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 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   Caldera   (Member)



Caldera Records is proud to present David Shire’s score for the motion picture “Runaway”.
It is David Shire’s first feature film score, recorded in early 1961, barely two years after the young composer had graduated from Yale University. Forgotten even by Shire himself, “Runaway” is an obscure debut by the composer who would go on to provide music to celebrated productions such as Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Conversation,” Joseph Sargent’s “The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3,” and David Fincher’s “Zodiac.”
David Shire had been asked by a friend to compose and record original music for an independent, low-budget neo-noir film entitled Runaway. While the film was never distributed, and no details about the project could be unearthed, the original recording tapes were found in Shire’s archive in early 2023. Even the composer himself had forgotten about this obscurity. As he admits: “The arrangements are quite skillful, and I’m surprised I knew that much at that time.” With a project as humble as “Runaway,” a career in film and television seemed far-fetched at the time. Indeed, it took a few more years for Shire to truly make his mark. Instead, he made his living as a rehearsal and dance class pianist through the early to mid-60s while slowly edging closer to what he hoped would be a career on The Great White Way. He subsequently met Stephen Sondheim who introduced Shire to director Paul Bogart. It was Bogart who then hired Shire for the first ever “CBS Playhouse” episode, “The Final War of Olly Winter.” His early television work would lead to bigger and better things for David Shire’s tapes for the “CBS Playhouse” episodes were the perfect audition material. They showed the composer’s impressive range. For “The Final War of Olly Winter,” he was asked to provide a score influenced by traditional Vietnamese music. For “Sadbird,” Shire and Maltby Jr. penned three pop songs, while “Appalachian Autumn” is inspired by the pastoral Americana made popular in the 20th century by Aaron Copland. “The Experiment” is tuneful “muzak,” as Shire himself labels it; whereas “Secrets” is a subdued effort with subtle dissonances and jazz elements, one cue from which was an homage to Burt Bacharach, a lounge piece as source music that was inspired by the legendary tunesmith.
We are pleased to release David Shire’s early works for the first time. Not one note of the pieces contained herein have previously been released in any format.
The 52nd CD-release of Caldera Records features a detailed booklet text by Stephan Eicke and elegant artwork by Luis Miguel Rojas. The CD was mastered by Richard Moore and produced by Stephan Eicke, David Shire and John Elborg.

C6052

Music Composed and Conducted by David Shire
Album Produced by Stephan Eicke, David Shire
Executive Producers for Caldera Records: John Elborg, Stephan Eicke
Album Art Direction and Design by Luis Miguel Rojas

Please visit our homepage for more information and sound clips:

https://www.caldera-records.com/runaway

Runaway
1. Title Music (1:30)
2. Title Chaser/Seduction Scene Pt. 1 (0:59)
3. Night Wandering (4:37)
4. Blues for Nat (1:01)
5. Seduction Scene Pt. 2 (2:59)
6. Seduction Scene Pt. 3 (0:57)
7. Ending (1:52)

Sadbird
8. Opening Credits (1:20)
9. Instrumental Source (3:22)
10. Linda and Bob (1:57)
11. Closing Credits (1:31)
12. You Really Fooled Me, Baby (3:22)
sung by Melba Moore
13. Rosalie’s Room (3:24)
sung by Jack Manno
14. One More Chance (2:39)
sung by Melba Moore

The Experiment
15. Opening Titles/Rock March 1 (2:14)
16. Martini (3:06)
17. Credits (1:32)

Secrets
18. Main Title (2:15)
19. Courtroom to Apartment (2:41)
20. Aperitif (1:29)
21. Late Movie Musical (1:36)
22. Muzak (3:25)
23. Homage to Burt Bacharach (3:32)
24. Closing Credits (1:20)

The Final War of Olly Winter
25. The Final War of Olly Winter (3:50)
26. Closing Credits (2:04)

Appalachian Autumn
27. Opening Credits (2:07)
28. Hugh and Eula (1:30)
29. The Funeral (2:11)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

An interesting curiosity to say the least .

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   orbital   (Member)

Fascinating. This shall be mine.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Wow!!
Incredible release.
I LOVE stuff like this.
Well done Caldera.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Intriguing....

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Is that Mike Brady on the right?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   galipolis   (Member)

That must be a young Robert Foxworth on the right side.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I wonder how much music was available but omitted from these titles.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   Caldera   (Member)

I wonder how much music was available but omitted from these titles.

2 hours and 14 minutes.

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   Caldera   (Member)

I wonder how much music was available but omitted from these titles.

2 hours and 14 minutes.


I should also add that we have the complete tapes for Hugo Friedhofer's JOAN OF ARC but will only release a 25 second suspense cue just to rile you up. It gives me joy.

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Is that Mike Brady on the right?

Grandpa Joe on the left!

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

Is that Mike Brady on the right?

Grandpa Joe on the left!


Questor on the right. A sequel titled Questor and the MAN, I believe.

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 5:25 PM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

Thank you, Caldera! This is one of my favorite releases of the season, and I deeply appreciate the deep dive into the archives. (Love the period-appropriate cover design as well!)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I wonder how much music was available but omitted from these titles.

2 hours and 14 minutes.


I should also add that we have the complete tapes for Hugo Friedhofer's JOAN OF ARC but will only release a 25 second suspense cue just to rile you up. It gives me joy.


That's a shame about the Shire music, if you're being accurate. I can't tell because of the added mockery about Friedhofer (a joke you made before at someone else's expense for no good reason). And thanks for all the non-replies from website inquires. roll eyes
It's not unusual for soundtrack fans to want complete releases in film sequence, not selections with mash-up cue edits.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2023 - 10:53 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Thanks for the wonderful news, Caldera. Keep up the great work!

(And if there's anything you can do to dig up some Kleinsinger, or Kaplan . . . )

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2023 - 12:06 AM   
 By:   zippy   (Member)

Thank you, Caldera! This is one of my favorite releases of the season, and I deeply appreciate the deep dive into the archives. (Love the period-appropriate cover design as well!)

Ahhh, you clever dude! I see what you snuck into your compliment.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2023 - 6:40 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

Thank you, Caldera! This is one of my favorite releases of the season, and I deeply appreciate the deep dive into the archives. (Love the period-appropriate cover design as well!)

Yeah, that "high fidelity" logo is just perfect.

 
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