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Rio Conchos (1964)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Rio Conchos Rio Conchos
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Price: $30.00
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: December 1999
Catalog #: Vol. 2, No. 8
# of Discs: 1

Jerry Goldsmith came into his own as a creator of thrilling western scores with 1964's Rio Conchos, a hard-bitten action story that starred Richard Boone, Stuart Whitman and Tony Franciosa. Rio Conchos was in many ways a reworking of 1961's The Comancheros (FSMCD Vol. 2, No. 6, music by Elmer Bernstein), but it lacked the buoyant presence of John Wayne and told a far darker and more nihilistic tale of social outcasts thrown together on a mission to find a hidden community of Apache gun-runners. It was the dawn of a new breed of grittier, more psychologically honest westerns, and Jerry Goldsmith was the perfect composer to provide these arid and violent tales with a new musical voice.

Goldsmith had already scored several westerns before Rio Conchos, including the acclaimed contemporary western Lonely Are the Brave. But Rio Conchos saw Goldsmith marshaling his skills at writing complex yet melodically vibrant action music, with several early highlights of his musical output contained within. The composer's title music is characteristically spare and folksy, belying the savage intensity of what is to follow, yet his main theme effortlessly forms the backbone for the score's violent set-pieces and provides often soothing commentary on the decency and nobility buried beneath the flinty surfaces of the film's reluctant heroes.

Goldsmith's psychological approach to the action extends to some vicious, Stravinsky-like rhythmic music associated with the Richard Boone character and his violent hatred of the Apache, as well as an alternately exciting and brooding fanfare for the Native Americans. The composer's action music ingeniously plays off both folk-based rhythms (translated to the powerful forces of the full orchestra) and Spanish influences as the action travels South of the Border.

The existing CD of Rio Conchos is a re-recording conducted by the composer for Intrada Records in 1988. FSM's new release features the original soundtrack—never before released—as recorded for the film at 20th Century Fox in 1964. The recording is complete, in chronological order, and in excellent mono sound with eleven cues not included on the Intrada CD, including a great deal of moody, flamenco-based material for Tony Franciosa's character and a lengthy, bravura action cue ("Drag Race") written almost exclusively for percussion. Bonus tracks include a seldom-heard vocal version of the title theme and five tracks of score remixed in stereo, focusing on the action-packed climax.

Jerry Goldsmith Scores on FSM
About the Composer

What to say about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), the reason so many of us are soundtrack collectors in the first place? The Los Angeles native knew early on he wanted to write music for the movies, had an extensive training in television in the 1950s (starting at CBS), and went on to an unparalleled career in the movies—capable of brilliance in every genre, and beloved by his peers and fans. FSM has released as many of his scores as we could get our hands on, from classic TV work like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to famous features (Patton) and obscure gems like The Illustrated Man and 100 Rifles...heck, make that all of them. Jerry, we love you and miss you! IMDB

Comments (4):Log in or register to post your own comments
Did anyone else find the "easter egg" in this FSM release?

(And no, I don't mean the buxom babe!)

I don't recognize the soloist, but the tune is kind of nice.

(It does kind of make you wonder what they had in mind.)

I don't recognize the soloist, but the tune is kind of nice.

(It does kind of make you wonder what they had in mind.)[/endquote]


Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith

Victor Arno, George Berres, Joachim Chassman, Harold Dicterow, Kurt Dieterle, Adolph DiTullio, David Frisina, Anatol Kaminsky, Louis Kaufman, Marvin Limonick, Paul Lowenkron, Dan Lube, Irma W. Neumann, Lou Raderman, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson

Myer Bello, Alvin Dinkin, Cecil Figelski, Myra Kestenbaum, Alex Neiman, Sven Reher, Paul Robyn, Milton Thomas

Margaret Aue-Van Wyck, Joseph Coppin, Joseph DiTullio, Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Kurt Reher, Eleanor Slatkin

Milton Kestenbaum, Keith "Red" Mitchell, Meyer (Mike) Rubin, Kenneth Winstead

Arthur Hoberman, Luella Howard

William Kosinski, Gordon Pope

Norman Benno, Russell Cheever, William A. Ulyate

Don Christlieb, Ray Nowlin

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent N. DeRosa, Sinclair Lott, Richard E. Perissi, Harry Schmidt

Frank Beach, John Clyman, Robert Fowler

Clarence "Pete" Carpenter, Ray Klein, Richard "Dick" Nash

Urban Thielmann, Raymond Turner

Laurindo Almeida, Robert F. Bain

Anne Stockton (Mason)

Carl Fortina

Ralph Collier, Richard Cornell, Frank J. Flynn, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Harold L. "Hal" Rees

Arthur Morton

Camillo Fidelibus, Wally Heglin, Ernest Rosecrans, Paul Sprosty

Fred Combattente

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