Original soundtrack from intense Michael Winner western with solid cast
led by Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Robert Duvall, many others.
Unyielding pursuit without mercy by title character inspires Jerry
Fielding to fashion long-winding main theme for strings over unrelenting
bed of complex harmonies. Action sequences carry aggressive bursts of
dissonant brass, reflective sequences get haunting solo colors from
clarinet, flute. Fielding balances between intense music
uncharacteristic of traditional western scoring and transparent,
relective music showcasing strings with intricate percussion detail.
Only once does Fielding nod towards convention, offering some rousing
Copland-ish razzle dazzle with "Branding the Cattle". In an
astonishingly detailed recording (made by Richard Lewzey in London)
Fielding gets dynamic sound, particularly from his brass. At the end of
the branding sequence, for example, listeners can pinpoint a virtuoso
figure being tossed about by one, then two, then three separate trumpets
in a tour-de-force display. Stunning writing, exciting playing!
Although relatively brief at just over half an hour, Fielding's complete
score manages a stunning degree of depth, melodic development and
variety of color. Conductor credit in the film goes to David Whitaker
per union requirements at the time but sessions were indeed helmed by
the composer. This Intrada Special Collection release offers a world
premiere of the complete score in dynamic stereo sound, mastered from
MGM's original session elements. Jerry Fielding conducts.
01. Main Title (4:39) 02. Step Wide (1:26) 03. Ryan Rides (0:40) 04. First Meeting (0:42) 05. Old Family Burial Grounds (3:03) 06. Harvey's Body (0:40) 07. Sitting Out (0:53) 08. Predators (4:01)
09. Branding the Cattle (1:36) 10. Requiem In The Pasture (4:14) 11. Laura (0:50) 12. The Gun (1:20) 13. Laura's Room (2:43) 14. Corman's Funeral (0:54) 15. Revolution (2:52) 16. Finis (1:18)