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 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present a limited edition soundtrack CD release – three great film scores on one great CD:

ELEPHANT WALK/BOTANY BAY/STALAG 17 - FRANZ WAXMAN AT PARAMOUNT

Music Composed and Conducted by Franz Waxman

Franz Waxman at Paramount. One great composer, one great studio, and an astonishing batch of scores. If Waxman had written only Sunset Blvd. and A Place in the Sun for Paramount he would have been assured his place in the pantheon of great film composers. But he wrote many other fantastic scores for the studio as well, including Sorry, Wrong Number, Alias Nick Beal, Rope of Sand, The Furies, Dark City, Come Back, Little Sheba, Rear Window, Career, and the three scores we’re offering on this world premiere CD release: Elephant Walk, Botany Bay, and Stalag 17. The films are as different as can be, but Franz Waxman brings his musical genius to each. For all three scores we present all of the surviving musical cues.

We begin our triple bill with Elephant Walk, a Paramount picture from 1954 starring Elizabeth Taylor, which featured an outstanding score by Franz Waxman. Right from the first chords of the “Prelude,” its lush theme transporting us immediately into the world of the film, we know we are in the safe and brilliant hands of a composer at the top of his game. What follows demonstrates Waxman’s usual adeptness at capturing mood, incident and characters, including his splendid dramatic action cue for the film’s climactic “Elephant Stampede.” While it’s a shame that the entire score hasn’t survived, the cues presented here – in beautiful-sounding stereo – are an excellent representation of Waxman’s contribution to the film.

Next up is the 1953 Paramount film Botany Bay, starring Alan Ladd, James Mason, Patricia Medina, Cedric Hardwicke, and Murray Matheson. Waxman’s “Prelude and Foreword” sets the tone of the film and its tale. From there he provides a textbook on film scoring, with adventure and drama on the high seas, with heroes and villains, with drama and suspense – all with the classic Waxman sound. Happily, the majority of the score cues have survived for Botany Bay – close to forty minutes of music, all in crisp, clear mono sound.

Stalag 17, the last of our Waxman triple bill, began life as a stage play. In 1953, it was brought to the screen by Paramount Pictures and director Billy Wilder. The film starred William Holden, who won an Oscar for his performance. Stalag 17 is one of the great prisoner-of-war films, right up there with The Great Escape and The Bridge on the River Kwai, both of which came later. For the film, Franz Waxman came up with a brief but perfect score, utilizing “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” as its basis. Otherwise, it’s percussion and brief bits of scoring that work wonderfully well in the film. Again, Waxman’s innate approach to material and his knowing when music is necessary and when it isn’t is what made him one of the greatest film composers in the history of movies. The main title, with its propulsive drums and treatment of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” is the perfect start to the film. We present the surviving tracks in mono, as they were recorded.

ELEPHANT WALK/BOTANY BAY/STALAG 17 – FRANZ WAXAN AT PARAMOUNT is limited to 1000 copies only. The price is $19.98, plus shipping.

CD will ship the last week of July, but preorders placed at Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks early (we’ve been averaging four weeks). To place an order, see the cover, or hear audio samples, just visit www.kritzerland.com.


 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   franzfan   (Member)

Thanks Bruce for another fabulous release. I am having difficulty with keeping up with all the releases that I would like to purchase. Struggling under the weight of cash demands for all the new releases of late... frown But this is one that I will definitely buy!

Keep 'em coming...at a gentle pace!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   algonrei   (Member)

Awesome....

We are living a dream with all of these amazing releases

Thanks!

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

Kritzerland is proud to present it and we'll be proud owners in a few weeks' time!...

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

Three Golden Age Classics on one disc!!!

Another great release from Kritzerland.

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Waxman is among my very favorite composers. Of these films, I've only seen "Stalag 17" (great film, but I know the score is minimal). Very excited to hear all three!

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Ordered as soon as I saw the email after getting into my office. Thanks for another stellar release Bruce.

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Awesome! Simply awesome!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 1:14 PM   
 By:   Jameson281   (Member)

Outstanding. Ordered!

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

All I can say is: "WOW"!!!

Thanks Kritzerland.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Glad there are still some die hards left who truly appreciate the greats, of which Waxman was one of the greatest.

I can also mention that even though nothing is positive yet, I heard one test track of A Place in the Sun - very problematic source material, but what I heard was definitely acceptable and it was the worst of the tracks - so if everything can sound like that or better, the news just might be good.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

Glad there are still some die hards left who truly appreciate the greats, of which Waxman was one of the greatest.

I can also mention that even though nothing is positive yet, I heard one test track of A Place in the Sun - very problematic source material, but what I heard was definitely acceptable and it was the worst of the tracks - so if everything can sound like that or better, the news just might be good.



Please keep us posted Bruce on A Place in the Sun. Hope it will make it to a cd.

This new Waxman looks fantastic, and what a great cover! Ordered! smile

Bruce, any chance you can do: Victor Young at Paramount ? Please think about it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   georgefenton   (Member)

Ordered!!!!! Thanks a lot, Bruce!!

Any chance of Waxman at Paramount Vol. 2 with "Sorry, Wrong Number", "Alias Nick Beal" and "Dark City"?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 2:24 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

Ordered!!!!! Thanks a lot, Bruce!!

Any chance of Waxman at Paramount Vol. 2 with "Sorry, Wrong Number", "Alias Nick Beal" and "Dark City"?



That would be a great cd George. But only after Victor Young at Paramount vol. 1 !! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   georgefenton   (Member)

Yes, first: Victor Young at Paramount, next: Waxman at Paramount Vol 2, and then: Victor Young at Paramount Vol 2!!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

Yes, first: Victor Young at Paramount, next: Waxman at Paramount Vol 2, and then: Victor Young at Paramount Vol 2!!!!!


It's like you can read my mind George!

Bruce, are you taking this all in? big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Simply Wonderful!

Thanks Bruce!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 2:59 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I'm taking it all in and it's all on our radar, believe me. Not everything exists, but we're certainly looking at whatever does.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

I'm taking it all in and it's all on our radar, believe me. Not everything exists, but we're certainly looking at whatever does.


Thanks for the encouragement Bruce.

I'm greatly looking forward to the Waxman cd when ready! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2013 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I'm taking it all in and it's all on our radar, believe me. Not everything exists, but we're certainly looking at whatever does.


Thanks for the encouragement Bruce.

I'm greatly looking forward to the Waxman cd when ready! smile


We'll hopefully have the Waxman by next Friday.

 
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