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The Wrath of God (1972)
Music by Lalo Schifrin
The Wrath of God The Wrath of God
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Price: $25.00
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: March 2007
Catalog #: Vol. 10, No. 2
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement With Turner Classic Movies Music.

The Wrath of God (1972) is an action-adventure film that has been viewed as everything from a violent drama to a parody of movie conventions. Set in an unnamed Latin American country of the 1920s, the film was written and directed by Ralph Nelson (Lilies of the Field, Once a Thief) and starred Robert Mitchum, Ken Hutchison and Victor Buono as a trio of expatriate Westerners forced to confront a vicious local despot (Frank Langella), costarring Rita Hayworth (in her last role) as Langella's mother. The highlight of the film is Mitchum's portrayal of what is surely the best-armed priest in movie history.

Scoring The Wrath of God was a man not only at the top of the film-scoring profession, but a prominent Latin recording artist: Lalo Schifrin. Schifrin provided a terrific score in the traditions of his western and action efforts of the time (such as Clint Eastwood's Joe Kidd), with a distinctive Latin flavor as well as orchestral elements ranging from the avant garde to contemporary rock (perhaps evoking spaghetti westerns and their anachronisms). The film's offbeat nature made a strong musical voice not only possible, but essential.

Highlights of the score include a tender love theme performed by flute, several Latin-flavored source cues in the classic Schifrin style, and sizzling, propulsive action music, particularly for a chase involving horses and a car. What 100 Rifles is to Jerry Goldsmith's canon, so is The Wrath of God to Schifrin's—brassy, South of the border action circa the early 1970s.

This premiere release of the complete score to The Wrath of God is presented in excellent stereo sound, remixed from the original three-track masters, with liner notes (including new comments by the composer) by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall.

Lalo Schifrin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Lalo Schifrin (b. 1932) is an Argentinean-born composer, conductor, arranger and pianist who has made a major impact on film, TV, the concert hall and jazz stage. He parlayed an early career as a pianist and arranger for Dizzy Gillespie into a run as one of the hottest film and TV composers of the 1960s and '70s, with projects such as Mission: Impossible, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Cool Hand Luke, Enter the Dragon and more. His more recent films include the popular Rush Hour series. He is beloved for his Latin jazz but is also an accomplished classical composer and conductor with ongoing recording, composing and performing projects.IMDB

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The dubbing of this "Lalo's 100 Rifles" is appropriate given the aggressive action music and folkish melodies. The only thing that surprises me more than The Wrath of God flying "under the radar" is that 100 Rifles hasn't sold out!!! Get 'em both, action lovers---you won't regret it.

Thanks to FSM for introducing me to another score that I include among my Schifrin favorites.

Jim, this is getting tiresome. Post something I DON'T agree with willya?

I think what might put people off THE WRATH OF GOD is the fairly strong 'latin source music' flavour of the early part of the album. It initially put *me* off anyway, although I did eventually succumb and buy it. There is some excellent Lalo action and suspense music later which some may not be aware of.

Unfamiliarity with the film itself (I'd never heard of it prior to the CD being released) may be another factor in it 'flying under the radar'.

Posted: Mar 19, 2009 - 6:41 PM
By: Thomas Banacek (Member)

What's the music like?

It's a "versatile" and folkloric" score.
It's Latin American-flavored, including Mexican cues, Tango music, Bossa Nova, minimalist melancholic melodies.
It's a Mexican "Kelly's Heroes/Dirty Harry" score with hip arrangements if you can catch my meaning.
It features hectic action and subdued suspenses cues:
"El Viaje/Cordona"

Please listen to this clip:

I think what might put people off THE WRATH OF GOD is the fairly strong 'latin source music' flavour of the early part of the album. It initially put *me* off anyway, although I did eventually succumb and buy it. There is some excellent Lalo action and suspense music later which some may not be aware of.[/endquote]

As this is one score which did arrive in the post, I can comment on it - Simon is right in that the best tracks are situated in the second half of the score. Which from memory reflects the film - certainly the best track which builds into typical Schifrin with a swelling version of the key theme is towards the end shootout, as Victor Buono climbs into the car with his tommy gun quoting poetry!

Sheesh! It's always the same four or five people chiming in on all my topics! I'll have to add you all to my (non-gift) Christmas list! ;)

I also wonder why releases like TWOG are so under the radar--Schifrin isn't terribly popular on this board, the film is virtually forgotten and rarely seen, and Jazzy scores aren't often the 100 piece LSO orchestra scores that many like so much. I just hope the right people find this score, as there's much to appreciate for the Schifrin fan.

i have been meaning to get this score for such a long time. and for some reason, i just forget with all the new releases coming out so fast. will correct that now . thanks for the reminder jim.

Finally saw this movie about a month ago and the film is a rollicking good time! Mitchum as gun-wielding priest and Victor Buono's finest "big screen" performance; his last scene is particularly memorable. Thanks again to FSM for getting this score out there!

Finally ordered this tonight. Look forward to receiving more Lalo!.

Since I've got this, I can tell you all to buy it because it's great. If I didn't have it I'd be sitting here hoping nobody would say anything positive so that nobody would buy it before I did.

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Lalo Schifrin

Israel Baker, Harry Bluestone, Assa Drori, James Getzoff, Anatol Kaminsky, Jacob Krachmalnick, Joseph Livoti, Stanley Plummer, Nathan Ross, Henry L. Roth, Sidney Sharp, Jack Shulman, Gerald Vinci

Virginia Majewski, David Schwartz, Milton Thomas

Anne Goodman (Karam), Raymond J. Kelley, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Frederick R. Seykora, Jeffrey G. Solow

Raymond M. "Ray" Brown, Milton Kestenbaum

Norman Benno, Gene Cipriano, Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), John Neufeld, Jerome Richardson, C. E. "Bud" Shank, Sheridon W. Stokes

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, George W. Hyde, James M. McGee, Richard E. Perissi

John Audino, Anthony "Tony" Terran

Milton Bernhart, Edward Kusby, Charles C. Loper, Barrett O'Hara, George M. Roberts

Ralph E. Grierson

Laurindo Almeida, Robert F. Bain, Ronald J. Benson, Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Dorothy S. Remsen

Dale L. Anderson, Larry Bunker, Victor Feldman, Milton Holland, Joe Porcaro, Kenneth E. Watson, Robert J. Zimmitti

Orchestra Manager:
Benjamin Barrett

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