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 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a world premiere limited edition soundtrack release:


Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein

The Rat Race began life in 1949 as a Broadway play by Garson Kanin. Eleven years later, Paramount Pictures brought The Rat Race to the screen, starring Debbie Reynolds as a down-on-her-luck model and dancer, and Tony Curtis as a new to New York aspiring musician. The great supporting cast included Jack Oakie, Kay Medford, Norman Fell, and a very young Don Rickles. As with the Broadway play, several notable musicians were also in the cast – reprising his Broadway role was Joe Bushkin, and Gerry Mulligan and Sam Butera also appeared. The film was directed by Robert Mulligan (it was his second film, after Fear Strikes Out – also for Paramount), and the screenplay was by Kanin. Curtis and Reynolds deliver star performances – it’s one of Reynolds’ best performances, and the large supporting cast is wonderful (especially Rickles, who is really effective as a sleazeball). The photography of Robert Burks (at that time, Alfred Hitchcock’s regular cameraman) is stunning and Mulligan’s direction is terrific – he would, of course, go on to direct To Kill a Mockingbird just three years later.

As much of a leading character as those played by Curtis and Reynolds is the incredibly dynamic score by Elmer Bernstein. Right from the get-go, his electric, jazzy, and spectacular theme grabs you and never lets go. That theme recurs throughout the score – pulsing with the teeming life of the city, with wailing brass and insistent rhythms. Some cues keep the big-band jazzy feeling, while others are mournful and tender, as the story requires. It is, simply put, one of Bernstein’s best. Nobody did this kind of score better than Elmer Bernstein – it’s just filled with memorable melodies and stunningly gorgeous music. 1960 was a great year for Bernstein, what with The Rat Race and then one of his all-time masterpieces, The Magnificent Seven. The theme from The Rat Race enjoyed some popularity and radio play when it was recorded by cast member Sam Butera and the Witnesses.

This is the world premiere release of The Rat Race original soundtrack recording. There was an LP release of the Sam Butera version of the theme – an album called “Sam Butera and the Witnesses play the Music from The Rat Race,” but it was just the theme; the rest of the album was filled with standards. The original tapes, housed in Paramount’s vaults, were in excellent condition and we present Bernstein’s score in its entirety in stereo. In the bonus section we’ve included some mono source cues (all by Bernstein) and a couple of demos.

The Rat Race is limited to 1200 copies only. The price is $19.98, plus shipping.

CD will ship the first 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:   Sep 24, 2012 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Wonderful release, thanks Kritzerland...ordered!

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Wonderful release, thanks Kritzerland...ordered!

This one was at the top of my list when we first began our Paramount journey.

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 6:34 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

This is absolutely great news, one of Elmer's greatest main titles. My 52 year wait is over.

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

Of course...ordered!

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 6:39 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Now, how about that? Last night I watched a special screening of "Sweet Smell of Success" with the pulsating Bernstein score we know and love (and again Tony Curtis!) at the Athens International Film Festival and just a few hours later this announcement hits my computer screen!

I can't get enough of Elmer!!

Thank you for championing Elmer, Bruce!...

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Samples are terrific! I would have ordered this no matter what (love Bernstein, and love Bernstein in this mode), but now it's extra-ordered! (I have no idea what that means, either.)

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 7:39 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Vintage Bernstein? Who could resist!

Count me in!

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   shadowman   (Member)

Never saw it; never heard it; don't need to.
It's Bernstein; it's jazz; it's bought.

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 7:56 AM   
 By:   Anthony Marose   (Member)

Excellent release. Kritzerland once again provides us with some classy titles.

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   AlexCope   (Member)

I'm impressed by the excellent audio quality just from the samples alone. When that main title kicked in, it sounded like I was right there in the orchestra. And what a main title! Some of Bernstein's dramatic underscore may leave me a little cold at times, but he was a master of melody, and his main title here is just on a whole other level.

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Samples are indeed fabulous. What is the playtime of the album versus the bonus tracks?

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 8:58 AM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

Kritzerland has cost me a bunch of money lately....but don't stop!

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

Got the bundle.
Thank you, Bruce!

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

I know this score by reputation only. It's going to be all new to me when my copy arrives. This is what I call a “safe bet.” I have yet to be disappointed by any of Kritzerland's Elmer Bernstein releases, musically or sonically, and I have them all (Drango has quickly become a personal favorite — what a deep, probing score).

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Samples are indeed fabulous. What is the playtime of the album versus the bonus tracks?

The score proper in stereo runs about thirty-three minutes - it's everything Bernstein wrote. And the bonus cues, all Elmer, run about twenty minutes - the source cues are mono, but the demo and alternate are stereo.

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 10:22 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

The clips sound great. Glad to have this Bernstein "missing link" finally available, and in stereo no less!

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Ordered! More Elmer, please, Bruce! How I wish EB were here to enjoy your (and our) continuing devotion to his work.

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Ordered! More Elmer, please, Bruce! How I wish EB were here to enjoy your (and our) continuing devotion to his work.

I do, too. I have to believe he'd be happy to see these classics released for the first time. I know I am smile

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2012 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

You just had to release this now, didn't you? So much for
my daughter's liver transplant. wink This score takes priority!

ORDERED! Thanks, Bruce!

Odd how this great film has never been released on dvd.
I'm glad I recorded it from AMC several years ago, before
they went commercial.


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