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The Return of “One-Eyed Jacks”: Sold-Out Soundtrack Receives New Encore Edition

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One-Eyed Jacks KLWhen we first reported on Kritzerland’s reissue of the soundtrack to 1961’s One-Eyed Jacks on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, the limited edition release had already sold out.  In fact, all 1,200 copies had sold out in a matter of hours.  But the label is bringing this in-demand title back as a new Encore Edition.  Strictly limited to 1,000 units, the Encore Edition re-presents the contents of the deluxe restoration of Hugo Friedhofer’s score. The new edition is scheduled to ship by the first week of May, but pre-orders placed directly through Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks earlier.  For those who missed out the first time, here’s the scoop on this unusual western cult classic.

The first and only film directed by Marlon Brando, the 1961 western One-Eyed Jacks isn’t as well-remembered as many of the screen legend’s other accomplishments. But with a cast including Brando as bank robber Rio (inspired by Billy the Kid), Karl Malden as his former partner-turned-sheriff Doc Longworth and Ben Johnson as new cohort Bob Emory, and a revolving door of screenwriters including Sam Peckinpah and Calder Willingham, One-Eyed Jacks had much to distinguish it. It was the final film shot in Paramount’s magnificent VistaVision process, and Charles Lang was the cinematographer, and was duly rewarded with an Academy Award nomination for his work. Also among those notable qualities was its score by Hugo Friedhofer, nine-time Academy Award nominee and winner of the 1947 trophy for his score to the William Wyler-directed The Best Years of Our Lives.  Friedhofer brought to his score a mastery of many genres honed by his years as an orchestrator for the likes of Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and his own diverse array of scores including The Young Lions starring Brando, Hondo and The Bishop’s Wife. Kritzerland’s 2-CD release preserves both the complete film recordings and the original Liberty Records LP presentation of Friedhofer’s score.

Click on the jump to read about the restoration of Hugo Friedhofer’s exciting score to One-Eyed Jacks, along with pre-order information and track listing!

Producer Bruce Kimmel has painstakingly assembled the most complete presentation of the score as is possible; all cues are making their first CD appearance here. The first disc is restored from the original two-track album masters from the EMI vaults and contains 2 alternate cues from the full film recording. The second disc comprises the entire film score in stereo.  Nick Redman provides the liner notes.   The bizarrely fascinating film and its stirring score have long been favorites of Kimmel’s, and he’s making the limited Encore Edition of 1,000 copies available at the same price as the label’s  usual single-disc soundtrack releases: $19.98 plus S&H. You can pre-order and check out audio samples at the link below!

Hugo Friedhofer, One-Eyed Jacks (Liberty LP LOS-17001, 1961, reissued Kritzerland, 2010)

CD 1: Album Presentation

  1. Main Title
  2. The Kiss of a Scoundrel/Pursued by Rurales
  3. Toast to Friendship
  4. Lonely Thoughts/Betrayal and Capture
  5. Escape (Parts 1 & 2)
  6. To Monterey/The Search
  7. Seduction
  8. Contrition
  9. To Point of the Devil/Gentle Visitor
  10. Dark Thoughts/Necklace and Idea
  11. Confession/Confidence Regained
  12. Finale
  13. Alternate Main Title
  14. Alternate Finale

Tracks 13 & 14 are previously unreleased bonus tracks

CD 2: Complete Original Score

  1. Main Title
  2. The Getaway/The Kiss of a Scoundrel
  3. Pursued by Rurales
  4. Toast to Friendship
  5. Escape to the Cantina
  6. Lonely Thoughts/Betrayal and Capture
  7. Escape (Parts 1 & 2)
  8. The Search
  9. To Monterey
  10. Meeting After Five Years
  11. Meet My Family/Trouble Among the Four
  12. Luisa in Love
  13. The Seduction
  14. Contrition
  15. The Informer
  16. Dad’s Suspicions Allayed
  17. Dad’s True Colors
  18. To Point of the Devil
  19. Gentle Visitor
  20. Dark Thoughts/Necklace and Idea
  21. Prelude to Rape
  22. Luisa’s Confession/Confidence Regained
  23. Compulsion
  24. Adios Friend/Double Cross/The Ambush
  25. Confession of Love
  26. Chance to Escape/A Break for Freedom
  27. Finale

All tracks on CD 2 are previously unreleased

Written by Joe Marchese

March 24, 2014 at 13:43

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