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A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
Music by John Williams
A Guide for the Married Man A Guide for the Married Man
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: July 2000
Catalog #: Vol. 3, No. 5
# of Discs: 1

FSM Silver Age Classics is pleased to present a heretofore unreleased score by John Williams, 1967's A Guide for the Married Man. During the first decade of his career in Hollywood, Williams scored no fewer than eight comedy films. While the classiest was William Wyler's How to Steal a Million (and the biggest turkey was John Goldfarb, Please Come Home), perhaps the downright funniest was A Guide for the Married Man, directed by Gene Kelly and starring Walter Matthau and Robert Morse. Matthau plays Paul Manning, who is being tutored in the ways of marital infidelity by his friend Ed Stander (Morse). Each lesson in how not to get caught cheating on your wife is illustrated by a vignette starring one or more big-name guest stars, including Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Art Carney, Carl Reiner, Phil Silvers and many others.

The year 1967 was an important turning point in John Williams' career. He would soon leave Hollywood for significant periods of time, working in England on the screen musicals Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Fiddler on the Roof, and scoring the TV movies Heidi and Jane Eyre. These projects proved to be stepping-stones to more high-profile assignments upon his return to the United States, beginning with The Reivers and The Cowboys. The year also marked the beginning of a 25-year partnership with orchestrator Herbert Spencer, and was the last year he would be credited on screen as "Johnny" Williams.

Williams's score for A Guide for the Married Man is a veritable catalog of the diverse styles in which he had become adept at writing over the previous decade: everything from goofy, faux-hip source music to bold orchestral scoring featuring brass fanfares and his trademark woodwind runs. The film's episodic nature provided Williams with an opportunity to showcase his blossoming talent in a way few other films could: many of the "instruction" sequences play without dialogue and are carried by Williams's beautifully finessed music—many with their own new melody for the unique sequence. Astute listeners will note many instances that foreshadow the music he would provide a decade later for space epics and adventure films—as well as moments that recall his earlier stylized writing from Lost in Space.

Until now, the only music available from A Guide for the Married Man was the title song, as performed by The Turtles. Our CD release includes Williams' complete score in stereo, restored and sequenced in predominantly chronological order by Michael Matessino; the title song performed by The Turtles; and a bonus section of nearly 15 minutes of damaged or unused cues and alternate takes, including a hilarious, never-before-heard rendition of the title song performed by a studio chorus.

This album not only fills an important void for the John Williams completist, it serves to introduce a neglected entry in Williams' filmography to a wide audience, and provides a fascinating glimpse at musical ideas that would later become famous in everything from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace.

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About the Composer

John Williams (b. 1932) is not only the composer of most of the biggest blockbusters of all time—including Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, the Indiana Jones films, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and many more, many of them directed by Steven Spielberg—but he has transcended film music to become the world's most famous living composer, and an American institution. His popular symphonic scores are so iconic that they often overshadow the fact that he has been equally proficient at sophisticated, adult fare (Schindler's List, Images) and had a successful career in composing (for television and often comedy features), arranging and performing well before he even met Steven Spielberg. FSM, like most labels, will release everything it can of Williams's music, and has concentrated (for reasons of availability) on his early years as "Johnny" Williams when he was doing sterling work on relatively little-known television and films—always with an amazing attention to melody and detail. In fact, his early works are fascinating for the ways in which they foreshadow his later, world-renowned efforts. IMDB

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Leader (Conductor):
Nicholas DeCaro, John T. Williams

Victor Arno, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, George Berres, Harry Bluestone, Joachim Chassman, John Devoogdt, Kurt Dieterle, Adolph DiTullio, Anatol Kaminsky, Louis Kaufman, William Kurasch, Paul Lowenkron, Leonard Malarsky, Erno Neufeld, Irma W. Neumann, George E. Poole, Lou Raderman, Ralph Schaeffer, Sidney Sharp, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson

Myer Bello, Alvin Dinkin, Alex Neiman, Gareth D. Nuttycombe, Sven Reher, Darrel Terwilliger, Irving Weinper

Joseph Coppin, Joseph DiTullio, Hyman Gold, Raymond J. Kelley, Edgar Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Harold Schneier

James H. Bryant, Joseph Mondragon, Ray Pohlman, Meyer (Mike) Rubin, Kenneth Winstead

Arthur Hoberman, William H. Hood, Luella Howard, Plas Johnson, Harry Klee, Jay Migliori, Sheridon W. Stokes

Gordon Pope

Russell Cheever, Dominick Fera, Teddy Krise, Abe Most, William A. Ulyate

Don Christlieb

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent N. DeRosa, Harry Schmidt

John Audino, Roy V. Caton, John Clyman, Ralph Fera, Robert Fowler, Emanuel "Manny" Klein, Oliver Mitchell, Donald Robert Stoltz, Anthony "Tony" Terran

Charles D. Goodwin, Dick Hyde, Ray Klein, Lewis Melvin McCreary, Richard "Dick" Nash, Phillip A. Teele, David Howard Wells

Clarence Karella

James W. Bunn, Artie Kane, Gary H. Klein, Joan Steele Magaldi, Urban Thielmann

Robert F. Bain, Frank DeCaro, Bernie K. Lewis, Howard Roberts, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco, Edmund L. Thigpen

Fender (electric) Bass:
Charles C. Berghofer

Anne Stockton (Mason)

Carl Fortina

Larry Bunker, Richard Cornell, Gene Paul Estes, Frank J. Flynn, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Andrew "Sonny" Olivera, Harold L. "Hal" Rees, Jerry D. Williams

James H. Bryant, Alexander Courage, Gilbert C. Grau

Frank Comstock, Herbert W. Spencer

Urban Thielmann

Gene Bren, Barbara Calderwood, Wallick Dean, Joseph Estren, Ralph Fera, Camillo Fidelibus, Dominic John Fidelibus, Alexander Gerens, Jack Gruberman, Wally Heglin, Ivan Lane, Robert L. Reid, Edgar Roemheld, Jr., Ernest Rosecrans

Fred Combattente

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