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 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)


INTRADA Announces:



THE WHITE DAWN
Music Composed and Conducted by HENRY MANCINI
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 253

The White Dawn was a film composer’s dream because there were so many open sequences, with no sound but the wind.
There was little dialogue, no cars crashing or people slamming doors to get in the way of the music
.--Henry Mancini


For the 1974 Paramount film The White Dawn, composer Henry Mancini composed one of his most unique scores, creating an engrossing experience that is by turns both lyrical and savage. Woodwinds predominate, with flutes bringing an earthy, mystical quality. He uses reeds, often dissonant and coming from the orchestra’s lower register, to ominous effect. When bowed strings appear, they usually accompany the character of Daggett, emphasizing his romantic outlook on the world. Brass, when not in a seafaring vein, typically convey aggression and hostility. In addition to the ever-present drums, Mancini makes frequent use of mallet percussion, and enhances the score’s dreamlike character with electronics and instruments such as autoharp and waterphone.Two additional themes are of particular importance:the first is a gentle, almost childlike tune that seems to represent innocence and joy and the second is a fragile love theme.

For this release, Intrada had access to the complete score in mono and presented here in its debut. Previously only a handful of selections had been rerecorded by Mancini, a selection of which was integrated into the score to The Right Stuff.

The White Dawn tells the tale of three American whalers, shipwrecked in 1896 off the coast of Northern Canada, who are nursed back to health and taken in by a group of nomadic Eskimos. Billy (Warren Oates) is ornery and resentful, thinking only of escape and exploitation. Daggett (Timothy Bottoms) winds up embracing the native culture, and falls in love with a young woman named Neevee (Pilitak). Portagee (Louis Gossett Jr.) is somewhere in between. Eskimo leader Sarkak freely provides the men with food, shelter and women. But this foundation gradually erodes. Cultural differences widen into major rifts. As the tensions begin to boil over, the story ends in a shocking episode of violence.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 253
Retail Price: $19.99
Available Now
For track listing and sound samples, please visit
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WHITE DAWN, THE

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume 253
Date: 1974
Tracks: 22
Time = 61:10

At last! One of Henry Mancini's most involved, impressive scores (and a personal favorite of his) finally gets world premiere release! Philip Kaufman film was challenging project chronicling 1896 plight of three shipwrecked American whalers off coast of Northern Canada. How each is differently affected by environment, group of Inuit nomads that rescue them, ultimate violence that ensues forms basis of unusual outdoor drama. Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Lou Gossett star alongside the Eskimo People of the Canadian Arctic. Mancini melds two diverse ideas - simple, fluid melody for Inuit people and involved orchestral statements for full orchestra and percussion - resulting in rich, diverse yet incredibly coherent musical experience. Woodwinds (particularly family of flutes) often get spotlight for numerous melodic ideas. Dynamic percussion also have their say, as do terse brass chords in select dramatic moments. Great music! Long not available for album releasing due various missing elements, now through combined efforts of Intrada, Paramount Pictures, Henry Mancini Archives and Lukas Kendall of FSM, full presentation of entire score is possible, albeit orchestral cues, many layers of quasi-improvisational solos, vocal chants and percussion tracks were only mixed and vaulted in mono. Every precious tidbit is included but myriad elements exhibit considerable degree of hiss, even after restoration efforts. That said, careful preservation and presentation of masterful score yields important CD for seventies soundtrack fans and Henry Mancini collectors alike! Authoritative notes by John Takis plus flipper cover offering two different artwork approaches completes handsome package. Interesting to note Mancini adapted a brief suite of WHITE DAWN themes for concert performance, years later director Kaufman includes one such sequence from RCA concert recording in his epic THE RIGHT STUFF feature! Henry Mancini conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!


01. Arctic Whale Hunt 3:36
02. Main Title/Your Father’s Ice Floe 6:32
03. Tricky Shaman Pt. I and II 3:09
04. Seal Scope and Little Indian Boy* 3:15
05. The Lesson and Little Indian Boy* 1:31
06. Trek to Warm Buns/A Goose for Daggett* 3:35
07. Eskimo Pie 3:47
08. The Wooly Booger Hornpipe 4:24
09. The Stone Path 1:27
10. The Escape and Home Boys Home 2:21
11. Return to Paradise Pt. I and II 5:32
12. Snow Buns and Native Song and Little Indian Boy* 2:30
13. New Bedford Igloo 0:48
14. Tricky Shaman—Act II/Shaman Gets His Rocks Off 1:45
15. Eskimo Wool 1:45
16. Bye Bye Sarkak 1:10
17. Panic Run 0:47
18. Dead Daggett 0:34
19. Old Woman’s Song (Vocals by Akshooyooliak and Lou Gossett) 1:22
Total Score Time: 50:42

Bonus Tracks
20. Main Title (film version) 2:25
21. The Escape and Home Boys Home (film version) (Vocals by Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms and Lou Gossett) 2:20
22. Return to Paradise Pt. I and II (film version) (Vocals by Akshooyooliak and Lou Gossett) 5:30
*Contains “Little Indian Boy” Composed by Henry Mancini and Folkways Records
Total Bonus Time: 10:21

Henry Mancini
Price: $19.99

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

Instant purchase - thanks Intrada!

