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 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)





We continue celebrating the centenary of the great John Addison—this time in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—with an expanded 2-CD release of one of his most beloved scores (and one of his personal favorites).

A BRIDGE TOO FAR (1977) is an ambitious epic production by Joseph E. Levine for United Artists directed by Richard Attenborough, with an incredible stellar cast that includes Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, James Caan, Sean Connery, Elliot Gould, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Ryan O’Neal, Robert Redford and Liv Ullmann, among others. Based on the popular novel by Cornelius Ryan, the film chronicles Operation Market Garden, a failed attempt by the allies in the latter stages of World War II to end the war quickly by securing three bridges in the Netherlands to allow access over the Rhine into Germany.

John Addison had a very personal connection with these historical events. He served as a young soldier in the XXX Corps, a tank division that was decisive in the operation, so when he heard that Attenborough was preparing this film, he insisted on composing the score, which was his particular tribute to all his friends and colleagues who fell during this unfortunate historical episode.

Addison composed an epic march (that immediately became a war-film classic) and much exciting action music, all devised with his exquisite British taste for orchestration. He also composed a dramatic rhapsody for piano and orchestra, which was his personal homage to the fallen.

The United Artists label issued a 38-minute soundtrack album, produced by the composer and sound engineer John Richards, to coincide with the film’s release; two subsequent CD reissues have been out-of-print for years. For this Quartet release, the film score has been remixed from the original multi-tracks vaulted at MGM and includes the complete score in film order, as well as several alternates and revised versions for the film’s ultimate edit. We have also included the remastered original album that features interesting edits and additional mixes specially conceived for it. This collection has been remixed, restored and mastered by Chris Malone, and includes a 20-page booklet with liner notes by film music writer Jeff Bond.


DISC 1. The Film Score

1. Overture (Main Title) (3:41)
2. Underground Resistance (I) (1:20)
3. Model’s HQ / RAF Briefing (1:02)
4. Underground Resistance (II) (0:51)
5. Before the Holocaust (I) (0:33)
6. Before the Holocaust (II) (1:23)
7. Air Lift (2:29)
8. Before the Holocaust (III) (0:56)
9. March of the Paratroopers (I) (1:27)
10. March of the Paratroopers (II) (0:47)
11. Arnhem (I) (0:44)
12. Arnhem (II) (1:09)
13. Futile Mission (I) (1:32)
14. Hospital Tent (0:59)
15. Intermission (1:18)
16. Bailey Bridge (3:08)
17. The Waal Bridge (0:56)
18. Futile Mission (II) (1:09)
19. Human Roadblock (1:20)
20. The Waal River (1:14)
21. Nijmegen Bridge (1:39)
22. Arnhem Destroyed (1:11)
23. Retreat (1:14)
24. A Bridge Too Far (End Title) (2:01)

Bonus tracks

25. RAF Briefing (Alternate) (0:51)
26. 7M1 / 7M2 / 7M2A (1:54)
27. March of the Paratroopers (Short Version) (1:04)
28. Arnhem (I) (Alternate) (0:35)
29. Futile Mission (I) (Alternate) (0:39)
30. Hospital Tent (Alternate) (0:23)
31. Futile Mission (II) (Alternate Ending) (1:20)
32. Retreat (Original Version) (1:36)
33. Futile Mission (Original Album Take) (3:03)
34. The Dutch Rhapsody (Single Version) (2:34)
35. A Bridge Too Far March (Single Version) (2:36)

DISC 2. Original Soundtrack Album

1. Overture (3:41)
2. A Dutch Rhapsody (2:15)
3. Before the Holocaust (2:29)
4. Underground Resistance (2:58)
5. Air Lift (2:42)
6. Hospital Tent (1:58)
7. Arnhem (1:58)
8. Nijmegen Bridge (1:42)
9. March of the
Paratroopers (2:32)
10. Bailey Bridge (2:54)
11. Human Roadblock (1:39)
12. Futile Mission (3:04)
13. The Waal River (1:59)
14. Arnhem Destroyed (2:31)
15. Retreat (2:07)
16. A Bridge Too Far March (1:53)

https://quartetrecords.com/product/a-bridge-too-far-2-cd/

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:51 AM   
 By:   ROBERT Z   (Member)

OH LA LA LA !!!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:54 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

I love this score by John Addison. BULLSEYE ! Thanks,Quartet. I hope you can do John Addison's CENTENNIAL in the future.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 4:11 AM   
 By:   GreatGonzo   (Member)

Looks like Quartet is getting all my Christmas money! Wow!

