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Grand Prix (1966)
Music by Maurice Jarre
Grand Prix Grand Prix
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Price: $25.00
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: October 2008
Catalog #: Vol. 11, No. 9
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement With Turner Classic Movies Music.

One of Maurice Jarre’s classic 1960s scores comes to CD in complete form: Grand Prix (1966), for director John Frankenheimer’s film about Formula One racing, a masterful technical achievement that has long been lauded as one of the best and most accurate films about auto racing ever made. The film covers the on- and off-track experiences of a group of racers during a Grand Prix season, headlined by James Garner, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford and Antonio Sabato as the drivers, and Jessica Walter, Eva Marie Saint and Francoise Hardy as the women they love.

Maurice Jarre had recently scored The Train (1964) for Frankenheimer (FSMCD Vol. 10, No. 8), and provided one of cinema’s all-time famous scores in Dr. Zhivago (1965) for M-G-M. Grand Prix, also from M-G-M, was hurriedly completed for Christmas 1966 release and Jarre was more or less left on his own to provide music that scored the personal journeys of the characters, rather than the visceral thrill of the racing (which was largely conveyed by sound effects in Frankenheimer’s naturalistic approach).

Jarre’s main theme evokes the pomp and grandeur of the Grand Prix experience, while two secondary themes apply to the French (Montand) and English (Bedford) racecar drivers. The score is beautifully melodic and sensitive, with a wafting Continental flavor that is at once refined yet accessible—Jarre’s career in a nutshell. Few other composers have been able to so elegantly provide the sense of a theatrical frame as Jarre, while maintaining an intimacy with the characters—an achievement he nimbly repeats in Grand Prix.

Grand Prix was previously released on LP and CD but this newly restored and expanded master features superior sound quality (remixed from the original 35mm three-track magnetic film sessions), and eliminates the sound effects that briefly appeared on a couple of tracks on the vinyl. Tracks 1-20 present the complete score, while tracks 21-30 feature alternate and album selections. Liner notes are by Paul Andrew MacLean, featuring new interview comments by Jarre. For the original LP notes—which would not fit inside the CD booklet—go here.

Maurice Jarre Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Maurice Jarre (1924-2009) launched to the top of the film scoring world with his iconic score for Lawrence of Arabia in 1962—and pretty much stayed there. His unorthodox but powerful symphonic style is most often associated with epics by David Lean (Dr. Zhivago) and others but he was just as masterful with intimate subject matter (The Collector) and synthesizer scores(Witness). FSM has released not only several of his feature film scores, but a CD of his concert music from the 1950s in his native France.IMDB

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Just a reminder that the Grand Prix online notes seem to have been overlooked when providing the useful PDF versions. I've found the PDFs very convenient so I hope there will be one for GP.

Love Jarre's percussive approach on the Overture / Main Titles. One of my favorite FSM releases.

I agree that having pdf eBooklets is very convenient; in this regard, I do believe KR has the jump on everyone - they have eLinerNotes for everything. Now if we can just get HHW to change the colors on the pages, bc the green and red are toasting my retinas. (jk)


Lloyds cancelled Jim Garner's insurance bc of the inherent dangers of the film; what a great little note.


Reading the low quantities report #8, I'm pleased to see that this sold so well, it's a favorite FSM of mine.

1400 x 1400 cover:

All sizes:

It's been quite a while since I've heard any of this score. It was one of my very first soundtracks on vinyl but I didn't particularly recall 'loving' this score. Since this thread was brought up, I thought I'd go in and actually listen again to this score. I listend and it sounded different to me than that old album and - I like it! The more intimate and quiet passages of this score are actually quite lovely, still distinctly Jarre and quite lovely. I think I'll order this. Someone here says it's sold very well, is this title on any past list of very limited quantities?

We have pressed all 3,000 copies and have 217 left in stock.

We have pressed all 3,000 copies and have 217 left in stock.

Gone baby, gone...

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Robert Armbruster, Maurice Jarre

Leonard Atkins, Israel Baker, Harry Bluestone, Henry Arthur Brown, Herman Clebanoff, Samuel Cytron, Kurt Dieterle, Noumi / Naomi Fischer, Elliot Fisher, Claire Hodgkins, Arnold T. Jurasky, Anatol Kaminsky, Jerome Kasin, Murray Kellner, Robert Konrad, Bernard Kundell, Robert S. Levine, Alfred Lustgarten, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Emanuel Moss, Erno Neufeld, Wilbert Nuttycombe, Stanley Plummer, Lou Raderman, Sally Raderman (aka Sarah Kreindler), Mischa Russell, Ambrose Russo, Esther Sherman (Rabiroff), Paul C. Shure, Albert Steinberg, Heimann Weinstine

Myer Bello, Dorothy Colton-Pratt, Albert Falkove, Cecil Figelski, Phillip Goldberg, Allan Harshman, Myra Kestenbaum, Mary Laporte, Virginia Majewski, Reuben Marcus, Robert Ostrowsky, Joseph Reilich, Paul Robyn, Barbara A. Simons (Transue), Darrel Terwilliger

Joseph DiTullio, Justin DiTullio, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Lucien Laporte, Emmet Sargeant, Frederick R. Seykora, Gloria Strassner

Mario Camposano, Milton Kestenbaum, Peter A. Mercurio, Keith "Red" Mitchell, Robert King Stone

Ethmer Roten, Sylvia Ruderman, Gretel Y. Shanley, Sheridon W. Stokes

Norman Benno, John F. Ellis, Arnold Koblentz

David N. Atkins, Roger Benioff, Roy A. D'Antonio, Robert A. DeTolve, Jerome Kasper, Don Lodice (Logiudice), Mitchell Lurie, John Neufeld, Hugo Raimondi, Joe Skufca, Arthur C. Smith, Julian Spear

Fowler A. Friedlander, Charles A. Gould, Lloyd Hildebrand, Jack Marsh

Herman Berardinelli, Henry Emerson, James R. Horn, Dale C. Issenhuth, Jerome Kasper, Andreas Kostelas, Hugo Raimondi, Blake Reynolds, Ethmer Roten, C. E. "Bud" Shank, Joe Skufca

French Horn:
John W. "Jack" Cave, Vincent N. DeRosa, Herman Lebow, Arthur Maebe, Jr.

Chase E. Craig, Virgil P. Evans, Oliver Mitchell, Uan Rasey, James Salko, George Werth, Rubin Zarchy, James C. Zito

Hoyt Bohannon, Perry Botkin, Randall Miller, Richard Noel, Barrett O'Hara, Robert Pring, James V. Sawyer

D'Artagnan Liagre

Caesar Giovannini, Artie Kane, Pearl Kaufman (Goldman), Michael Melvoin

Paul Beaver

Laurindo Almeida, Michael Deasy, John Pisano, Lyle Ritz, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Max Gralnick

Laurindo Almeida

Carol Baum, Marjorie Bundock, Stella Castellucci, Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Doris Johnson, Denzil (Gail) Laughton, Gayle Levant, Dorothy Victor

Carl Fortina, Frank T. Messina

Dale L. Anderson, Hubert "Hugh" Anderson, Leo Arnaud, Frank L. Carlson, Ralph Collier, Richard Cornell, Gene Paul Estes, Frank J. Flynn, Earl Hatch, Sheldon "Shelly" Manne, Earl C. Palmer, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Harold L. "Hal" Rees, Eric Remsen, Jerry D. Williams, Robert Yeager

Orchestra Manager:
Gerald C. Whelan, James C. Whelan

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