World premiere release of original soundtrack from Michael Anderson aviation rescue movie with Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark, George Chakiris. Frank Cordell anchors with rhythmic, exciting main theme, then surrounds with action, suspense & romance. Intrada presents score in mono (there is no evidence that stereo mixes were ever made) from 1/4" master elements stored in MGM vaults. Liner notes by Steven Mori plus cool sixties action cover art complete handsome package! Frank Cordell conducts. Intrada Special Collection release limited to 1000 copies!
The master tapes
for Flight From Ashiya were in very good condition, stored
in the MGM vaults. They were ¼” mono masters, as the
1964 film itself was presented with a mono soundtrack
only. There is no evidence that any multi-track or stereo
elements were ever recorded. There is, however, some
evidence that an album was being considered by the
United Artists label at the time. Normally the master
elements contain the various music cues in the order they
were recorded, with engineering slates prior to each take.
In many cases the tape boxes would include either internal
paperwork or have matching slates written on them by
the engineer during the sessions. But the master tapes for
Flight From Ashiya were already partially assembled into
film sequence, with smaller cues assembled into larger
ones and so forth. The boxes also had titles for each track,
indicating an album “mock-up” had quite possibly been in
the works. And one other interesting detail provides further
evidence: at the end of the second reel, someone had
actually added three tracks from 633 Squadron, another
United Artists aviation picture from that same year. While
neither soundtrack appeared at the time, an LP for 633
Squadron finally appeared more than a decade later.
Now that chapter in speculative history finally comes
to a close with this world premiere release of the soundtrack
for Flight From Ashiya.