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Soundtrack Watch: Intrada’s Busy Month

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isc247B_booklet.inddCalling all soundtrack lovers: Intrada has been pretty busy in the last few weeks, reissuing or expanding three diverse scores and premiering another on CD.

The label’s most recent batch saw a pair of double-disc score sets, and the first up was James Horner’s action-packed score to 1994’s Clear and Present Danger. Based on the Tom Clancy novel, Clear and Present Danger finds the irascible agent Jack Ryan (played again by Harrison Ford, his second turn in the role after 1992’s Patriot Games) serving as acting deputy director of the CIA, only to find a covert drug war in Colombia is being conducted behind his back – and the President may be in on the scheme. Many of Horner’s dramatic action cues from this film are making their proper debut on this two-disc set, along with a few extras from the original soundtrack CD.

Inchon_mafA_600Last week also saw the reissue of Intrada’s double-disc presentation of Inchon, Jerry Goldsmith’s score to the Terence Young dramatization of the pivotal Korean War battle. Initially released on LP by the Regency International label upon initial release in 1981, Intrada oversaw a release of the original score as heard in the film on CD in 1988, and then expanded that program in 2006 as a two-disc set featuring both complete score and original soundtrack LP. That program is now available once more – and as an unlimited title, preserved in the label’s catalogue from this point. It’s another traditionally strong mid-period Goldsmith score for everyone to enjoy again.

Intrada also bowed a few single-disc sets in the weeks before their latest batch: first there was a straight remastered reissue of Maurice Jarre’s score to Dreamscape, a Dennis Quaid-anchored sci-fi film about infiltrating people’s dreams two decades before Inception, and the premiere of Jerry Fielding’s score to Beyond The Poseidon Adventure, which found a few all-star groups of explorers revisiting the half-sunken ocean liner. Full details on all four sets, including track lists and order links can be found after the jump!

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Written by Mike Duquette

June 17, 2013 at 12:38

FSM’s “Wild Bunch” Marks the End of an Era

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1601booklet2.inddAfter more than 15 years as one of the most reputable and trailblazing film soundtrack reissue labels, Film Score Monthly unveiled its 250th and final release today with a triple-disc expansion of Jerry Fielding’s score to the iconic Western The Wild Bunch.

Sam Peckinpah’s gritty tale of a gang of aging outlaws (including William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Warren Oates) angling for one last score in the last days of the Old West is known for both its shocking (for its time) bloody violence and the revolutionary editing with which it was depicted (featuring quick cuts and tension-building slow-motion in equal measure). Fielding’s Oscar-nominated score starkly contrasts the bleakness of the picture, utilizing unconventional time signatures and period folk music indicative of the U.S.-Mexican border upon which the film takes place to add color beyond the blood spilled onscreen.

Originally issued as a soundtrack LP by Warner Bros. and expanded in 1997, The Wild Bunch is a fitting final presentation for FSM, a limited edition set (2,000 copies) featuring not only the complete score but a heap of alternate takes, demos and other archival material alongside the original soundtrack LP presentation as well.

Order your copy now and hit the jump to preview the track list – and a sincere congratulations for all of Film Score Monthly’s high-quality output!

Jerry Fielding, The Wild Bunch: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – End of the Line Edition (Film Score Monthly Vol. 16, No. 1, 2013 – original film released 1969)

Disc 1

  1. Main Title
  2. From Coffer to First Shoot-Out
  3. They Cleared Out/Buck’s Arroyo
  4. Judas Goat/Mexico Lindo/Half Hour of Light/To Sykes’s Camp
  5. Angel Confronts the Gorch Brothers/1st Denver Hotel (with “Darkey’s Awakening”)
  6. Denver Flashback (with “Darkey’s Awakening”)
  7. Slow Motion Tumble/Aurora Mi Amor
  8. All Clear/Arriving at Angel’s Camp
  9. Drunk with Wine and Love/Dance at Angel’s Camp
  10. Entrance of the General
  11. Mariachi at First Cantina
  12. Song from The Wild Bunch/Angel Blows His Cork
  13. Give It to Him
  14. Ain’t He the One?/Por Favor, I Need Him/Bodega el Bodega de Baño
  15. Give Him One/Aurora Mi Amor
  16. Assault on the Train and Escape, Parts 1 and 2/Locomotive Wreck
  17. Assault on the Train and Escape, Parts 3 and 4
  18. Drinking Song
  19. Santa Amalia
  20. Dynamite/Adventures on the High Road, Part 1
  21. Adventures on the High Road, Part 2
  22. Menace/Adventures on the High Road, Part 3
  23. Sykes in the Sand Box or The Schidt Seen
  24. He’s a Thief/How?
  25. Is That Sykes?/Bounty Hunters and Sykes’s Indian
  26. Dragging Angel/Army Patrol/Dinner at Drunken Brawl
  27. Song From The Wild Bunch (guitar)

