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None But the Brave (1965)
Music by John Williams
None But the Brave None But the Brave
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Price: $19.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: June 2009
Catalog #: Vol. 12, No. 12
# of Discs: 1

An important dramatic score from the early career of John Williams is released in complete stereo form by FSM: None But the Brave (1965), for a WWII film about a small contingent of Japanese and American soliders 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, starring Sinatra 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’s 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’s dramatic scores for television; atmospheric and suspense writing that anticipate his future blockbusters (from Close Encounters 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 Fight”) that will make you exclaim, “Danger, Will Robinson!”

FSM’s premiere CD 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, and engineered for FSM’s CD by Mike Matessino, it sounds like it was recorded yesterday. Bonus tracks include Williams’s 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. 

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About the Composer

John Williams (b. 1932) is not only the composer of most of the biggest blockbusters of all time—including Star Wars, E.T., Jaws, the Indiana Jones films, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and many more, many of them directed by Steven Spielberg—but he has transcended film music to become the world's most famous living composer, and an American institution. His popular symphonic scores are so iconic that they often overshadow the fact that he has been equally proficient at sophisticated, adult fare (Schindler's List, Images) and had a successful career in composing (for television and often comedy features), arranging and performing well before he even met Steven Spielberg. FSM, like most labels, will release everything it can of Williams's music, and has concentrated (for reasons of availability) on his early years as "Johnny" Williams when he was doing sterling work on relatively little-known television and films—always with an amazing attention to melody and detail. In fact, his early works are fascinating for the ways in which they foreshadow his later, world-renowned efforts. IMDB

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This is so totally awesome I can hardly breathe!

This is so totally awesome I can hardly breathe![/endquote]

Just wake up Ron? Join the crowd of revelers! You are most welcome!

This is so totally awesome I can hardly breathe![/endquote]

Just wake up Ron? Join the crowd of revelers! You are most welcome![/endquote]

No, Zooba...I read about this at the FSM site...and it was there I posted.


Any release of early John Williams is great news and I ordered this immediately. I can only hope that as John Williams' titles are ticked off a few each year that we actually will see the light of day for Williams' BLACK SUNDAY.

Yes, Black Sunday is one I'm waiting on.

I want to say kudos to Lukas & FSM for releasing this. It's been on my "grail" list for a long time. And also to SAE for their shipping. I ordered the day it was announced and had it within 4 days.

Hard to believe this thread has tanked so fast! I just received my copy yesterday and have heard it through twice now. This is a tremendous score, loaded with great melodic material, interesting and well-developed suspense cues and bold action, a far more coherent and accomplished early effort than one might expect from a guy who was doing mainly tv and comedy scores at the time. The album is a great listen, and I recommend it highly to anyone who appreciates a damn fine orchestral score! This is not just "something Williams did before anyone ever heard of him" -- it's a demonstration of the kind of talent that would later make Williams a household name.

Here is the Main Thread for NONE BUT THE BRAVE the morning it was announced:

Here is the Main Thread for NONE BUT THE BRAVE the morning it was announced:[/endquote]

Thanks, Zoob. I would have had to go back to page 4, where it had fallen below even the thread about THE ELECTRIC MIST! I hope this release is doing well -- hate to see a good score go unappreciated.

Still waiting for mine - thought it would come Friday, but now I must wait until tomorrow.

Still waiting for mine - thought it would come Friday, but now I must wait until tomorrow.[/endquote]

I expected mine on Friday also.

Hey,bdm, did we comment on each other's messages before or something ? Your face somehow seems familiar!

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Morris Stoloff

Israel Baker, David Berman, Henry Arthur Brown, Samuel Cytron, Harold Dicterow, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), Noumi / Naomi Fischer, Jacques Gasselin, Anatol Kaminsky, Daniel Karpilowsky, George Kast, Joseph Livoti, Dan Lube, Hillard Lubie, Alexander Murray, Erno Neufeld, Jerome Joseph Reisler, Nathan Ross, Sam Ross, Sidney Sharp, Hans Wippler, Harry Zagon, Tibor Zelig

William Hymanson, Maurice Keltz, Louis Kievman, Virginia Majewski, Spinoza Paeff, Sanford Schonbach

Naoum Benditzky, Armand Kaproff, Irving Lipschultz, Kurt Reher, Harold Schneier, Eleanor Slatkin

John Bambridge, Jr., Milton Kestenbaum, Peter A. Mercurio, Joseph Mondragon

Burnett Atkinson, James Briggs, Justin Gordon, Leonard V. Posella

Liliane Lhoest Covington

Richard H. Anderson, Dominick Fera, Mitchell Lurie

Norman H. Herzberg

French Horn:
Arthur E. Briegleb, James A. Decker, William A. Hinshaw, Wendell Hoss, Sinclair Lott

Robert Divall, Pincus "Pinky" Savitt, Larry Sullivan

Edward Kusby, Kenneth Shroyer, Frank Sullivan

John Bambridge, Jr.

Raymond Turner

Barney Kessel, Allen Reuss, Fred T. Tavares

Denzil (Gail) Laughton, Dorothy S. Remsen

Frank J. Flynn, Walter Goodwin, Milton Holland, William Kraft, Louis Singer

Orchestra Manager:
Kurt E. Wolff

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