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Keeping Score with New Releases by Intrada and Kritzerland

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isc262Front_out.inddThe last few weeks have seen some great catalogue soundtracks released, including a set of LPs from a beloved Golden Age composer and a pair of heavy hitters at 20th Century-Fox.

Last week saw Intrada release two score titles. The first is the world premiere of Maurice Jarre’s score to Distant Thunder, from the 1988 John Lithgow-Ralph Macchio film about a Vietnam War veteran uneasily returning to his family after a decade spent in the American wilderness. Jarre’s small-scale electronic ensemble balances the tentativeness of Lithgow and Macchio’s burgeoning father-son relationship with sudden bursts representing the fear and violence that Lithgow’s Mark Lambert so often lived with.

Elsewhere, Intrada unleashes no less than six albums on three discs from acclaimed composer Elmer Bernstein’s tenure on the MGM-distributed label Ava Records. Recorded and released between 1962 and 1965, The Ava Collection features original soundtrack albums from such classics as The CarpetbaggersTo Kill a Mockingbird and Walk on the Wild Side, as well as a compilation of stray movie and television themes by Bernstein. Not only is this the first collection of all six of these releases, it’s also the first time all six of them have been mastered from the original first generation stereo masters! This mix of quality and quantity make it a must-have for not only Bernstein fans, but for fans of great ’60s film scoring.

KL_oHenry_Irish_CoverFin72Last, but certainly not least, Kritzerland uncovers two classics from the scoring sessions of 20th Century-Fox: Alfred Newman’s O. Henry’s Full House (1952) and Cyril Holdridge’s The Luck of the Irish (1948). Full House is quite an interesting picture: five adaptations of short stories by the popular American author, including “The Last Leaf,” “The Ransom of Red Chief” and the enduring “The Gift of the Magi” – all put on by five different directors and five different casts (including Charles Laughton, Marilyn Monroe, Farley Granger and others) and narrated by John Steinbeck, in a rare film appearance. Newman’s five mini-scores, ably arranged by Ken Darby, are treats for any fan of his work. Full House is paired with the score to The Luck of the Irish, a fantasy about a man (Tyrone Power) torn between his wealthy fiancé in New York and a beautiful stranger he met on the Emerald Isle. His journey is guided by Cecil Kellaway as Horace, an honest-to-goodness leprechaun he also makes the acquaintance of.

The Kritzerland two-fer is limited to 1,000 copies, while the Intrada sets are available “while quantities and interest remain.” Make your orders and check out the track lists after the jump!

Maurice Jarre, Distant Thunder: Music from the Motion Picture (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 271, 2014 – original film released 1988)

  1. Main Title
  2. Mark in Pond
  3. Louis Walks the Track
  4. Louis Kisses the Train
  5. Mark Leaves Mountains – Insert
  6. Char Meets Mark
  7. It’s a Deal
  8. Mark in the Park/Jack Gets Letter
  9. Haircut
  10. Mark Leaves Town
  11. Headlines/To the Mountains (Revised)/The Forest At Night
  12. Larry and Jack (After Shooting)/Mark and Jack Meet (Revised)
  13. Mark and Jack Meet (Original Version)
  14. Larry Consoles Mark
  15. Remember Billy
  16. No Trespassing
  17. Looking for Nitz
  18. Down the Hill
  19. You’re a Real Amigo
  20. Mark in Hospital/It’s Not Your Fault
  21. After the Train Has Passed (Revised)/Mark and Jack Reunion
  22. To the Mountains (Original Version)
  23. After the Train Has Passed (Original Version)/Mark and Jack Reunion

All tracks previously unreleased

Elmer Bernstein, The Ava Collection (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 262, 2014)

