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Patton/ The Flight of the Phoenix (1965/1970)
Music by Frank De Vol, Jerry Goldsmith
Patton/ The Flight of the Phoenix Patton/ The Flight of the Phoenix Patton/ The Flight of the Phoenix
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Price: $29.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: April 1999
Catalog #: Vol. 2, No. 2
# of Discs: 1

This two-on-one CD from the 20th Century Fox archives features the first-ever release of one of Jerry Goldsmith's most famous soundtracks, plus a little-known gem by the underrated Frank DeVol—all in stereo.

Jerry Goldsmith's Patton (1970) is, by any standard, one of the most moving, effective and memorable film scores ever written. A model of economy and judicious spotting, the score clocks in at little more than a half hour in length, yet its brilliant musical definition of General Patton and stunning evocations of both the glories and horrors of warfare give it the stature of an epic work. From the jaunty Patton march to the echoplexed trumpet triplets that conjure up the ghosts of an ancient, martial past, to eerie depictions of the film's desolate battlefields, this is an unforgettable effort. Previous LP and CD releases have all been re-recordings; this release presents Goldsmith's original score as recorded for the film, with the original echoplexed trumpets fully intact.

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) is a superbly acted adventure film from Robert Aldrich, director of The Dirty Dozen, about a cargo plane that crashes in the Sahara desert, and the desperate efforts of its passengers (led by pilot Jimmy Stewart and an eccentric German engineer played by Hardy Krueger) to construct a flyable aircraft out of the plane's wreckage. Veteran composer Frank DeVol's rousing, kinetic score launches the action with a thrilling, staccato main title, afterwards supplying music which carefully delineates the film's sharply drawn conflicts and the characters' unified struggle against the encroaching threat of the desert. Everything leads to a nail-biting climax that marks a high point for both the composer and director Aldrich.

A classic Jerry Goldsmith treasure (complete score: 35:53) plus an obscure, highly enjoyable Frank DeVol adventure work (40:31)—both remixed from the Fox vaults and lovingly presented on one CD. The 16-page booklet features stills from the Fox archives and liner notes by Jeff Bond.

Frank De Vol Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Frank De Vol (1911-1999) was a bandleader, songwriter, composer and arranger who regularly scored the films of director Robert Aldrich; two of their collaborations, The Flight of the Phoenix and The Dirty Dozen, have been released by FSM. He also wrote a great deal of music for television (including the The Brady Bunch theme) and appeared on film and TV as a character actor, such as in the 1977 series Fernwood 2 NightIMDB

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

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Track List
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Flight of the Phoenix

Leader (Conductor):
Frank DeVol, Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith

Victor Arno, Israel Baker, George Berres, Harry Bluestone, Henry Arthur Brown, Joachim Chassman, Kurt Dieterle, Adolph DiTullio, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), David Frisina, James Getzoff, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, Louis Kaufman, Marvin Limonick, Joseph Livoti, Paul Lowenkron, Dan Lube, Erno Neufeld, Irma W. Neumann, Joseph Quadri, Lou Raderman, Aaron B. Rosenzweig, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson, Joseph Stepansky, Robert "Bob" Sushel

Myer Bello, Alvin Dinkin, Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Jan Hlinka, Virginia Majewski, Alex Neiman, Sven Reher, Paul Robyn

Naoum Benditzky, Joseph Coppin, Douglas L. Davis, Joseph DiTullio, Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten, Kurt Reher, Nino Rosso, Walter Rower, Gloria Strassner

Milton Kestenbaum, Peter A. Mercurio, Meyer (Mike) Rubin, Kenneth Winstead

Arthur Hoberman, Luella Howard, Abe Most

Norman Benno, William Kosinski, Gordon Pope, Gordon Schoneberg

Edmund Samuel Chassman, Russell Cheever, William "Buddy" Collette, William E. Green, Abe Most, Jerome B. Nuzzi, Hugo Raimondi, William A. Ulyate

Don Christlieb, Jack Marsh, Ray Nowlin

Plas Johnson

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent N. DeRosa, Fred Fox, William A. Hinshaw, Arthur Maebe, Jr., Richard E. Perissi, Gale H. Robinson, Harry Schmidt, Henry Sigismonti

Frank Beach, John Clyman, Robert Fowler, Carroll "Cappy" Lewis, Leonard Mach, Oliver Mitchell, George Werth

John Bambridge, Sr., Ray Klein, Edward Kusby, Richard "Dick" Nash, James Priddy, Sr., Kenneth Shroyer, Phillip A. Teele

John T. "Tommy" Johnson, Clarence Karella

Geri Galian, Artie Kane, Urban Thielmann, Raymond Turner

Anita Priest

Laurindo Almeida, Robert F. Bain, Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson

Nicolai P. Bolin, Steve Crlenica, Vasil Crlenica, Max Gralnick, Ramez Idriss, Herman Mariani, William Nadel, Robert Roberti, Sergi Rodionoff, Philip Smith, Leon Stewart

Anne Stockton (Mason)

Carl Fortina

Archibald Craig, Willam Currie, Dan Hood, Bessie Jones, Peter Kapp, Alex MacGillvary, Janet MacLean, Martin MacLean, James McColl

Larry Bunker, Ralph Collier, Richard Cornell, Frank J. Flynn, Frank "Hico" Guerrero, Milton Holland, Harold L. "Hal" Rees

John Stamatis

Gilbert C. Grau, Jerrold E. Immel, Jack K. Pleis, Albert Woodbury

Urban Thielmann

Louis M. Behm, Howard W. Drew, Alexander Gerens, Wally Heglin, Jerrold E. Immel, Ernest Rosecrans

Fred Combattente

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