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 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 1:37 AM   
 By:   Jack Nizel   (Member)

Perseverance is proud to reissue the soundtrack to the 1963 Sidney Poitier film, Lilies Of The Field. This movie is still seen by many as a milestone in cinema. The film launched Sidney Poitier and earned him an Oscar and Golden Globe for his portrayal of handyman Homer Smith, the first time an African-American actor had ever won a major award for Best Actor. The film was a landmark in cinema and needed a composer who could convey the film with a down to earth, rural, folksy sound. Jerry Goldsmith created a score that was both jubilant and accessible for anybody to listen to.

Featured as part of the score is a piece called Amen featuring the vocals of Jester Hairston. This showed that Jerry Goldsmith was going to be a much sought after composer with his use of southern gospel tinged spiritual music and a score that hews to an Americana vibe. To many who have heard this score it's a mix of sincerity and jubilation. A must have for any Goldsmith fan and those who want to hear something different.

Some facts about this recording:

? Sony had this remastered for us. It's in mono (it's a 1963 film) but it sounds excellent.
? Limited to 3,000 CDs.
? This is a straight reissue of the original album.
? Original LP cover art.
? Reasonably priced CD.
? Features liner notes by Jeff Bond

We hope you will enjoy this reissue of Lilies Of The Field. We were quite ecstatic to get the rights to this one. Keep this in mind - our deal for this runs over the next few years. With the CD business becoming more and more challenging each day, this may never see another reissue. As with all Perseverance Reissue releases, we wanted to make sure it was affordable so it's there for fans to enjoy at a reasonable price.

Thanks for reading.

Track Listing:
1 Main Title 1:53
2. Homer Returns 1:34
3. The Roof 1:16
4. Homer Awakes / Breakfast 3:12
5. Feed the Slaves / Drive to Mass 1:37
6. Amen / Sunday Morning / Amen 3:59
7. The Contractor 2:28
8. Out of Bricks 1:08
9. No Hammer / Return of the Prodigal 4:21
10. Lots of Bricks / Aid Given / Aid Rejected 6:53
11. Amen 2:18
12. End Title / End Cast 1:26

But, Available ONLY to the US and Canada!

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 2:40 AM   
 By:   smuli of finland   (Member)

and this isn't a joke? why is it available to north americans only? i needs this.

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 2:43 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Sony had this remastered for us. It's in mono (it's a 1963 film) but it sounds excellent.

Was the "stereo" version of the original Epic LP (catalog no. BN-26094) actually mono or in fake stereo? Or was the stereo album master not found?

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   Senojanaidni   (Member)

and this isn't a joke? why is it available to north americans only? i needs this.

Buy it from sae or intrada soon i hope.

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 5:14 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I still have the 'european' CD with the LP program. Surprised it didn't get any expansion as this seems to be just a reissue? Is there more music in the movie?

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

But, Available ONLY to the US and Canada!

What is it with Perseverance and their geographical restrictions? First Animals United and now this!

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

Happy enough anyway with the existent CD (I think on the PEG label - I don't have it to hand to check). Not really one of my favourite Goldsmith scores, and the Amen song is to my mind unlistenable.

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 5:36 AM   
 By:   Moonie   (Member)


 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 6:06 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Available ONLY to the US and Canada

like Animals United... which is now available everywhere.
I'll buy my copy next month.

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   Mark Ford   (Member)

Not a favorite Goldsmith score for me (just not a style of music I like), BUT I must get it for completion sake as it is one of the last available scores of his I don't yet have.

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

I was surprised to read that the film "launched" Sidney Poitier. The actor had actually been working in films for thirteen years by that point in his distinguished career. He had been prominent since at least Blackboard Jungle (1955) and had been receiving star billing since 1957. More precisely, Lilies of the Field was responsible for his Academy Award, which happened to come at a time when civil rights for African Americans had moved to the very center of our political discourse.

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   mrchriswell   (Member)

Yes, Poitier had been a star for some time before this picture. This is the one that began the process of embalming him in sactity. He was a far more compelling screen presence in the 50s. Defiant Ones would have been a much better Oscar choice for Poiter than this godawful thing. I don't know a black person who'd be caught dead watching it. MY family certainly couldn't sit through it.

And for what it's worth, it might also be Jerry Goldsmith's least interesting effort of the 60s. They paired to much better effect on Patch of Blue.

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   Hercule Platini   (Member)

I've just given the PEG another spin in goodness knows how long, and I like it more than I thought I did. Maybe when I bought it I was more in the mood for the later, fully orchestral Goldsmith rather than the FLIM-FLAM MAN smaller ensemble sound.

Still can't stand the song, though. I don't know its relevance to the movie - I've never seen it - but it's jarringly out of place on the CD.

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

The song, "Amen," is merely the heart of musical score! I can't imagine how you could have an ST album without it. It was written by Jester Hairston, who dubbed for Sidney Poitier. Like the film itself, it is simple, unpretentious, and (to my mind) very likeable. Movie and score have a place in my heart because (for me) they introduced a new and very promising composer -- Jerry Goldsmith. Only years later did I learn that the song was not his own creation.

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

Amen to that! smile

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 1:02 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Still no answer to the question regarding geographical restriction. Perseverance have been happy enough to accept my money in the past (from UK)

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

I don't quite get it myself Peter (maybe it's cheaper for them to only license it for sale in the USA and Canada?).
However, it doesn't stop anyone from buying their CD's from the UK and elsewhere.
SAE, Intrada and MovieMusic will take your money and send you the discs, like they have before (David Newman's ANIMALS UNITED was marked the same way but I have a copy, and bloody great it is too!).
I might pick this one up. I've only ever had the LP, having missed the earlier CD releases and the score has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Hell, I even like the prayer. It's damned catchy! (I know, all them cuss words in praising a PRAYER!!! - LORD STRIKE ME DOWN! wink

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   sprocket   (Member)


 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Holdridge is a very talented composer, and if PASTIME is half as good as LILIES OF THE FIELD I must get it.

This was Opus One for Goldsmith as far as LP's were concerned. I'd fallen in love with his music on the THRILLER TV series, I loved his music when I saw LILIES, and for month after month I kept hoping for a soundtrack album, was overjoyed when it finally appeared. To this day, I get an uplift every time I play the CD.

Maybe I'd see the film differently if I saw it for the first time today, but back in the early sixties when I was still a youngster I found it lovely and uplifting, like the score, and clearly a labor of love for all concerned. Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but personally I think the condescending comment above does a disservice to the film and to audiences of any race. In retrospect, I've come to feel -- and I had the privilege of sharing this thought with Mr. Poitier the one time I met him -- that the film has never gotten its due for its role in helping a traumatized country heal itself in the time of mourning after the JFK assassination.

I'm very glad that the album is being reissued and will be reaching new fans.

 Posted:   May 1, 2012 - 10:32 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

It's a score that kind of grows to your liking. I'll leave this release to those who don't have it, unless it really sounds better than the PEG.

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