Tour               .) Le Cirque Réinventé
		.) Le Magie Continue           .) Fascination
		.) Le Cirque Réinventé         .) Mystère
		.) Nouvelle Expérience         .) Quidam
		.) Fascination                 .) "O"
		.) Saltimbanco                 .) La Nouba
		.) Mystère                     .) Journey of Man
		.) Alegría                     .) Alegria: Le Film
		.) KÀ 
		.) ZED

	o) Violaine Corradi             o) Simon Carpenter 
		.) Dralion                     .) Zumanity
		.) Varekai                     .) Wintuk
		.) Solstrom                    .) Banana Shpeel (NYC+)
		.) ZAIA

	o) Jean-François Côté           o) Philippe Leduc
		.) Corteo                      .) Solstrom
		.) Koozå                       .) Corteo
		.) Banana Shpeel (CHI)

	o) Maria Bonzanigo              o) Berna Ceppas 
		.) Corteo                      .) OVO

	o) Scott Price			        o) Éric Serra
		.) Banana Shpeel (CHI)         .) Believe

	o) Danny Elfman                 o) Nick Littlemore
		.) IRIS                        .) Zarkana

	o) Bob & Bill			o) Raphaël Beau
		.) Totem                       .) KURIOS
		.) Amaluna

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   The first release of Cirque du Soleil music was a vinyl 45
   from LE FANFAFONIE, Cirque's first band. Two songs from the
   1985 tour were featured on the record; the record itself has
   never been re-release, however, the songs were featured on the
   Cirque 25 album, celebrating Cirque du Soleil's 25th Anniversary.

   Originally, Cirque du Soleil released its own music on LP, 
   Compact Discs and Cassette Tapes through their own in-house 
   label - Nâga - which was part of Cirque's "Le Groupe du Soleil"
   Services division. Nâga released "Cirque du Soleil" in 1987 (which
   it later added "vol. 1" to), "Cirque du Soleil, vol. 2" in 1989,
   and "Nouvelle Expérience" in 1990.

   In 1992, Cirque du Soleil music interests were released through
   the RCA/Victor label in the United States and Canada. The agreement
   with RCA/Victor ended in 2002.
   In 2002, Cirque du Soleil created its own music imprint
   called Cirque du Soleil Records/Musique and re-released the 
   majority of their music catalog in association with BMG Canada. 
   In 2004, Cirque du Soleil launched its own music label called
   Cirque du Soleil Musique, which they dedicated to the creation,
   production and marketing of music associated with current 
   and future Cirque du Soleil productions, and to the 
   creation of a new musical repertoire through the support 
   and development of emerging artists. 

   From 2004 through 2008, Cirque du Soleil Musique products were
   distributed by ZING Distribution in Canada and by RED
   distribution in the U.S. Both are owned or affiliated with the
   SONY-BMG Music Group. It is interesting to note that RCA/Victor
   and BMB Classics are also now part of the Sony BMG music

   Beginning in 2009, Cirque du Soleil Musique changed its 
   Canadian distributor from ZING to "Justin Time Records", an
   independent distributor. Justin Time Records re-released
   the Koozå CD and a 25th Anniversary Alegría CD (no changes
   in content), then continued with the release of Cirque 25. 
   Cirque du Soleil continues to use RED in the U.S.; however,
   its logo is no longer prominent on the packaging.

   Currently, Cirque du Soleil produces and releases its CDs

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   This is often tricky to determine at face value, as generally
   the album cover artwork, insert booklet contents and general
   packaging visuals did not change from label to label (although
   the recent incarnations by Cirque du Soleil Musique do sport 
   changes in visual), but differences can be discerned by 
   examining the album's catalog number, located on the spine 
   of the album or on the album's back cover.

   This number will generally be displayed in a string of letters
   and numbers, hyphenated into three sections: a prefix, a
   selection code (often also denoting the product number) and
   a suffix. The album's prefix helps determine the lablel and 
   the suffix helps determine in what medium the album was 
   All RCA/Victor releases are denoted with a Catalog Number
   prefix of 09026. Example: Mystère Live (09026-68596-2) Also
   note that the suffix (-2) denotes a Compact Disc release.
   There are also (-1) Vinyl and (-4) Cassette notations where
   applicable. An RCA/Victor Logo is also promanently displayed
   on the album visual.
   All BMG/CDS Musique releases are denoted with a Catalog
   Number prefix of 40000 or 74321. The suffix here is omitted
   as all releases were in Compact Disc format. A Cirque du
   Soleil Musique logo is promenantly displayed on the album
   back cover.
   All Cirque du Soleil Musique releases are denoted with a
   Catalog Prefix combination explained as follows:
	  	C	Cirque
		D	du
		S	Soleil
		M	Musique
		C	Core Music (Show Music)
		N	New Music
		J	Jewel Case
		D	Digipak
		P	Promo
		L	Limited Edition
		10	Canadian Release (Zing)
		20	US Release (RED)
		xxx	Product ID
		-1	Vinyl
		-2	CD
		-4	Cassette
   Therefore, as an example, the Saltimbanco (2005) album is
   denoted: CDSMCJ-10005-2 in Canada and CDSMCJ-20005-2 in the
   United States accordingly. 

