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The Unforgiven: Classic Western Scores From United Artists (1960)
Music by Elmer Bernstein, David Buttolph, Gerald Fried, David Raksin, Dimitri Tiomkin
The Unforgiven: Classic Western Scores From United Artists The Unforgiven: Classic Western Scores From United Artists The Unforgiven: Classic Western Scores From United Artists
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Price: $49.95
Limited #: 1500
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Line: Box Sets
CD Release: September 2007
Catalog #: Vol. 10, No. 10
# of Discs: 3

Limited to 1,500 Copies!

FSM inaugurates a new concept in film score CDs: the "budget box set"—in this case, five western scores from the film library of United Artists presented on a 3CD set for $34.95.

The Unforgiven (1960) starred Burt Lancaster as the eldest son of a Texas pioneer family who secretly adopted an Indian girl as their daughter (Audrey Hepburn). The film was directed by John Huston and explores powerful themes of racism in addition to being a big-budget action spectacle. The score by Dimitri Tiomkin features his Texas-sized sense of showmanship (with large-scale action cues for the frontier) as well as a lyrical, evocative love theme centered on Hepburn's character. The stereo LP (the only surviving music) is presented from the original master tapes.

Cast a Long Shadow (1959) was a low-budget "B" western starring Audie Murphy as a fatherless drifter who inherits a ranch—and nearly destroys it in his effort to prove himself. The tuneful, Coplandesque score by Gerald Fried features an array of pleasing Americana themes and large-scale cues for the cattle roundups. It is presented in complete, chronological form in monaural sound.

The Horse Soldiers (1959) is more accurately a Civil War film—the only one John Ford directed—starring John Wayne as a Union colonel who leads a horse cavalry on a sabotage raid deep into Confederate territory. William Holden costars as a humanitarian Union doctor. The score by David Buttolph makes liberal use of Civil War-era melodies, many of them performed vocally (in the style of the 1950s) as marching songs. The (electronic) stereo LP is presented here—the only surviving masters—which was more of a Civil War concept album containing a few Buttolph score cues.

Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964) was a moody film starring Yul Brynner as an engimatic Cajun gunslinger hired by a small New Mexico Territory town to eliminate an ex-Rebel soldier. The film is not a High Noon-style suspense piece as much as a character story of prejudice and unrequited love. David Raksin's intricate, emotionally "interior" score features a terrific main title, and notably omits strings in favor of a chamber-like sound that emphasizes woodwinds. The complete score is presented in monaural sound from the finished film's music stem.

Finally, Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) was the second sequel—and third film overall—in the popular The Magnificent Seven series, starring George Kennedy, James Whitmore and Joe Don Baker amongst the titular gunfighters. Elmer Bernstein returned (along with his famous theme) in the score that was adapted for the new film by his orchestrators, Leo Shuken and Jack Hayes. Essentially, the score features versions of Bernstein's themes from the first two Magnificent Seven films arranged by Shuken and Hayes and then newly conducted by Bernstein in London. The previously unreleased complete score is presented in excellent stereo sound.

If FSM released these three discs separately, the cost would be $59.85—or even $50.85 if the discs were $16.95 each. By bundling the material together as a "budget box," the cost is down to $34.95, and listeners get to enjoy some rare material that might never be released on its own. Extensive liner notes are by Lukas Kendall. The three discs and 32-page booklet are packaged in a "butterfly" or "clamshell" case (as with our 3CD sets of Mutiny on the Bounty and Goodbye, Mr. Chips), all attractively designed by Joe Sikoryak.








Elmer Bernstein Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Elmer Bernstein (1922–2004) had a Hollywood career that lasted over a half a century; invented and reinvented himself as a composer across several genres (jazz, epics, westerns, comedies and adult dramas); and scored more than a few Hollywood classics—The Ten Commandments, The Magnificent Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Escape and Airplane! to name but five. FSM has released a dozen of his scores and counting, but the most popular may be Heavy Metal (1981)—don't be fooled by the title, it's Elmer's "Star Wars." In addition to his prolific work as a composer, Bernstein was a tireless champion of film music as an art form, serving on the boards of several professional organizations and in the 1970s recording his own LP series of classic Hollywood scores, Elmer Bernstein's Film Music Collection, released by FSM as a 12-CD box set. IMDB