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 5:03 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

My favorite Mancini after LIFEFORCE. An incredibly gorgeous score. Ordered instantly. Nice job, Intrada!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

This was the score that silenced a lot of critics of Henry who thought he could not do something beyond the pop jazz easy listening medium. Of course he could and proves it with this wonderful score.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I like some of Mancini's more traditional dramatic scores but I think I'll pass on this one. I've given the samples a listen and it is not for me. Glad for everyone who has been waiting for this though.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 9:50 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Well worth the wait.

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2013 - 9:53 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Dynamic stereo would have been great. This mono will do. Thrilled it exists at all!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 4:37 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I have a long suite from this which really showcases Mancini's "other side".

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

One of Henry Mancini's very best.

A fabulous release. Excellent samples. Will order with 'True Grit' from SAE next week.

Many thanks to Intrada for this one!

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 12:47 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Up there in my top 5 Mancini scores, which today is:

In no particular order

Two For The Road
WHITE DAWN
Wait Until Dark
The Days Of Wine And Roses
A Touch Of Evil

smile


 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

This is one I've waited for a very long time for. “Arctic Whale Hunt” is one of the most thrilling pieces of music ever written.

 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 4:04 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

This is one I've waited for a very long time for. “Arctic Whale Hunt” is one of the most thrilling pieces of music ever written.

A very exciting release!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2013 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

Sounds a couple decades older than it is... sad.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2013 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

I've always liked the Arctic Whale Hunt track but those other samples aren't anything like I expected from the score proper.
Much more low-key and experimental sounding, plus the sound quality adds to my disappointment.
I'm happy this much sought after score is finally out there, but I'm going to stick with the suite I have.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2013 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   roy phillippe   (Member)

I've always liked the Arctic Whale Hunt track but those other samples aren't anything like I expected from the score proper.
Much more low-key and experimental sounding, plus the sound quality adds to my disappointment.
I'm happy this much sought after score is finally out there, but I'm going to stick with the suite I have.


I agree. I only bought this because I'm a Mancini fan and collector. I'm intrigued by the credit on one of the tracks that states it is composed by Mancini and Folkways records.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2013 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   mistermike   (Member)

On the original Paramount release of this film, which dates from 2004, there is a short documentary called Welcoming the Dawn where there are some musical cues from the film used as background which, if they are not in stereo (and they seem to be), are at least very good quality.

The Paramount release also has a 5.1 Surround track, which was obviously mixed for this DVD. I didn't notice this until today, since I just assumed that the film soundtrack was in mono!

The beginning of the film is in black and white with a grainy "documentary" look about it (probably to match up with the stock footage of harpooning whales) and the sound is also kind of harsh. When it switches to color after the whaleboat is overturned, the sound suddenly becomes a lot more clear and "stereo."

Does anyone know if the recent Warner Archive release of this film has any special features or 5.1 Surround sound?

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2013 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

I've always liked the Arctic Whale Hunt track but those other samples aren't anything like I expected from the score proper.
Much more low-key and experimental sounding, plus the sound quality adds to my disappointment.
I'm happy this much sought after score is finally out there, but I'm going to stick with the suite I have.


I agree. I only bought this because I'm a Mancini fan and collector. I'm intrigued by the credit on one of the tracks that states it is composed by Mancini and Folkways records.


Mancini interpolated a traditional Inuit tune that had been copyrighted by Folkways Records when a rendition of it had been previously issued on LP—hence the unusual credit.

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2013 - 4:47 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

I just received my copy today and gave it a spin. Terrific score. It is much more subtle and evocative than you would imagine from just hearing the concert suite. Also, the low quality of the recording has been wildly exaggerated IMHO. It sounded just fine to me. Yes, it's mono, which some people can never get past, but the imperfections of the tape were practically unnoticeable by me and sound much better than SATAN BUG or ON DANGEROUS GROUND (which I also have no issue with).
Those who love the Arctic Whale Hunt may be a little surprised at the film version. It does not have the blood-and-thunder ending of the concert piece, but it is great to have. They are different animals after all. I love the concert version and would never give it up. The score has versions of some of the themes in the suite that are more developed and extended and there is a lot of really interesting material that the suite does not hint at.
To those who say, "I've got the 12 min concert suite, that's enough for me", that's kind of like saying "I've got a concert suite that has Luke's Theme, Leia's Theme, The Imperial March, and Yoda's Theme, I don't need any of the rest of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK".

Maybe that's a clumsy analogy, and no, I'm not saying THE WHITE DAWN is the equivalent of EMPIRE, but it is a pretty self-limiting attitude.

That's also not a criticism of those who say the score is just not their cup of tea. But if you like scores with an unusual ethnic flavor, some beautiful melodies, bits of exciting action music, and even a little experimental atmosphere...try THE WHITE DAWN.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2013 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

But if you like scores with an unusual ethnic flavor, some beautiful melodies, bits of exciting action music, and even a little experimental atmosphere...try THE WHITE DAWN.

The scores you're describing are exactly the kind that I go for. So why is that one of my favorite composers has done one of these, but the sound samples leave me, um, cold?

 
 Posted:   Sep 19, 2013 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

This sounds like it will make for a great companion work to Mancini's NIGHTWING, which is also a recording with some damage, but very well worth the listen regardless. Looking forward to listening to the whole score!

 
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