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The Last Run/Crosscurrent/The Scorpio Letters (1971/1967)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith, Dave Grusin
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: January 2007
Catalog #: Vol. 9, No. 20
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement With Turner Classic Movies Music.

FSM presents a tripleheader of Silver Age scores from the "mod" era of the late 1960s and early 1970s: a feature film soundtrack album by Jerry Goldsmith, a TV movie score by the same composer, and a TV movie score by Dave Grusin.

The Last Run (1971) was an adventure film starring George C. Scott as a gangland driver who comes out of retirement to escort an escaped criminal and the man's girlfriend from Spain to France. The film featured picturesque Continental locations and sturdy direction from Richard Fleischer in what is essentially a character study.

Jerry Goldsmith's melodic score features a bittersweet melody for Scott's existential crisis, propulsive action cues with funk backdrops, and engaging source cues. This is Goldsmith's M-G-M Records soundtrack album of the music, which runs longer than the score as heard in the film itself (the master tapes to which are lost).

Crosscurrent (1971)—also known as The Cable Car Murder—was a busted TV pilot aired as a TV movie. Shot on location in San Francisco, the film was an ambitious attempt to give an African American actor (Robert Hooks) a starring vehicle, in this case as a homicide detective. Goldsmith's unorthodox score—performed entirely by rhythm section—is quite brief, but a jewel in its tense, angular "mod" action style. It features what would soon become Goldsmith's main title theme to Escape From the Planet of the Apes, in a rare example of the composer repeating himself.

The Scorpio Letters (1967) was a TV movie starring Alex Cord as a secret agent uncovering a blackmail ring in London and Paris. The project was the first feature-length assignment for Dave Grusin, who provided jazzy, moody music often resembling his work for The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. The score features Grusin's gift for melody and subtlety, foreshadowing his great "noir" scores of the 1970s.

This jam-packed CD is entirely in stereo with terrific sound quality, and features informative liner notes by Lukas Kendall, Alexander Kaplan and Jon Burlingame.

Jerry Goldsmith Scores on FSM
About the Composer

What to say about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), the reason so many of us are soundtrack collectors in the first place? The Los Angeles native knew early on he wanted to write music for the movies, had an extensive training in television in the 1950s (starting at CBS), and went on to an unparalleled career in the movies—capable of brilliance in every genre, and beloved by his peers and fans. FSM has released as many of his scores as we could get our hands on, from classic TV work like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to famous features (Patton) and obscure gems like The Illustrated Man and 100 Rifles...heck, make that all of them. Jerry, we love you and miss you! IMDB

Dave Grusin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Dave Grusin (b. 1934) is a composer, arranger, jazz pianist and recording artist who has made major contributions to jazz and popular music as well as film, where his deft blending of orchestra and pop music (either/or, and often both!) has enriched projects in all genres—but he is especially known for his sensitive touch for acclaimed dramas. He has also composed a number of well-known TV themes, from The Name of the Game to Baretta to St. Elsewhere. FSM has released some of his earliest work on CD, including his TV music for The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.—our pleasure, as he was pretty much great from day one. IMDB

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Crosscurrent (TV Movie)
The Scorpio Letters (TV pilot)

Leader (Conductor):
Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith, David Grusin

Bass:
Keith "Red" Mitchell

Oboe:
Gene Cipriano

Bassoon:
Charles A. Gould

Woodwinds:
Justin Gordon, Harry Klee, Ronald Langinger (aka Ronny Lang), Don Lodice (Logiudice), Ted Nash

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Herman Lebow

Trumpet:
Uan Rasey, Anthony "Tony" Terran, George Werth

Trombone:
Hoyt Bohannon, Robert Knight, Richard Noel

Piano:
Caesar Giovannini, Artie Kane, Pearl Kaufman (Goldman), Roger W. Kellaway, Michael A. Lang

Guitar:
Robert F. Bain, Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson

Fender (electric) Bass:
William Pitman

Harp:
Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk)

Accordion:
Carl Fortina

Drums:
Larry Bunker, Frank L. Carlson, John P. Guerin, Emil Radocchia (Richards)

Percussion:
Ralph Collier, Frank J. Flynn, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Joe Porcaro, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Louis Singer, Jerry D. Williams

Orchestra Manager:
James C. Whelan, Kurt E. Wolff

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