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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Northwest Passage: Classic Western Scores From M-G-M, Vol. 2
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   Arch Stanton   (Member)

MORE CLASSIC M-G-M WESTERN SOUNDTRACKS RIDE OUT ON NEW 3-CD BOX SET

Film Score Monthly’s third big western set features four terrific scores by Herbert Stothart, Cyril J. Mockridge, Harry Sukman and David Shire

Linden, VA – December 11, 2009 – Film Score Monthly has used listener responses for another roundup of great western film scores with Northwest Passage: Classic Western Scores from M-G-M, Volume 2.

Yes, FSM continues its informal annual tradition of releasing a 3-CD set of classic western film soundtracks with four more original scores from the historic M-G-M film library:

Northwest Passage (Book I – Rogers' Rangers) from 1940 is a grandly adventuresome score by Herbert Stothart, M-G-M's premier composer in the 1930s and '40s, presented in nearly complete form from the monaural optical film masters, with a few otherwise lost cues added from the film's music-and-effects track.

Many Rivers to Cross (1955) is an uptempo, symphonic comedy western score by Cyril J. Mockridge, conducted by no less than Miklós Rózsa, with a song ("The Berry Tree") by M-G-M songwriter and executive Saul Chaplin. This score survives in glorious three-track stereo from the original 35mm magnetic film.

A Thunder of Drums (1961) is a cavalry adventure score by Harry Sukman, also presented in true stereo. Dominated by a serious tone and stirring martial passages, the music also features romantic strains anticipating Sukman's scores for TV's Dr. Kildare.

At the end of disc 3 is a television rarity: David Shire's 1974 TV movie score for The Godchild (a John Badham-directed adaptation of Three Godfathers, a western story filmed several times earlier). It is a brief and spare work demonstrating the composer's gift for simplicity and melody – presented in excellent stereo sound.

The film titles for this album were selected in large part from listener responses to FSM’s previous westerns collection. So keep listening, and keep suggesting titles for future releases!

The customarily comprehensive liner notes for the album can be found – for free! – online at the FSM website at www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/. The previous two western collections (centered respectively around The Unforgiven and The Naked Spur) promptly sold out, so FSM has increased the manufacturing run on this volume to 2,000 copies – but don't delay!

Lasso it today from Screen Archives Entertainment at www.screenarchives.com.

Check it out at http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=13227

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Ack! Ack-ack!

I wonder if I can find a tax deduction for supporting the preservation of classic motion picture scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   oldfilmscorelover   (Member)

What a pleasant surprise! I absolutely want this.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Whoa! Like from out of the blue! I gotta get this now! Thanks LK!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   DJ3J   (Member)

A soundtrack release in the last month of 2009...no way!

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I just spit all over my monitor.

My dad is going to make in his grays when he sees I have Northwest Passage on CD!

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

It's good to see Harry Sukman among the group of composers. Thanks Lukas.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 9:28 AM   
 By:   soop.broth   (Member)

I just spit all over my monitor.

No you didn't.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Sez here FSM intends to bring out more Stothart CD's. Sure hope so! If so -- one of 'em's just got to be PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

I feel like I am a character in the "Blink" episode of Doctor Who. Only instead of vampiric stone statues multiplying with every blink, I am being confronted with sound track releases!

Great great great. Thanks again to Lucas and team

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   TonyJ   (Member)


Incredible release! Northwest Passage has always been one of my Holy Grails -- a magnificent score. Ordered.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

WHAT A SURPRISE!!!

.....and at a great price for three discs!!!

After the releases of BULLITT and the huge ROZSA box set, you wouldn't think Lukas would have time for more in December.

The MANY RIVERS TO CROSS score is delightful and I've been requesting it for years. The surprise, which was revealed to us not too long ago, is that Rozsa conducted it. Fascinating.
(The film is great fun, too, with Taylor and Parker appearing in their final film together.)

There have been many requests for the Stothart NORTHWEST PASSAGE score. In a short time, PASSAGE will be 70 years old, and though the score certainly reflects the recording systems of the time, the sound clips are surprisingly good and will be a great treat for those of us who appreciate these old scores. What particularly surprises me about the release of this score is that it is virtually complete. That would imply that, as suspected, there might be more scores from this early period in the Warner/Turner/MGM vaults which might be accessed in near complete form. Bring on more Stothart, Waxman, Kaper, Amfitheatrof, Tiomkin, Ward, etc.

As a side note, isn't NORTHWEST PASSAGE the "earliest" score Lukas has ever released?

I'm also grateful that Lukas, seemingly unique among all the record producers, periodically goes back and "fixes" production errors on previous releases. On the earlier ESCAPE FROM FORT BRAVO release, I pointed out to him that the mix of the main title was incorrect, he checked and then acknowledged that, and has gone on to fix it with this release. Whatta guy!!! A special "Thank You" to Lukas for that!

I don't recall ever hearing the SUKMAN and SHIRE scores before, but am looking forward to them with great anticipation.

Let's see, if I get just the Rozsa and Westerns box sets for Christmas, that's 18 days of listening, playing 1 disc per day. Then there are the Varese, La La, Intrada and Kritzerland releases awaiting. Why, I won't need another fix until February!

Thank you Lukas and FSM!

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 9:52 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Northwest Passage is an astounding treat. Absolutely essential purchase. Magnificent work Lukas!

River of No Return to follow soon please.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   Nick Haysom   (Member)

Arch, I don't know how you do it but you get the dope first time every time! Do you have inside knowledge by any chance?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Arch, I don't know how you do it but you get the dope first time every time! Do you have inside knowledge by any chance?


Yeah, I often wonder about that too...

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

I just spit all over my monitor.

No you didn't.


I'm sure LeHah spits at his monitor often - especially when he's dealing with certain people on this message board.

big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Yeah sarge, I wonder if one particular poster has a higher spit-rating than others???!!



Yet another wonderful release, by the way. nothing warms my heart more to see classic stuff rescued and preserved.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Yeah sarge, I wonder if one particular poster has a higher spit-rating than others???!!

You may gauge the level of spit by the vividness of my replies to that person.

 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

Arch, I don't know how you do it but you get the dope first time every time! Do you have inside knowledge by any chance?


Yeah, I often wonder about that too...



I've always assumed that Mr. Stanton is FSM's official announcment/PR guy.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2009 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

seriously, I thought he worked there.....


when he aint being buried next to coins....

 
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