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 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 3:33 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:

Music Composed and Conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS

The River is a tribute to a vanishing America—the America of the Independent Farm Family. -- Mark Rydell, director

Intrada announces its latest collabration with Universal Studios and UMe with the release of John Williams' Oscar-nominated score to the 1984 film The River. The film marked Williams' fourth collaboration with director Mark Rydell, having previously worked together on The Reivers, The Cowboys, and Cinderella Liberty. Released on LP by MCA Records concurrent with the film's theatrical release, the album was a strong presentation of the score, feauturing selections that were recorded specifically for the album. Nearly half of the soundtrack features rearranged or expanded versions of their film counterparts. As with Intrada's release of Monsignor, this new CD opens with the original remastered MCA program followed by the entire film score, including alternates, and is produced by Mike Matessino.

A firm entry in Williams' Americana oeuvre, The River features a strong theme for the homestead "under siege," heard in its fullest form during the spectacular "The Ancestral Home." The score also features the solo colors of flute, trumpet and guitar, moving between the power of family and home, lighthearted family life and the colder, darker nature of storms, both natural and human-made.

In the film, Tom and Mae Garvey (Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek) are a Tennessee farming couple fighting a war to save their farmland on two fronts. Mother nature besieges the farm with violent floods on one side and on the other a greedy land developer (Scott Glenn) tries to foreclose on the farm in order to build a dam to produce power.

Barcode: 720258544100
Retail Price: $21.99

Note: Due to local restrictions related to the pandemic, shipping time may be slower than usual

For track listing and sound samples, please visit the The River soundtrack page at

John Williams
Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 441
Film Date: 1984
Album Date: 2020
Time: 79:32
Tracks: 28
Price: $21.99

Expanded release of long out-of-print John Williams classic! Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Scott Glenn star, Vilmos Zsigmond photographs, John Williams composes Oscar-nominated Americana score for Mark Rydell’s dramatic farming crisis film from Universal. Williams reunites with director Rydell, who successfully teamed on earlier pictures The Reivers, The Cowboys and Cinderella Liberty, each offering different musical takes on the subject of Americana. Williams provides beautifully languid yet sadly-toned main theme, typically featuring solo trumpet, to anchor tale of economic collapse of family farming industry in Tennessee during the early 1980’s that saw many farmers forced to seek employment in steel factories, pitting them in opposition to striking mill workers. Williams keeps overall grim realism in focus but finds ample opportunity to fashion bright, energetic ideas encapsulating spirit of determination that Rydell spotlights through struggles to survive of Tom and Mae Garvey’s farming family, played by Gibson and Spacek.

Williams highlights several key sequences depicting the challenges portrayed but towering above all is surging, powerful “The Ancestral Home” sequence underlining and in many ways carrying climactic scene of desperate families uniting to fashion large dam built from sandbags to stem tide of rapidly rising flood waters of the titular river. Here, Williams begins with major-key motif that gradually builds thematically into massive orchestral crescendo, much in mannerism of his legendary “Leaving Home” music from 1978’s Superman The Movie. Hearing the epic peroration of this four-and-a-half minute piece, landing at its peak with Williams’ signature leading tone cadence, is a scoring highlight!

MCA Records released a strong 37-minute album in 1984 of musical highlights featuring meld of original soundtrack recordings and newly recorded adaptations by Williams of his film cues. Special Intrada presentation includes re-mastered release of that classic album, plus world premiere release of full original soundtrack recording, boasting some 20 minutes of previously unreleased material. Entire project, courtesy Universal Pictures and Geffen Records/UMG Recordings, was produced by Mike Matessino from pristine masters. Matessino also contributes literate notes for dramatic booklet designed by Kay Marshall. Score recorded in August and September 1984 by Dan Wallin. John Williams composes, conducts. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remain!

