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Northwest Passage: Classic Western Scores From M-G-M, Vol. 2 (1940-1974)
Music by Cyril Mockridge, David Shire, Herbert Stothart, Harry Sukman
Northwest Passage: Classic Western Scores From M-G-M, Vol. 2 Northwest Passage: Classic Western Scores From M-G-M, Vol. 2 Northwest Passage: Classic Western Scores From M-G-M, Vol. 2
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: December 2009
Catalog #: Vol. 12, No. 18
# of Discs: 3

FSM continues its informal annual tradition of releasing a 3CD set of classic western film scores with a second volume of westerns from the historical M-G-M film library:

Northwest Passage (Book I—Rogers’ Rangers) is the 1940 adventure score by Herbert Stothart, M-G-M’s premier composer in the 1930s and ’40s, presented in nearly complete form from the monaural optical film masters, with a few otherwise lost cues added from the film’s music-and-effects track.

Many Rivers to Cross (1955) is a comedy western score by Cyril J. Mockridge, conducted by no less than Miklós Rózsa, with a song (“The Berry Tree”) by M-G-M songwriter and executive Saul Chaplin. This score survives in glorious three-track stereo from the original 35mm magnetic film.

A Thunder of Drums (1961) is a cavalry adventure score by Harry Sukman, also presented in true stereo. Dominated by grim and martial passages, the music also features romantic strains anticipating Sukman’s scores for TV’s Dr. Kildare.

At the end of disc 3 is a television rarity: David Shire’s 1974 TV movie score for The Godchild (a John Badham-directed adaptation of Three Godfathers, a western story filmed several times earlier). It is a brief and spare work demonstrating the composer’s gift for simplicity and melody—presented in excellent stereo sound.

The film titles for this album were selected in large part from listener responses to our last westerns collection. So keep listening, and keep suggesting titles!

Complete liner notes for this album can be found—for free—online at our website

Finally: our previous two western collections, centered respectively around The Unforgiven and The Naked Spur, promptly sold out. We have increased the manufacturing run on this volume to 2,000 copies—but don’t delay!

 
                                                                            
 
                                                                            
Cyril Mockridge Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Cyril Mockridge (1896-1979) was an English composer and arranger and an indispensable member of the Twentieth Century-Fox music department under Alfred Newman in the 1940s and '50s, where he scored dozens of films in all genres (including classics like Miracle at 34th Street), but for the most part specialized in lighter fare that were collaborative assignments—a perfect example being the Marilyn Monroe film How to Marry a MillionaireIMDB

David Shire Scores on FSM
About the Composer

David Shire (b. 1937) is responsible for some of the most acclaimed scores of the 1970s, such as The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The Conversation and Farewell, My Lovely. His film and television work extends from the late 1960s to the present day (including 2007's Zodiac), consistently excellent in its subtlety, dramatic sensitivity and musical imagination. He has also, with lyricist partner Richard Maltby, enjoyed a successful career in musical theater. IMDB

Herbert Stothart Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Herbert Stothart (1885-1949) was the primary dramatic composer of the M-G-M music department for the 1930s and '40s, scoring such classics as Mutiny on the Bounty, The Wizard of Oz and Random Harvest. Given that he passed away right before the advent of widescreen films with stereophonic sound and magnetic film recording, very few of his scores have been released on CD—something FSM intends to change.IMDB

Harry Sukman Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Harry Sukman (1912-1984) was a veteran composer of feature films as well as television, both episodic (Dr. Kildare) and longform (Salem's Lot). He won an Oscar for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture for 1960's Song Without End (adapting Franz Liszt). IMDB

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MORE CLASSIC M-G-M WESTERN SOUNDTRACKS RIDE OUT ON NEW 3-CD BOX SET

Film Score Monthly’s third big western set features four terrific scores by Herbert Stothart, Cyril J. Mockridge, Harry Sukman and David Shire

Linden, VA – December 11, 2009 – Film Score Monthly has used listener responses for another roundup of great western film scores with Northwest Passage: Classic Western Scores from M-G-M, Volume 2.

Yes, FSM continues its informal annual tradition of releasing a 3-CD set of classic western film soundtracks with four more original scores from the historic M-G-M film library:

Northwest Passage (Book I – Rogers' Rangers) from 1940 is a grandly adventuresome score by Herbert Stothart, M-G-M's premier composer in the 1930s and '40s, presented in nearly complete form from the monaural optical film masters, with a few otherwise lost cues added from the film's music-and-effects track.

