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 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

Roger Feigelson writes:

Music Composed and Conducted by FRANK DeVOL

For its latest release, Intrada features a completely restored 2-CD set of Frank DeVol's The Flight of the Phoenix. Hailing from 1965, this 20th Century Studios release was in the midst of a stunning period for film music with both old guard (Rózsa, Tiomkin, Steiner to name a few) and new talent (Barry, Goldsmith, Jarre, to also just name a few) on the scene, resulting in a wealth of powerful scores featuring both classic and modern sensibilities. Composer Frank DeVol was part of this crew, providing remarkable work, and yet somehow without many album releases, missed much notice. The Flight of the Phoenix is a showcase for DeVol's power as a composer, featuring a sweeping, Middle-Eastern flavored theme for the exotic, yet remote, setting. Although largely taking place in a single location, DeVol musically captures the location, the inner and outer drama of the characters, and seeming hopelessness of their situation. The result is an exciting, dramatic, heartbreaking and ultimately heroic score from someone who remains an underrated composer.

Restoration specialist Chris Malone mastered this expanded edition from 35mm magnetic tapes provided by 20th Century Studios. The score proper has been restored in vibrant stereo. The bonus section also features a few alternates, including a longer Connie Francis vocal of “Senza Fine,” accompanied by only piano, guitar and bass, and two versions of the concluding cue, “Ole Swimmin’ Hole.”

The film stars James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Peter Finch, Hardy Kruger, and Ernest Borgnine, making up most of a crew who take off from a Jebel Sarra Arabco oilfield in a Skytruck, a utilitarian transport plane, headed to Benghazi. Because of an inaccurate weather report and a miscalculation by the pilot, the plane is overcome by a sandstorm and crashes in the central Libyan desert, instantly killing two of the passengers and leaving one grievously wounded. The film becomes a tale of relationships under dire circumstances, survival, and ultimately a creative escape—all based on a true story.

Barcode: 720258545008
Retail Price: $24.99
Starts Shipping Week of 2/21
For track listing and sound samples, please visit

CD 1 The Film Score
01. Airborne (0:58)
02. Second Warning (0:25)
03. Rough Trip (2:15)
04. The Flight Of The Phoenix Main Title (3:27)
05. Desolate Desert (1:32)
06. Guilty (0:28)
07. Windy (0:59)
08. Senza Fine (2:24)
09. Heart Breaker (1:45)
10. Funny Man (0:39)
11. Brave Sergeant (1:45)
12. Cobb’s Fight (0:50)
13. Harris Leaves (2:20)
14. Cobb’s Demise (1:00)
15. Bird Bait (1:20)
16. Towns Is Back (0:47)
17. Towns’ Anger (2:32)
18. Harris Is Back (1:41)
19. Harris Is Found (2:31)
20. Deceased Spouse (1:09)
21. Gabriele’s Death (1:36)
22. Water Pincher (1:37)
23. Let’s Get Back To Work (1:39)
24. The Shove (1:23)
25. Caravan (2:56)
26. Naughty Boy (2:29)
27. Sick Camel (2:09)
28. Dog Tags (0:27)
29. Stupid (1:01)
30. Bossman (1:03)
31. Model Planes (2:55)
32. The Difference (1:54)
33. The Exhaust (1:19)
34. The Prop (1:25)
35. The Big Pull (1:43)
36. Rest Stop (2:04)
37. The Ground Run (1:05)
38. Going Up (1:43)
39. Ole Swimmin’ Hole (Original Version) (2:26)
CD 1 Total Time: 64:28

