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 Posted:   Jun 2, 2002 - 9:35 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

James Fitzpatrick is the (long dead) guy who made those Technicolor MGM travelogues you see on Turner Classic Movies at Four A.M. (Did he do one that began "Now we come to the lovely, enchanted Valley of Gwangi, with its unusual fauna, found nowhere else on Earth..."?)

Ah no....

The James Fitzpatrick here was the inhouse producer for SILVA SCREEN RECORDS.

He produced most of Silva's recordngs over the last eight years.


Ford A.Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2002 - 1:34 AM   
 By:   Mack Gray 1940   (Member)

I have to disagree on which is the best version. I have both the SAE remastered version with the previously unreleased tracks (running tine 72:39 with 42 tracks) as well as the Silva Screen Bremner version (55:06). I also have the original LP mono version. I love the SAE version produced by Craig Spaulding. I paid $40 for it in Italy a few years ago and now I see it at SAE website for $17. Also their is a rare 12x12 box set version for $250 though it is the same exact CD as the $17 version. My favorite tracks -- "Night in Blanco Canyon"(previously unreleased), "McKay's Ride" and "The Major Alone"

 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2002 - 4:44 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I have to disagree on which is the best version. I have both the SAE remastered version with the previously unreleased tracks (running tine 72:39 with 42 tracks) as well as the Silva Screen Bremner version (55:06). I also have the original LP mono version. I love the SAE version produced by Craig Spaulding. I paid $40 for it in Italy a few years ago and now I see it at SAE website for $17. Also their is a rare 12x12 box set version for $250 though it is the same exact CD as the $17 version. My favorite tracks -- "Night in Blanco Canyon"(previously unreleased), "McKay's Ride" and "The Major Alone"

Yep, the box set is the same CD, but the booklet is also 12"X12" and well worth the money for the box set. I got mine on eBay for a lot less than $250, but more than $40.

What I hope to find one day is "The Mystic Warrior" with booklet....I have it without...but that booklet was a treasure and ought to have been reprinted. Hell...it's interesting enough by itself.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2002 - 4:55 PM   
 By:   George Flaxman   (Member)

My God! Galina, you'd never heard Big Country", what other delights still await you.

This is an absolutely tremendous score in all its versions.

I was at the recording sessions of the Bremner version, and no-one was aware at the time that the Main Title was a tad slow. It all sounded terrific. It was only when I heard the CD that the fault was obvious. I quickly got used to it, and now the NEW main title on the re-issue, recorded by the Prague Philharmonic sounds out-of-place. I dare say I'll get used to that as well. All Silva's Moross efforts have been superb, especially "The Mountain Road" on their first suites volume, and even more "The Jayhawkers" on Volume Two.

George Flaxman.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2002 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Originalthinkr@aol.com   (Member)

Complete recordings of THE JAYHAWKERS, and other Moross scores, are long overdue.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2002 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   Justin Doring   (Member)

"I was at the recording sessions of the Bremner version, and no-one was aware at the time that the Main Title was a tad slow. It all sounded terrific. It was only when I heard the CD that the fault was obvious. I quickly got used to it, and now the NEW main title on the re-issue, recorded by the Prague Philharmonic sounds out-of-place."

I also prefer Bremner's version of the main title. Yes the tempo is slower, but it's more satisfying in my opinion, as the faster interpretation seems far too rushed. Also, the City of Prague Philharmonic lacks the precision of the Philharmonia, and is yet another reason I prefer the Bremner version.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 3, 2002 - 11:52 PM   
 By:   Kimiakane   (Member)

My God! Galina, you'd never heard Big Country", what other delights still await you.

George Flaxman.



Well, George, I imagine that there is much more that I'm unaware of than most can believe! I think I have just touched the tip of the iceberg. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2002 - 12:20 AM   
 By:   Originalthinkr@aol.com   (Member)

So did the Titanic, and look where that led.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2002 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   Mack Gray 1940   (Member)

10 years ago I lived in Northern New Mexico near Taos. I used to put the top down in my car, pop "The Big Country" into my CD player and drive west over the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge with the music playing. Talk about being one with the earth. No better music to drive through the Southwest while listening to.....

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2002 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   Originalthinkr@aol.com   (Member)

I guess that's how you Get Your Kicks on Route Sixty-six...

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2002 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I got the orange cover release from Silva and am perfectly satisfied with that. Not a bad word from me.

 
 Posted:   Jun 11, 2002 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

The Silva CD omits unfortunately the great cue "The Hazing".

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2004 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I got the orange cover release from Silva and am perfectly satisfied with that. Not a bad word from me.

I'd give it 9/10, but one thing that concerned me was that the title track sounded different to the rest. On reading the CD notes I learned that this track was recorded later by the Prague Symphony and had a different producer. I can't understand why they did this.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2004 - 2:01 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)



I'd give it 9/10, but one thing that concerned me was that the title track sounded different to the rest. On reading the CD notes I learned that this track was recorded later by the Prague Symphony and had a different producer. I can't understand why they did this.


Because the later version is closer to the OST version, then the orignal version they recorded.


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2004 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

The re-recording is very nice and certainly one of Silva's best, but why hasn't anybody released the OST yet? I know Screen Archives issued some promo-ish version a decade ago, but back then I hadn't yet found the film music scene.

Varese has decided that some Rykodisc albums which went OOP just a couple of years ago are worthy of re-release, so why don't they attempt to tackle this score as well?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2005 - 3:58 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I re-listened to this one yesterday. As previously stated, I have the orange Silva release with Tony Bremner conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, and it's ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR - both in the sound and performance department.

From the high-energy main theme to folksy Americana tunes to solemn introspection, this is varied and entertaining throughout. Perhaps a bit intense eventually, but only slightly. Highly recommended to all fans of Western film music, and without having heard all releases of this score, I'd say this is the one to get.


 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2005 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   Melvin Stephens   (Member)

'Also their is a rare 12x12 box set version for $250'.

I was going to ask about this version. It was presented to me as a gift.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2005 - 12:32 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Because the later version is closer to the OST version, then the orignal version they recorded.

...Silva release with Tony Bremner conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, and it's ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR - both in the sound and performance department.

SOLD!
I just ordered the damn thing.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2005 - 12:51 AM   
 By:   paul rossen   (Member)

I have both releases the Silva and the SAE original tracks and its the original tracks..in mono that I prefer.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2005 - 2:40 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

I have no complaints about the Silva version, though I've never seen the movie nor heard the OST.


-Joshua

 
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