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Henry Mancini’s “Once is Not Enough,” Sol Kaplan’s “Spy Who Came in from the Cold” Premiere on CD from Intrada

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Once is Not EnoughThanks to the Intrada label, it was a swinging March for film soundtrack fans.  Intrada has just recently released the world premiere of one of Henry Mancini’s finest scores together with a deluxe expanded edition of a spy classic from composer Sol Kaplan.  Mancini penned the score to the 1975 film adaptation of Once is Not Enough, the deliciously trashy 1973 novel by Jacqueline Susann of Valley of the Dolls fame.  Though it’s positively bursting with melodies both bright and haunting from the maestro, the rich score to Once is Not Enough never received a soundtrack album.  Intrada has rectified this with a deluxe edition containing all of the music used in the film as well as alternates and bonuses direct from the Paramount vaults in an all-new stereo mix.  Of particular interest might be three different lyrics to Mancini’s theme tune.  The first was provided by Oscar-winning legend Sammy Cahn (“All the Way,” “Three Coins in the Fountain”).  It was then replaced by a lyric from Tony Asher of Pet Sounds renown.  Asher’s lyric, too, was rejected, and ultimately the assignment went to Larry Kusik (“Speak Softly Love,” “The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle”).  All three lyrics premiere here on CD.  Mancini’s score is typically eclectic and typically accomplished, with lush orchestral passages accompanied by electronic, rock and lounge-flavored cues.

The second release from Intrada also has a literary source –John le Carré’s famous 1963 novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.  Martin Ritt (The Front, The Great White Hope) directed the 1965 Hollywood adaptation starring Richard Burton, and Sol Kaplan (Star Trek, the 1953 Titanic) provided the brassy, bold period score.  Intrada’s CD release includes both the original RCA Victor soundtrack album and the actual music as presented in the motion picture. After the jump, we have the full text of Intrada’s releases on both titles plus order links and complete track listings!

Henry Mancini, Once is Not Enough (1975)

What might be Henry Mancini’s finest score for the seventies finally makes its long overdue premiere on CD! Jacqueline Susann’s Once Is Not Enough is [a] large-scale story of fame and failure, success and sex. Guy Green directs [a] large cast with Kirk Douglas in lead as aging film producer, Deborah Raffin as his daughter, David Janssen as troubled author, Alexis Smith as wealthy wife of Douglas, George Hamilton as Raffin’s suitor, Melina Mercouri as aged recluse, [and] Brenda Vaccaro as zesty magazine editor. Henry Mancini writes [an] incredibly melodic score in his finest classic sixties style. Melodies [are] both warmly sumptuous, tenderly sad play key roles. [The] haunting theme for January [is] a standout, with tragic minor key overtones playing in contrast to sunnier key of main theme. Both melodies play amongst [the] composer’s all-time finest. But there is so much more.

[The] score is overflowing with material: trademark Mancini source pieces in variety of styles, rich background score sequences based on main themes, [and] more. Mancini often made musical gesture[s] towards someone featured in the cast: Arabesque (“Something For Sophia”), The Pink Panther (“Something For Sellers”), Breakfast At Tiffany’s (“Something For Cat”). Here he provides “Something For Alexis”. Also in signature Mancini style are numerous instrumental solos throughout, with contributions from piano, electric piano, guitar (both electric, acoustic), flute, harp, horn, vibes, metal xylophone… literally a treasure trove of featured ideas! [The] somewhat troubled film production resulted in multiple approaches to several musical sequences including both instrumental, wordless choral versions of main theme, alternates of end credit music, unused vocal version of theme sung by Jerry Wright, [and] other changes. Intrada CD presents them all. While the Paramount film was only presented in mono, the score happily was recorded in 2″ 16-track formats, allowing new digital stereo mix of everything. Henry Mancini conducts. Intrada Special Collection Release available while quantities and interest remain!