Disc 1: Walk on the Wild Side and The Carpetbaggers

  1. Walk on the Wild Side
  2. Somewhere in the Used to Be
  3. Hallie’s Jazz
  4. Rejected
  5. Doll House
  6. Teresina
  7. Night Theme
  8. Walk on the Wild Side Jazz
  9. Dove
  10. Kitty
  11. Oliver
  12. Reminiscence
  13. Finale
  14. The Carpetbaggers
  15. Love Theme from The Carpetbaggers
  16. Speak of the Devil
  17. Forbidden Room
  18. The Carpetbaggers Blues
  19. Main Title from The Carpetbaggers
  20. New Star
  21. The Producer Asks for a Divorce
  22. Jonas Hits Bottom
  23. Finale

Disc 2: The Caretakers and Baby the Rain Must Fall

  1. Black Straight-Jacket
  2. Blues for a 4-String Guitar
  3. Take Care
  4. Birdito
  5. Party in the Ward
  6. The Caretakers (Main Title)
  7. The Cage
  8. Electrotherapy
  9. Day Hospital
  10. Seclusion
  11. Finale
  12. Baby the Rain Must Fall
  13. Henry’s Heap
  14. Shine for Me – The We Three Trio
  15. Travelin’ Lady
  16. Treat Me Right – Jim and Johnny
  17. Gospel Time
  18. Pecan Grove Rock
  19. Baby the Rain Must Fall – The We Three Trio
  20. Wagon Wheel Watusi
  21. Main Title Theme from Baby the Rain Must Fall 

Disc 3: To Kill a Mockingbird and Movie and TV Themes Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein 


  1. Main Title
  2. Roll in the Tire
  3. The Search for Boo
  4. Jem’s Discovery
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird
  6. Tree Treasure
  7. Lynch Mob
  8. Footsteps in the Dark
  9. Children Attacked
  10. Scout & Boo
  11. Summer’s End
  12. Rat Race (from the Paramount Picture)
  13. Three Time Blueser (from the TV Show Take Five)
  14. Radio Hysteria (from the R.K.O. Picture Sudden Fear)
  15. Anna Lucasta (from the United Artists Picture)
  16. Hop, Skip But Jump
  17. Saints and Sinners (from the Four Star TV Production)
  18. Sweet Smell of Success (from the United Artists Picture)
  19. The Man with the Golden Arm (from the United Artists Picture)
  20. Jubilation
  21. Walk on the Wild Side (from the Columbia Picture)

Disc 1, Tracks 1-13 released as Ava LP AS-4ST, 1962
Disc 1, Tracks 14-23 released as Ava LP AS-45ST, 1964
Disc 2, Tracks 1-11 released as Ava LP AS-31, 1963
Disc 2, Tracks 12-21 released as Ava LP AS-53ST, 1965
Disc 3, Tracks 1-11 released as Ava LP AS-20ST, 1963
Disc 3, Tracks 12-21 released as Ava LP AS-11ST, 1962

Alred Newman/Cyril Mockridge, O. Henry’s Full House/The Luck of the Irish: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks (Kritzerland KR 20027-9, 2014 – original films released 1952/1948)

  1. O. Henry’s Full House: Main Title
  2. Concerning O. Henry
  3. “The Last Leaf” – Love Ends
  4. Joanna
  5. The Will to Die
  6. The Good Samaritan
  7. Holding On
  8. A Great Artist/Finale
  9. “The Cop and the Anthem” – The Windy Street
  10. Softly and Tenderly/Finale
  11. “The Clarion Call” – A Gambler’s Honor
  12. Love’s Dream After the Ball
  13. De Camptown Races/Finale
  14. “The Ransom of Red Chief” – Hill Billy Tune/Finale
  15. “The Gift of the Magi” – The Lovers
  16. Heartbroken
  17. The Perfect Gifts
  18. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Finale
  19. Henry’s Full House: End Titles
  20. The Luck of the Irish: Main Title
  21. The Leprechaun
  22. Fitz
  23. The Little Man
  24. The Waterfall
  25. The Coin
  26. Goodbye, Fitz
  27. New York
  28. Frances
  29. The Drink
  30. Horace
  31. Courage
  32. Old Tricks
  33. The Bottle
  34. A Gift for an Old Friend
  35. In a Thicket
  36. Finale

Written by Mike Duquette

February 25, 2014 at 12:31

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