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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: The Wrath of God
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2009 - 4:38 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The dubbing of this "Lalo's 100 Rifles" is appropriate given the aggressive action music and folkish melodies. The only thing that surprises me more than The Wrath of God flying "under the radar" is that 100 Rifles hasn't sold out!!! Get 'em both, action lovers---you won't regret it.

Thanks to FSM for introducing me to another score that I include among my Schifrin favorites.

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2009 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Jim, this is getting tiresome. Post something I DON'T agree with willya?

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2009 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

I think what might put people off THE WRATH OF GOD is the fairly strong 'latin source music' flavour of the early part of the album. It initially put *me* off anyway, although I did eventually succumb and buy it. There is some excellent Lalo action and suspense music later which some may not be aware of.

Unfamiliarity with the film itself (I'd never heard of it prior to the CD being released) may be another factor in it 'flying under the radar'.

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2009 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Posted: Mar 19, 2009 - 6:41 PM
By: Thomas Banacek (Member)

What's the music like?

It's a "versatile" and folkloric" score.
It's Latin American-flavored, including Mexican cues, Tango music, Bossa Nova, minimalist melancholic melodies.
It's a Mexican "Kelly's Heroes/Dirty Harry" score with hip arrangements if you can catch my meaning.
It features hectic action and subdued suspenses cues:
"El Viaje/Cordona"

Please listen to this clip:

 Posted:   Sep 5, 2009 - 8:04 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

I think what might put people off THE WRATH OF GOD is the fairly strong 'latin source music' flavour of the early part of the album. It initially put *me* off anyway, although I did eventually succumb and buy it. There is some excellent Lalo action and suspense music later which some may not be aware of.

As this is one score which did arrive in the post, I can comment on it - Simon is right in that the best tracks are situated in the second half of the score. Which from memory reflects the film - certainly the best track which builds into typical Schifrin with a swelling version of the key theme is towards the end shootout, as Victor Buono climbs into the car with his tommy gun quoting poetry!

 Posted:   Sep 6, 2009 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Sheesh! It's always the same four or five people chiming in on all my topics! I'll have to add you all to my (non-gift) Christmas list! wink

I also wonder why releases like TWOG are so under the radar--Schifrin isn't terribly popular on this board, the film is virtually forgotten and rarely seen, and Jazzy scores aren't often the 100 piece LSO orchestra scores that many like so much. I just hope the right people find this score, as there's much to appreciate for the Schifrin fan.

 Posted:   Sep 6, 2009 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   MICHAEL HOMA   (Member)

i have been meaning to get this score for such a long time. and for some reason, i just forget with all the new releases coming out so fast. will correct that now . thanks for the reminder jim.

 Posted:   Mar 28, 2010 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Finally saw this movie about a month ago and the film is a rollicking good time! Mitchum as gun-wielding priest and Victor Buono's finest "big screen" performance; his last scene is particularly memorable. Thanks again to FSM for getting this score out there!

 Posted:   Sep 15, 2011 - 4:19 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Finally ordered this tonight. Look forward to receiving more Lalo!.

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2011 - 3:11 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Since I've got this, I can tell you all to buy it because it's great. If I didn't have it I'd be sitting here hoping nobody would say anything positive so that nobody would buy it before I did.

 Posted:   Sep 16, 2011 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   Miguel Rojo   (Member)

Peter, its a sound buy. Its very lisenable all the way through but one or two tracks are pure immense Schifrin.

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2012 - 1:47 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE WRATH OF GOD has been released as a made-on-demand DVD from the Warner Archive,

 Posted:   Sep 21, 2012 - 1:50 AM   
 By:   Steve H   (Member)

For a terrible few seconds there I thought this was #249!!
Not that there's anything wrong with this score.
You see Im hoping for King Kong and being very selfish.
big grin

 Posted:   Jan 20, 2013 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

There's an eight-season two-part episode of MANNIX, "Bird of Prey" (1974-75) which has some source music that sounds like it's right out of The Wrath of God main title. The instrumentation is about the same, too. It sounds like Lalo was "paraphrasing" himself.

 Posted:   Feb 20, 2013 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Desert Run", a seventh-season MANNIX episode has a chase cue 38 minutes in that is reminiscent of, you guessed it, The Wrath of God, which is thankfully available on WB's Warner Archive DVD on demand series.

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2017 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

For those who raise the views count on this thread, but don't comment...yes, it's out of print. Too bad for you.

It gives me a hearty laugh when I read posts by those unable to handle/stand the Latin music stylings found on this score. That's also too bad for you.

Been listening to this great, forgotten score by Lalo Schifrin, and the movie itself is as much of a blast to watch as the score is to hear. Thanks again to FSM for producing yet another fine classic of a score to a film I had no idea even existed. Listen to that jazzy-as-Hell main title, boys!

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2017 - 2:07 PM   
 By:   Martin B.   (Member)

Brought this score several years ago. Never seen the film but was checking out samples from various FSM releases to find a title to fill an order, so a bit of a blind buy.
Have loved it from the first spin. Not a huge Lalo fan, but when he's on form, like he is here, he writes some terrific stuff with some great themes at play here. Again, not a huge fan of 'jazzy' scores but here it just works wonderfully well.
Never seen the film and probably never will but it's a great score.

 Posted:   Jan 27, 2017 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Listen to that jazzy-as-Hell main title, boys!

What "jazzy-as-Hell main title" would that be, Jimbo? The kind of upbeat Track 2, which bears little thematic relation to the rest of the score? And isn't really jazzy at all?

A matter of semantics. One man's jazz is another man's jizz. I love this score. Although there are indeed some "kick-arse" (sp?) tracks, I actually find a lot of of it quite subdued. Brilliantly crafted, and a great listen, but not really as action-packed as JG's Rifles. But the action is exhilarating. I think that there's a part of the long action cue near the end that's a bit like an Abba song. What was that?

I rate this on the same level as JOE KIDD. Maybe not quite what fans of westerns or jazz would immediately be thrilled by, but I was, and you were, and that's all that matters dude.

P.S - AÑADIDO POR SATÉLITE ESPÍA/// grahamwatt_ha añadido, un día después_///

I've just watched the opening credits which JimBob mentioned as being "jazzy-as-Hell", and which I questioned. Well, indeed. I think it still plays out on CD as part of the opening three tracks of source music. It looks like the music playing during the credits is "semi-diegetic" - the characters are dancing around, even when there's a firing squad going about its bloody business, so it's an interesting juxtaposition. But I say "semi-diegetic", because I don't think that the music heard is reallly supposed to be coming from anywhere in particular.

As to "jazzy-as-Hell", well yes, but it's more Latin American dance music to me, which of course overlaps with the more accepted notion of jazz. Oh, and it's pure Lalo too! Great!

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