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 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)



MORITURI
Music Composed by JERRY GOLDSMITH
Conducted by LIONEL NEWMAN
INTRADA ISC 445

Intrada's latest release is a reexamination of Jerry Goldsmith's 1965 score for the World War II drama Morituri, from the 20th Century-Fox library. Morituri is part of a set of war films scored by Goldsmith in the '60s, including The Sand Pebbles, In Harm's Way, and The Blue Max. While originally released by the Film Score Monthly label, due to poor condition elements and limitations in technology of the day, that album featured some compromised sound and intercuts from mono sources in order to make the score presentable. Under the detailed eyes and ears of producer Mike Matessino, this new release has been restored from the complete stereo elements and features dramatically improved sound over the previous version.

As Tim Greiving writes in his notes, "This is a score of suspense and action, tension and explosion. Tricks like quivering tremolo strings and rhythmic ticking accomplish the former, and Goldsmith got creative in how he chose to fuel the latter." While the first half of the film is sparsely spotted, Goldsmith relied on his trademark Asian-flavored sound to orient the viewer to the Tokyo and Calcutta locales. Throughout, a theme first introduced in the main title on zither, reoccurs throughtout in various guises, tying the score together.

Adapted from a 1960 German novel by Werner Jörg Lüddecke, this morality thriller is set on the high seas during the reign of the Nazi regime. A German man, hiding in luxury in Switzerland, is blackmailed by the English army into posing as an SS officer on a merchant vessel carrying a valuable shipment of rubber from Japan to Germany. His mission: disable the scuttling charges protecting the ship so the Allies can attack it and scoop up the cargo. The film stars Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner.

INTRADA ISC 445
Barcode: 720258544506
Retail Price: $19.99
Note: Due to local restrictions related to the pandemic, shipping time may be slower than usual
For track listing and sound samples, please visit http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.12121/.f

01. Main Title/Tokyo (2:11)
02. Assignment In Macao (2:06)
03. Bon Voyage / Hot Wire (3:41)
04. Boat Drill (1:18)
05. What To Do Next (1:09)
06. Theme From Morituri (1:50)
07. A Change Of Face/Sneak Attack (1:55)
08. Nine Days Out (1:38)
09. Traffic Jam/Caught In The Act (4:51)
10. Boarding Party (1:07)
11. The Meeting (1:01)
12. The Prisoners (2:45)
13. Change Of Command (1:02)
14. Prepare For Mutiny (3:38)
15. A Lost Cause (1:37)
16. A Change Of Heart (2:11)
17. Break Out (3:10)
18. Abandoned Ship (4:00)
19. End Title (1:16)

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 5:10 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Cool. I shall own this.

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 5:24 PM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)

This is my favorite period of Jerry’s work.

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Might pick this up if it ever goes on sale, because I already own the FSM album, which sounds very good.

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Sweet! I had $14 in loyalty points so I don’t mind double-dipping this at all.
This was one of my favorite FSM cds from the day. Can’t wait to hear it proper.

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 6:49 PM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Can't place order. When I go to Intrada checkout, it says "This site is no longer available"

Update: Working fine now :-)

 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Checkout works for me. Probably temporary connection issue. Or try clearing your cookies for the website.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 4:03 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

I think Goldsmith 65-66 was in his most challenging years, this no different, I love this music overall especially with its oriental-hue of flashes for its taut tones too that's pretty psychological colours - Zither that's used in the main-title is pretty cool Goldsmith actually used that sneakily & effectively in an ear piercing manner. I've got the FSM cd but as this is individual been upgraded by Mike its well worth the value.

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

What is it with the late Janet Margolin being all over the recent soundtrack releases?

First, the Nevada Smith/Paramount Westerns collection, with Miss Margolin being in Nevada Smith; then the very fine score release of David and Lisa/The Collector, Miss Margolin having turned in a knockout debut opposite the equally excellent Keir Dullea in David and Lisa.

Now, a Goldsmith score from a Brando film I never even knew existed, with this CD featuring her on the alternate cover.

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

Does anybody know what the humming of the theme at the end of the last track of the Morituri FSM CD is?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 12:48 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Does anybody know what the humming of the theme at the end of the last track of the Morituri FSM CD is?

Yeah, I'd like to know too. Sounded to me like maybe Yul Brynner but too muffled to tell.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   CCOJOE   (Member)

It's a Goldsmith!! Of course I ordered this!!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 2:08 PM   
 By:   Steven Lloyd   (Member)

Does anybody know what the humming of the theme at the end of the last track of the Morituri FSM CD is?

I used to think it was the composer himself on the soundstage between takes, revealing approval of his own work. But since it was Lionel Newman who conducted MORITURI, maybe he's the hummer. Lukas might know for sure.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Got this today. I don't have the earlier release for comparison, but it sounds great as it is.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Got this today. I don't have the earlier release for comparison, but it sounds great as it is.

The FSM CD is worth having because it also has David Shire's neat score to Raid On Entebbe, which contains a rare example of "Jewish action music".

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Got this today. I don't have the earlier release for comparison, but it sounds great as it is.

The FSM CD is worth having because it also has David Shire's neat score to Raid On Entebbe, which contains a rare example of "Jewish action music".


It couldn't hurt.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Got this today. I don't have the earlier release for comparison, but it sounds great as it is.

Wow! Mine should arrive in Canada probably next week. I wanted to snap this one up fast because it seems like the type of title people might overlook and then quietly end up in the danger zone category.

Cant wait to hear the new mix.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 2:21 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

Does anybody know what the humming of the theme at the end of the last track of the Morituri FSM CD is?

I used to think it was the composer himself on the soundstage between takes, revealing approval of his own work. But since it was Lionel Newman who conducted MORITURI, maybe he's the hummer. Lukas might know for sure.


I dimly recall it was specifically recorded by a professional singer for use in the film—not an outtake from the session, though we might have given the impression it was such (sorry).

Lukas

 
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