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 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 262

In 1961 a group of individuals spearheaded by Fred Astaire (including Jackie Mills, Thomas Wolf and Elmer Bernstein) formed the AVA record label, and in its brief four years focused primarily on the film music of Elmer Bernstein. The most famous of these were To Kill a Mockingbird and Walk on the Wild Side. Each album was meticulously recorded in superb three-channel stereo using top Hollywood and West Coast symphony musicians, jazz, performers and soloists. In addition to using his original scores with their expert orchestrations by Leo Shuken and Jack Hayes, the composer employed top arrangers like Shorty Rogers and conducted each of the albums himself. All the records were relatively brief, with running times of 24 to 33 minutes.

A variety of reissues have appeared over the years, yet none of these were sourced from the first generation 1/2" three track masters. The first to appear during the LP era were To Kill a Mockingbird and Walk on the Wild Side—both from Citadel Records. These LP releases were, in fact, transferred from vinyl, with generous noise-reduction circuitry dampening the surface noise—along with much of the orchestral nuance and fidelity. The subsequent CDs from the Japanese SLC label followed suit by using the same sub-standard master sources. The audiophile CD label Mobile Fidelity reissued Movie and TV Themes, and while the CD was subtitled an “original master recording,” it was actually presented in mono. The Mainstream label also reissued some of the catalog on CD, sometimes padding the short releases with mostly unrelated material, but still presenting the albums either in mono or from second-generation stereo tapes. Mainstream also deleted some tracks, such as on their truncated To Kill a Mockingbird and Baby the Rain Must Fall releases. In spite of all those decades of reissue activity, not one of these legendary albums has ever been sourced from its original three-channel masters. Until now.

A two-decades-long search by Intrada has yielded every one of those precious rolls of tape (including the source for Intrada's earlier release of the complete Carpetbaggers) —intact and in pristine condition, with every vibrant audio channel present and every cue Bernstein recorded playing back in some of the most stunning audio quality of the sixties. This 3-CD set presents two albums per CD, in a musically balanced order. It is a treat to be able to preserve and present to a whole new generation of listeners this incredible set of recordings made half a century ago.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 262
Retail Price: $29.99
Available February 21
For track listing and sound samples, please visit

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:15 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Fan-freaking-tastic! Amazing release Intrada!

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   shureman   (Member)

THAT'S the Mockingbird I've waited decades to hear !!!

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:23 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

And the price is just right!

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:25 PM   
 By:   rompolompo   (Member)

Outstanding. Well done Intarda, well done.

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:33 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

This should be a really great set. For me, Walk on the Wild Side is worth the price alone, but folks shouldn't underestimate the "Movie and TV Themes" album which has terrific performances and should really be called "Movie and TV Jazz Themes".

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:33 PM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

Given that MOCKINGBIRD is trapped by the producers of the film,
This is the best recording to own.

On the back burner for me right now, though.

The previous CD from Mainstream Records coupled BABY & CARETAKERS together.
Did Intrada choose to replicate that in their collection?
Or is it a coincidence?

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:36 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Went to SAE to order this and pay through Paypal as I always do and I'm exactly 28 cents short to what I have in my Paypal account.

Don't you hate when that happens?

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:46 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

And the price is just right!

Unfortunately, with shipping and California tax, it came to $38.16. But yes, the price is good for the actual set itself.

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

It's a total of $36.20 if you live in California and order through SAE.

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Or, if you have Amazon prime, you can wait until it's up on Amazon and get free two day shipping. That's how I have been buying recent Intrada CDs.

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 7:24 PM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

It cost me a whopping $47.99!

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   Brandon Brown   (Member)

Definitely getting this!

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 8:11 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Fantastic news. I can't wait to give this set a spin, and the front/back cover design is some real eye candy. I love that color scheme. Great job, Joe!

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

I said it once and I'll say it again: fan-freaking-tastic! Intrada rules!

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

"From [the] original 1/2" three channel and 1/4" two channel stereo album session masters". That's just what I wanted to hear. Thank you, Intrada!

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)

Wow, I'm just floored by this release. I had Mockingbird on LP, and on that crappy Mainstream cd years ago... can't wait to hear it the way it was intended, along with the others (especially Walk on the Wild Side, another favorite). Hooray!

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 8:39 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I found all of these LPs in clean condition over the years, and collectively, they ran me way less than thirty dollars! I'll stick with the LPs.

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 8:49 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

See now this is the type of release that works so well. All related, all of similar quality sound, and not a huge price.

This one goes on the list easy...

 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 9:02 PM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

I already have CDs of Walk On The Wild Side and Baby The Rain Must Fall (via Mainstream), The Caretakers (the original tracks via Varese), The Carpetbaggers (both the original tracks and the LP version via Intrada) and To Kill A Mockingbird (the Varese re-recording conducted by Bernstein). Is there a legitimate reason to double dip?

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