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 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   buysoundtrax   (Member)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK/THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACKS - FEATURING MUSIC COMPOSED BY CRAIG SAFAN - TO BE RELEASED ON BSX RECORDS



http://buysoundtrax.stores.yahoo.net/grsmrogrtedy.html
SRP: $15.95

LISTEN TO A SOUNDCLIP FROM the score for THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE
http://buysound.webjedi.net/Great%20Smokey%20Dynamite%20Chase/14%20-%20Main%20Title.mp3

LISTEN TO A SOUNDCLIP FROM the score for THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK
http://buysound.webjedi.net/Great%20Smokey%20Dynamite%20Chase/01%20-%20Main%20Title.mp3

BUYSOUNDTRAX Records presents the World Premiere soundtrack release of THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK/THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE, featuring music composed by Craig Safan (THE LAST STARFIGHTER, REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS, SON OF THE MORNING STAR) for two genre films from the late 1970s.

THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK, also known as THE GOODBYE RUN, was written and directed by John Leone (TOUGH ENOUGH) and starred Henry Fonda, Eileen Brennan, Robert Englund, Susan Sarandon, Melanie Mayron, Dub Taylor, Austin Pendelton and John Byner. Released in 1977, THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK tells the story of Elegant John (Fonda), a lifelong truck driver whose big rig has been repossessed while he has been hospitalized for cancer treatment. John breaks out of the hospital and decides to steal his 18 wheeler back in order to make one last cross-country run before he dies. Along the way, he meets Beebo (Englund), a down-on-his-luck Bible thumper, and hooks up with an old flame, brothel owner Penelope (Brennan) and her bevy of recently evicted happy hookers and takes them along for the ride. To score the film, composer Craig Safan wrote a score that mixes blue grass, country blues and Coplandesque Americana that paves the way for Elegant John’s final run for freedom. One of the highlights of the score is the main title, modeled after Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring. The composer recorded the piece with a string quartet, three woodwinds, horn, trumpet, percussion, bass and piano (which he played himself). THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK also contains one of Safan’s favorite compositions, a theme for Beebo, who is characterized by a jaunty sidestepping melody on dobro. For Fonda’s character and the dramatic action in the film, the composer takes a more classical approach.

THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE, also known as DYNAMITE WOMEN, was directed by Michael Pressman (DOCTOR DETROIT, BOULEVARD NIGHTS) , written by Mark Rosin and Peter MacGregor-Scott, and starred Claudia Jennings(‘GATOR BAIT, DEATHSPORT, FAST COMPANY) and Jocelyn Jones (TOURIST TRAP, THE ENFORCER). Released in 1976, THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE tells the story of Candy Morgan (Jennings) and Ellie-Jo Turner (Jones), two small town girls at the end of their respective ropes who join together and try to take some control over their lives. Recently escaped from prison, thanks to a handy stick of dynamite, Candy first bumps into Ellie-Jo when Candy appears at her bank and robs the place, threatening to light the fuse on her dynamite if the bank manager doesn’t comply. Candy needs to get money to save her family farm as the bank is getting ready to foreclose on the property. After Candy gets away with the money, Ellie-Jo is fired for not trying hard enough to stop Candy’s departure. Later, as Ellie-Jo has left her small town and is hitchhiking on the highway, she gets picked up by Candy and they begin their friendship. Impressed by Candy’s boldness and ingenuity with the dynamite, Ellie-Jo suggests they partner up and they start robbing banks all across Texas, earning themselves the nickname ‘the Dynamite Women’. If the story sounds familiar today, it was later recycled with a much larger budget (and a far more fatalistic ending) in 1991’s THELMA AND LOUISE. To score the film, composer Craig Safan combined elements of rock, country, blues and Americana to create a unique hybrid score. In addition, THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE gave Safan an opportunity to showcase his talents as a songwriter and he provided two songs for the film.

Craig Safan has composed music for numerous feature films, television shows, theatrical musicals, and circuses. He is the winner of eight ASCAP Top Show Awards as well as an Emmy nominee. Craig is also a recipient of a Watson Foundation Fellowship and is a member of the Executive Music Committee at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Currently Craig divides his time between Los Angeles and New York City where he is developing several new musicals.

BUYSOUNDTRAX Records presents the world premiere soundtrack release of THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK/THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE, featuring music composed and conducted by Craig Safan, mastered by James Nelson of Digital Outland. The booklet contains liner notes written by noted author Randall D. Larson and includes comments from the composer and producer/director Michael Pressman.

THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK/THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE is a limited edition release of 1000 units. Suggested Retail Price is $15.95.

The first 100 copies sold through our website will include a booklet autographed by composer Craig Safan.

THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK/THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE is available for pre-orders at www.buysoundtrax.com and orders will begin shipping on August 6,2012

TRACK LIST


THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK
01. Main Title from
The Great Smokey Roadblock 4:49
02. In The Truck Yard 2:58
03. Beebo's Theme 1:41
04. Beebo Puts His Foot Down 1:17
05. Beebo Drives 0:50
06. I Can't Help It 1:22
07. John And Penelope 2:02
08. Packing Up Eleanor 5:05
09. Troubled Sleep 1:41
10. Whoopsie-Daisy 1:45
11. Convoy To The Roadblock 6:47
12. Good Times, Good Friends 1:05
13. John's Last Run 1:16

THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE
14. Main Title from
The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (3:33)
15. Late To Work (0:49)
16. Candy's Short Fuse (1:59)
17. Ellie Jo Hits The Road (1:33)
18. Candy Meets Ellie Jo (0:49)
19. Duds (2:44)
20. Highway Patrollin' (2:51)
21. The Woman Behind The Man (2:04)
22. Candy Negotiates (3:12)
23. Let's Get Rich (1:24)
24. Ellie Jo Sets The Charge (1:04)
25. New World Bank (0:39)
26. Petty Thief (1:18)
27. Love Is Good To Me (4:32)
28. Greg Stays (1:41)
29. The Law (0:43)
30. Escape From Del Rio (2:22)
31. The Big Getaway (2:13)
32. End Credits from
The Great Texas Dynamite Chase (1:33)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

If the story sounds familiar today, it was later recycled with a much larger budget (and a far more fatalistic ending) in 1991’s THELMA AND LOUISE.

