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 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Arch Stanton   (Member)


Film Score Monthly presents the first-ever release of the famed film composer’s None But the Brave, an ambitiously broad and majestic 1960s score that will delight fans

Linden, VA – June 18, 2009 – An important dramatic score from the early career of John Williams is now released in complete stereo form by Film Score Monthly.

None But the Brave (1965) is a WWII film about a small contingent of Japanese and American solders making an uneasy truce on a small South Pacific island until war rears its ugly head. The picture is perhaps best remembered as the first (and only) directorial effort of Frank Sinatra, who stars in a small role alongside Clint Walker, Tony Bill and a diverse group of American and Japanese actors (it was co-produced by American and Japanese studios).

For film music fans the star is John Williams, then known as "Johnny" and transitioning to feature films after productive years in television. Most of Williams' early films were comedies but None But the Brave was a notable exception, giving Williams the opportunity to write a broad, majestic main theme, with ambitiously chromatic counterlines somewhat in the style of his contemporary, André Previn. The body of the score blends tension-filled moments informed by Williams' dramatic scores for television; atmospheric and suspense writing that anticipate his future blockbusters (from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Raiders of the Lost Ark); and even lighter passages recalling his comedic work. The story also allows for sensitive depictions of the Japanese as well as American characters, and these feature carefully designed Japanese-flavored colors (decades before Memoirs of a Geisha).

Fans of the composer who thought they knew every last note of his oeuvre and have hungered for new Williams CDs will delight in this uncovered gem. It is fascinating to hear his development as an artist, as well as the voice he offered for cinema of the 1960s. And if you like his Lost in Space television music, there is at least one cue ("The Final Flight") that will make you exclaim, "Danger, Will Robinson!"

FSM's premiere presentation of None But the Brave features the complete score newly mixed from the original ½" three-track stereo scoring masters as recorded by Dan Wallin on the Warner Bros. stage. Engineered for FSM's CD by Mike Matessino, it sounds like it was recorded yesterday. Bonus tracks include Williams' music for the film's trailer, a piano solo performance of the theme (performed by the composer), and the commercial single recording of the main theme in the pop style of the day. Liner notes are by Jeff Eldridge. This is a limited edition of 3,000.

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 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   nekromantik   (Member)

Oh yeah, awesome!

Thanks Lukas!

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

Nice one Lukas, ordered!

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

Listening to the samples, the similarities to Andre Previn's style are striking. The opening horn theme in the main title is close that in "Inside Daisy Clover," and the use of tympani in "The Final Flight" cue instantly reminded me of "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse." I wonder if the producers asked Williams to write a Previnesque score-- a situation similar to that of THE FURY, when DePalma asked Williams to write like Herrmann. Nevertheless, I like this music and will order the CD.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)



 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   Zooba   (Member)





Okay, I've calmed down a touch.

Clips are so cool. Love that Ken Darby singers sounding version of the Main Theme. The trailer music cooks. Enjoying all the audio clips. Brilliant sound, it truly does sound as if it was recorded only yesterday!

The sound is so clear, that hearing Johnny playing the piano theme, you almost feel like you're sitting on the bench right next to him. Anyone hear hints of the seeds of JFK in the piece?

Superb early John Williams score.

Thanks again Lukas and FSM/SAE Teams!


 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 10:05 AM   
 By:   BabyStewie   (Member)

Interesting... I'm listening to the clips and find these highly provocative.

May wait to order to consolidate with any other surprises in the next few weeks.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

What a companion release to go along with

Thanks FSM & SAE!

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Holy crap!!! That came out of nowhere.

A funny thing is that I've tried to track down the film recently (in my effort to see as many Williams-scored items as possible), but unsuccessfully. So this is some coincidence.

Also, I've had a couple of tracks from the score previously (main and end titles, basically), and always loved the dramatic sound of them. So this will fill an important hole in his discography.

C&C or not, this has already been ordered!

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   Arch Stanton   (Member)

C&C or not, this has already been ordered!

Holy crap!!!

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   kingtolkien   (Member)


 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Rnelson   (Member)

Just ordered. Two vintage war scores from two of the greatest (In Harm's Way, which I still haven't recieved yet).

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

This is the stuff I live for! When you release classic, and not so classic, expanded editions, that is wonderful. But when you unearth early, and even later (like Intrada's ONE LITTLE INDIAN), totally unreleased scores from THE major composers it is like rediscovering them all over again. Thanks forever!

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   Squiddybop   (Member)

Now I'm glad I held off on placing an order with SAE yesterday. Very cool release, and great art direction, too! The inclusion of the Japanese title on the spine is a very nice touch, just like it was on Tora! Tora! Tora! and The Yakuza.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   fommes   (Member)

Now thís is what I call a bullseye! FSM does it again. Thanks so much.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

That's funny, I sky+ this a few weeks ago & saw it last weekend (I also saw it at the cinema when it first came out). Hard to follow as they left out the subtitles for the Japanese. I remember thinking, I'm not a big Williams fan, but this is a fine score, long gone I'm sure, but here we are!

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Listening to the samples, the similarities to Andre Previn's style are striking. The opening horn theme in the main title is close that in "Inside Daisy Clover," and the use of tympani in "The Final Flight" cue instantly reminded me of "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse."

I thought exactly that about the title music. It's real Previn. And, much as I like Williams, I sort of wish his overall career had steered him more to this side of his expression. It does sound great.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

great release!!

a 60's Williams different from his comedy or western style of that era. Very dramatic.

will hold it a few days to see what Intrada comes up with next Tuesday (big title!).

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   brian711   (Member)

great about time i have just orderd it...

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2009 - 2:11 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

It's great that some good sounding Warner stuff has started to be released.

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