CD 2
01. The Flight Of The Phoenix Main Title (Alternate) (3:29)
02. Desolate Desert (1:32)
03. Senza Fine (Alternate Vocal) (5:22)
04. Harris Leaves (Alternate) (2:17)
05. Harris Is Back (Alternate) (1:41)
06. Ole Swimmin’ Hole (Revised Version) (1:13)
07. Ole Swimmin’ Hole (Film Version) (2:30)
08. Tasso’s Bouzouki 1 (2:18)
09. Tasso’s Bouzouki 2 (1:39)
10. Arabian Tune 1 (0:20)
11. Arabian Tune 4 (0:26)
12. Arabian Tune 5 (0:41)
13. Arabian Tune 6 (0:32)
14. Arabian Tune 7 (0:28)
15. Arabian Tune 8 (0:30)
16. Arabian Tune 9 (0:33)
17. Arabian Tune 10 (0:53)
18. Arabian Tune A (1:11)
19. Arabian Tune B (0:54)
20. Arabian Tune C (0:42)
21. Belly Dancer Theme 1 (0:24)
22. Belly Dancer Theme 2 (0:49)
23. Desert Dance (1:17)
24. Greek Tune B (1:07)
25. Barrie Chase Dance (Pre-Record) (2:16)

 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I might have to get this...even though might and must cannot co-exist on the same graph.

 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)


 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Ordered, for what promises to be an excellent Disc 1.
Not so keen on the Disc 2 collection of bouzouki and belly-dancer music and arabian tunes, along with some Greek and Desert Dances. The bouzouki stuff will instantly remind me of the famous Monty Python sketch.

Monty Python bouzouki:

 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Looks like they could have included the alternates on Disc 1. The source cues could have been an optional download. wink

 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 7:20 PM   
 By:   scottthompson   (Member)

Another great Intrada release! Fantastic score and beautiful artwork. Thanks, guys!


 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

The Big Pull now in great sounding stereo!

 Posted:   Feb 22, 2021 - 7:56 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

Sounds terrific!

 Posted:   Feb 23, 2021 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Which of these tracks is the one Jeff Bond paid Nick Redman $5 to include on the FSM?

 Posted:   Feb 23, 2021 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Very fitting that Frank DeWald should write the notes for a Frank DeVol score smile

 Posted:   Feb 23, 2021 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

"The Prop" is the cue I begged Nick to include...

 Posted:   Feb 23, 2021 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Thanks - just checked out the sample of that cue from Intrada's page. It's a nice cue!

 Posted:   Feb 23, 2021 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Yikes! That second disc adds $10 to the p&p to the UK (up to $26), & I don't even know why it's there.

 Posted:   Feb 23, 2021 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Arabian Tune's are tight!

 Posted:   Feb 23, 2021 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Wow wow wow wow. Wow.

 Posted:   Feb 23, 2021 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Wow, I totally forgot how much I loved this score. Airborne is a smashing way to kick off the score. I haven't listened to it for years. Looks like I may need to acquire this...

 Posted:   Feb 25, 2021 - 1:58 AM   
 By:   panphoto   (Member)

Ordered, for what promises to be an excellent Disc 1.
Not so keen on the Disc 2 collection of bouzouki and belly-dancer music and arabian tunes, along with some Greek and Desert Dances. The bouzouki stuff will instantly remind me of the famous Monty Python sketch.

Monty Python bouzouki:

..... just for you Basil, discarded props from the 'Instant Monty Python Collection' shoot. I chanced upon the Walpole last year in a Surrey pub where it was gathering dust as a rustic decoration. The landlord gave it to me after I'd crossed his palm with a handsome tip for an excellent lunch. What a stout yeoman! I've yet to read it but will do so soon.

I'm looking forward to the Phoenix too, but I shall have to wait til my sister in law returns from Italy with my Brexit-tax-avoided stash from MusicBox.

First time I've posted an image so I hope it works!

 Posted:   Feb 25, 2021 - 2:02 AM   
 By:   panphoto   (Member)

Next question, how does one post an image? At the end of my message I typed the special code legend with the link in between the bracketed img's thus: '
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2021 - 2:38 AM   
 By:   Mose Harper   (Member)

Make sure to remove the " https:// " when you put the url between
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2021 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   panphoto   (Member)

Do NOT include the " https:// " when you bracket the URL.

Thanks. Fingers crossed!

Hmm. Still not quite there! Here's what I put between the brackets,

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