01. The River (4:29)
02. Growing Up (2:52)
03. The Pony Ride (3:16)
04. Love Theme From The River (4:55)
05. The Ancestral Home (4:31)
06. Rain Clouds Gather (3:06)
07. From Farm To Factory (2:46)
08. Back From Town (3:41)
09. Tractor Scene (2:19)
10. A Family Meeting (2:38)
11. Young Friends Farewell (2:42)

Total Time: 37:15

12. Main Title (Rain Clouds Gather) (3:08)
13. Leaving Home* (2:56)
14. The Family* (1:43)
15. The Kids Separate* (1:40)
16. The Garveys (1:24)
17. On The Dock (1:25)
18. Under The Tractor (2:21)
19. Dialing The Hospital* (1:32)
20. Telephone Call* (2:33)
21. The Hotel* (2:06)
22. Releasing The Doe* (1:05)
23. Back From Town (Film Version) (3:45)
24. The Ancestral Home (4:33)
25. End Credits (The River) (4:31)

26. The Family (Alternate)* (1:39)
27. The Ancestral Home (Alternate)* 2:32)
28. Leaving Home (Film Version)* (2:55)

Total Time: 42:07

Total Disc Time: 79:32

*Previously unreleased

 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 3:49 PM   
 By:   jfallon   (Member)


 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)


 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 3:51 PM   
 By:   Graham   (Member)

Cannot wait.


 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 3:53 PM   
 By:   Bill in Portland Maine   (Member)

Ordered, ordered, ordered. Thanks, Intrada.

My holy grail list is now down to one: Horner's "Volunteers." But "The River" will keep me busy for a while.


 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   bdm   (Member)

An I nstant order!

 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 8:07 PM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

Look forward to getting this one! Lots of great stuff coming out this year.

 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Warm Americana . Wonderful stuff from Williams.

 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 8:51 PM   
 By:   Nathan Erickson   (Member)

Ordered along with the newly back in stock "Chinatown"! Great day!

 Posted:   May 4, 2020 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Lovely score, can't wait to get this, well done Intrada R. smile

 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 2:48 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

What's that popular saying they have around here?
Oh yeah...


(So Ordered).

 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 3:15 AM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

got one for me

and one as a gift for Dogplant

 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 5:53 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

Just got around to hearing the samples. Stunning sound quality.

 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Also ordered.

I got my Paypal purchase confirmation - but not one from Intrada. Anyone else have this hiccup?

 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   Bill in Portland Maine   (Member)

Just got around to hearing the samples. Stunning sound quality.

Yes. Especially "The Ancestral Home." I'm actually going to have to reprogram my brain to hear it without the MCA LP's wow and distortion. This is one of my top three soundtrack cuts from any composer that most needed to be remastered. Great job, Mike.


 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Omni   (Member)

Saw this regarding The River movie on Wikepedia:

" Music
The musical score was composed and conducted by John Williams and also featured songs by country artists including George Strait.

It was announced that Intrada Records will release an expanded and remastered version of Williams' score on May 5, 2020.[3] The new release will feature the complete score (including previous and unheard content) and the original soundtrack album."

Glad Wikepedia mentioned Intrada.


 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I cannot wait to hear all those classic Williams cues in sparkling new detail.
But yes, Ancestral Home* is gonna be amazing. Such a brilliant track.
And looking forward to the shorter alternate version of it too.

*it's like a fantastic hybrid of Leaving Home from Superman and elements of Jaws 2.

 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

I’m loving these single-disc remasterings of great Williams scores.

“Monsignor” was boffo. This one will be too, no doubt.

 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   JohnnyRoastbeef   (Member)

Got mine on order, along with Roger Rabbit and Chinatown (finally!). Anyone happen to know if the 2 programs are, like Monsignor, mixed differently, or if they have the same mix (for the tracks they have in common anyway)?

 Posted:   May 5, 2020 - 1:59 PM   
 By:   JJournalist   (Member)

I just ordered mine from Screen Archives because shipping was $3 dollars than on the Intrada website. I know that $3 doesn't seem like much but being in Canada with the exchange rate, that three easily becomes $10. I ordered Rota's 8 1/2 from Screen archives last year and got it in a few weeks so I hope to have my The River CD before too long.

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