HOLDING THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE WILD WEST
GEOFF LOVE & HIS ORCHESTRA – “Big Western Movie Themes No. 2 (MFP 5204) 1971
During Howard Hawks’ RIO BRAVO, Dean Martin is disturbed by a haunting theme evoked from down the street by a solo trumpet. The tune is “De Guello” which composer Dimitri Tiomkin re-uses in his score for the John Wayne epic THE ALAMO.
“De Guello” is included here along with eleven other western themes representing not only America but also Italy. In fact it is in Rome that Ennio Morricone is regularly operative, scoring mainly western subjects of which two are represented here by their respective melodies, FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE and the more recent ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST.
Fellow Italian writer Marcello Giombini scored another Italian Western SABATA which stars Lee Van Cleef.
With many TV credits to his name, Dominic Frontiere also writes extensively for the big screen; his western subjects include the recent CHISUM and the Clint Eastwood starrer represented here, HANG ‘EM HIGH.
Jerry Fielding met director Sam Peckinpah in the early sixties when they were working on a TV play “Noon Wine” and a few years later, when the same director had finished THE WILD BUNCH, he commissioned Fielding to score it.
“Bunch” in fact contained some violent sequences, very unlike Hathaway’s TRUE GRIT – a sometimes sentimental study of a rugged old-time lawman for which Elmer Bernstein weaved one of those traditional scores headed by a really outstanding theme.
For MACKENNA’S GOLD, Quincy Jones was in quieter than usual mood, his score including the song “Ole Turkey Buzzard” sung on the soundtrack by Jose Feliciano.
Burt Bacharach is justifiably recognised as one of today’s leading composers and we feature two of his works in this collection. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE was inspired by the John Ford film of the same name – although it had no definite connection with Cyril Mockridge’s actual score – and recorded at the time of the film’s opening by Gene Pitney.
Also featured is the “Raindrops” sequence from George Roy Hill’s BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.
Jerry Goldsmith’s fine score for PATTON: LUST FOR GLORY is only one of the many outstanding works by this American writer, here represented by HOMBRE.
With lyricist Ray Evans, Jay Livingstone wrote such memorable movie songs as “Buttons and Bows” (from THE PALEFACE), “Mona Lisa” (from CAPTAIN CAREY U.S.A.) and “Whatever will be, will be” (from THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH) and on this album, we include the ballad that he composed with Mack David for that classic Lee Marvin comedy-western CAT BALLOU.
The western heritage lives on so will the memory of these fine movie songs.
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