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 Posted:   Apr 8, 2019 - 4:23 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)



Intrada revisits an early 1990s release with an expanded, 2-CD set featuring composer Craig Safan's magnum opus, Son of the Morning Star. Initially released in 1991 at the time of the miniseries' airing and out of print for many years, collectors have often requested Intrada revisit, expand and reissue Safan's emotional, musical journey of George Armstrong Custer and his last stand. Four ideas anchor Safan’s orchestral score. His haunting theme for Custer conveys much -- usually voiced on solo trumpet, it references Custer’s military career and embodies a sense of Americana, while also capturing the general’s solitary, independent nature. Preceding Custer’s theme at the outset of the film is a series of three chords orchestrated for strings designed to evoke a sense of tragedy, as the inevitable conclusion looms just hours away in the film's narrative. A second theme, usually orchestrated in lush, impassioned strings, is what Safan refers to as “the big emotional melody,” inspired in its creation by Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Finally is "Libby's Theme," reflective of her relationship with Custer and the steadying influence she exerts on Custer’s life. All together it creates a powerful journey to the tragic, forgone conclusion.

For this new release, Intrada presents the music in picture sequence, including Safan’s Native American cues and the Irish-flavored cues that encompass the brief but important “Garryowen.” The source elements for this release were 2-track stereo session DATs made by veteran scoring mixer Dennis Sands, who helmed the 1991 orchestral recording sessions in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The title, Son of the Morning Star, was taken from a nickname given to Custer by Native Americans for his penchant to attack at daybreak. The controversial military leader, who graduated last in his class at West Point, became the youngest major general in the history of the U.S. Army during the Civil War, although he returned to his regular rank after the war and was a colonel when he died. Both book and film focus on the last decade of his life and its tragic end.

INTRADA ISC 428
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CD 1
01. Main Title – Part One (2:03)
02. Mistakes Were Made (1:32)
03. Irish Band No. 1 (0:38)
04. Young Crazy Horse (1:52)
05. Fetterman Massacre (3:11)
06. Bad News (0:51)
07. Deserters (0:54)
08. To Libby (2:27)
09. Trial (1:35)
10. No Water Shoots Crazy Horse (1:02)
11. Trial Aftermath (0:48)
12. In The Attic (0:46)
13. Garryowen No. 1 (Traditional, arr. Craig Safan) (0:33)
14. Custer’s Return (1:13)
15. Broken Promises (1:31)
16. Garryowen No. 2 (Traditional, arr. Craig Safan) (0:25)
17. Thoughts (1:03)
18. Irish Band No. 2 (1:20)
19. Training Montage (2:07)
20. Washita Prelude (0:29)
21. Washita Massacre (3:03)
22. Burn (1:17)
23. Meotzi And Custer (0:58)
24. Even If I’m Wrong (2:55)
25. Hostages (0:43)
26. Lies And Expansion (2:51)
27. The Hand (0:25)
28. Burial Site (2:04)
29. Custer (1:18)
30. End Credits – Part One (1:06)
CD 1 Time: 45:13

CD 2
01. Main Title – Part Two (2:01)
02. Goodbyes (0:51)
03. Prior To 1849 (0:15)
04. A Blow To Custer (0:42)
05. Grant Ponders (1:04)
06. Jewel Waltz (arr. & adapt. Craig Safan) (0:27)
07. Coffin (0:20)
08. Forward (1:48)
09. The Big Goodbye (3:49)
10. Sitting Bull (1:05)
11. Prophecy Of War (0:31)
12. Painting Dead Blue Coats (0:34)
13. Custer’s Motor (1:28)
14. Skeleton (2:00)
15. Sun Dance (2:34)
16. Tonight (2:03)
17. Big Village No. 1 (1:21)
18. Big Village No. 2 (0:42)
19. Chant Overlay (0:39)
20. Been Spotted (0:38)
21. Twenty-Nine Thousand (1:38)
22. Singing Overlay (1:35)
23. Reno Charges (3:14)
24. It Begins (1:27)
25. Charge! (0:17)
26. A Good Day To Die (1:13)
27. Reno’s Rout (2:01)
28. Little Big Horn (2:10)
29. Custer Hit (2:27)
30. Custer Dies (3:00)
31. Scavengers (2:24)
32. Libby Finds Out (5:14)
33. End Credits – Part Two (0:54)

