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 Posted:   Nov 16, 2007 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   percepto   (Member)

Percepto Records presents:

COLD TURKEY
Composed by Randy Newman

In 1971, writer/director Norman Lear was at the brink of becoming the toast of TV sitcoms with the creation of ALL IN THE FAMILY, THE JEFFERSONS and MAUDE. Shortly before, Lear cut his satirical teeth on the big screen with COLD TURKEY, the ribald, politically-charged comedy starring Dick Van Dyke in a career-bending, post-MARY POPPINS role of an ambitious reverend leading the eccentric denizens of a small Iowa town in an attempt to win a $25 million contest to stop smoking for 30 days. The cast was a stellar who’s who of soon-to-be TV legends, including Bob Newhart, Jean Stapleton, Tom Poston, Barnard Hughes and even radio’s famed Bob & Ray (Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding)

To capture the classical refrains of Americana, Lear recruited then-budding songwriter and pop vocalist Randy Newman to write the score. Newman, no stranger to film music thanks to legendary careers of family members Alfred and Lionel, accepted the daunting task. The result is the world’s first inauguration to Newman’s lyrical, yet often sardonic brand of scoring, one which lead to the much-heralded scores for RAGTIME, THE NATURAL, PARENTHOOD and most recently, LEATHERHEADS.

Percepto Records is proud to present the World Premiere release of this monumental score, which contains every note of music written for the film, including Newman’s classic song “He Gives Us All His Love,” plus over 25 minutes of bonus material, including unused music and rare source cues.

This deluxe limited edition CD has been digitally remastered from an original set of master tapes pulled from Newman’s own private library and also includes our usual eye-popping full-color booklet with liner notes by ace journalist Jeff Bond, including a new interview with the composer, and a rare collection of behind-the-scenes photos from the film.

Only 1,000 copies are being pressed, so grab your favorite pair of smokes, fire up your CD player and inhale the score that kicked off one of the most prolific careers in film scoring history!

Ships November 26th

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2007 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   Southall   (Member)

Excellent! Is there a purchasing link?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2007 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   percepto   (Member)

Screen Archives has it available for pre-order here:

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=8246

It will also be posted at www.percepto.com later this morning.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2007 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   MWRuger   (Member)

I have fond memories of this film. It's been so long since I saw it, I can't really remember the music.

But I do love Randy Newman's work, score or otherwise. So when funds permit I will order this!

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2007 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I remember seeing this in 9th grade in the spring of '71 with my best buddy in high school- It came out a few months after ALL IN THE FAMILY premiered- and almost disappeared due to early dismal ratings - in January of 1971. I do believe I'll order this.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2007 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   scoringsessions   (Member)

It will also be posted at www.percepto.com later this morning.

it's now up:
http://www.percepto.com/projects/024/

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2007 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

WOW!!!

Never thought that this would see the light of day.

So ordered...

 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2007 - 3:42 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

In Alien's wake,
there appears a Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hooray for Percepto!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2007 - 8:54 PM   
 By:   rim stimple   (Member)

Ordered.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 17, 2007 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

It's probably been 30 years since I saw this film, but I actually remember some of the music, specifically the scene where Newhart is going around town, trying to entice people to start smoking. Very good music!

 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2007 - 6:25 AM   
 By:   captain X   (Member)

Is the soundtrack sold to turkeys that smoke?

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 Posted:   Nov 19, 2007 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   estgrey   (Member)

The timing of this score fits well with Thanksgiving, but is perhaps unfortunately timed for the announcement to stand up against Alien. I love the film, a satirical look at how we can be misled even by good intentions, what monsters we become when we think we have the right on our side to force others to do what we want, and how corporate interests offer what we think we want and in return take away everything we had that had real value. The ending shot is powerful.

I chiefly remember one cue from the score, for which I will be buying the release. (There may be more there than I remember.)

 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2007 - 12:07 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

Is the soundtrack sold to turkeys that smoke?

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"I'll take one, please. Gobble, gobble."

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2007 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

I chiefly remember one cue from the score, for which I will be buying the release. (There may be more there than I remember.)

