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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 7:17 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Due out near the end of July or very early August, from Monstrous Movie Music:
Paul Sawtell's and Bert Shefter's score for THE GATLING GUN!


This fabulous western score is in beautiful stereo condition, and it's the last major collaboration between Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter. This little-known movie was made in 1969, but due to racketeering charges related to at least one of its producers, the film was never released threatrically under its original title: KING GUN.

After a disastrous preview resulted in re-editing, the film languished in limbo until it appeared on television in truncated form and with a new name: THE GATLING GUN. Featuring an incredible ensemble cast of talented and seasoned actors (Robert Fuller, Guy Stockwell, BarBara Luna, Patrick Wayne, Phil Harris, Pat Buttram, Woody Strode, Tommy Cook, John Carradine, Judy Jordan, Carlos Rivas), a solid screenplay, and an invigorating music score that is different from anything in the Sawtell-Shefter canon, this is one of the great undiscovered westerns of the era -- a moving account of the final battle between the American Indian and 19th Century technology. In fact, it's so undiscovered that neither Fuller, Luna, Wayne, or Cook were even aware the film had ever been released! The actors' reminiscences add to the history of this ill-fated production.

The 24-page liner book has fewer silly jokes in it than normal because the producers of the film were from organized crime, and I didn't want to offend anyone too much! A motion picture that needs to be rediscovered, and a thrilling western score featuring all sorts of colorful instrumentation. A fitting end for the musical team, the world premiere release of this score is something we're very proud of at MMM.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 7:34 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

As I remember the score was good, so folks I would recommend you buy it, but the movie sucks. Leonard Maltin gave the film a star and a half.It is a very forgettable film and badly edited, Dullsville .

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 7:46 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

The movie definitely does NOT suck. It was terribly edited due to problems in post-production having to do with the ill-fated screening, as well as the movie going directly to TV after it was seized by the Feds before it received a theatrical release. I don't give a hoot what any book says about the picture -- it's a very powerful cinematic experience, and despite the rag-tag appearance of the film due to a poor master source, the film is excellent. But you're right about the score being enjoyable. The CD includes a number of cues that were edited out of the film due to all the editing that occurred after the movie was "finished."

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 8:40 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Any Sawtell/Shefter is an automatic buy for me. Pleased to see this new one.

 Posted:   Jul 16, 2014 - 9:00 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Thank you! This score is very different from their others. Some wonderful orchestration with guitar, harpsichord, and Fender bass, but it is not a spaghetti western sound outside of maybe one or two cues. It's definitely a unique one from the team and makes for a very rewarding listen, as there's a ton of thematic material in it. Sound samples will go up as release date goes nearer.

And we have another 2-CD set to announce in a couple of days, too!

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

More Sawtell and Shefter? OK, I am in!!!
Still hope A DOG OF FLANDERS will be released one day too wink

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 5:02 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I guess it's a cry in the wilderness to ask for early Noir music by Sawtell like Raw Deal (Anthony Mann) or Black Magic (starring Orson Welles). I think there'd be alot of interest compared to a rarely seen western, but maybe this score is good. Westerns tend to look and sound all the same to me.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

I love Sawtell/Shefter, but keep waiting for MMM to become "monstrous" again and return to scifi/horror music (per the name).

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

I'm waiting for them to release scores from " prestige A class movies" like SHIP OF FOOLS. One of my favorites from a few years ago. Of course,as I mentioned earlier, Albert Glasser's CISCO KID would also be an instant purchase. For the others, I would have to hear samples before deciding.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

MORE GLASSER. PERIOD. Such a underrated son of a gun, how about Indestructible man, Cyclops, Beginning of the end tormented etc etc There is so much genre stuff to look for.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I seem to recall a vhs release of this film way back in the 80s?

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

There was a VHS RELEASE of this film back in the 80's it was in the gray market.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 5:09 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

MORE GLASSER.tormented etc etc

"Tormented" and several other Glasser scores were released by Kritzerland.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   MOsdtks   (Member)

LOL Love the cover. Classic over the top late '60s.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO THE LAST CHILD- But NOT the Indestructible man?

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO THE LAST CHILD- But NOT the Indestructible man?

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

TO THE LAST CHILD- But NOT the Indestructible man?

I specified the only title that's been released from your list (and there's a cue from Cyclops on an LP). I figured if it snuck under your radar, you might have missed other Glasser cds from Kritzerland.
Hey, dont shoot the messenger even if this is a Western CD about guns.

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN is an interesting one. If I recall, it's about the only score that Albert didn't have the reels on, or the music manuscripts on, and he didn't get a composing credit on the film, and some of the music comes from earlier pictures. I'm supposed to write about the score for a book, but it's a big mystery to me!

 Posted:   Jul 17, 2014 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Albert Glasser's CISCO KID would also be an instant purchase.

For me too.

 Posted:   Jul 18, 2014 - 12:49 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

In truth, can anyone name a bad sawtell-shefter score?
whatever genre they tackled, sci-fi, war etc they seemed to get it right.
And their main themes were especially well crafted.

Over my 50 odd years ive seen most westerns but this one passed me by.
Probably never been shown on uk t.v.

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