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 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

INTRADA
Announces:



THOSE CALLOWAYS
Composed and Conducted by MAX STEINER
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 238


Max Steiner’s score for Those Calloways is old-fashioned in the best sense of the term. It is unashamedly symphonic—in an era that saw composers like Lalo Schifrin, Henry Mancini and others continue to move film music away from the purely symphonic model. Steiner uses several themes as leitmotifs throughout the film, developing them with well-honed craft and technique in an art form that he himself more or less created. For the geese, the balletic beauty of their flight and their unfettered freedom are musically reflected in a waltz. Open-hearted and embracing, the theme accompanies many magnificent long shots of the birds soaring across the New England sky, occasionally arrange in more gentle orchestral settings—such as those featuring solo cello and English horn. Steiner’s theme for the Calloways is equally forthright. Introduced in the main title, it is masculine but gentle.

For one of his final feature film scores, Max Steiner created over an hour’s worth of rich, warmly American music. For this premiere release of the soundtrack, featuring every note of music Steiner recorded for the film, Intrada was given access to the complete recording session elements, originally made on multi-channel 35mm magnetic film and later transferred intact onto 2" analog tape. Still later, these elements were transferred into digital formats to be vaulted alongside the other audio elements of the picture. Thanks to Disney’s legendary reputation for preserving their elements with care, every channel for every cue, including overdubs for the two rousing songs written by Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, survived in beautiful condition. Though the film itself was presented in mono only, having the original multi-track elements made it possible for us to prepare new two-track stereo mixes of every cue. This beautiful new release also marks Max Steiner's premiere appearance on the Intrada label.

Cam Calloway (Brian Keith) is a man with a mission. He dreams of creating a sanctuary for the geese that fly over his cabin near Swiftwater, Vermont, each fall. His teenaged son shares his ideals, but his long-suffering wife (Vera Miles) just wants to eke out a better existence from their fur-trapping exploits. The citizens of Swiftwater look on “those crazy Calloways” as outsiders. A slick-talking salesman wants to sell them a scheme that would turn their quaint New England village into a hunters’ paradise. This conflict between exploitation and conservation forms the crux of the drama in Walt Disney’s Those Calloways (1965).

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 238
Retail Price: $19.99
Available Now
For track listing and sound samples, please visit
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.8017/.f

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 4:03 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Just listened to the first sample and it sounds sumptuous. There's a part of the theme that almost sounds Italian like it was an Italian Village song or something. Never saw the movie. But I got a distinct "Italian" feeling. Did Steiner score ROME ADVENTURE around this time?

I did a post some time back about Main Stream film composers working for Disney and I must have left Steiner out, as I was never aware of this score. My post talked about big guys like Goldsmith and Maurice Jarre scoring Disney projects like ONE LITTLE INDIAN, NIGHT CROSSING and ISLAND AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD. Another examples are John Barry scoring THE BLACK HOLE, Elmer Bernstein - THE BLACK CAULDRON and James Horner - SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. Well, Steiner is now added to the list!

Looks and sounds like a nice INTRADA Release!



Here's my old post:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=84616&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

The exciting thing about this is that it's one of Steiner's last scores (in fact I thought it was his very last, but Intrada doesn't seem to think so in their description), in good stereo sound. Most of his later scores don't exist that way because they were written for other studios which didn't preserve their elements as well. Disney to the rescue! Gives me hope that we might even see the original tracks for older stuff like Clifton Parker's Treasure Island (or Robin Hood for that matter)...

So now Intrada has presented the best-sounding original tracks, for the most recent scores, by three great Golden Age masters: Tiomkin (Last Wagon), Kaper (Tobruk), and now Steiner! Here's hoping they can continue this trend with, say, Franz Waxman's Lost Command (1966) or especially Alfred Newman's Firecreek (since they've started into the Warner Bros. vault and this penultimate score is totally unreleased) or maybe even the original tracks to Airport!

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 4:14 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Max Steiner and stereo is an unbeatable combination!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

In my Bigger Name Composers doing Disney post Robert0320 mentioned Max Steiner and THOSE CALLOWAYS.

Wish he was here to enjoy this release. Rest in Peace Robert, our greatly missed FSM friend!

