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 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is very proud to present its 100th CD release: A limited edition soundtrack and the world premiere release of the complete score to:

Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein

Tennessee Williams was already a legend when Summer and Smoke premiered on Broadway on October 6, 1948, thanks to the huge success of his play The Glass Menagerie and, more importantly, A Streetcar Named Desire, which had opened the year before Summer and Smoke and become a sensation with critics and audiences and catapulted Williams into the playwriting firmament. Summer and Smoke failed to ignite the same kind of heat as Streetcar and closed after only 102 performances at the Music Box Theatre. However, the play was revived a mere four years later, this time off-Broadway at the then-new Circle In The Square Theater, directed by Jose Quintero and starring Geraldine Page. That production was a big success for Page and Quintero and the play. Nine years later, Summer and Smoke was brought to the screen by Paramount Pictures, with Geraldine Page recreating her stage success as the spinster Alma Winemiller. Peter Glenville directed the film from a screenplay by James Poe and Meade Roberts. Starring opposite Page was Laurence Harvey, along with a wonderful supporting cast that included Rita Moreno, Una Merkel, John McIntire, Thomas Gomez, Pamela Tiffin, and Earl Holliman.

The film received excellent reviews and Page’s brilliant performance was universally praised – she was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress category. Una Merkel received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her performance as Page’s dotty mother, and the film also picked up nominations for Best Art Direction – Best Set Decoration, and another for Elmer Bernstein’s incredible score.

Summer and Smoke is one of Bernstein’s greatest scores in a career that is jam-packed with great scores like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Magnificent Seven, Birdman of Alcatraz, Walk on the Wild Side, The Great Escape, Love With the Proper Stranger, Airplane!, Ghostbusters, and so many others. Bernstein captures every emotion, every subtext, every character – the loneliness, the longing, the yearning, the repression – it’s a textbook example of what great film scoring is all about. His main theme is one of his most haunting and beautiful – a swirling, sinuous, delirious melody that recurs throughout the score. His score brilliantly evokes a different time, place, and world, much like his score to To Kill A Mockingbird, which would follow a year later – a world belonging to one of the great poets of American drama – Tennessee Williams. And a world perfectly captured by Elmer Bernstein’s timeless music.

Summer and Smoke was originally released on an RCA Victor soundtrack LP. That LP contained approximately thirty-six minutes of music, including some heavily edited versions of cues. For this first-ever release of the complete score, we had access to two rolls of 1/2' three-track masters that were sent by Paramount to RCA Victor at the time of the film’s release. Those masters were used to assemble the LP, but happily contained all of the cues that were not used on the album. In those days, to assemble the LP they simply edited the three-track masters – thankfully, all the edited out bits were kept and put at the end of the reels. It was simply a matter of putting them all back where they belonged to make the cues once again complete. For reference, we also had the complete scoring sessions archived from 35mm scoring mag on 2' tape in the Paramount vaults. The LP program was released on CD by RCA Spain, taken from a sub-master that simply did not sound very good, so this is not only the first release of the complete Summer and Smoke, it is the first time it is being released from those original, superb-sounding three-track tapes.

We have put the score in film order, which is how it plays best. Because all the Glorious Hill band music is used in short versions throughout one sequence in the film, we decided to include those other tracks in the bonus section, as it did not make for a good listening experience to have them all lumped together in a row. Additionally, we have included a source cue and the original LP edited cues in the bonus section. The CD contains over seventy-seven minutes of one of Bernstein’s most ravishingly beautiful scores.

This release is limited to 1500 copies only. The price is $19.98, plus shipping. Go to the item page and click on the link to find out about it.

CD will ship the second week of November – however, never fear, preorders placed directly through Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks earlier (we’ve been averaging four weeks early). To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:19 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Congratulations on your reaching this milestone. Here's to the next 100!

I will be ordering this superbly produced cd later today.

Congrats Bruce!

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:22 AM   
 By:   Erik Woods   (Member)

Congratulations, Bruce!


 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   Joe Brausam   (Member)

Just ordered, this week and next week ar like a Bernstein Bonanza! Loving it!

Congrats - your releases have always been great and I can't thank you enough for all those Bernstein releases over the years!

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)

100 is a milestone , good for you Bruce smile

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   Limmerine   (Member)

Congratulations, Mr Kimmel~~
To Kritzerland as well.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:32 AM   
 By:   shureman   (Member) essential Bernstein masterpiece ! Many, many thanks, Kritzerland !

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:41 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

I think this is the best time to catch up some Kritzerland Bernsteins.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

This is wonderful news. If this doesn't sell out fast the world is flat. I hope it has a large impact on the other Elmer Bernstein's Kritzerland has in its inventory. More Bernstein's please for the future.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   Pete Apruzzese   (Member)

Ordered! And be sure to take advantage of the special deal if you don't already have that CD.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Congratulations Bruce upon reaching your 100th CD release with Kritzerland. You are celebrating (we all are!) in style with this lovely Elmer Bernstein masterpiece. It looks and sounds brilliant! Thanks and here's wishing you lots of future success...and I hope there are many more Elmer Bernstein releases coming from you!

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Love this score, but haven't listened to it in a long time, partly because of that flat, flat Spanish CD. (I can't recall the sound on the LP, which was ruined when my garage flooded.) Listening to the clips, I remember why I love this score so much.

Congratulations on a fantastic hundredth CD!

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Superb choice! there are a few interesting recordings in that infamous RCA series that probably deserve a complete overhaul, Summer and Smoke could be the finest of them all. Well done and thank you.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Glorious Score!


I've been waiting for the complete tracks for some time.

(Now, how about a complete DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS?)

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Glorious Score!


I've been waiting for the complete tracks for some time.

(Now, how about a complete DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS?)

Congrats Bruce! Wonderful release.

And John, seriously? We haven't even had this one in our hands and we're already after the next thing?

Let's just try to enjoy this before begging for more.


 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 7:57 AM   
 By:   morrifan   (Member)

Congrats, perfect #100 !
Order planned.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Bernstein captures every emotion, every subtext, every character – the loneliness, the longing, the yearning, the repression

This is a fine score and I look forward to hearing more of it. However, I question whether it "captures every character." If memory serves, the music is highly subjective. It's there to draw us inside Alma's soul. Which it does very well. Is there really any distinctive music for the mother, the the Reverend Winemiller, Dr. Buchanan's father, the salesman, and other peripheral figures?

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

This will be my third S&S recording, but it will be the best of them all. Many thanks, Bruce, and thanks for putting the music in its proper sequence. I love it!

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

It will be my first Elmer CD in collection!
Or no! It will be 2nd CD - cause I want to support Bruce, I order S&S with Special Discount Offer wink

I REALLY didn't want to order anything in next 2-3 weeks, but samples were SO are good that I haven't resisted... And another reason - I suddenly discover that I have small "stock" on my card.

 Posted:   Oct 5, 2011 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Samples sound so amazing! I watched the film recently to prepare for this but I never imagined it would sound this good. Anyone who doesn't have The Pride and the Passion/Kings go Forth should snag it with this for this fantastic bargain.

This will go great with Rampage.

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