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The Homecoming: A Christmas Story/Rascals and Robbers (1971/1982)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner
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Price: $9.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: March 2011
Catalog #: Vol. 14, No. 6
# of Discs: 1

The repertoire of outstanding film music composed over the past eight decades includes a wide variety of significant contributions in a style that might loosely be called “Americana.” FSM combines two such scores—both previously unavailable in any format—on this single CD. 

Fans have long desired a release of Jerry Goldsmith’s folksy, intimate music for The Homecoming: A Christmas Story—a 1971 television movie which led to the popular series, The Waltons. Patricia Neal and Richard Thomas starred in the heart-warming story of a rural family’s Christmas in 1933. Although the film was made quickly and on a limited budget, Goldsmith pinpointed the emotional core of the drama with a number of memorable themes. Sometimes lyrical and sometimes suspenseful, the music is consistently direct and captures the child-like sense of wonder that permeates the film. The composer arranged his score for a small orchestra that featured a core group consisting of two guitars, harmonica, accordion, recorder and harp.
For this premiere CD release, the complete score (including some passages that were cut from the film) has been mastered from ¼" monaural tapes in the CBS Inc. Film and Television Collection at UCLA Performing Arts Special Collections.
CBS premiered Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1982) just over a decade later. It featured Mark Twain’s iconic characters in a new story involving con men and gullible townspeople. Dismissed by critics as a “kiddy movie,” it is best remembered today for its highly enjoyable score by a young James Horner, completed mere days before he began work on his breakout success, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Horner recorded his music with a 37-piece orchestra at CBS’s Radford Facility—possibly the budding composer’s first experience on a soundstage. From the eerie sound of bass harmonica which colors the villain’s galloping, minor mode material, to the buoyantly optimistic and uplifting theme for Tom Sawyer, the score bursts with energy and fresh ideas. Astute listeners will note some of the composer’s musical trademarks already surfacing in this early effort.  The complete score is newly remixed and mastered in glorious stereo from ½" three-track masters in the CBS collection at UCLA.
FSM augments its CD of these two homespun classics with a 20-page booklet containing essays and track-by-track analyses for both productions (by Jeff Eldridge and Frank K. DeWald) as well as a brief history of Goldsmith’s work for The Waltons.
Jerry Goldsmith Scores on FSM
About the Composer

What to say about Jerry Goldsmith (1929-2004), the reason so many of us are soundtrack collectors in the first place? The Los Angeles native knew early on he wanted to write music for the movies, had an extensive training in television in the 1950s (starting at CBS), and went on to an unparalleled career in the movies—capable of brilliance in every genre, and beloved by his peers and fans. FSM has released as many of his scores as we could get our hands on, from classic TV work like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to famous features (Patton) and obscure gems like The Illustrated Man and 100 Rifles...heck, make that all of them. Jerry, we love you and miss you! IMDB

James Horner Scores on FSM
About the Composer

James Horner (b. 1953) is one of the most successful and in-demand composers of the modern era, capable of everything from traditional symphonic scores (Star Trek II, Aliens, Willow) to off-beat, ethnic and atmospheric approaches (Patriot Games, Sneakers)—often blending the two, as on the record-breaking and double-Oscar-winning Titanic. Classically trained, he originally intended to be a concert composer, before the realities of that field led to film assignments in the B-movie world of Roger Corman—and a rapid ascension through the Hollywood ranks. His credits read like a history of the modern-day blockbuster: 48 Hrs., Cocoon, An American Tail, Field of Dreams, Glory, Legends of the Fall, Apollo 13, The Mask of Zorro, The Perfect Storm, Troy and Avatar—to name but a few. IMDB

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Can't wait to get these 2 scores into my cd player. Thank you so much!

I'm familiar with the Goldsmith and love it.

The Horner I've not heard a note...but it's my favorite period of his so I'm bound to be pleased.

Wonderful release.

And, while in PLENTY of time for Christmas, this music can be played all year long.

The Horner I've not heard a note...but it's my favorite period of his so I'm bound to be pleased.[/endquote]

If you've heard Star Trek II and SWTWC, then you've heard a note.

Ordered right away - can't wait to get it - this was my only other Goldsmith grail.
Loved THE HOMECOMING since 1971 - a very simple and wonderful score.

Also looking forward to the early Horner work - I love the sweet sound of Americana on both scores - two thumbs up!!!

Thanks Lukas and FSM for this "Gift"...:-)

As a card carrying Goldsmith cultist, I have ordered this CD.

The Horner I've not heard a note...but it's my favorite period of his so I'm bound to be pleased.[/endquote]

If you've heard Star Trek II and SWTWC, then you've heard a note.[/endquote]


Great!!! Of course, ordered :)

Two copies for myself (one for Horner part of my collection the other for Goldsmith section) and several others for friends around here :)

Now looking forward to the shipping notice and can't wait to hear it :)

And of course these would come today when my credit card has fraud charges and I had to shut the account down, WONDERFUL news for me, darn it darn it. I hope I get these two goodies.

Just ordered it. Thanks so much for an early Horner score.

Lukas, it doesn't say on your description, but did Horner assemble Rascals & Robbers? Did he have anything to do with the release?

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Track List
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Rascals And Robbers
The Homecoming

Leader (Conductor):
Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith, James Horner

Judith Aller-Talvi, Israel Baker, George Berres, Harry Bluestone, Gloria Chappell, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), Sam Freed, Jr., David Frisina, Endre G. Granat, Clayton Haslop, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, Jacob Krachmalnick, Stanley Plummer, Connie Pressman (Meyer), Nathan Ross, Paul C. Shure, Robert "Bob" Sushel, Vickie Sylvester-Granat, Ilkka I. Talvi, Gerald Vinci, Arthur A. Zadinsky, Alex Zeylikovich

James F. Dunham, Pamela Goldsmith, Allan Harshman, Roland Kato, Myra Kestenbaum, Louis Kievman, Janet Lakatos, Robert Ostrowsky, David Schwartz, Joel Soultanian

Robert Lee "Bob" Adcock, Douglas L. Davis, Marie Fera, Kathleen Hougesen (Lustgarten), Armand Kaproff, Edgar Lustgarten, Frederick R. Seykora, Eleanor Slatkin

Milton Kestenbaum, Bruce P. Morgenthaler, Buell Neidlinger, Meyer (Mike) Rubin, Ray Siegel

Shirley Marcus

Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Dominick Fera, Norman H. Herzberg, Arnold Koblentz, Jack Marsh, Kathleen T. Robinson

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, Gale H. Robinson

Malcolm Boyd McNab, Judd S. Miller

Ralph E. Grierson

Robert F. Bain, Frank Hamilton, Thomas "Tommy" Tedesco

Dorothy S. Remsen

Tommy Morgan

Carl Fortina

Larry Bunker

Carl Fortina, Jerry (Jerrald) Goldsmith, James Horner, Arthur Morton

Orchestra Manager:
Herman Berardinelli, Eddie Robertson

Supervising Copyist:
Jerrold E. Immel

Beth Lee Ertz, Janet Guy, Edward E. Ocnoff, Lisa Beth Sheldone, Stanley Sheldone

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