Disc 2

  1. Attempt to Save Angel/I Gonna Give It to You
  2. Dirge and Finale
  3. La Golondrina
  4. Adelita
  5. B Natural Chord/Mexico Lindo/Half Hour of Light/To Sykes’s Camp
  6. 1st Denver Hotel (without “Darkey’s Awakening”)
  7. Denver Flashback (without “Darkey’s Awakening”)
  8. Slow Motion Tumble/Aurora Mi Amor
  9. Brother Pike Needs Help
  10. All Clear (Version 2)
  11. All Clear (Version 1)
  12. Drunk with Wine and Love
  13. Song from The Wild Bunch (slow version)
  14. They’re Coming
  15. In the Drink/After the Bridge
  16. Santa Amalia
  17. Adventures on the High Road, Part 2
  18. Musica—Musica
  19. First Machine Gun Fiesta/Second Machine Gun Fiesta
  20. Is That Sykes? (Version 2)
  21. Is That Sykes? (Version 1)
  22. Fireworks
  23. Song from The Wild Bunch (harmonica)
  24. Long March
  25. Dirge (revised overlay pickup, take 3)
  26. Dirge (revised overlay pickup, take 1)
  27. La Golondrina (End Title, Long Version)
  28. La Golondrina (Instrumental Backing Track)

Disc 3

  1. Song from The Wild Bunch
  2. Main Title
  3. Aurora Mi Amor
  4. Asssault on the Train and Escape
  5. Drinking Song
  6. Adelita
  7. Adventures on the High Road
  8. Bodega el Bodega de Baño
  9. Dirge and Finale
  10. End Credits (La Golondrina)
  11. Demo #1 (Teresa’s Entrance)
  12. Demo #2 (Dirge and Finale)
  13. Teresa Ad Lib #1
  14. Teresa Ad Lib #2
  15. Teresa Ad Lib #3
  16. Santa Maria #1
  17. Santa Maria #2
  18. Tender Theme (Teresa’s Entrance)
  19. La Golondrina (End Title, Short Version)

Disc 3, Tracks 1-10 released as Warner Bros. LP WS-1814, 1969. Portions of Discs 1-2 released on Warner Bros. CD (no cat. #), 1997

Written by Mike Duquette

March 11, 2013 at 14:48

Intrada Premieres Three Rugged Scores on Two Discs

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Cahill_600The latest haul from Intrada is three ’60s and ’70s scores for some tough-guy pictures, each from three different, classic composers and all making their debut on any format.

First up, Elmer Bernstein scores Cahill: U.S. Marshal (1973). Bernstein obviously had some Western chops – The Magnificent Seven, anyone? – and he certainly had quite the opportunity to flex those muscles for this film. The title character, a black-hatted lawman pursuing a bank robber (George Kennedy) and his accomplices (who happen to be the marshal’s sons), was played by none other than John Wayne. The score to this Warner Bros. picture – which included a song, “A Man Gets to Thinkin’,” with lyrics by Don Black – is notable as one of the first recorded on multitrack tape (2″, 16-channel tape, to be exact), meaning a new stereo remix could be constructed just for this disc. Jeff Bond provides detailed liner notes for the set.

EscapefrmAlcatraz_600Intrada’s other release this week is a two-fer: first, there’s Hell is for Heroes, a 1962 film about an Army squad’s near-impossible task to hold the Siegfried Line against German forces for two days straight in 1944. Despite an all-star cast, including Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, James Coburn, Fess Parker and Bob Newhart (in his first film role), budgetary restrictions and on-set conflicts (namely between McQueen and writer Robert Pirosh, who created the TV series Combat!) sank the film; Leonard Rosenman’s short, active score, though, is a highlight, and presented in full on the first part of the disc.

Hell is for Heroes is paired with Jerry Fielding’s score to Escape from Alcatraz, an adaptation of J. Campbell Bruce’s book starring Clint Eastwood as Frank Morris, who in real life did escape the maximum security prison and was never found since. Working for the fifth and final time with director Don Siegel (who helmed Coogan‘s Bluff and Dirty Harry with Eastwood starring), Alcatraz features a unique, experimental “musique concrete” score by Fielding written to reflect the harsh conditions of the prison, newly remixed in stereo.

All titles are available “while quantities and interest remain”; hit the jump to read the track lists and place your orders!

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Written by Mike Duquette

February 5, 2013 at 16:12