Many Rivers to Cross (1955) is an uptempo, symphonic comedy western score by Cyril J. Mockridge, conducted by no less than Miklós Rózsa, with a song ("The Berry Tree") by M-G-M songwriter and executive Saul Chaplin. This score survives in glorious three-track stereo from the original 35mm magnetic film.

A Thunder of Drums (1961) is a cavalry adventure score by Harry Sukman, also presented in true stereo. Dominated by a serious tone and stirring martial passages, the music also features romantic strains anticipating Sukman's scores for TV's Dr. Kildare.

At the end of disc 3 is a television rarity: David Shire's 1974 TV movie score for The Godchild (a John Badham-directed adaptation of Three Godfathers, a western story filmed several times earlier). It is a brief and spare work demonstrating the composer's gift for simplicity and melody – presented in excellent stereo sound.

The film titles for this album were selected in large part from listener responses to FSM’s previous westerns collection. So keep listening, and keep suggesting titles for future releases!

The customarily comprehensive liner notes for the album can be found – for free! – online at the FSM website at www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/. The previous two western collections (centered respectively around The Unforgiven and The Naked Spur) promptly sold out, so FSM has increased the manufacturing run on this volume to 2,000 copies – but don't delay!

Lasso it today from Screen Archives Entertainment at www.screenarchives.com.

Check it out at http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=13227

Ack! Ack-ack!

I wonder if I can find a tax deduction for supporting the preservation of classic motion picture scores.

What a pleasant surprise! I absolutely want this.

Whoa! Like from out of the blue! I gotta get this now! Thanks LK!

A soundtrack release in the last month of 2009...no way!

I just spit all over my monitor.

My dad is going to make in his grays when he sees I have Northwest Passage on CD!

It's good to see Harry Sukman among the group of composers. Thanks Lukas.

I just spit all over my monitor.[/endquote]

No you didn't.

Sez here FSM intends to bring out more Stothart CD's. Sure hope so! If so -- one of 'em's just got to be PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY!

I feel like I am a character in the "Blink" episode of Doctor Who. Only instead of vampiric stone statues multiplying with every blink, I am being confronted with sound track releases!

Great great great. Thanks again to Lucas and team

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
A Thunder Of Drums
Many Rivers To Cross
The Godchild (TV Movie)

Leader (Conductor):
Miklos Rozsa, David L. Shire, Harry Sukman

Violin:
Sam Fiedler, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Sidney Greene, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Jacob Krachmalnick, Bernard Kundell, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Erno Neufeld, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Albert Saparoff, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Byron Williams

Viola:
Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus

Cello:
Alexander Borisoff, Julian Kahn, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Fernand Lhoest, Edgar Lustgarten, Michel Penha, W. Przybyla

Bass:
George F. Boujie, Charles L. Domanico, Louis Previati, Arthur Shapiro, Ray Siegel

Flute:
Arthur Gleghorn, Justin Gordon, Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), John Neufeld

Oboe:
Arnold Koblentz, Philip Memoli

Clarinet:
Gus Bivona, Mort B. Friedman, Alex Gershunoff, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Hugo Raimondi, Andrew Young

Bassoon:
Charles A. Gould, Robert Swanson

Woodwinds:
Gene Cipriano, Norman H. Herzberg, Jules Jacob

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent N. DeRosa, Vincent DeRubertis, Herman Lebow

Trumpet:
Raymond Linn, Uan Rasey, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Trombone:
Walter Benson, Edward Kusby, Randall Miller, Herb Taylor, Simon Zentner

Piano:
John Crown, Jacob Gimpel, Artie Kane

Guitar:
Dennis Budimir, Duane Eddy, Joseph Robert Gibbons, Larry Knechtel, Jack Marshall

Banjo:
Duane Eddy, Allen Reuss

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Harmonica:
George Fields

Accordion:
Dominic Frontiere

Drums:
Frank L. Carlson, Bernie Mattinson, Mel Pedesky, D. V. Seber

Percussion:
Larry Bunker

Arranger:
Jack J. Hayes, Leo Shuken

Orchestra Manager:
Harry W. Lojewski, James C. Whelan

Supervising Copyist:
Harry W. Lojewski

Copyist:
Maurice Gerson, Willard W. Jones, Ray Mace, Donald J. Midgley, Fred Sternberg, Harry Taylor

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