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 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 2:33 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)


Expanded Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed and Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith

Remixed and Mastered by Mike Matessino
Liner notes by Stéphane Lerouge and John Takis

Quartet Records, in collaboration with Universal Music France and the Ecoutez le cinema ! Collection, presents a reissue of the long out-of-print expanded release of Jerry Goldsmith’s masterpiece for Franklin J. Schaffner’s 1973 prison drama PAPILLON.

The bestselling autobiography of Henri Charrière, one of the few people to successfully escape from the notorious French penal colony of Devil’s Island, served as the basis for PAPILLON. Steve McQueen plays the pugnacious Charrière (known as “Papillon” because of a prominent tattoo), incarcerated—wrongly, he claims—for murdering a pimp. He saves the life of fellow convict Louis Dega (Dustin Hoffman), a counterfeiter who will later show his gratitude by helping Charrière in his many escape attempts and by smuggling food to Charrière when the latter is put in solitary confinement.

PAPILLON was an expensive French production by Robert Dorfman, with financial support from some American studios. When Schaffner entered the project, he wanted to score the film with his favorite composer, Jerry Goldsmith, with whom he had already made three films, including the classics PLANET OF THE APES and PATTON. After PAPILLON, Goldsmith had the opportunity to compose another three magnificent scores for Schaffner: ISLANDS IN THE STREAM, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL and LIONHEART

The Academy Award-nominated score of PAPILLON is among the best and most celebrated of Goldsmith’s scores, and one of his personal favorites. It features a memorable main theme (a “Montmartre-like tune”), Impressionistic passages à la Debussy, intense and dramatic music, all colorfully orchestrated by Arthur Morton.

This release is a straight reissue of the previous Quartet edition from 2017 that was carefully remixed and mastered by Mike Matessino from the multi-track session masters, recorded in Italy and preserved in mint condition. It features every note Goldsmith recorded for the film, including music ultimately not featured in the final cut, extended versions of some cues trimmed during film editing, and alternates. There is also a generous selection of source music specially arranged by Alexander Courage and conducted by Goldsmith (these cues are quite important in the film, since they appear in Papillon’s dreams and in the band concert during the escape).

The 20-page full-color booklet includes liner notes by producer Stéphane Lerouge and by John Takis, who provides a comprehensive track-by-track analysis.

Track list:

01. Theme From Papillon (2:20)
02. The Camp (3:02)
03. Catching Butterflies (Extended Version) (2:57)
04. The Dream (1:49)
05. Hospital (3:51)
06. Papillon (Theme Variation) (1:50)
07. Freedom (3:59)
08. New Friend (2:07)
09. Antonio’s Death (2:30)
10. Gift From the Sea (Film Version) (8:18)
11. The Pearl (1:03)
12. Reunion (4:38)
13. The Garden (0:51)
14. Cruel Sea (1:30)
15. Farewell—Part 1 (0:59)
16. Farewell—Part 2 (2:25)
17. End Title (2:45)

Source Music
18. Field Drums (0:44)
19. Triumphant Parade (1:50)
20. Dance of the Nubian Slaves (from Faust) (2:49)
21. Cleopatra’s Variations (from Faust) (2:12)
22. Phryne’s Dance (from Faust) (2:13)
23. J’ai Deux Amours (1:52)
24. Sous les Toits de Paris (3:16)

Bonus Tracks
25. The Dream (Alternate) (1:44)
26. Freedom (Alternate) (3:59)
27. Free as the Wind (3:10)

Total Disc Time: 71:31

 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 2:40 AM   
 By:   Kentishsax   (Member)

This needs to remain in the catalogue and kudos to Quartet for reissuing it. I have a Silva Screen LP, CD and the Universal Music France CD with the couple of extra cues and of course the original Quartet CD. I can't believe they first issued it seven years ago, feels like half that!

The Schaffner/Goldsmith films are some of the most important in film history, imo. Each one encouraged Jerry to stretch himself as an artist. Papillon as a film and score are top of the heap.

 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 3:14 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Fully agree, PAPILLON is a masterful score, one of Jerry Goldsmith's finest. I love the score both as pure music and especially how well it works in the film. It is an extraordinarily well spotted movie, with the first piece of underscore comes like 15 minutes into the movie or so.

The Quartet Release, which I fortunately have, is a great improvement over any previous release. I am not one who always has to double-dip and not every remastering of a classic score is automatically an improvement, but in this case, the Quartet is miles superior in audio quality over any previous release this score has had. So even if you have the Silva Screen release or the Universal France release of PAPILLON (both of which I also have), if you really love the score, this double-dip is more than worth it.

 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 3:19 AM   
 By:   Kentishsax   (Member)

Fully agree, PAPILLON is a masterful score, one of Jerry Goldsmith's finest. Papillon was the second or third score I ever analysed for the Goldsmith Film Music Society's journal, many years ago now, long before there were such things as expanded releases of scores!

 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   Hitch22   (Member)

Oh boy! I missed the previous release. So glad this got reissued!
Thanks Q!

 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 4:11 AM   
 By:   Frank Vincent   (Member)

Nice! I missed the previous release, so this reissue is very welcome.

 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

I remember liking the music in the film though I haven’t seen it in ages.

 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

Yes, many people missed the previous edition, I think it was limited to 1000 copies. Glad to see this Quartet release is re-issued, the score certainly deserves it. It is the PAPILLON release to have.

 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Top 10 Goldsmith for me, which of course is really saying something for such a prolific composer. So glad this definitive restoration been reissued because so many people missed out on the previous 1000 copy edition. Glad Universal France consented to let Quartet make more copies, eventually.


 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

Beautiful score. It remains in my Top 5. for a good decade it was my favourite score by anyone. It has such a breadth of styles. The melodious main theme, the harsh prison music, the terse chase sequence, the impressionism when they hit the seas, and Hospital which tugs at the heart strings with its quiet lyrical humanity. 10/10

Now we just need Omni Music or Chris Siddall to release the study score so we can analyze all the wonderfulness that Jerry brought to this film. smile

 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   MichaelM   (Member)

The "Theme from Papillon" is one of my all-time favorites.

As in THE LAST RUN, Goldsmith perfectly captured that special European sound with an almost pop-like tune infused with longing and regret. Absolutely beautiful.

Kudos to Quartet for making this one available again. The Universal France edition is worth keeping for the French song version of the theme, a powerful performance.

 Posted:   Jun 14, 2024 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Yes .Definetly amongst his TopTen.

 Posted:   Jun 20, 2024 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   PatrickB   (Member)

Me too, I left the chance to get the last Quartet expanded release!
So, as many, it's very welcome for me.

And yes, one of the Goldsmith's very finest scores!

 Posted:   Jun 20, 2024 - 9:51 PM   
 By:   No Respectable Gentleman   (Member)

Great score, great movie. Neither get the respoect they deserve.

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2024 - 12:53 AM   
 By:   Kentishsax   (Member)

Great score, great movie. Neither get the respoect they deserve.

Say what?! It's one of Jerry's most important scores and the film (and score, to musos and aficionados) is an important part of cinema and of Frank Schaffner's career, ditto McQueen's and Hoffman's.

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2024 - 1:47 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yes, PAPILLON is perfectly respected, but you could argue that the Schaffner/Goldsmith collaboration in general isn't as celebrated among director/composer relationships as it should be, at least not outside the circles of film music fans and cineastes.

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2024 - 3:01 AM   
 By:   Laurent78   (Member)

I'm considering of upgrading too. This said, I saw the movie many years ago and therefore wonder if the bonus material is significantly different from the LP contents reproduced on the Universal France CD. Is it ?

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