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The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Music by Maurice Jarre
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: August 2006
Catalog #: Vol. 9, No. 12
# of Discs: 1

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) was an offbeat western starring Paul Newman as Judge Roy Bean, a small-time hustler who made himself into the administrator of law and order in Langtry, Texas toward the end of the 19th century. Written by John Milius and directed by John Huston, the film fell halfway between Milius's attempts at dramatic mythmaking, and a more comic take on the American "tall tale." 

Maurice Jarre had scored several westerns by the time of Judge Roy Bean—among them The Professionals, El Condor and Red Sun—and here provided a type of quasi-western effort showcasing his own inimitable romantic style. Jarre solidly evokes the romantic core behind the Judge's gruff exterior, and surrounds this central melody with eclectic setpieces, running the gamut from action to comedy to period—much as the film itself is peopled by high-profile "guest stars" (such as Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins, Roddy McDowall, and Huston himself).

One of the supporting characters in the film is a gigantic black bear adopted by the Judge as a pet. Jarre provides the furry beast with a sly, comic theme for saxophones, which becomes the song "Marmalade, Molasses and Honey" (sung by Andy Williams; lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman) for a comic sequence sending up the similar montage from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean was released by Columbia Records on LP at the time of the film. FSM's premiere CD release doubles the playing time (with previously unreleased music courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures) and is remixed and remastered from the original stereo tapes. This Maurice Jarre classic is presented in its definitive edition.

Liner notes are by Lukas Kendall, with new commentary from Maurice Jarre as interviewed by Jeff Bond.

Maurice Jarre Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Maurice Jarre (1924-2009) launched to the top of the film scoring world with his iconic score for Lawrence of Arabia in 1962—and pretty much stayed there. His unorthodox but powerful symphonic style is most often associated with epics by David Lean (Dr. Zhivago) and others but he was just as masterful with intimate subject matter (The Collector) and synthesizer scores(Witness). FSM has released not only several of his feature film scores, but a CD of his concert music from the 1950s in his native France.IMDB

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Dear LK,

I know I emailed you when this was released with kudos, but I am playing this album.....again....and wanted to publicly thank you for releasing this score.

This music is really special to me, and I hope others, and you guys just did a fantastic job all around. Hell, even the MOVIE is good on this one, imagine that!

I love this score, and has a cool song, also this CD produced by Lukas Kendall is wonderful with a lot of extra music and great sound, one of my favorites.
I'm still waiting for new things from Jarre, I was counting and for while there 56 complete scores produced in CD (some of them sold out) from the composer, around only 35% from the total films (around 170 movies/tv-movies/short movies)that Mr Jarre have composed.
Happy to know that his Giubileo is coming with Lawrence by Tadlow, and crossing the fingers for more things, as the beautiful scores to:

Last Tycoon - Paramount
Resurrection - Universal
Villa Rides - Paramount
The Fixer - MGM
Le Palanquim Des Larmes
Firefox - Warners
Island At The Top Of The World - Disney
Last Flight Of Noah's Ark - Disney
Ash Wednesday
El Condor
Shout At The Devil
and others

This is one of my favorite Jarre scores. His western scores are some of the best and I'd love to see releases of El Condor, Vila Rides and The Professionals.

Not only did L.K. and company do a great job with "Roy Bean" they also did a superb job with Grand Prix, a score that I didn't take to when it was released on LP, but the new FSM cd is fabulous, it's become one of my favorite Jarre scores.

This is one of my favorite Jarre scores. His western scores are some of the best and I'd love to see releases of El Condor, Vila Rides and The Professionals.

Not only did L.K. and company do a great job with "Roy Bean" they also did a superb job with Grand Prix, a score that I didn't take to when it was released on LP, but the new FSM cd is fabulous, it's become one of my favorite Jarre scores.

Ditto on Grand Prix. I didn't keep the LP in the 60's, but I love the FSM CD, I think it's become my most played FSM disc. Amazing sound. I also love the Roy Bean release.

