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MGM Soundtrack Treasury (1959-1983)
Music by John Addison, William Alwyn, Georges Auric, Richard Rodney Bennett, Roy Budd, Adolph Deutsch, Neal Hefti, Kenyon Hopkins, Francis Lai, Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel, Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani, Andre Previn, Nelson Riddle, Lalo Schifrin
MGM Soundtrack Treasury MGM Soundtrack Treasury
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Price: $295.00
Limited #: 1200
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Line: Box Sets
CD Release: August 2008
Catalog #: FSM Box 3
# of Discs: 12

From Beyond Your Wildest Possible Soundtrack Wish-List...

Around the Corner of Anything You Would Ever Expect to Be Released...

Down the Hall of Your Most Ridiculous CD Fantasy...

It’s...THE MGM TREASURY COLLECTION!

FSM’s third box set, the MGM Treasury Collection, features 20 scores from the United Artists film library and record catalog. Many of these titles are long-treasured LPs that looked like they would never make it to CD...Billion Dollar Brain by Richard Rodney Bennett...How to Murder Your Wife by Neal Hefti...Charge of the Light Brigade by John Addison...The 7th Dawn by Riz Ortolani...The Final Option by Roy Budd...it is likely that every collector will have his own set of favorites!

All of the titles have been remastered from the best-possible stereo source tapes in the MGM archives, with these exceptions: Goodbye Again and Shake Hands With the Devil are in “electronic” (simulated) stereo; and the two Ennio Morricone scores are in mono, with The Hills Run Red largely taken from vinyl (the only source for the recording). For most of the scores (and the United Artists catalog in general), the album masters are the only surviving recordings, but complete masters were located for The Fugitive Kind (Kenyon Hopkins) and The Happy Ending (Michel Legrand) allowing complete-score presentations. Finally, Pussycat, Pussycat I Love You (Lalo Schifrin) and Hornets’ Nest make their debut presentations in complete form. Two additional notes: The Glory Guys (Riz Ortolani) is the LP re-recording, but bonus tracks have been added from the London session masters, and The Final Option is a hybrid of the Varese Sarabande and Milan LP programs (containing all of the tracks).

Unlike our first two box sets—Elmer Bernstein’s Film Music Collection and Superman: The Music—the MGM Treasury Collection is not packaged with a deluxe book. Instead, the box set comes with two “clamshell” or butterfy cases—each containing six discs—and a 48-page booklet containing album covers, track lists, credits and a short introduction.

FSM has not abdicated its responsibility in providing the world’s most obsessively complete and detailed liner notes! Comprehensive liner notes to all 20 scores are presented as online notes on our website...for free! Simply go here to begin reading and learning about these classic scores. (By publishing the liner notes only, we are able to offer this box set for $129.95 rather than the $199.95 of the Elmer Bernstein set. That’s a $70 savings and, we think, the right way to present this rare and highly eclectic material.)

The liner notes will stay on our website indefinitely but the box set itself is sure to go fast—only 1,200 are being pressed. Buy one now so you can own The Final Option...and not face your own “final option” in high prices on ebay!

 

The Apartment LP

     How to Murder Your Wife LP

          The Fugitive Kind LP

               Goodbye Again LP

                    Shake Hands With the Devil LP

                         Billion Dollar Brain LP

                               The Honey Pot LP

                                    Charge of the Light Brigade LP

                                         Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You LP

                                              Hornets' Nest LP

                                                   The Hills Run red LP

                                                        The Glory Guys LP

                                                             The 7th Dawn LP

                                                                  The Final Option LP

                                                                       Hannibal Brooks LP

                                                                            The Fortune Cookie LP

                                                                                 Duel at Diablo LP

                                                                                     The Russians Are Coming LP

                                                                                          Rage to Live LP

                                                                                              Happy Ending LP

John Addison Scores on FSM
About the Composer

English composer John Addison (1920-1998) lent his sophisticated—one is tempted to call it "erudite"—symphonic style to such notable pictures as Tom Jones, Hitchcock's Torn Curtain (replacing Bernard Herrmann), Sleuth, Swashbuckler, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution and A Bridge Too Far. He also wrote the memorable theme to TV's Murder, She Wrote and composed for the stage and concert hall.IMDB

William Alwyn Scores on FSM
About the Composer

William Alwyn (1905-1985) was a prolific English composer who scored over 70 films from 1941-1963 in the U.K., including Odd Man Out, Desert Victory, Fires Were Started, The History of Mr. Polly, The Master of Ballantrae, The Black Tent and The Crimson Pirate. He also composed for the concert hall. IMDB

