World premiere release of complete Georges Delerue classic! Special Collection limited release of 1500 copies! SOLD OUT!
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World premiere release of complete original soundtrack from Robert Dalva follow-up to THE BLACK STALLION, starring Kelly Reno, Vincent Spano. Georges Delerue anchors outdoor action-adventure set in the Sahara with one of his richest themes of a legendary career filled with treasures. In balance are several exciting action cues for battle sequences plus climactic racing set-piece. Original 1983 soundtrack album presented 30 minutes of score, heavily edited, re-sequenced to make brief but effective album. However, much action music was left off, including striking variant of powerful major-key idea (heard just once before in "Clipper Take-off"), now played on brass in rousing fanfare style during final race. Other highlights include deeper examination of desert music plus final climax of score, deleted from original album and film. Complete score presented in stereo from original multi-track session masters vaulted at MGM. Since the 1983 LP incorporates many edits, changes to sequence, as a bonus we have included that admittedly-classic album as well, completely re-mastered from two-track stereo album masters. Georges Delerue conducts. Intrada Special Collection release limited to 1500 copies!
20. Alec And The Black Stallion (3:09) 21. Stowaway On The Clipper (2:08) 22. Raj Comes Home (3:33) 23. Meslar: Desert Hero (2:34) 24. Race And Escape (3:03) 25. Together Again (4:14) 26. Shetahn To Casablanca (1:28) 27. Oasis Attack (1:40) 28. Finale: The Black Stallion Returns (8:02)
Total Time: 30:16
Tech Talk From The Producer…
The original Liberty label 1983 soundtrack album
from The Black Stallion Returns gave listeners just 30 minutes of the rich, sweeping score Georges
Delerue wrote for the film. The Prometheus label later re-issued this same album on CD. Both
were mastered from a ¼” 15 I.P.S. two-track mix made by Dennis Sands at Group IV Recording.
It was a splendid album to be sure but still omitted some terrific cues, including the brilliant,
heraldic music when Alec gets back in the climactic race. In fact, the complete score includes
some 17 additional minutes of material not previously released.
For this world premiere release of the complete score, Intrada went back to the unedited
session masters made by Dennis Sands, made in multiple tracks at the high speed of 30 I.P.S. This
allowed us to include all of the previously unreleased music as well as improve on the stereo
separation of the original album master. While a fine mix, the original frequently seemed to focus
heavily on the center channel, especially with respect to the brass. In fact, the final bars of the
end credits had a splendid allegro triplet trumpet figure that
was somewhat buried and seemed to be begging to be heard.
Listeners will happily note the figure has now been freed at
last for the close of the complete score portion of this CD.
Also included on our CD is the original album
presentation drawn from the original ¼” album master.
For that presentation, producer Daniel Carlin and the
composer assembled a very thoughtful half hour experience
that bypassed the chronological film sequence and built
several tracks from unrelated cues into highly musical
pieces. Particularly effective was the editing of a late racing
sequence with the unrelated early clipper take-off cue, called
“Stowaway On the Clipper” on the LP. It is worth mentioning
that the clipper motif, one of the most striking of the entire
score, is used by Delerue only once again. Ironically, that one
time is the heraldic version that brings Alec back into the race,
the afore-mentioned piece omitted from the original album. (It can now finally be heard in the
complete score presentation during “Back to Race”.)
Carlin and Delerue also did considerable editing of the finale. Delerue originally scored the
ending of the movie with a climax, bringing the music to a strong finish and finally introducing the
end credits with a whole new piece. But the original album edited several portions, brought bits
in from earlier cues and joined the end credits music all into one lengthy cue. Fans of this terrific
closing music, some of the finest Delerue ever composed, can now enjoy both the musical LP
version and the equally musical (and more dramatic) version as originally composed by Delerue.
Enjoy now both the original half hour album from 1983 and the longer and more dramatic
complete score composed by Georges Delerue for The Black Stallion Returns.