David Buttolph Scores on FSM
About the Composer

David Buttolph (1902-1983) was a prolific Hollywood Golden Age composer best known for his extended associations with Twentieth Century-Fox (1935-1947) and Warner Bros. (1948-1964)—primarily on "B" films, though some ended up as (cult) classics (Kiss of Death, House of Wax). He also collaborated on the scores of others, as on Alfred Newman's The Mark of Zorro. He finished his career largely in TV westerns; he wrote the theme to the 1957-1962 Maverick. IMDB

Gerald Fried Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Gerald Fried (b. 1928) contributed scores to some of the most famous 1960s TV series including Star Trek ("Amok Time"), Gilligan's Island, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Lost in Space. His career began in the 1950s with several features for his Bronx friend Stanley Kubrick (The Killing, Paths of Glory) and has also encompassed classic '50s horror like The Return of Dracula and, into the '70s and '80s, landmark longform television such as Roots. His scores are distinguished by his distinctive rhythms and also colorful writing for woodwinds (he is an oboe player).

David Raksin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

David Raksin (1912-2004) came to Hollywood to orchestrate and arrange for Charlie Chaplin on Modern Times; his lengthy career encompassed such classics as Laura and The Bad and the Beautiful. His dense, intellectual but beautifully intricate music pushed the boundaries of musical and cinematic expression and won him legions of admirers; he was also involved behind the scenes in composers' organizations, film music preservation and academia. Very little of his copious and high-quality film work is available on CD, but FSM has attempted to rectify that with releases such as the 5CD set, David Raksin at M-G-M. IMDB

Dimitri Tiomkin Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Russian composer Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979) was larger-than-life both for his showman-like personality and mammoth symphonic scores for epics like Land of the Pharaohs, Giant and The Fall of the Roman Empire. But his sense of theatricality also told him when to go "small" as well as "large," as in the ballad "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling" from High Noon. He wrote everything from the western staple "Rawhide" to the hysterical theremin horror score for The Thing From Another World. He had a knack for melody, for knowing his audience and wearing his heart on his sleeve. IMDB

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Track List
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Cast A Long Shadow
Invitation to a Gunfighter

Leader (Conductor):
Gerald Fried, David Raksin

Arnold Belnick, Blanche Belnick, Sam Freed, Jr., David Frisina, James Getzoff, Mort Herbert, Nathan Kaproff, Dan Lube, Norman Pokrasov, Eudice Shapiro-Kast, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel)

Phillip Goldberg, Robert Ostrowsky, Sanford Schonbach, Milton Thomas

Victor Gottlieb, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Edgar Lustgarten

Abraham Luboff

Arthur Gleghorn, Sylvia Ruderman, Roger Stevens

Bert Gassman, Arnold Koblentz

Kalman Bloch, Merritt Buxbaum, Edmund Samuel Chassman, Roy A. D'Antonio, Dominick Fera, Bert Gassman, Charles Gentry, Richard Lesser, Mitchell Lurie, John Neufeld, Hugo Raimondi, George Smith, William A. Ulyate

Bass Clarinet:
Dominick Fera

Norman H. Herzberg, Walter Ritchie

French Horn:
James A. Decker, Vincent N. DeRosa, William A. Hinshaw, Herman Lebow, Richard E. Perissi, Alan I. Robinson, Gale H. Robinson

Irving R. Bush, John Clyman, Robert Divall, Maurie Harris, Emanuel "Manny" Klein, Uan Rasey, Manny Stevens

Hoyt Bohannon, Charles Bovingdon, Robert Marsteller, Richard "Dick" Nash, Lloyd E. Ulyate, Seymour "Cy" Zeldin

Sam Rice

Pearl Kaufman (Goldman)

Laurindo Almeida, Robert F. Bain, Jose Barroso, Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson

Otis Maphis

Walter Ritchie

George Fields

David Grupp, William Kraft, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne

Frank J. Flynn, William Kraft, Louis Singer, Robert Winslow

Hugo Friedhoffer, David Raksin, Ruby Raksin

Orchestra Manager:
Robert Helfer

Charles F. Adams, Lloyd Basham, Robert Bornstein, Percival Goldenson, Danny Gould, Jack McTaggart

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