Low quantity alert: this will not be repressed past the first 1500 units. We have 41 left as of 8/25/11!

Wonderful Jarre score, one that the composer liked quite a lot too.


It just happened that I've put this CD in the player just before opening the forum. What a coincidence! A great score by all means, highly recommended to everyone.

I hope it can still count as a success for FSM with 1500 sold units.

Question: Do FSM and the others make a profit, regardless if there are 1000, 1200, 1500 or 2000 copies of a certain title pressed but the title sells out? How is the number calculated? Possible chance of sellout or break-even point (or both) or other reasons?

Great score and great CD, Thanks Lukas Kendall for this great Job
For who still not have it hurry to get one, unmissable Jarre's score

From Lukas :

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean-originally 3,000 limited edition, but for contractual reasons (term expired) we have to cut it off at 1,500 copies—less than 30, $19.95.

I grabbed a copy earlier tonight.

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Maurice Jarre

Leonard Atkins, Harold Ayres, Israel Baker, Robert Barene, Harry Bluestone, Bobby Bruce (aka Robt. Berg), Glenn Dicterow, Harold Dicterow, Kurt Dieterle, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), David Frisina, Irving Geller, Hyman Goodman, Jacob Krachmalnick, Alfred Lustgarten, Lilly Mahler, Jack Pepper, Lou Raderman, Jerome Joseph Reisler, Myron Sandler, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson, Spiro Stamos, Polly Sweeney, Elizabeth Waldo, Harry Zagon

Alan B. DeVeritch, Albert Falkove, Leon Fleitman, Allan Harshman, Yukiko Kurakata (Kamei), Virginia Majewski, Alex Neiman, Sven Reher, Joseph Reilich, Harry Rumpler, David Schwartz, Milton Thomas, Abe Weiss

Margaret Aue-Van Wyck, Joseph DiTullio, Justin DiTullio, David Filerman, Dennis Karmazyn, Terry King, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Alexander Reisman, Nino Rosso, Harry L. Shlutz, Gloria Strassner, Mary Louise Zeyen

Suzanne Ailman (Stokes), Arni Egilsson, Peter A. Mercurio, Ray Pohlman, William "Louie" Shelton, Ray Siegel

Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Susan G. Greenberg, Sheridon W. Stokes, Miles F. Zentner

Arthur C. Smith

John F. Ellis

David Angel, Roy A. D'Antonio, Hugo Raimondi

Jo Ann Caldwell, Lloyd Hildebrand, Jack Marsh

John Lowe, William R. Perkins

French Horn:
James A. Decker, Vincent N. DeRosa, Robert E. Henderson, George W. Hyde, Sinclair Lott, Richard Mackey, Richard E. Perissi, Gale H. Robinson, Gene Claude Sherry

John Audino, Sidney Lazar, Malcolm Boyd McNab, Uan Rasey, Anthony "Tony" Terran

Hoyt Bohannon, Dick Hyde, Richard "Dick" Nash, Dennis Smith, Ron Smith, Chauncey Welsch

Roger Bobo, Donald G. Waldrop

Neal Brostoff, Ralph E. Grierson

Douglas Clare Fischer, Clark Spangler

Robert F. Bain, Trefoni "Tony" Rizzi, William "Louie" Shelton

Allen Reuss, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Laurindo Almeida, Max Gralnick, Neil Levang

Dorothy S. Remsen

Sam Chianis, Kenneth E. Watson

Enrique Ordonez, Luis Velasquez, Elizabeth Waldo

Hubert "Hugh" Anderson, John E. "Jack" Arnold, Hal Blaine, Larry Bunker, Ralph Collier, Frank J. Flynn, Milton Holland, Norman Jeffries (Szukala), William Kraft, Robert J. Zimmitti

Louis Singer

Perry Botkin

Phillip Kahgan

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