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 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 2:43 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)



QUARTET RECORDS ANNOUNCES

UNCOMMON VALOR-Remastered
Music Composed and Conducted by JAMES HORNER

Limited edition: 1000 units

Quartet Records, in collaboration with Paramount Pictures, presents a remastered, slightly expanded reissue of James Horner’s classic war score for UNCOMMON VALOR (1983), directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Gene Hackman, Robert Stack and young up-and-comers Patrick Swayze and Fred Ward.

The film is a dramatic action picture centered on retired U.S. Marine Colonel Jason Rhodes, who recruits a motley crew of soldiers and leads them on a clandestine operation in Laos. Their mission is the rescue of unacknowledged U.S. prisoners of war (POWs) left behind after the withdrawal from Vietnam, including Rhodes’ son, officially declared missing in action (MIA). The possible existence of such POWs was a topic of considerable interest during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The messy conclusion of the Vietnam War, coupled with the scandals of the Nixon era, had left many Americans alienated from their government and deeply skeptical of official claims that there was no evidence of living POWs in the former war zone.

James Horner was only 30 years old when he was hired to compose UNCOMMON VALOR, but he was already a seasoned composer with such successful films in his career as STAR TREK II, KRULL, BRAINSTORM and SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and he was about to enter the A-list of composers in Hollywood with his upcoming hit scores for ALIENS, AN AMERICAN TAIL and COCOON. Horner provides an inventive and effective score, robustly orchestral while endowed with exciting electronic rhythms and Vietnamese textures.

Intrada Records issued the premiere release of UNCOMMON VALOR in 2014 and it quickly sold out. This new, remastered edition adds about 10 minutes of alternate takes. Produced by Dan Goldwasser and mastered by Chris Malone, it features in-depth liner notes by film music writer John Takis.


Tracklist:

1. Vietnamese Solo / Main Title (7:31)
2. Airport (2:21)
3. Tag (2:49)
4. A Lot of us Have Been Killed (1:26)
5. Steal the Sucker (1:44)
6. First trek / Yellow Rain (2:45)
7. Pan Over Hill / Wilkes in Tunnel (7:35)
8. Attack Airbase (3:14)
9. Escape Airbase (3:22)
10. Copters Over Hill (2:51)
11. Final Escape (2:21)
12. End Credits (3:42)
13. Brothers in the Night* (4:48)

Bonus Tracks

14. Main Title (Alternate Mix) (7:15)
15. Main Title Extension (Expanded) (3:08)
16. Parade Ground (3:58)
17. Main Title Extension Vietnamese Overlay (Alternate) (3:15)

Total Disc Time: 64:14

*Performed by Ray Kennedy • Written by Ray Kennedy, Kevin Dukes and David Ritz

https://quartetrecords.com/product/uncommon-valor/

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 3:03 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I love this score.
What was it called recently...Arrogant?...Obnoxious?
Some editor had harsh words towards it cos it was so IN YOUR FACE during the film.
It's PRIME Horner for me. Love those STAR TREK whoops towards the end of the film.
And the first appearance of Jamie's WAR TRAGEDY theme/motif, later used in ALAMO JOBE, IN COUNTRY...etc
Not sure about the Double Dip though.
10 minutes of Alternates...I dunno...(rubs chin).

But the HORNER flood continues (thumbs up emoji).

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

This was one of those scores I really looked for and wanted in the 80s... Back then, I didn't know it wasn't even released (such information was hard to come by). Was very happy when Intrada released it and it's good to see it back in print for anyone who has missed it.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 3:07 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

This was one of those scores I really looked for and wanted in the 80s... Back then, I didn't know it wasn't even released (such information was hard to come by). Was very happy when Intrada released it and it's good to see it back in print for anyone who has missed it.

..And I missed it. So this will be mine! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 3:30 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

I didn't buy the previous, for some reason, so probably nab this.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

Excellent release!

That main title must be one of the best things Horner ever wrote. That dramatic build-up, the chaos. The rest of the score had surprisingly frivolous moments, one can see why they went to Delerue first. I found it difficult to see those two aspects of the movie gel together as an album, but as a score it’s fantastic.

Looking forward to the new master and the extra’s. Great work Quartet!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 3:46 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

"one can see why they went to Delerue first"
----------------------------
I didn't know this.
What's the story behind Delerue's involvement with UNCOMMON VALOUR?
I know Ted Kotcheff (still going strong at 93) worked quite a bit with John Scott and also Goldsmith for the magnificent FIRST BLOOD score.
I always thought they wanted Goldsmith (after working on FIRST BOOD) but couldn't afford him and Horner was a cheaper (and hotter) option.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)


Wait a minute, the American Ninja, the mum from Malcolm in The Middle and the little boy from Small Wonder are in this?!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   c8   (Member)

For Horner aficianados, this is a dry run for The Rocketeer. By and far not Horner's best but still so much to interest you.

As good as Quartet's Dad was, I picked this one up without blinking even though I have the Intrada release.

Really looking forward to this.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 4:54 AM   
 By:   SpaceMind   (Member)

I'll be picking this up again. I love this movie and score.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I'm not familiar with the score. I'll have to find it on YT or something first. The Horner love is much appreciated though!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

Excellent reissue!

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Ny   (Member)

I support the Horner flood! Even though the heroics in this one are too much for me. I do love the main title though.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   keky   (Member)

I'm glad it is reissued since I missed the Intrada release. I was on the fence back then, based only by the sound samples I was not sure how much I would like the album. But now I will give it a chance - it's been quite a while since I bought my last Horner CD so it's going to be good to place a new Horner disc in the CD player.

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   agentMaestraX   (Member)

This is one James Horners finest scores!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   Sartoris   (Member)

I'll be picking this up again. I love this movie and score.

Same here. Instant rebuy.
STAR TREK in the jungle...what could we want more than this?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)


STAR TREK in the jungle...what could we want more than this?


How about the word 'not' at the beginning of the sentencesmile

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

No idea what this is like, but it's getting some thumbs up from you guys, so I'll probably get it. Very little fence-sitting from me, seeing as Quartet's HQ is just 500 km down the road, so about 17 quid in old money, postage included.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

I love this score.
What was it called recently...Arrogant?...Obnoxious?
Some editor had harsh words towards it cos it was so IN YOUR FACE during the film.


https://www.slashfilm.com/1416901/the-mask-of-zorro-oral-history-interviews/

Indeed it was film editor Thom Noble who called the score 'insane' and "this is the most arrogant score I have ever come across, because you don't care about anything except your music."

Thanks for the compliment wink

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2024 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I had this on an unmentionable once. The score didn't do that much for me, so I eventually threw it away. Which is one of the reasons why I never acquired the commercial release when that came out. But I do still own a digital file version, which will suffice. Remember loads of clanging percussion, some Americana, loads of sneaking around music. Never seen the film.

 
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