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

Beautiful release. But I think the original album has all the important music and a better listening experience. This one seems to have everything split in parts. Thanks Quartet!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Beautiful release. But I think the original album has all the important music and a better listening experience. This one seems to have everything split in parts. Thanks Quartet!

Sounds like it's a bridge too far for ya.

 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

It's a mutha beautiful bridge, and it's all gonna be there.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Sad to see so few positive comments on a great score. I guess they would have preferred a Gilligan's Island or a complete set of the music to Captain Kangaroo. Sorry kiddies , Quartet gave us the best batch ever in my book.smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   mild_cigar   (Member)

This Quartet batch is amazing.

Bloody Ordered all of em.

This is the pick of the bunch for me.

Mild.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Ordered this (and Midnight Cowboy) without hesitation.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

This is a surprise, as I didn't suspect that the original tracks existed. I wonder why Kritzerland didn't go back to these elements for their 2010 release, as they did for a number of other releases from United Artists?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

Sad to see so few positive comments on a great score. I guess they would have preferred a Gilligan's Island or a complete set of the music to Captain Kangaroo. Sorry kiddies , Quartet gave us the best batch ever in my book.smile


Ordered! I agree Cody, a wonderful John Addison score to be sure. Yes, best batch ever!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

This is a surprise, as I didn't suspect that the original tracks existed. I wonder why Kritzerland didn't go back to these elements for their 2010 release, as they did for a number of other releases from United Artists?

Because they weren't there? How these things "magically" turn up is anyone's guess. We had them look and we got what they had. It's that simple.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 8, 2020 - 10:30 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Sad to see so few positive comments on a great score. I guess they would have preferred a Gilligan's Island or a complete set of the music to Captain Kangaroo. Sorry kiddies , Quartet gave us the best batch ever in my book.smile


Ordered! I agree Cody, a wonderful John Addison score to be sure. Yes, best batch ever!


I knew this crazy year had to end well for our soundtrack pleasure,PFK. And we still don't know what the final two are from Intrada.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2020 - 1:34 AM   
 By:   iankemsley   (Member)

Very pleased to have ordered this, having missed out on the first two CD releases and been unwilling to pay over the odds. As most of us are saying, this has been an amazing set of releases from Quartet.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2020 - 3:42 AM   
 By:   skyross   (Member)

Quartet have done it again with fantastic end of year releases. I shall be buying them all but for me A Bridge Too Far is the most exciting.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2020 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   El Aurence   (Member)

Remember listening to this marvelous music for the first time on tv and later on tape. The theme and the march John Addison wrote for Sir Richard Attenboroughs thrilling picture is so beautiful. It transports in my opinion also the tragic of war besides its heroic and larger than life approach. It is infectious pathetic, the melody unforgettable. The orchestration is complex in times. Epic movie and excellent film music. Heavy rotation. Ordered. Can't wait. Thanks Quartet Records.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2020 - 2:34 AM   
 By:   davefg   (Member)

I just want to thank Quartet for releasing A Bridge Too Far. My father has been looking for the OST for a while, and thanks to Quartet I was able to buy it for him.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2020 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

A BRIDGE TOO FAR is my favorite John Addison score and Quartet's release is so wonderful to listen to. This CD should not be forgotten.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2020 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

A BRIDGE TOO FAR is my favorite John Addison score and Quartet's release is so wonderful to listen to. This CD should not be forgotten.



I agree Cody. I should be getting my copy and the other Quartet CD's on Dec. 22nd! smile

 
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