The Bumpers
34. Bumper No. 1 (0:08)
35. Bumper No. 2 (0:06)
36. Bumper No. 3 (0:06)
37. Bumper No. 4 (0:08)
38. Bumper No. 6 (0:08)
39. Bumper No. 7 (0:06)
40. Bumper No. 8 (0:06)
41. Bumper No. 9 (0:08)
42. Bumper No. 10 (0:07)
CD 2 Time: 55:57

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2019 - 4:26 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Hey Doug
It's ok to use the term American Indians. It's historically correct and the term most ' Native Americans' prefer.
smile

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2019 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Damn, thatsallota short cues!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2019 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

Great release.

Graham

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2019 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Preceding Custer’s theme at the outset of the film is a series of three chords orchestrated for strings designed to evoke a sense of tragedy, as the inevitable conclusion looms just hours away in the film's narrative.


In other words, it's the opening of Vaughan-Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis".

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2019 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Preceding Custer’s theme at the outset of the film is a series of three chords orchestrated for strings designed to evoke a sense of tragedy, as the inevitable conclusion looms just hours away in the film's narrative.


In other words, it's the opening of Vaughan-Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis".


Again?
See: overused classical pieces in film

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2019 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Warning: track 30 contains spoilers

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2019 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   edwzoomom   (Member)



I was thrilled to see this - an easy buy for me. Thanks Intrada.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2019 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   Ed   (Member)

That Main Title sounds much more to me like Hovhaness than Barber. "Mysterious Mountain" or "The Prayer of Saint Gregory."

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2019 - 11:04 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Damn, thatsallota short cues!

I'm gonna give you credit for not meaning to refer to the "bumper" cues in that comment.

You see, if a single one were to be omitted, there would be a hue and cry -- "Oh, my Gawd! They left out that 12 second transitional cue from the scene where Custer was squatting in the bushes! I've been waiting to own that music since before I was born!"

Since it must certainly include the squatting cue, I will have to go ahead and order this.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2019 - 12:50 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Featuring TV's favourite Buffy before SMG.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2019 - 12:57 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Damn, thatsallota short cues!

I'm gonna give you credit for not meaning to refer to the "bumper" cues in that comment.
That wouldn't be a problem for UK customers; unless the BBC left in the ad bumpers... which I doubt. Ordered along with McKenna's Gold.


 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   CédricD   (Member)

Totally unexpected and fantastic release as it's one of my favorite scores. I can't remember how many times I played the 1991 release, but it's A LOT.
Too bad there is no Blu-ray of this awesome TV movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2019 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Cool news. I really enjoy samples (+someone posted video from youtube month ago or so), so this one is going to my "to-buy-one-day" list.
The only stupid question - where is Bumper #5?! big grin

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2019 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Damn, thatsallota short cues!

I'm gonna give you credit for not meaning to refer to the "bumper" cues in that comment.

You see, if a single one were to be omitted, there would be a hue and cry -- "Oh, my Gawd! They left out that 12 second transitional cue from the scene where Custer was squatting in the bushes! I've been waiting to own that music since before I was born!"

Since it must certainly include the squatting cue, I will have to go ahead and order this.


smile

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2019 - 2:12 PM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

It has arrived.

Going to be a fun SoCal Friday evening.

Graham

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 13, 2019 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Not a golden age score in style, but TOTALLY CAPTIVATING. I loved it immensely. A magnificent piece of music resurrected by Intrada in expanded form.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2019 - 5:29 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

Many thanks to Jeff Johnson and all at Intrada for getting my albums to the UK VERY quickly...and no customs charges!

 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2019 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Wow, love the sound samples. Hear shades of Ben Hur. What other musical vibes do you get from this score?

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2019 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I recall Barber's Adagio for Strings and Williams' Born On The 4th July.

 
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