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The Naked Spur: Classic Western Scores From M-G-M (1950-1956)
Music by Jeff Alexander, Daniele Amfitheatrof, Bronislau Kaper
The Naked Spur: Classic Western Scores From M-G-M The Naked Spur: Classic Western Scores From M-G-M
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Price: $60.00
Limited #: 1500
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Line: Box Sets
CD Release: June 2008
Catalog #: Vol. 11, No. 7
# of Discs: 3

Released by Special Arrangement With Turner Classic Movies Music.

FSM’s sequel album to The Unforgiven: Classic Western Scores From United Artists (now out of print!) is another “budget” box set, this time drawn from the M-G-M film library. The Naked Spur: Classic Western Scores From M-G-M features five westerns from 1950-1956: two by Bronislau Kaper, two by Daniele Amfitheatrof and one by Jeff Alexander.

With this album we are introducing a new innovation in soundtrack presentation: online liner notes. Visit for complete annotations on the films and scores (with track-by-track breakdowns) as would normally be presented in our booklets.

These online notes are free to anyone! (Note: We are NOT going to do online notes for every CD. They will be used a few times a year on “budget” presentations to keep costs down—and pass the savings on to the collector.)

The scores presented on the 3CD set are:

The Naked Spur: The best of the James Stewart-Anthony Mann westerns starred Stewart as a bounty hunter relentlessly tracking an outlaw. Bronislau Kaper’s score is akin to “western noir” in its dark, obsessive strains.

The Wild North: This “Northern” (a variation on a western) starred Stewart Granger as a French-Canadian fur trapper hunted by a mountie played by Wendell Corey, with Kaper’s score combining “big sky” sweep and suspenseful strains.

The Last Hunt: Stewart Granger and Robert Taylor played buffalo hunters in this film directed by Richard Brooks taking a sympathetic look at Native Americans. The excellent score by Daniele Amfitheatrof (a composer virtually unrepresented on CD) features dramatic music for the film’s violent conflicts as well as melodic and spiritual material for the Indian culture.

Devil’s Doorway: In another Anthony Mann western, Robert Taylor played a Shoshone Indian trying to keep his people from being thrown off their land. Amfitheatrof’s music again shines in its poetic and beautiful evocation of the Native American culture.

Escape From Fort Bravo: William Holden, Eleanor Parker and John Forsythe starred in this Civil War adventure film about the escape of Confederate prisoners from a Union stockade. The exciting adventure score by Jeff Alexander features two songs: a lovely ballad, “Soothe My Lonely Heart” (music and lyrics by Alexander, sung by Bill Lee) and “Yellow Stripes” (a calvary march by Stan Jones).

Again, for complete liner notes, visit

The scores on this CD come in a combination of complete, clean mono (The Naked Spur), complete mono including some use of acetates (The Wild North), complete stereo (The Last Hunt), incomplete mono (Devil’s Doorway), and largely complete stereo with some damaged sections (Escape From Fort Bravo). The album comes with a 12-page booklet with introductory liner notes (unique to the booklet) by Lukas Kendall and art direction by Joe Sikoryak.

FSM’s first westerns collection (the aforementioned Unforgiven) sold out in a matter of months. Don’t let this one get by you! Round it up today.








Jeff Alexander Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Jeff Alexander (1910–1989) was a staff composer and arranger at M-G-M in the 1950s who wrote a great amount of television music in the 1960s and ‘70s (much of it also at M-G-M). His feature scores encompassed everything from westerns (Escape From Fort Bravo) to Elvis movies (Jailhouse Rock), dramas, comedies, musicals and everything else under the sun. IMDB

Daniele Amfitheatrof Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Daniele Amfitheatrof (1901–1983) was a Golden Age composer who came to Hollywood from Russia by way of Italy. He possessed an advanced compositional style, although cinematically he wrote very much within the conventions of the time. He worked at almost all of the studios during the 1940s and '50s. FSM has released some of his work at M-G-M, including the excellent western scores for The Last Hunt and Devil's DoorwayIMDB

Bronislau Kaper Scores on FSM
About the Composer

The Polish-born Bronislau Kaper (1902-1983) parlayed a successful stint in the French film industry (1933-1935) into a longtime Hollywood contract at M-G-M (1935-1962), where he was an indispensable member of the music department and wrote many famous songs and scores (Green Dolphin Street, Invitation, Lili). He capped his M-G-M career with his mammoth symphonic score to Mutiny on the Bounty, a fan favorite. He worked in the 1960s as a freelancer, scoring Lord Jim among others. Thanks to our relationship with Turner Classic Movies Music, we have brought a significant amount of Kaper's M-G-M music to CD—with more to come. IMDB

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Track List
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Escape From Fort Bravo
The Devil's Doorway
The Last Hunt
The Wild North

Leader (Conductor):
Jeff Alexander, Daniele Amfitheatrof, Johnny Green

Samuel Albert, Rocco Barbieri, Dave Crocov, Sam Fiedler, Sam Freed, Jr., Werner L. Gebauer, Ernest Gill, Saul Grant, Sidney Greene, Mort Herbert, Arnold T. Jurasky, Sol Kindler, Bernard Kundell, Mark Levant, Louis Limonick, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Arthur Maebe, Sr., Lisa Minghetti, Emanuel Moss, Jaime Overton, Irving Prager, Lou Raderman, Albert Saparoff, Herman Seidel, Al Vertchamp, Eunice Wennermark, Byron Williams

Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Germain Prevost

Alexander Borisoff, Alex Bunchuk, Samuel Gest, Julian Kahn, Fernand Lhoest, Edgar Lustgarten, Michel Penha

George F. Boujie, Mario Camposano, Louis Previati, Arthur Shapiro, Charles Smith

Aaron Gershunoff, Arthur Gleghorn

Philip Memoli

Gus Bivona, Mort B. Friedman, Alex Gershunoff, Glen Johnston, Don Lodice (Logiudice), D. H. McKenney, Louis Nuzzi, Hugo Raimondi, Andrew Young

Charles A. Gould

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent DeRubertis, Herman Lebow

Uan Rasey, Irvin Shulkin, Joe Triscari, James C. Zito

Walter Benson, Nick DiMaio, Herb Taylor, Bud Youngman, Simon Zentner

Baritone Horn:
Norman Bartold, Daniel D. Cerilly, Harley Pitts

Harry Frohman, Jacob Gimpel, Max Rabinowitsh, Milton Raskin

Jack Marshall

Mary Jane Barton, Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Paula Schertzinger Chaloupka

George Fields

Dominic Frontiere, Dominic Frontiere

Frank L. Carlson, Mel Pedesky, D. V. Seber

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan

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