The only damper on this release is how it was (ironically) a car accident that claimed Claudia Jennings just two years later.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Did anyone else notice "smokey" is spelled wrong on THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE cover?

James

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

YES.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 6:14 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

I have never heard of this film but i am going to make a wild guess and say it is a sexpoitaion film.
am i right?
wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

I have never heard of this film but i am going to make a wild guess and say it is a sexpoitaion film.
am i right?
wink



In The case of THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE is more of 70's Drive In Film, naked ladies now and again, explosions,chases,rednecks,etc

In short dumb fun.


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 9:27 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I have never heard of this film but i am going to make a wild guess and say it is a sexpoitaion film.
am i right?
wink


Actually, it's a double bill and neither of them's a sexploitation film (c'mon, Henry Fonda? He may have been in The Swarm, but he never did stuff like that).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2012 - 9:29 PM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

By the way, I like the title of track 25. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 12:54 AM   
 By:   HalloweenBorg   (Member)

I'm building a big order at buysoundtrax and thought I would include this. Does any know if dynamite is out of Print because I can't find at their site. Will it be back in stock? Would like to know before I submit my order! Thanks!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 4:25 PM   
 By:   HalloweenBorg   (Member)

I'm building a big order at buysoundtrax and thought I would include this. Does any know if dynamite is out of Print because I can't find at their site. Will it be back in stock? Would like to know before I submit my order! Thanks![/endquote

Bump.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2021 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Did (m)any people (Craig Safan fans or otherwise) buy this?
I didn't, to begin with, as it looked a bit too high risk.
But I've been on a bit of a Craig Safathon recently, and decided to 'bite the biscuit' for a decent priced copy on ebay.
The main attraction (see what I did there) is the latter score (but programmed first on the CD) THE GREAT SMOKEY ROADBLOCK.
It's small scale Copland/Americana and some light folk, but it's got that great feeling of a young composer starting out, limited budget and resources, but tons of inspiration and freedom.
Not unlike some of those wonderful, early years Horner* scores.
There's about 33 minutes of it (tracks 1-13) and it's a fun, enjoyable listen.
GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE is probably more for his die-hard fans.
Less Americana, more Hill-Billy Rock and blue-grass ensemble playing.
Nowt wrong with it, and fine if you like that sound/style (and it's always musical), but less 'dramatic film score sounding' than SMOKEY ROADBLOCK.
Let's hear YOUR thoughts.

*both scores recall elements of PURSUIT OF D.B COOPER and Horner's 80s TV scores.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2021 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Did nobody buy this two-fer from BSX Records?

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2021 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I didn't even know about it.

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2021 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   Mose Harper   (Member)

I bought the download in their last sale.
I'm listening to it right now.

I love it. Both scores are a enjoyable listen, though I'm a little more partial to the funky, quasi-hillbilly groove of TGTDC over the slightly more sombre, and earnest, Smokey Roadblock.
The theme on the former has a great hook.

I picked up a few things in their last sale include Blake's Duelists, Morton's Hardly Working, Goldsmith's Vampirella, and Holdridge's Winterhawk.
I've enjoyed them all, but Winterhawk (complete with kitschy vocal theme) and this one have easily gotten the most plays.
I've spun one or the other at least once every couple days for the last month or so.

If I have one negative thing to say- I'm not a fan of the jacket design for TGTDC.
I realize it's using the original key art. I just think I can come up with a better one at some point, either with that or using some stills. Till then I'm using the Roadblock art for iTunes ( I didn't bother splitting them up as they flow beautifully together).

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2021 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I might have checked it out when it was released, but that's it. The only Safan I have in my collection is the beautiful "Elegy" from SON OF THE MORNING STAR, but I've owned several more soundtracks of him, and sampled quite a bit over the years. Don't know why none of them stuck. I've always been curious about Safan's incidental music for CHEERS. Not sure how it would hold up as a listening experience (sitcom music rarely does), but as I'm a big fan of the show, I'm curious nonetheless.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2021 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Cool...people are playing (searches for thumbs up emoji)
Random answers...
I wonder if he still gets good pay cheques for CHEERS, although it's the song that everybody knows (its name) wink
Did he compose a piece for CHEERS that ran more than 10 seconds?
WINTERHAWK is great Mose, can't beat 70s Holdridge...and a western score to boot!! Grand.
I also enjoy both GREAT scores (Smokey & Texas) but the more orchestral SMOKEY is more in my wheelhouse.
I don't mind the cover/artwork, although it won't bend to display the SMOKEY cover without mashing up the booklet (BSX booklets are always a little unwieldy, I find).
Still, I can live with two leggy blondes in bras and tight denim shorts giving me the eye (even if one wants to shoot me and the other one wants to blow me up) wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2021 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

I bought it.

 
 
 Posted:   May 12, 2021 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)


I wonder if he still gets good pay cheques for CHEERS, although it's the song that everybody knows (its name) wink
Did he compose a piece for CHEERS that ran more than 10 seconds?


Did he write a piece that wasn't a transition?

 
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