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Hunters Are for Killing (1970)
Music by Jerry Fielding
Hunters Are for Killing Hunters Are for Killing
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 2000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: August 2010
Catalog #: Vol. 13, No. 11
# of Discs: 1

Jerry Fielding carved out a special niche for himself in the 1970s, scoring numerous films with strong, masculine protagonists fighting both inner and outer demons. His intensely personal and idiosyncratic style—informed by concert-hall modernism as well as his own jazz background—was a perfect musical foil for films by Sam Peckinpah (The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs), Michael Winner (Lawman, The Mechanic) and Clint Eastwood (The Outlaw Josey Wales).

Leading off that series of iconic scores, however, was Fielding’s little-known music for a telefilm which debuted on CBS on March 12, 1970. Starring Burt Reynolds, Suzanne Pleshette and Melvyn Douglas, Hunters Are for Killing mixed elements of film noir (an ex-con revisiting his past and unjustly accused of murder) with more standard dramatic entanglements.

Fielding’s score practically gushes with imagination: it integrates lush romantic strings (a throwback to his sunnier 1960s scores like Advise & Consent), a plaintive “Americana” theme voiced by solo accordion, delightful source cues, and even his own trademark “laughing trombones” (which many fans will recognize from Star Trek’s “The Trouble with Tribbles”). The uptempo main theme is the same mixed-meter jazz piece that he used as the theme to Matt Helm (1975 telefilm) and The Big Sleep (1978). Virtually unknown, Hunters Are for Killing is a terrific Fielding score that will thrill his fans.

This premiere CD of the complete Hunters Are for Killing soundtrack is newly remastered from monaural dub-downs stored at UCLA in their holdings of the CBS music library. The booklet, designed by Joe Sikoryak, features both an appreciative and insightful essay on Fielding’s unique contribution to film music and a track-by-track analysis of the score by Lukas Kendall.

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About the Composer

Jerry Fielding (1922-1980) was one of cinema's most distinctive voices in the 1960s and especially '70s, the perfect musical complement to the films of Sam Peckinpah, Michael Winner, Clint Eastwood and others. His scores are marked by modernism and intricate orchestrations but also a poetic beauty and intensity—an appropriate accompaniment to the decade's strange and often sad (but never sentimental) criminals and antiheroes, be they in westerns (The Wild Bunch) or crime films. He was, however, capable of numerous styles (he was a former Vegas bandleader), and wrote a great number of scores (from sticoms to dramas to sci-fi) for television. IMDB

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HUNTERS ARE FOR KILLING by Jerry Fielding

Film Score Monthly proudly presents this 2000 edition release from the 1970 CBS television production!

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/14244/HUNTERS-ARE-FOR-KILLING/

Didnt think I knew the score but listening to the samples I do. Wonderful.

I recognise the main title for sure - anyone know if it was used by Fielding for anything else?



somebody posted only just the other day on a Fielding thread how impressive this one is and how great it would be to get a release!!

Ah, I found the line: It was Graham S Watt on the top ten Fielding scores thread: He said: "Oh, and don't you know that HUNTERS ARE FOR KILLING should be everybody's favourite Jerry Fielding score on CD?..."

He will be pleased.



More Fielding!

This is a really fantastic disc, Lukas! Though, these releases -- once again -- are just too much, too often. I mean -- two more from Intrada in the same day. This will unfortunately have to wait, and @ 2000 units, hopefully it stays around for a while. Kimmel -- please, strike yet another bolt against this plague of announcements! I can't stand having to make these quick decisions -- ultimately losing out on good stuff.

Wow, I'll be getting this one! I remember watching this film, on late night TV many years ago and remember I enjoyed it. I think it's a good idea announcing this on the same evening as the new Intrada's as it gives folks the opportunity of doubling up orders and saving on postage costs.

Nice ! But, what is the old dude from UP doing on the cover??

This a really fantastic disc, Lukas! Though, these releases -- once again -- are just too much, too often. I mean -- two more from Intrada in the same day. This will unfortunately have to wait, and @ 2000 units, hopefully it stays around for a while. Kimmel -- please, strike yet another bolt against this plague of announcements! I can't stand having to make these quick decisions -- ultimately losing out on good stuff.[/endquote]


Speak for yourself, I say: KEEP THEM COMING!

I'm unable to buy any more CDs right now, but kudos on another Fielding release. I hope to be able to get it in a month or two, perhaps...

More Fielding, even if it's The Big Sleep's "older brother", is always welcome!

Great timing on this one, as I won't have 'net access after Wednesday.

More Fielding is always cause for celebration!

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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Leader (Conductor):
Jerry Fielding, Don Ray, Morton Stevens

Violin:
Samuel Albert, George Berres, Henry Arthur Brown, Samuel Fordis, Jacques Gasselin, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, George Kast, Marvin Limonick, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul C. Shure, Gerald Vinci

Viola:
Rollice Dale, Alvin Dinkin, Allan Harshman, Robert Ostrowsky

Cello:
Marie Fera, Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten

Bass:
George "Red" Callender, Milton Kestenbaum, Joseph Mondragon

Woodwinds:
Dale Brown, Gene Cipriano, Robert W. Cooper, Dominick Fera, Arthur Gleghorn, Norman H. Herzberg, Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), Lanny Morgan, C. E. "Bud" Shank

French Horn:
James A. Decker, Henry Sigismonti

Trumpet:
John Audino, W. Pete Candoli, Carroll "Cappy" Lewis, Vito Mangano, Clyde Reasinger

Trombone:
Milton Bernhart, Gilbert Falco, Francis L. "Joe" Howard, Charles C. Loper, Richard "Dick" Nash, George M. Roberts, William Schaefer, Thomas Shepard, Lloyd E. Ulyate

Piano:
Artie Kane, John Jack Latimer

Guitar:
Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson, Trefoni "Tony" Rizzi, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco, Alfred Viola

Harp:
Verlye Brilhart-Mills

Harmonica:
Tommy Morgan

Accordion:
Carl Fortina

Percussion:
Larry Bunker, John Cyr, John P. Guerin, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Kenneth E. Watson

Orchestrator:
Jerry Fielding, Greig McRitchie, Leonard "Lennie" Niehaus, Don Ray

Orchestra Manager:
Herman Berardinelli

Copyist:
Janet Guy, Jerrold E. Immel, Edward E. Ocnoff

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