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 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Just read this on Facebook:

June 3rd 2012 – 3 new releases, including…

L’AFRICAIN / Georges Delerue-Philippe de Broca

Philippe de Broca loved Africa – he campaigned to protect its environment – and he'd wanted to make a film there for years. In 1982 his dream came true when he filmed L’Africain (Brain of Evil), a life-sized comic-strip of a movie with a naïve charm (not to mention pygmies, chase-scenes and aerial acrobatics) which starred the tandem of Catherine Deneuve & Philippe Noiret. To give his adventure the sound of a distant land de Broca teamed up again with his lucky-mascot composer Georges Delerue, who was immigrating to Los Angeles at the time. Delerue had the idea of a wide-open-spaces score, and he wrote a vast, symphonic, "call of the wild" piece – the musical equivalent of CinemaScope – and recorded it at Abbey Road. "What I asked Georges to do was quite simple," said de Broca. "I wanted an overture that flowed like a great African river: vast and muddy, and irresistible." But the heart of his Africain was its love-theme, one of the most heart-rending pieces which Delerue ever wrote for the filmmaker. Declined in several variations, the theme also had a song-version, Face to face, brought to life by the graceful voice of Vivian Reed. The multi-track master-tapes for the film L’Africain – a miraculous recent discovery – have made this release possible, and it comes as a timely event to mark the 20th anniversary of the composer's disappearance. This is the first stereo edition of the complete score by Georges Delerue, a key work by the composer, with a broad, generous sound which does justice to the firepower in Delerue's writing.

Booklet: interview with Philippe de Broca
17 tracks, 45 minutes of music

TOPAZ / Maurice Jarre-Alfred Hitchcock

In 1969, the great Alfred Hitchcock made a secret dream come true when he filmed a real-world James Bond in an adaptation of the best-selling Topaz espionage-novel which dealt with the unmasking of a Russian mole inside France's Secret Service. With a solid plot, an international cast and location-shooting in New York, Washington, Paris, Copenhagen and Havana, the master filmmaker had everything he needed except for a composer to replace Bernard Herrmann – their split during the filming of Torn Curtain was irremediable. Hitchcock's composer for Topaz would be Maurice Jarre, who'd moved to Los Angeles five years previously and now had two Oscars to his credit. "I was quite worried, overawed even, at the idea of working with such a legend," said Jarre. "The stamp left by Bernard Herrmann was so strong that I wondered whether I'd be capable of stepping in." Not only was he capable, but Topaz turned out to be a pure concentrate of Maurice Jarre's talents: an instrumental Meccano construction – Ondes Martenot, zither, synthesizer and accordion – of heady melodies which are almost obsessive, plunging dizzily into traditional Cuban rhythms. But above all it is a great unknown score whose melancholy and sad lyricism win out over the spy-thriller elements of the film. Specially restored from the original master-tapes, Jarre's music from Topaz is available here in its complete version for the first time: until today, it was one of the last, great Hitchcock soundtracks to remain unissued. It's a must for both Jarre aficionados and every fan of the master of suspense.

Booklet: interview with Maurice Jarre + rare stills
14 tracks, 47 minutes of music


Odd that they don't mention the third title in their post.

James

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   AMRA75   (Member)

Great!!! I will get L'Africain!! Topaz, I will wait to hear some excerpts... I don't know the score..

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 6:32 AM   
 By:   Anabel Boyer   (Member)

Outstanding news! A major Delerue score raised from the ashes!

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Thanks for posting, James. I look forward to the JARRE title.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   adilson   (Member)

I'll order both, great titles

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 7:08 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

At last! L'Africain!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I wonder what the source is of the "original master-tapes" for TOPAZ -- Universal? Jarre's estate?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   adilson   (Member)

Certainly is from Jarre-estate, UMF had acess a lot of things from Jarre's private files.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   italia57   (Member)

At last! L'Africain!

Yes, God has heard our prayers!!!

Hope "Préparez vos mouchoirs" (1978) will follow.

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

The multi-track master-tapes for the film L’Africain – a miraculous recent discovery – have made this release possible, and it comes as a timely event to mark the 20th anniversary of the composer's disappearance. This is the first stereo edition of the complete score by Georges Delerue, a key work by the composer, with a broad, generous sound which does justice to the firepower in Delerue's writing.

That's exactly what I was hoping to hear. I'm truly looking forward to this release.

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 2:02 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

I look forward to hearing the unreleased music to L'AFRICAIN since the LP had only 30 minutes and the film had even less music.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Doc Loch   (Member)

At last! L'Africain!

Yes, God has heard our prayers!!!

Hope "Préparez vos mouchoirs" (1978) will follow.


And Tendre Poulet!

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2012 - 9:04 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

At last! L'Africain!

Yes, God has heard our prayers!!!

Hope "Préparez vos mouchoirs" (1978) will follow.


And Tendre Poulet!



CHERE LOUISE would be nice too. Those two tracks UMF keeps recycling are just amazing and I doubt there isn't much more music in the film (or composed for it) ;-)

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2012 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

The upcoming L'AFRICAIN release will also include a newly recorded 15 minute Suite symphonique Philippe de Broca

http://www.georges-delerue.com/fr/news/index.php

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2012 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

L’Africain ... hubba hubba (as a good friend says)

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2012 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Certainly is from Jarre-estate, UMF had acess a lot of things from Jarre's private files.

I hope Jarre saved the tapes from Mandingo. I'd love to hear that complete.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2012 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Diederik   (Member)

The upcoming L'AFRICAIN release will also include a newly recorded 15 minute Suite symphonique Philippe de Broca

http://www.georges-delerue.com/fr/news/index.php


With 45 minutes of score from "L'Africain" from newly discovered tapes and a 15 minute bonus suite, this sounds like a very promising release. Although I am unfamiliar with this score (apart from a gorgeous Youtube video), I am a great Delerue fan and have never been disappointed by one of his scores, so I am looking forward to hearing a 'new' score. The "Suite symphonique Philippe de Broca" sounds like it will be along the lines of the "Homage à François Truffaut" suite.

 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2012 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

The upcoming L'AFRICAIN release will also include a newly recorded 15 minute Suite symphonique Philippe de Broca

http://www.georges-delerue.com/fr/news/index.php


With 45 minutes of score from "L'Africain" from newly discovered tapes and a 15 minute bonus suite, this sounds like a very promising release. Although I am unfamiliar with this score (apart from a gorgeous Youtube video), I am a great Delerue fan and have never been disappointed by one of his scores, so I am looking forward to hearing a 'new' score. The "Suite symphonique Philippe de Broca" sounds like it will be along the lines of the "Homage à François Truffaut" suite.


Entire LP:



 
 
 Posted:   Apr 24, 2012 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)


TOPAZ / Maurice Jarre-Alfred Hitchcock

14 tracks, 47 minutes of music


Not fan at all of that Hitch's movie I've seen only twice in the past 25 years and I must admit I'm quite surprised of such a great amount of music : I could have swear it was a very very very short score instead. I'll go for it.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2012 - 12:19 AM   
 By:   odelayy   (Member)

Here's the cover published by undercores. I used to love this poster full of adventure drawn by J. Mascii when I was a kid.


 
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