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John Paul Jones/Parrish (1959/1961)
Music by Max Steiner
John Paul Jones/Parrish John Paul Jones/Parrish John Paul Jones/Parrish
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Price: $16.95
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: December 2008
Catalog #: Vol. 11, No. 12
# of Discs: 1

FSM offers its first full CD of Max Steiner with this Warner Bros. Records LP “two-fer” from late in the career of the Oscar-winning composer: John Paul Jones and Parrish.

John Paul Jones (1959) was producer Samuel Bronston’s biopic of the Revolutionary War naval hero starring Robert Stack. The film follows Jones from his boyhood days in Scotland through his years as a celebrated captain in the newly formed Continental Navy to his final position as head of the fleet of Russia’s Catherine the Great (Bette Davis).

Steiner’s score is anchored by a rousing march, one of a string of marches he had written in the 1950s (as in The Caine Mutiny and Battle Cry). From colonial America to tsarist Russia and all along the high seas, Steiner’s music sets sail for a new generation of Golden Age fans. This CD presents the stereo album re-recording with Muir Mathieson conducting the Sinfonia of London. (Mathieson conducted the performance for the film itself as well; John Paul Jones was produced overseas, so for financial reasons its music recordings—film and record—were made in England.)

Parrish (1961) reunited Steiner with the successful Summer Place team of writer/director Delmer Daves and star Troy Donahue. Based on a novel by Mildred Savage, Donahue plants himself among the tobacco fields of the Lower Connecticut Valley, finding love and lust with a stable of blue-eyed fillies: Connie Stevens, Diane McBain, and Sharon McHugueny. The film also boasts a trio of Oscar-winning costars, including Dean Jagger, Karl Malden, and the return—and final film—of Claudette Colbert.

Steiner’s lighthearted score is composed in his romantic Summer Place vein, flirting with pop sensibilities in a quartet of themes for the women in Parrish’s life. The LP was re-recorded as a program of the main themes from the score rather than a score album proper that follows the story of the film. “Side Two” features easy-listening arrangements of the main Parrish themes and other Steiner classics recorded with guest pianist George Greeley, who had played on such classic scores as Picnic and On the Waterfront, and had recorded a set of popular piano albums for Warner Bros. Records.

This premiere CD release of both the John Paul Jones and Parrish soundtrack albums is newly remastered from the original 1/4' and 1/2' stereo album tapes, respectively. Liner notes are by James Lochner.

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About the Composer

Max Steiner (1888-1971) is thought of as the father of the film score, given that King Kong (1933) practically invented the art. Born in Vienna and starting his musical career at Broadway, he was the primary composer at RKO in the early 1930s, then at Warner Bros. until the mid-1960s, scoring all manner of classics (Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) and becoming synonymous with symphonic film scoring as well as an icon of the Golden Age of Hollywood. IMDB

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While it is nice to have these Steiner LPs on CD after so many years what a major disappointment it is that
these recordings were not the original soundtracks - especially since FSM has access to the scores at Warner Bros.
Also since James D'Arc has apparently ceased putting out any more Steiner albums, after the wonderful A SUMMER PLACE, there should be no problem now with FSM doing so!

What about a full album of the original SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN??


Joe Doherty.

BYU is still doing Steiner. SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN, JOHN PAUL JONES do not survive in mag form. Only about 30 minutes of acetates of SPENCER's survives in Max's collection.

Surely there must be some tapes in the Warner archives of THE FBI STORY, PARRISH, ICE PALACE or DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS. Huh?? If not then am I glad I recorded, at least something, from these lovely scores myself 14 years ago!

Joe Doherty.


BYU is still doing Steiner. SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN, JOHN PAUL JONES do not survive in mag form. Only about 30 minutes of acetates of SPENCER's survives in Max's collection.[/endquote]

Surely there must be some tapes in the Warner archives of THE FBI STORY, PARRISH, ICE PALACE or DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS. Huh?? If not then am I glad I recorded, at least something, from these lovely scores myself 14 years ago!

Joe Doherty.

Ray, is Chelsea-Rialto still planning on a release of Steiner's FIGHTER SQUADRON?

SQUADRON is on the tarmac. But the BYU wheels turn slowly for myriad reasons. So while we have clearance and provenance for several projects, I'm loathe to suggest dates.

Time is passing! It must be four or five years since BYU put out a Steiner album. You never said anything about the titles I mentioned. Is there anything available from one of Steiner's last works A DISTANT TRUMPET?? How about letting us in on what you have clearance for?

Ray, why can't BYU AND FSM BOTH issue some Steiner Warner Bros. CDs?

BYU has done a great job, but it's been 4 or 5 years now since the last Steiner CD. Why can't FSM and SAE issue a few Steiner CDs too!

...... Peter

To Joe Doherty,

I still play the wonderful Steiner CD you did in 1999 I believe. (Flame and the Arrow.) It's all the music we have from those films. Max is my favorite!

We exchanged a paper letter about 2000 and I told you how much I appreciated your great efforts. You also told me you would love to do Victor Young's SHANE some day.

...... Peter OK to email me at: pkennedy48@yahoo.com

MR Steiner was a great prolofic composer who never failed to delivered the best in the large amount of films he did, most of the time his themes were so catchy and melodic, you could hum them all day long. His style was indeed unique and distinctive, it is a shame so many people will just know him for Gone with the wind[a fine score too] but a crumb in the giant cake of talent Max's baked.

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