Georges Auric Scores on FSM
About the Composer

French composer Georges Auric (1899-1983) was a child prodigy who parlayed his relationship with Jean Cocteau (and other influential French artists and composers like Erik Satie and Arthur Honegger) into scores for many of Cocteau's classics like the 1946 Beauty and the Beast. With over 130 scores to his credit—mostly in France but also England (The Queen of Spades) and Hollywood (Roman Holiday)—he is easily one of the most accomplished composers of his generation. IMDB

Richard Rodney Bennett Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Sir Richard Rodney Bennett (b. 1936) is one of England's finest musicians, with an accomplished career in film, the concert hall and jazz (as a composer and pianist). His best known film scores include Far From the Madding Crowd, Secret Ceremony, Murder on the Orient Express, Enchanted April and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Although accomplished in a wide variety of styles, his film work is especially lauded for its delicacy and taste. IMDB

Roy Budd Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Roy Budd (1947-1993) was a child prodigy—a breathtaking jazz pianist—who burst onto the film scoring scene while still in his early twenties, writing a string of bluesy and utterly catchy scores to crime thrillers like Get Carter, Fear Is the Key, The Stone Killer and The Black Windmill. Away from urban jazz, he wrote memorable scores to Soldier Blue (a western), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (fantasy) and The Wild Geese (WWII). He more or less abandoned film scoring as the 1980s progressed—though he did write a complete score to the 1925 silent The Phantom of the Opera—and tragically died young (aged 46) of a cerebral hemorrhage. IMDB

Adolph Deutsch Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Adolph Deutsch (1897-1980) was an English composer who came to the U.S. to work in dance bands and on Broadway, moving to Hollywood in 1937 on a contract with Warner Bros.; he later was part of the M-G-M music department under Johnny Green. Overall, he worked on numerous projects during Hollywood's Golden Age, including such screen classics as The Maltese Falcon, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and The Apartment. IMDB

Neal Hefti Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Neal Hefti (1922-2008) parlayed a big band and songwriting career into an influential run as a film and TV composer largely in the 1960s, when he wrote the famous "Batman" and "The Odd Couple" themes. He had a knack for melody and instrumental color in the Mancini-era of sophisticated pop/orchestral scoring for "light" adult subject matter—but he could also do other genres, as with the western Duel at Diablo. Everything he laid his hands on ended up with a polished, fresh and tuneful sound.IMDB

Kenyon Hopkins Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Kenyon Hopkins (1912-1983) was an important composer in the late 1950s, early 1960s evolution of dramatic scores (often for stage adaptations) from fully symphonic to intimate, jazz-influenced chamber works, as on Baby Doll, 12 Angry Men, The Fugitive Kind and others. He also composed several concept albums and from 1970-1973 was head of music at Paramount Television.IMDB

Francis Lai Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Francis Lai (b. 1932) has scored over 100 films and TV productions from the mid-1960s to mid-2000s in the French film industry. His gift for lilting Continental melody gave him international pop hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s, most notably A Man and a Woman and the Oscar-winning Love Story.IMDB

Michel Legrand Scores on FSM
About the Composer

French composer Michel Legrand (b. 1932) is a heralded composer, songwriter and performer whose film projects range from seminal "new wave" films of the 1950s and '60s to Hollywood projects like The Thomas Crown Affair and Ice Station Zebra, capable of everything from traditional symphonic scores to offbeat pop and classical approaches. He was particularly tuned into the pop Zeitgeist in the late 1960s and early '70s, and often performed (piano and voice) on his soundtracks. He continues to stay active as a composer and performer for film, records and concerts. IMDB

Johnny Mandel Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Johnny Mandel (b. 1925) is one of the most heralded composers, arrangers and songwriters in American music. As a film composer, he brought a sophisticated, intimate sound to 1960s dramas such as The Americanization of Emily and The Sandpiper, released by FSM along with Drums of Africa in a 3CD set. His arrangements for artists like Frank Sinatra and Count Basie (and many more) are legendary. His film and TV credits also include MASH (and its famous theme), Being There and The Verdict. IMDB

Ennio Morricone Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Italian composer Ennio Morricone (b. 1928) is one of the most legendary and prolific composers in the history of cinema, from his "spaghetti" westerns to heralded dramatic scores (The Mission, Once Upon a Time in America—and over 400 others). From his pop inventions of the 1960s and '70s to his timeless, elegiac and poetic symphonic works, he is a towering figure not only in movie music, but pop culture and contemporary music—and highly influential in several fields. IMDB