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   In 2002, the BMG/Cirque du Soleil Musique alliance re-released
   three studio albums with two extra tracks apiece: Saltimbanco,
   Alegría and Quidam. All tracks were recorded live under the
   bigtop and tacked on to the original studio album masters 
   without much fanfare. The extended editions were also released
   without the consent of the composers and have since been
   discontinued, but not necessarily due to any objections.

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   In 1987, Cirque du Soleil released the music for Le Cirque 
   Réinventé on their own in-house label - Nâga - and titled the
   CD/LP release "Cirque du Soleil", as the show had yet been
   titled. In 1989, Cirque du Soleil released a second version
   of the show's music and subtitled the release "Volume 2" so
   as to avoid confusion between the two different albums.
   In 1992, when Cirque du Soleil music interests were released
   through the RCA/Victor label in the United States and Canada,
   only Volume 2 was selected; therefore Volume 2 is the more
   widely known issue. But to confuse matters, the RCA/Victor
   release did not include the "Volume 2" notation.

   To answer the question outright; yes both Cirque du Soleil
   Volume 1 and 2 are different. Volume 1 has a few selected 
   tracks that were not remixed for Volume 2 and Volume 2 
   features a few tracks from Volume 1 remixed as the show
   Neither album is currently available in the Cirque du Soleil
   Musique label catalog.

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   Before the Cirque du Soleil Musique releases in 2005, little
   confusion existed between these two titles; however, after
   the CDS Musique releases, one title was dropped -- "Mystère"
   -- and the other renamed -- "Mystère Live" to "Mystère" --
   but the latter is still the live recording.
   To help clarify: In 1994, RCA/Victor released the studio
   recording of the production Mystère, entitled "Mystère."
   Two years later (in 1996), RCA/Victor released a live
   compliation of the show it entitled "Mystère Live." While
   both albums were distributed under the RCA/Victor and
   BMG/Cirque du Soleil Musique alliances, the original
   studio (1994) album was not selected for distribution
   under the Cirque du Soleil Musique label (created in 2004). 
   Instead, Cirque du Soleil chose to rename "Mystère Live" 
   to simply "Mystère" and change the album artwork.
   The studio recording featuring musical compliations by 
   René Dupéré from the original debut of Mystère is no longer
   in production or available in the Cirque du Soleil Musique

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   Other than the original studio album (denoted "Saltimbanco 
   (1994)") and the Extended edition album (denoted "Satlimbanco
   (Extended)"), only one other commercially available album 
   exists under the Saltimbanco moniker. Its official title is 
   simply "Saltimbanco" but denoted (2005) because the album's 
   music was remixed and re-released that year making it different
   than the original studio and limited Extended edition albums
   that have been previously released by either RCA/Victor or
   BMG/Cirque du Soleil Musique alliances. The "Saltimbanco 
   (2005)" album is the only one currently in production and
   Consequently, as a side note, there is one other album in the
   Cirque du Soleil repertoire bearing the name "Saltimbanco" and
   that is "Saltimbanco Live in Amsterdam." The album is an
   employee issue CD, recorded live under the big top in Amsterdam	
   1996 through the sound board. Since it was never commercially
   available, the title is not consiered a canon album in the 
   Cirque du Soleil music catalog.

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   Cirque du Soleil took a different approach to the Varekai
   album when it was released on CD in 2002. Rather than it be a
   direct recording (studio mixed) of the music as heard during
   the performance, they decided to branch out and create the
   album as an "experience"; therefore, the music, while quite
   familiar, took on a totally different tone than what you
   heard under the Grand Chapiteau. Including the addition of
   repetitive voice-overs on a couple of the tracks.

   About a year after releasing the first Varekai CD (which
   includes the original show visual), Cirque du Soleil
   musique took certain critiques to heart and repurposed
   the voice-overs onto their own track. AND released a
   second CD compilation that included a bonus CD, which
   included some tracks recorded live.

   A third album was released when Cirque music interests
   changed, discontinuing the "bonus" extended CD but
   keeping the new repurposed track listing. The third album
   is the only one of the three in print today.

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