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 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 4:56 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)



JOHNNY TREMAIN
Music by GEORGE BRUNS
INTRADA ISC 425

Intrada's latest release from the vast Walt Disney catalog stretches back to 1957, with George Bruns' music for Johnny Tremain. Bruns is best remembered for his scores to 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, and his adaptation of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. With the release of Johnny Tremain, Intrada brings focus to his scoring for live-action films. Unlike the current and often non-thematic nature of today's film music, Walt Disney loved prominent melody. To that end, Bruns ensured that the Tremain score was built around two main themes. One theme is for Tremain himself — a four-note motif constructed around the syllables of the character’s name, often played in emotional, legato strings. But hero of the story or not, the centerpiece of the score is the second theme — a rousing march entitled "Liberty Tree."

An album had been released contemporaneously with the film, featuring a re-recorded 20-minute suite of music from the film on one side. The performance closely adhered to its soundtrack counterpart, but with more of a studio acoustic. The other side included traditional patriotic songs. For this release, Intrada leveraged the complete mono scoring masters made at the Walt Disney Scoring Stage back in 1957 as well as the Bruns program side of the LP.

The film was originally filmed for television, scheduled to be shown in two parts on the Disneyland show in February 1957. But after investing a considerable amount of money in the film, Disney decided to edit the footage into a theatrical release prior to showing it on television. The story tells of Johnny Tremain (Hal Stalmaster), an apprentice silversmith, who, after a fire disfigures his hands and he loses his position, joins the rebellion against the British in the fight for independence.

INTRADA ISC 425
Barcode: 720258542502
Retail Price: $19.99
Ships February 28th
For track listing and sound samples, please visit http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.11783/.f

01. Main Title (Opening Theme) (2:13)
02. Johnny Tremain Theme (0:36)
03. Believe This (0:59)
04. Liberty Tree Theme #1 (2:08)
05. Unwrap It, John (2:10)
06. Here’s My Hand On It (1:01)
07. Thank You, Sir (0:42)
08. Constable (0:46)
09. Fight Together (0:18)
10. Next Case (2:18)
11. Liberty Tree Theme #2 (1:41)
12. Blow The Whistle (0:25)
13. John Blows The Whistle (0:56)
14. Rights Of Men (3:21)
15. Liberty Tree (2:34)
16. Street Scene (0:29)
17. Their Liberty (0:57)
18. I’ll Hang With Them (1:49)
19. It Worked (0:24)
20. Paul Revere (0:40)
21. Pray We’re Right (1:59)
22. Two By Sea (5:23)
23. First Shot (0:36)
24. Tearing Down The Bridge (2:08)
25. Battle (4:30)
26. Liberty Tree (Closing Theme) (2:08)
Total Time: 44:13

The Extra
27. Marching Drums (3:15)
Total Soundtrack Time: 47:34

1957 Disneyland Album
Re-Recorded Score
28. Old Boston Town (3:54)
29. Johnny Tremain (2:32)
30. Boston Tea Party (3:38)
31. Liberty Tree (3:10)
32. Paul Revere (3:22)
33. Retreat To Boston (3:54)
Total Score Time 20:44

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

A few moments with a knife, a few moments of pain...heh, heh.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Didn't realize this was being announced today. Look forward to hearing the samples.

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 7:06 PM   
 By:   other tallguy   (Member)

Good heavens. I actually remember seeing this! The samples sound like classic film scores. (Nice to see the old stuff getting attention.)

Scores like this were a dime a dozen back then. Imagine getting something like this now!

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 7:11 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

Brings me back to elementary school and the awesome special screenings Disney would let one of their execs do for the kids at the school (one of the perks growing up in Burbank). So excited to own this. Truly a grail, especially for Disneyanna collectors!

Thank you, Doug and Roger!

MV

 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)


 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

WELL DONE, loving the samples!! smile Keep em comin'!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 8:40 PM   
 By:   Richard-W   (Member)

Good choice, Intrada.

Love Johnny Tremain (1957).
I wish Disney had made a dozen more films just like it.

At the time this film was made, there was a trend in publishing historical
novels about America for young readers. Johnny Tremain is based on a
novel by Esther Forbes who wrote several historical adventures in which
youngsters experience events in Colonial America and the Revolution.
She won the Pulitzer Prize for her biography of Paul Revere. She never
condescended to young readers; she appealed to their intelligence and
curiosity.

Read the book. See the Disney film on DVD. Listen to the score.


Johnny Tremain DVD
https://www.amazon.com/Johnny-Tremain-Hal-Stalmaster/dp/B00005JM6F

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
https://www.amazon.com/Johnny-Tremain-Esther-Hoskins-Forbes/dp/0547614322


 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 9:00 PM   
 By:   Traveling Matt   (Member)

Scrumptious 50s Disney ear candy. I wasn't prepared.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 10:17 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

At the time this film was made, there was a trend in publishing historical
novels about America for young readers. Johnny Tremain is based on a
novel by Esther Forbes who wrote several historical adventures in which
youngsters experience events in Colonial America and the Revolution.
She won the Pulitzer Prize for her biography of Paul Revere. She never
condescended to young readers; she appealed to their intelligence and
curiosity.

Read the book. See the Disney film on DVD. Listen to the score.


I did read the book when I was a child. But I've never seen the film. Time to get this score and listen to/watch both.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 10:34 PM   
 By:   cineramafan   (Member)

I am so excited to see this title on CD! Can THE MOON SPINNERS be far behind?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 10:35 PM   
 By:   cineramafan   (Member)

P.S. Since THE MOON SPINNERS was released on the Buena Vista label but only in Mono, it would be fantastic to hear it in Stereo someday.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 25, 2019 - 10:41 PM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

I remember watching this in middle school. A friend's friend told us what we'd be watching as he had the class earlier in the day. All I remember is Johnny burning his hand working on the Sabbath, the song sung by the Sons of Liberty, and the line Last Child referenced.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2019 - 12:07 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Just revisited his HERBIE scores on blu-ray. Lovely surprise. Will be getting this!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2019 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

No wonder I've never heard of it, checking the IMDB, I can't find a UK release date, so maybe it was never released here. Anyway, no interest from me.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2019 - 3:43 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

Excellent release!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2019 - 4:05 AM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

No wonder I've never heard of it, checking the IMDB, I can't find a UK release date, so maybe it was never released here. Anyway, no interest from me.

It got a BBFC certificate in 1957 (U), so presumably it did show in cinemas around that time, though it doesn't appear to been looked at since.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2019 - 4:31 AM   
 By:   LordDalek   (Member)

If you read the book recently then don't watch the movie. Disney mangled it considerably.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2019 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

A few moments with a knife, a few moments of pain...heh, heh.

 
 Posted:   Feb 26, 2019 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

If you read the book recently then don't watch the movie. Disney mangled it considerably.

Historical accuracy was never Disney's thing.

 
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