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The Traveling Executioner (1970)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
The Traveling Executioner The Traveling Executioner
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Price: $14.96
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: April 2002
Catalog #: Vol. 5, No. 6
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music.

In 1970 Jerry Goldsmith scored one of his most offbeat films: The Traveling Executioner, a period drama/black comedy starring Stacy Keach as Jonas Candide, a proud electric chair owner who sends condemned prisoners off to "the fields of Ambrosia" for $100 a pop. When Candide is charged with executing his first woman (Mariana Hill), he falls for her and ends up crossing the line from state-sponsored execution to simple murder. The film was directed by Jack Smight (The Illustrated Man, also scored by Goldsmith, FSMCD Vol. 4, No. 14) and remains an intriguing effort virtually out of circulation today.

Coming off of such avant garde masterpieces as Planet of the Apes and The Mephisto Waltz, Goldsmith turned to a broadly melodic and bluesy approach that captures the film's 1918 Deep South setting and wild shifts in tone. The main theme is a charming blend of Americana, Dixieland and circus atmosphere as it paints a portrait of the contented but oddball title character, a former con man living on the fringes of society. As Candide delivers a heartfelt, calming pre-execution pep talk to his "customer," Goldsmith provides a soft, six-minute spell of Americana foreshadowing his score to Magic (1978). When the story kicks into high gear, the composer enthusiastically touches all the bases, from bluegrass comedy to avant garde suspense to full-scale action.

The Traveling Executioner—never before released in any form—is presented in complete form (including deleted and alternate cues) in excellent stereo sound, remixed from the original three-track masters. Liner notes are by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall.

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What to say about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), the reason so many of us are soundtrack collectors in the first place? The Los Angeles native knew early on he wanted to write music for the movies, had an extensive training in television in the 1950s (starting at CBS), and went on to an unparalleled career in the movies—capable of brilliance in every genre, and beloved by his peers and fans. FSM has released as many of his scores as we could get our hands on, from classic TV work like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to famous features (Patton) and obscure gems like The Illustrated Man and 100 Rifles...heck, make that all of them. Jerry, we love you and miss you! IMDB

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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Leader (Conductor):
Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith

Violin:
George Berres, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), Sam Freed, Jr., James Getzoff, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Irma W. Neumann, Paul C. Shure

Viola:
Cecil Figelski, Phillip Goldberg, Allan Harshman, Myra Kestenbaum

Cello:
Armand Kaproff, Edgar Lustgarten, Emmet Sargeant, Frederick R. Seykora

Bass:
Raymond M. "Ray" Brown

Flute:
William "Buddy" Collette, Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman)

Oboe:
John F. Ellis

Clarinet:
Dominick Fera, Abe Most

Bassoon:
Norman H. Herzberg

Trumpet:
Graham Young

Trombone:
Lloyd E. Ulyate

Piano:
Artie Kane, Michael Melvoin, Clark Spangler

Guitar:
Robert F. Bain, Alvin W. Casey, Allen Reuss

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Harmonica:
Tommy Morgan

Drums:
Paul N. Humphrey, Louis Singer

Orchestrator:
Gus Levene

Arranger:
Arthur Morton

Orchestra Manager:
Gerald C. Whelan

Copyist:
Russell Brown, Jack Dulong, Arthur W. Grier, Albert Lisi, Ray Mace, Donald J. Midgley, Randolph Joseph Rayburn, Ernest Rosecrans, Stanley Sheldone, Fred Sternberg, Harry Taylor, Bill Williams (aka George Davenport)

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