The 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.
Intrada'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!
Elmer Bernstein, Cahill: U.S. Marshal - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 229, 2013 - original film released 1973)
- Cahill: US Marshal (Main Title)
- Billy Joe
- Thickening Plot
- New Money
- Necktie Party
- Born to Hang
- A Man Gets to Thinkin' (Instrumental)
- A Man Gets to Thinkin' (Vocal)
- Danny - Billy Joe
- Various Troubles
- A Man Gets to Thinkin' (End Cast)
Leonard Rosenman, Hell is for Heroes: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack / Jerry Fielding, Escape from Alcatraz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 236, 2013 - original films released 1979 and 1962)
- Main Title
- Off Limits Bar
- Belligerent Reese
- Homer’s Disappointment
- Back to the Line
- The Mine Field, Part 1
- The Mine Field, Part 2
- Battle Shock and Reese’s Rage
- Kennedy’s Speech/End Title
- Main Title
- Welcome to Alcatraz
- Solitary and Home Again
- Carpenter Shop
- Welding in the Cell/Digging the Grill
- Wedge and 1st Montage
- Utility Corridor
- Trial Run
- Nosey Cop
- The Pipe
- Bye Boy (Film Version)
- Wedge and 1st Montage
- Beginning of Escape
- To the Finish Line
- End Credits (Film Version)
- Welcome to Alcatraz (Unused)
- Bye Boy (Original Version)
- End Credits (Original Version)
Tracks 1-10 from Hell is for Heroes. Tracks 11-29 from Escape from Alcatraz.
All selections on both discs previously unreleased.
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