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Sol Kaplan, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

Terrific sixties-style spy movie score by Sol Kaplan makes CD premiere in two versions! John le Carré’s superb cold war espionage tale gets superb filming by Martin Ritt. Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner [and] Sam Wanamaker star. Unlike glamorous, exotic worlds of super-spy James Bond, ordinary protagonists of le Carré’s thriller play out their tense game in decidedly non-exotic shadows of East Berlin, West Berlin. [The] first version of score is [a] new mastering of [the] terrific RCA original score album, recorded in London in October 1965 and presented intact from original stereo album master tapes. The [second] version is [the] world premiere of actual soundtrack performances recorded one month earlier in London, presented from original 35mm three channel scoring session masters. Sol Kaplan writes to moody, grim black and white story but infuses music with wide variety of styles: brassy intro, melancholy main theme featuring sax, powerful John Barry-ish motif for “The Compound”, haunting “Piano Prelude” variant of main theme, tentative, dark-hued “Cell Door” music, brazen “Pussy Willow Club” sequence, more. Sequences of lean, austere material trade with dangerous, throbbing ideas. And always that memorable theme, close by.  Also worthy of spotlighting: when score reaches conclusion, Kaplan returns to main theme but ultimately closes with unaccompanied solo sax for final cadence. Stark, powerful ending! Both soundtrack and re-recorded score cover similar territory as actual score in picture runs under half an hour. For RCA version, Kaplan prepared charged, upbeat arrangement of main theme to help bring LP duration to 33 minutes. An additional unused arrangement made during October sessions plays at end of entire CD, following soundtrack performances. Unused alternate version of final solo sax cadence also appears. The sixties era offers a plethora of cool movie and TV spy soundtracks, from Bond to U.N.C.L.E., from Flint to Palmer, from Matt Helm to I Spy. Kaplan’s contribution, like the film it accompanies, is one of the finest. CD packaging offers both original RCA album duo-tone artwork plus dramatic, full-color “flipper cover” artwork. Choose your favorite! Sol Kaplan conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!

You can order both titles directly from Intrada at the links below!

Henry Mancini, Jacqueline Susann’s Once is Not Enough (1975) (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 270, 2014)

  1. Opening Scene
  2. Son of Main Title
  3. Something for Alexis
  4. January’s Theme
  5. Right on Time
  6. Lonely Figure 1
  7. One More Jolt
  8. Only in Movies
  9. El Morocco Rocker
  10. Once Around the Floor
  11. Holly (*)
  12. The Soft Touch (from Hatari!)
  13. The Woman I Love
  14. Karla
  15. The Zinger
  16. Enchanting Creature
  17. Bike Ride (Orchestra/Piano)
  18. The Soap Trick
  19. Mad Mike
  20. No Coming Back
  21. Nowhere to Go (*)
  22. Lonely Figure 2 (*)
  23. Theme from Once Is Not Enough No. 6 (Piano)
  24. End Title and Credits (Orchestra/Chorus) (Lyrics – Larry Kusik)
  25. Opening Scene – Alternate 2 (Vocals by Jerry Wright) (Lyrics – Tony Asher)
  26. Opening Scene – Alternate 1 (Orchestra/Chorus)
  27. Bike Ride (Orchestra/Chorus)
  28. End Title and Credits – Alternate (Orchestra/Wordless Chorus)
  29. End Title and Credits – Alternate 2 (Orchestra/Chorus) (Lyrics – Sammy Cahn)
  30. End Title and Credits – Film Edit (Orchestra/Chorus) (Lyrics – Larry Kusik)
  31. Lonely Figure – Henry Mancini, piano
  32. Theme from Once is Not Enough No. 4 – Henry Mancini, piano

All tracks previously unreleased.
(*) denotes track not used in film

Sol Kaplan, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 272, 2014)

  1. Theme from The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  2. Piano Prelude
  3. Control
  4. Contact
  5. The Pussy Willow Club
  6. Pussy Willow Girl
  7. Leamas and Fiedler
  8. The Compound
  9. The Cell Door
  10. Waltz for a Spy
  11. The Spy Comes In
  12. Main title
  13. Piano Prelude
  14. The Spy Comes In
  15. Control
  16. Labour Exchange/Walk in the Rain
  17. Assignation
  18. The Pussy Willow Club
  19. Interlude
  20. Contact
  21. The Newsphoto
  22. The Compound
  23. Waiting for Fiedler
  24. The Cell Door No. 1
  25. The Cell Door No. 2
  26. End of the Spy
  27. End of the Spy (Alternate)
  28. Theme from the Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Tracks 1-11 from the original soundtrack recording, RCA LP LSO-1118, 1965
Tracks 12-28 previously unreleased

Written by Joe Marchese

April 7, 2014 at 13:05

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