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Yvar - I agree completely!

This is going to be a great companion to War Wagon and Tobruk.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Thank you Intrada for THOSE CALLOWAYS. I am a sucker all of the late-period Steiner scores. This one is a fine one. The audio samples sound magnificently clean. I've already ordered one. Well done.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Yavar:

THOSE CALLOWAYS was Steiner's second-to-last score. TWO ON A GUILLOTINE was the final one.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 5:47 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

This is delightful. I especially like the little touch of "When You Wish Upon a Star" in the opening and closing themes. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

A wonderful release. I have wanted this one for a long time. Thanks everyone at Intrada. I hope they will tackle SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN sometime in the future. It was done at Warner Brothers in 1963. The same year as Bernstein's RAMPAGE which Intrada has already released.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 10:34 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Well cody 1949, I have to agree with you. SPENCER'S MOUNTAIN is a really great score. Whether anyone has good-sounding recordings of it is the question. I'm hoping that the tracks do exist, and that I'll get to hear them (mono or stereo) in my lifetime.

 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 10:45 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Are there any similar styled Steiner scores that have already been released? I hear a lush beauty on these samples that I don't recognize in the limited Steiner in my collection. And do any of them sound anywhere near this good?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 4, 2013 - 11:13 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

I assume you have all the Steiner in the Gerhardt series? How about Tribute's SHE, THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE, and THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2013 - 12:00 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Are there any similar styled Steiner scores that have already been released? I hear a lush beauty on these samples that I don't recognize in the limited Steiner in my collection. And do any of them sound anywhere near this good?

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - especially the expanded version - is similarly tuneful Steiner.

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2013 - 12:17 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Are there any similar styled Steiner scores that have already been released? I hear a lush beauty on these samples that I don't recognize in the limited Steiner in my collection. And do any of them sound anywhere near this good?

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - especially the expanded version - is similarly tuneful Steiner.



Victor Young? wink

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2013 - 12:18 AM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

Are there any similar styled Steiner scores that have already been released? I hear a lush beauty on these samples that I don't recognize in the limited Steiner in my collection. And do any of them sound anywhere near this good?

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - especially the expanded version - is similarly tuneful Steiner.


Don't tell Victor Young that, Doug! Though I will agree it's exceptionally tuneful and should be in everyone's collections.

I agree with MMM - if you want melodic Steiner, Tribute's "The Adventures of Don Juan" is a particular highlight, filled with great thematic writing, as well as plenty of vivid, lively material. Morgan & Stromberg's expert rerecording of "The Adventures of Mark Twain," which is a bit more of Steiner's grand Americana music, might also be up your alley.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2013 - 1:37 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

Are there any similar styled Steiner scores that have already been released? I hear a lush beauty on these samples that I don't recognize in the limited Steiner in my collection. And do any of them sound anywhere near this good?

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS - especially the expanded version - is similarly tuneful Steiner.



Victor Young? wink


Sorry I woke up half asleep and had a senior moment big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2013 - 1:39 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

According to the film's credits, the theme "Angel," had lyrics put to it by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. But the track with that name on the CD (#15) doesn't appear to be a vocal. Was that song sung in the film?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2013 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   FabioS   (Member)

According to the film's credits, the theme "Angel," had lyrics put to it by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. But the track with that name on the CD (#15) doesn't appear to be a vocal. Was that song sung in the film?

I don't know if it's sung in the film, but was recorded by Johnny Tillotson
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvBV6KfkO48).
And here's a beautiful version recorded by Livingston himself:
http://www.livingstonandevans.com/SNGangel.html

By the way, Steiner's Youngblood Hawke theme also received lyrics by Livingston and Evans:
http://www.livingstonandevans.com/SNGtheyoungbloodhawke.html

 
 Posted:   Mar 5, 2013 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   Frank DeWald   (Member)

According to the film's credits, the theme "Angel," had lyrics put to it by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. But the track with that name on the CD (#15) doesn't appear to be a vocal. Was that song sung in the film?

"Angel" is not sung in the film. It is Steiner's theme for the Vera Miles character, and his orchestral treatments of the melody in the film are nothing like Tillotson's pop record.

 
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