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The Green Berets (1968)
Music by Miklos Rozsa
The Green Berets The Green Berets
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 4000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: September 2002
Catalog #: Vol. 5, No. 14
# of Discs: 1

The Green Berets (1968) was a highly personal project by actor and American icon John Wayne. The film was the first major Hollywood production to address the Vietnam War, and its pro-war sentiments are still controversial today. Loosely based on the 1965 book by Robin Moore, the film tells the somewhat fanciful exploits of a squadron of elite American troops who defend an American encampment against Viet Cong guerrillas and then undertake the daring kidnapping of a North Vietnamese general. Wayne co-directed with Fred Kellogg (and, uncredited, Mervyn LeRoy), and led a cast of familiar faces including Jim Hutton, Aldo Ray, David Janssen and George Takei.

When Miklós Rózsa was asked to score The Green Berets, he said, "I don't do westerns!" He was told, "It's not a western, it's an eastern!" and signed on to provide a traditional, stirring symphonic score. In the face of conflicting genres—war, western, and exotic adventure—Rózsa relied more than anything on his own inimitible style of full-bodied action and suspense to characterize the conflict. The result has thrilled his fans for over 30 years.

The unlikely pop hit by Barry Sadler, "Ballad of the Green Berets," is used in the film's main and end titles (arranged by Ken Darby), but not in any of the interior score. Rózsa instead provides a flavorful concoction of stirring anthems, noirish tension, a jaunty march for Jim Hutton's comic relief character, and several pieces of Asian-styled source music (including authentic instrumentation). His pulsating theme for the Viet Cong is only shades removed from a Native American war chant—but this is a film, after all, where the sun sets in the East.

Rózsa's score to The Green Berets is presented in complete, chronological form. The extensive liner notes are by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall. Due to licensing restrictions, we regret the absence of motion picture artwork in the packaging for this CD, but the music is all present and accounted for in spectacular stereo sound.

Miklos Rozsa Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Hungarian-born Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) is a titan of film music. Responsible for such classic scores as Spellbound, Ben-Hur, King of Kings, El Cid and many others—from biblical epics to 1940s films noir to historical dramas—his signature style is one of the most pleasing and dramatic in film. He was under contract to M-G-M from 1948 to 1962 and FSM has released a great deal of this classic music; also available are his latter-period scores such as The Green Berets and Time After Time.IMDB

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Don't let the sun set on you (in the east!)

Lukas

Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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Leader (Conductor):
Miklos Rozsa

Violin:
Israel Baker, David Berman, Henry Arthur Brown, Manuel Compinsky, Noumi / Naomi Fischer, David Frisina, Howard W. Griffin, Rene C. Hemery, William Hymanson, Louis Kaufman, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Hillard Lubie, Alfred Lustgarten, Betty Stuka Moor, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Lou Raderman, Jerome Joseph Reisler, Sam Ross, Hans Wippler, Harry Zagon

Viola:
Dorothy Colton-Pratt, Joseph DiFiore, Albert Falkove, William Hymanson, Maurice Keltz, Virginia Majewski, Joseph Reilich, Milton Thomas

Cello:
Gregory Bemko, Elizabeth Greenschpoon, Armand Kaproff, Raymond J. Kelley, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Irving Lipschultz, Nino Rosso, Emmet Sargeant, Eleanor Slatkin

Bass:
Edward Gilbert, Richard D. Kelley, Abraham Luboff, Peter A. Mercurio, Joseph Mondragon, Ray Siegel

Flute:
James Briggs, Carmine Coppola, Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Arthur Gleghorn, Leonard V. Posella

Oboe:
Norman Benno, William Criss

Clarinet:
Richard H. Anderson, Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Charles Gentry, Gary G. Gray, Donald Raffell, Hugo Raimondi, Arthur C. Smith

Bass Clarinet:
Charles Gentry, Arthur C. Smith

Bassoon:
Charles A. Gould, Norman H. Herzberg, Jack Marsh

French Horn:
Arthur E. Briegleb, John W. "Jack" Cave, James A. Decker, David A. Duke, William A. Hinshaw, George W. Hyde, Sinclair Lott, Hyman Markowitz, Gale H. Robinson

Trumpet:
Emanuel "Manny" Klein, Clinton "Mickey" McMahan, Uan Rasey, Pincus "Pinky" Savitt, Larry Sullivan, George Werth

Trombone:
John Bambridge, Sr., Hoyt Bohannon, Karl Dekarske, Francis L. "Joe" Howard, Ray Klein, Frank Sullivan, Lloyd E. Ulyate

Tuba:
Ray Siegel

Piano:
Ingolf Dahl, Raymond Turner

Guitar:
Robert F. Bain, Allen Reuss, Jimmy O. Wyble

Accordion:
Frank T. Messina, Dante A. Varela

Percussion:
Dale L. Anderson, Ralph Collier, Irving Cottler, John Cyr, Milton Holland, Chester Ricord, Louis Singer, Paul Susumu Togawa

Orchestra Manager:
Kurt E. Wolff

Copyist:
Dan Franklin, Joel Franklin (Guzy), Leonard Gordon, Arthur W. Grier, Alvin Sanders, Dave Strech, Bill Williams (aka George Davenport), Leonard Edwin Wolstein

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