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 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present the world premiere of two great scores on one great CD – both starring John Wayne and both directed by John Ford!

THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE

and

DONOVAN’S REEF

Composed by Cyril Mockridge

“WHEN THE LEGEND BECOMES FACT, PRINT THE LEGEND”

In 1962, when he made The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, the legend known as John Ford was nearing the end of his long and amazing career. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance would be the first of only two films he made for Paramount Pictures. With a screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck, the film is Ford doing what Ford did best – telling a good yarn better than any other filmmaker could. He got two superstars, both of whom he’d worked with before, John Wayne and James Stewart (their first film together).

It’s no surprise that the film, which featured two of the biggest box-office stars in the world, was an immediate hit. Critic Roger Ebert wrote lovingly of the film: “The film takes place at that turning point in the West when the rule of force gave way to the rule of law, and when literacy began to gain a foothold. It asks the question: Does a man need to carry a gun in order to disagree or state an opinion? It takes place in the town of Shinbone, in an unnamed territory that is moving toward a vote on statehood. Farmers want statehood. Cattlemen do not. In a few characters and a gripping story, Ford dramatizes the debate about guns that still continues in many Western states. That he does this by mixing in history, humorous supporting characters and a poignant romance is typical; his films were complete and self-contained in a way that approaches perfection. Without ever seeming to hurry, he doesn't include a single gratuitous shot.”

Cyril J. Mockridge provided the score to The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and a great score it is, filled with original themes as well as some source music that’s beautifully arranged into the fabric of the score. Ford asked for a nod to Alfred Newman’s “Ann Rutledge Theme” from Young Mr. Lincoln, because he felt it evoked lost love. It’s a short score, but one cannot imagine the film without it.

The following year, Ford was back with his new film, Donovan’s Reef, reuniting John Wayne with Lee Marvin. The movie is a colorful lark, but one with some serious undertones such as racial bigotry, conniving corporations and greed.

Once again, Ford used Cyril J. Mockridge for the film’s musical score. Mockridge mostly uses traditional Hawaiian music for his themes, but it all works perfectly in the film, giving it an authentic Hawaiian flavor and keeping the frolicsome nature of the film moving right along. There are also some very lovely themes as the score goes along, and it’s just a delightful pastiche for a delightful pastiche of a film.

This is the world premiere release for both The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Donovan’s Reef, all taken from various elements in the Paramount vaults. Some of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is in stereo, some in mono. All of Donovan’s Reef is in stereo. So, here are two wonderful world-premiere scores by Cyril J. Mockridge. As the Duke would say in Liberty Valance – listen up, Pilgrim.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance/Donovan’s Reef is limited to 1000 copies only and is priced at $19.98, plus shipping.

CDs will ship by the second week of September, but we’ve been averaging three to five weeks early in terms of shipping ahead of the official ship date. To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.




 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   slint   (Member)

Great! Glad that Kritzerland is leading this year again in terms of the best releases!

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 8:13 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Great news, thanks Bruce. I have always wanted the score to Donovan's Reef.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

How cool, the Donovan's Reef Main Theme is the C and H Pure Cane Sugar Theme!

Never knew that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNjZ1w-l1KU

DONOVAN'S REEF Main Theme:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA8otf_-Nl8

And Love LIBERTY!

Great release Bruce! Thanks!

Once again THE KRITZ Rocks!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 12:39 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Fantastic! Not one, but two more Cyril J. Mockridge scores to add to my library, plus one of Newman's most beautiful melodies. Who could ask for anything more?

THANKS, BRUCE!

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Fantastic! Not one, but two more Cyril J. Mockridge scores to add to my library, plus one of Newman's most beautiful melodies. Who could ask for anything more?

THANKS, BRUCE!


It is fantastic, isn't it! Bruce continues to surprise me and never makes a false step in his releases, IMO.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Thanks everyone. I've wanted both of these scores forever, so it's a real treat to be able to do them and especially have them sound so nice. I know Donovan's Reef is always knocked by critics and even a surprising number of Ford fans, but it's always been one of my favorite Ford films.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 1:39 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Just ordered it!

Thanks again as always, Bruce, for keeping the Golden/early Silver Age torch alive.

Saw both movies when they came out but didn't really remember the scores. Of course, they're nearly 50 years old, so if I can't remember to put my pants on in the morning, I can certainly be forgiven for not remembering these. big grin

All the clips are very nice and I loved the LIBERTY VALANCE main title cue. (I wonder if Cyril ever heard Victor Young's "The Air Force Takes Command" from STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND. Not a copy at all, of course, but in the same rousing tradition.)

I need to go back and watch my DVDs of these two films before the CD arrives.

Wow!......CENTENNIAL SUMMER, LIBERTY VALANCE and DONOVAN'S REEF released in just the space of a few short weeks......amazing! Kritzerland is becoming a legend just like the man who shot Liberty Valance......

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

... so if I can't remember to put my pants on in the morning, I can certainly be forgiven for not remembering these. big grin

This may well be more than we needed to visualize. Yet, somehow I know it's all right 'cause you wander between your house and your studio.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Is there any consolation knowing you can hear the music either with your pants on or off.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Is there any consolation knowing you can hear the music either with your pants on or off.


Well, there's a thought.

Though, I suppose you could do the same listening to pretty much anything....

As a rule.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)


I ordered this cd first thing this morning. A great cd to be sure. I always liked scores to western films especially. Nearly 50 years ago I recorded the main title from Liberty Valance off tv, now I have the whole score!

Thanks from me too Bruce, for all the wonderful golden age and early silver age
cds you have given us. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I just listened to Liberty Valance with my pants off. It was bracing.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Liberty Valance is a badass Lee Marvin. In the case anybody didn't know about this.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Liberty Valance is a badass Lee Marvin. In the case anybody didn't know about this.

Mr. Marvin is also in Donovan's Reef and is hilarious.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 4:47 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

My order is in. There's a touch of THE GUNFIGHTER in the main title. Very driving rhythm.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 5:17 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)


Two great movies, two great scores, a great composer and a great producer. Cannot lose.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   Ray Worley   (Member)

An overused word, but this is awesome!

I've long wanted both these scores. Ordered as soon as I read this announcement.
Very excited, thanks Bruce!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 5:35 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Fine score and at the same time I will always love the song not used in the film THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE-by GENE PITNEY.The man who shot liberty valance, he was the bravest of them all, RIGHT ON.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2014 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)


I'm surprised no one ever says this:

1.) Play the main title to The Bravados.

2.) Next play the main title to Liberty Valance.

3.) VERY similar ......... agree with me?

 
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