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 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 1:18 AM   
 By:   Caldera   (Member)



Caldera Records is proud to present the original film recording of Roy Budd’s score for the film “Soldier Blue.”

Ralph Nelson’s violent western starring Peter Strauss, Candice Bergen and Donald Pleasance, is both an indictment against the US army that was responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre as well as an allegory to the My Lai Massacre.

How the former child-prodigy Roy Budd, the then 22-year old from Croydon, secured the gig for “Soldier Blue” is by now widely known, not least because the composer himself would share the anecdote with great wit in interviews: Upon hearing that the director was looking for a composer to score his upcoming western, Budd supplied him with a tape of his work as a showreel. Unbeknownst to director Ralph Nelson and others involved in hiring the composer, none of the music featured on said showreel was actually composed by Budd. Instead, he had taped compositions by Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Lalo Schifrin and Henry Mancini.

Unsurprisingly considering the selection, Nelson was convinced Budd was the right choice to score “Soldier Blue.” Budd delivered a memorable, energetic and varied score that can bear comparison with Goldsmith’s, Bernstein’s, Schifrin’s and Mancini’s efforts from the time. It is an astonishing work, especially considering it was composed by a 22-year-old. Its mix of differing musical elements and styles is particularly noteworthy, in that Budd pays homage to the classic Americana of Jerry Goldsmith and Elmer Bernstein while employing jazz and pop music sensibilities with a strong sense of rhythm. In that sense, “Soldier Blue” is not dissimilar to Quincy Jones’ groundbreaking “MacKenna’s Gold” and Piero Piccioni’s “Minnesota Clay,” which fused symphonic music with jazz as well as pop elements, and thus introduced a new approach to the western genre. It is not surprising that several compositions for “Soldier Blue” were re-recorded in pop arrangements and released on PYE Records, with which label Roy Budd was under contract at the time.

We are delighted to finally make Roy Budd’s original film recording for “Soldier Blue” available. The recording was long considered lost before we unearthed the mono copies from Budd’s estate, in a storage container in North Yorkshire. Unfortunately, a few pieces were missing (such as ‘Fields of Green and Skies of Blue’), while only a short selection was available on a separate stereo tape. We have included those pieces as a bonus. The 53rd 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 and John Elborg.

For more information and sound clips, please visit our homepage:
https://www.caldera-records.com/soldier-blue

Soldier Blue
1. Start of Journey (1:32)
2. Indians Attack Wagon (8:17)
3. Valley of the 600 (1:01)
4. There’s the Road to the Fort (2:24)
5. Hey Miss Lee (0:26)
6. Kiowa Fight Pt. 1 (0:50)
7. Kiowa Fight Pt. 2 (1:31)
8. Kiowa Fight Pt. 3 (3:41)
9. Honus Sets Light to Wagon (4:58)
10. From Honus Falling Off Horse (3:02)
11. Cresta Tends Wound (1:30)
12. Honus Rides Into Army Camp (0:29)
13. Cannons Open Fire (1:18)
14. Running Fox Sweeps Down (2:56)
15. Spotted Wolf Rides Out (2:12)
16. Massacre (2:03)

Stereo Selection
17. Cresta Enters Army Camp (0:58)
18. Cresta Rides Into Indian Camp (1:21)
19. My True Love (Sourwood Mountain) (1:03)

Bonus
20. Soldier Blue – Piano Demo (3:34)
21. Interview with Roy Budd (13:45)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 1:44 AM   
 By:   Dorian   (Member)

Can I be the first to say -- brilliant!!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 1:56 AM   
 By:   mortenbond   (Member)

This is FANTASTIC! For those not familiar with the original score, as opposed to the re-recording we have had for many years - this is the real deal. A tremendously rousing, funky and melodic soundtrack. I had lost all hope for this!

Thank you, thank you, thank you Caldera!

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 1:58 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

Here is a picture of the inside of that storage container ....

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Here is a picture of the inside of that storage container ....




But what is that,at the back , on the left? Could it be.......
...smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

So Graham wasn't lying? Lol

Our man in Havana...I mean Madrid.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 5:27 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Posted before but i love this too, buffy live at Wrightegaarden, Langesund, Norway, July 4th 2011 singing Soldier Blue with a little chat beforehand.
Where was Thor?

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Can I be the first to say -- brilliant!!

Too true

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 8:39 AM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

Fantastic Budd news. Didn’t expect to see this ever. Stereo would have been icing on the cake but just to have this score in any form is fabulous news. Thank you all involved! Ordered.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

After all these years wow! So glad to be able to soon take it off the old (very old) wanted list!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2024 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   Baz   (Member)

Hi, if anyone knows of a UK seller for this, please let me know.

 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2024 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Hi, if anyone knows of a UK seller for this, please let me know.

Try soundtrackcorner.de it's not UK. I've pre ordered it for £20.

Maybe worth a try.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2024 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   Baz   (Member)

Thank you!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 3:15 AM   
 By:   martyn.crosthwaite   (Member)

Can I be the first to say -- brilliant!!

absolutely.
but what on earth is going on here with only 12 replies for this new CD release.

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 3:50 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Yeah, years of people demanding/hoping for it, then limited response.
its kinda usual here though frown

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 6:19 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Yeah, years of people demanding/hoping for it, then limited response.
its kinda usual here though frown


They probably all died of old age!smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

US companies would never release a score with that cover.

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Thank heavens for original posters.
It's a film that shocks, so why try n deny it or hide it. Big brother has got worse and this controlling thought is getting worse. frown

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Chris Rimmer   (Member)

Thank heavens for original posters.
It's a film that shocks, so why try n deny it or hide it. Big brother has got worse and this controlling thought is getting worse. frown


I saw Soldier Blue, 1st week of its release, in sunny Southport. Totally uncut, it ran for three days, then it was replaced with the censored version. Tough watch back in 1969-70. Loved the score, rushed off to but the album, dissapointed that it wasn't the original score. It's been a long wait but I've ordered a copy, now if I can just keep breathing a while longer I'll finally be able to enjoy Budds marvellous score.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2024 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   Bromhead   (Member)

Hi, if anyone knows of a UK seller for this, please let me know.

I ended up ordering from Beat records in Europe...cost me just over £24 all in

 
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