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Wild Rovers (1971)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Wild Rovers Wild Rovers
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Price: $49.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: September 2003
Catalog #: Vol. 6, No. 15
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

The Hollywood western gasped its last breaths in the late 1960s with revisionist classics with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Wild Bunch. In 1971 Blake Edwards wrote and directed a Hollywood "anti-western" if there ever was one: Wild Rovers, in which William Holden and Ryan O'Neal play a pair of down-and-out cowhands who rob a bank and make a run for Mexico.

Although Edwards had a longstanding relationship with Henry Mancini (Peter Gunn, The Pink Panther), he turned to Jerry Goldsmith for Wild Rovers, having been impressed with Goldsmith's ability to score character in Patton (1970, FSMCD Vol. 2, No. 2). Edwards sought an Aaron Coplandesque effort which would treat authentic cowboy songs in the symphonic idiom, and Goldsmith responded with a theme-and-variations approach which even utilizes the same folk song elements ("Goodbye Old Paint") as Copland's ballet, Billy the Kid.

The result is a melodic and pleasing score that ranks as one of Goldsmith's finest in the Americana idiom. The cues range from authentically "folksy" to fully symphonic and "Coplandesque"; like Patton, the score is brief and focused on its almost monothematic personality, but not without modernistic action cues—such as "Cattle vs. Sheep," for the death of Karl Malden's rancher.

Previous LP and CD releases of Wild Rovers have been a London re-recording, with two songs performed by Ellen Smith (actually Ellen Goldsmith, the composer's daughter). This definitive CD features the the complete, Los Angeles-recorded underscore (never before released), including the unused title song performed by Sheb Wooley; followed by the complete London album recording (including the "Friendly Advice" track from the 1986 MCA LP, resequenced as Goldsmith intended); and then two bonus tracks of source music vocals from the film—all in stereo.

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
Instruments/Musicians
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Leader (Conductor):
Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith

Violin:
Israel Baker, Henry Arthur Brown, Herman Clebanoff, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), Elliot Fisher, Debbie Sue Grossman, Mort Herbert, Anatol Kaminsky, Jacob Krachmalnick, Marvin Limonick, Paul Lowenkron, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Alexander Murray, Irma W. Neumann, Stanley Plummer, Ralph Schaeffer, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson, Joseph Stepansky, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel)

Viola:
Cecil Figelski, Allan Harshman, Myra Kestenbaum, Yukiko Kurakata (Kamei), Alex Neiman, Robert Ostrowsky, Joseph Reilich, Milton Thomas

Cello:
Joseph DiTullio, Justin DiTullio, Ernest F. Ehrhardt, Marie Fera, Igor Horoshevsky, Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Emmet Sargeant, John Ryan Selberg, Frederick R. Seykora, Eleanor Slatkin

Bass:
Milton Kestenbaum, Abraham Luboff, Peter A. Mercurio

Flute:
Burnett Atkinson, Arthur Hoberman, Sheridon W. Stokes

Ocarina:
Harry Klee

Oboe:
Norman Benno, John F. Ellis, Arnold Koblentz, Gordon Pope

Clarinet:
Dominick Fera, Gary G. Gray, John Neufeld

Bassoon:
Norman H. Herzberg, Jack Marsh, Ray Nowlin

French Horn:
James A. Decker, Vincent N. DeRosa, William A. Hinshaw, Richard E. Perissi

Trumpet:
Malcolm Boyd McNab, Donald Robert Stoltz, Graham Young

Trombone:
Milton Bernhart, Richard "Dick" Nash, Phillip A. Teele

Piano:
Caesar Giovannini, Artie Kane

Guitar:
Laurindo Almeida, Robert F. Bain, Frank Hamilton

Harp:
Dorothy S. Remsen

Autoharp:
Frank Hamilton

Harmonica:
Tommy Morgan

Accordion:
Carl Fortina

Percussion:
Dale L. Anderson, Larry Bunker, Harold L. "Hal" Rees, Louis Singer, Kenneth E. Watson

Arranger:
Arthur Morton

Orchestra Manager:
Lloyd Basham

Copyist:
Ray Mace

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