Riz Ortolani Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Riz Ortolani (b. 1931) is an Italian composer with over 200 films to his credit—and still going strong today. His best known work for film may be the first, the 1962 Mondo Cane and its award-winning song, "More." His English-language films include The 7th Dawn, The Yellow Rolls-Royce and The Glory Guys. IMDB

Andre Previn Scores on FSM
About the Composer

André Previn (b. 1929) famously broke into film scoring at M-G-M while still a teenager—he was a child prodigy as a classical and jazz pianist who took to composing and arranging as well. In his twenties and thirties he scored numerous films and acted as music director for famous movie musicals like Gigi, Porgy and Bess and My Fair Lady. He largely retired from film in the late 1960s—fed up with Hollywood—to pursue a career as a classical conductor; he has also written operas and stayed active as a recording artist. Previn's early work as a film composer (much of it on obscure projects) is of startlingly high quality and FSM will continue to release it where possible. IMDB

Nelson Riddle Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Nelson Riddle (1921-1985) is perhaps the greatest arranger of all time; his work for Frank Sinatra alone is legendary. His film and TV credits include theatrical outgrowths of his Rat Pack music (the original Ocean's Eleven), longrunning '60s and '70s TV series like Route 66Batman (of which FSM released the feature film version) and Emergency, and TV movies and miniseries extending into the 1980s. IMDB

Lalo Schifrin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Lalo Schifrin (b. 1932) is an Argentinean-born composer, conductor, arranger and pianist who has made a major impact on film, TV, the concert hall and jazz stage. He parlayed an early career as a pianist and arranger for Dizzy Gillespie into a run as one of the hottest film and TV composers of the 1960s and '70s, with projects such as Mission: Impossible, Bullitt, Dirty Harry, Cool Hand Luke, Enter the Dragon and more. His more recent films include the popular Rush Hour series. He is beloved for his Latin jazz but is also an accomplished classical composer and conductor with ongoing recording, composing and performing projects.IMDB

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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Leader (Conductor):
Michel Legrand

Violin:
Israel Baker, George Berres, Joachim Chassman, Herman Clebanoff, David Frisina, Irving Geller, Thelma Hanau (Beach), Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Jacob Krachmalnick, Bernard Kundell, Marvin Limonick, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Irma W. Neumann, Stanley Plummer, Nathan Ross, Ralph Schaeffer, Joseph Stepansky, Gerald Vinci, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel)

Viola:
Myer Bello, Alvin Dinkin, Allan Harshman, Robert Ostrowsky, Milton Thomas

Cello:
Justin DiTullio, Armand Kaproff, Edgar Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Emmet Sargeant, Frederick R. Seykora

Bass:
Raymond M. "Ray" Brown, Charles L. Domanico, Abraham Luboff, Peter A. Mercurio, Ray Siegel

Woodwinds:
Gene Cipriano, Dominick Fera, Arthur Gleghorn, Justin Gordon, Norman H. Herzberg, Harry Klee, Arnold Koblentz, Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), John Lowe, Jack Nimitz, Thomas W. Scott, C. E. "Bud" Shank

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, David A. Duke, Richard E. Perissi, Henry Sigismonti, Ralph Zeitlin

Trumpet:
John Audino, Austin "Bud" Brisbois, W. Pete Candoli, Paul T. Hubinon, Anthony "Tony" Terran, Graham Young

Trombone:
Richard "Dick" Nash, Barrett O'Hara, George M. Roberts, Frank Rosolino, Lloyd E. Ulyate

Tuba:
John T. "Tommy" Johnson, Ray Siegel

Piano:
Artie Kane, Ray Sherman

Guitar:
Laurindo Almeida, Robert F. Bain, Carol Kaye, Bernie K. Lewis, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Fender (electric) Bass:
Carol Kaye

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Accordion:
Carl Fortina

Percussion:
Larry Bunker, Francisco De Souza, Frank "Hico" Guerrero, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Joe Porcaro, Kenneth E. Watson

Orchestra Manager:
Robert Helfer

Copyist:
Lloyd Basham, Jack Dulong, Jack Furlong, Albert Glasser, Leonard D. Graves, Lloyd B. Luhman, Robert L. Manrique, Barrett O'Hara, Robert Sepherd, Aime Vereecke, Ricardo Vettraino

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