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Who Knows What Evil Lurks In The Hearts of Men? Only “The Shadow” Knows! Soundtrack Features Goldsmith Score, Steinman Song

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Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?  Indeed, only The Shadow knows.  And who knows the way to the hearts of film buffs everywhere?  Certainly Intrada knows!  The soundtrack specialist label has just announced its two latest limited editions: a deluxe double-CD expansion of the 1994 film The Shadow including Jerry Goldsmith’s complete score as well as the original Arista LP with songs by Jim Steinman (Bat Out of Hell), plus Craig Safan’s discarded score to Wolfen, the 1981 horror flick from Woodstock director Michael Wadleigh.

1981’s Wolfen is notable for featuring one of the earliest scores from James Horner (Titanic, The Amazing Spider-Man).  But before Horner got the job, a score had been written by Craig Safan (The Last Starfighter, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins).  Although Safan composed an orchestral score described by Intrada as “incredibly intense [and] complex,” it wasn’t gelling with Wadleigh’s film starring Albert Finney, Edward James Olmos and Gregory Hines.  Intrada has already released the final Horner score on CD, and has now turned its attention to a first-time release of Safan’s original.  The new, hour-long soundtrack is presented in stereo from Warner Bros.’ original three-channel stereo masters.  This Intrada Special Collection release will be available as long as “quantities and interest remains,” per the label.

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Written by Joe Marchese

July 25, 2012 at 09:25

The Adventure Begins With Safan’s “Remo Williams” and Mancini’s “Moneychangers”

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Raise your hand if you remember the golden age of the television miniseries!  Once upon a time, the miniseries was king:  Rich Man, Poor Man, QB VII, North and South, Roots, The Thorn Birds.  Sprawling novels were translated into multiple evenings of rich, dramatic television, with the small screen taking advantage of a length that even big screen fare couldn’t offer.  One such miniseries was 1976’s The Moneychangers, based on a novel by Arthur Hailey (Hotel, Airport) and scored by the same man who would go on to win an Emmy for The Thorn Birds: Henry Mancini.  The man born Enrico Nicola Mancini was the perfect choice for the miniseries format, well-versed in the grandeur of Hollywood cinema and the necessities of dramatic scoring.  But while Mancini wrote one of his most ambitious scores (at nearly two-and-a-quarter hours’ length!) ever for The Moneychangers, a soundtrack recording was never released.  35 years after the miniseries’ premiere, Intrada is releasing the full Henry Mancini score on a special 1,500-copy limited edition 2-disc set.  But that’s not all!  The label has also announced a reissue of Craig Safan’s soundtrack from the 1985 pulp-inspired adventure film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins!  That one’s a 1,000-copy limited edition.

Arthur Hailey found unexpected drama in the machinations of a bank in his 1975 novel The Moneychangers.  When a miniseries was shot the following year, a powerhouse cast was assembled.  Kirk Douglas and Christopher Plummer led the ensemble as two executives with very different moral codes.  Douglas is kindly and ethical, while Plummer is avaricious and self-centered.  As they vie for control of the financial institution, those around them are caught in a web of intrigue.  The supporting cast is filled with familiar names and faces, including Anne Baxter (All About Eve), Ralph Bellamy (Rosemary’s Baby), Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show), Hayden Rorke (I Dream of Jeannie), James Shigeta (Flower Drum Song), Lorne Greene (Bonanza) and Robert Loggia, a favorite character actor of director Blake Edwards.  Edwards, in turn, was the most frequent collaborator of Henry Mancini.

The Moneychangers’ director Boris Sagal intended to heighten the drama and the human situations of what could have been a cold story, and Mancini matched his vision musically.  Intrada’s first-ever release of the score is sequenced in four parts, as the film was.  The sweeping, expansive score offers lush romantic themes, suspenseful action cues and customary combo pieces.  The license for release was granted by CBS to Intrada but the release wasn’t made possible until the bass trombonist from the sessions located the original ¼-inch full-track mono safeties of the complete score!  The line-up of players assembled by Mancini was expectedly top-notch, drawing on many of the same key players who had contributed to his best-selling albums over the years.  Players like Ted Nash, Vincent DeRosa, Graham Young, Dick Nash, Bob Bain, Terry Woodson and Shelly Manne all delivered that unique Mancini sound; Mancini, of course, conducted.  As the only piece of music previously available was the re-recorded main theme on the Mancini’s Angels LP, much of The Moneychangers will be a major surprise to even the most dedicated Mancini fans.  (This is, in fact, the perfect complement to Intrada’s first Mancini world premiere of the year, March’s Trail of the Pink Panther.)

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Written by Joe Marchese

July 26, 2011 at 08:31