I got a chance to re-watch my VHS copy of "Cold Turkey" today, to help get psyched for the imminent arrival of my pre-ordered Percepto CD, and was shocked to hear a downright Hornerish similarity between much of Randy Newman's quit-smoking-montage music and his cue "The Whammer Strikes Out" from "The Natural."

It isn't "in the same style as" or in "in the same vein as." It's practically the exact same cue!

It's perfectly understandable, of course. "The Natural" was thirteen years later, and "Cold Turkey" hadn't been much of a hit, and there was no soundtrack release for it. I was just surprised, that's all. Truth be told, effective as it is in "Cold Turkey" it fits the scene in "The Natural" even better.

However, it begs the question, where did Newman get this style of scoring from in the first place? It's easy to say "Coplandesque" and leave it at that, but is anyone here familiar enough with both the "Whammer" track, and with Copland's orchestral works, to be able to identify the specific musical moment to which Randy alludes in this particular cue?

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2007 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   John Mullin   (Member)

Yeah, I've wondered the same thing, actually... there's a lot of musical consistency even between Randy's early song and score work, and the music he's writing today.

The beginning of the clip of the instrumental "He Gives Us All His Love" on the Screen Archives website reminds me a bit of a theme from SEABISCUIT, which was written nearly 30 years later!

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2007 - 9:05 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

The beginning of the clip of the instrumental "He Gives Us All His Love" on the Screen Archives website reminds me a bit of a theme from SEABISCUIT, which was written nearly 30 years later!

There's definitely a Randy Newman "sound," which made his work unique back to his early days as a singer-songwriter. His chord progressions imparted a warmth, and in some cases a nostalgic sensibility that transposed unmistakably to his first scoring effort, RAGTIME. Listen to the songs on his landmark "Little Criminals" album and you'll hear the precursors to RAGTIME. I always considered his songs "cinematic" for their mood and imagery, and so was very pleased when he made the inevitable (as in, genetically predetermined) "leap" to film music.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2007 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

Actually, Dana, that "Randy Newman Sound" is present even further back - check out his album "SAIL AWAY", which includes 'He Gives Us All His Love', and on which his uncle Lionel conducts the orchestral passages.

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2007 - 8:59 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Actually, Dana, that "Randy Newman Sound" is present even further back - check out his album "SAIL AWAY", which includes 'He Gives Us All His Love', and on which his uncle Lionel conducts the orchestral passages.

Only a guy who writes amazingly good songs could get away with that singing voice! I do have SAIL AWAY as well, and loved his use of satire (as in the title song) to make a point. Most famous example of course was SHORT PEOPLE, which some mistakenly took seriously as an assault upon short people!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2007 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

Got my copy in today's mail - still sort of dazed that it actually exists!!

A big salute to everyone involved - great informative notes by Jeff Bond and package design by Joe Sikoryak, as always... and the disc sounds GREAT - little bit more detail in cues that I hadn't noticed before, in film viewings and tape listenings.

One quibble, and it's very minor - not even a quibble; more of a question really... did rights issues come into play in leaving off the arrangement of Bernstein's MAGNIFICENT SEVEN theme for banjo, which played under the opening scene with Bob Newhart and Edward Everett Horton?

Randy Newman fans should scoop this up ASAP - though, Mr. White, you might want to send a copy or two to the Adair County Heritage Museum, in Greenfield, Iowa, where the movie was shot - they have a room featuring COLD TURKEY memorabilia. Or maybe hold back some copies until 2009 when the 40th anniversary of the movie comes up and they hold an event.

Now if MGM would finally do a COLD TURKEY DVD...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2007 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   percepto   (Member)

Thanks LRob! Regarding THE MAGNIFICENT 7 track, it wasn't a rights issue at all. The music simply didn't exist in any format for us to pull from. As it was, the DAT masters from MGM were incomplete and had mediocre sound, though fortunately Newman had stored away a set of his own 1/4" tapes, which is inevitably what we used. Believe it or not, this CD was nearly two years in production while we held out for the best source material.

 
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