Wow! World premiere release of exciting Leonard Rosenman soundtrack for John Wayne action movie, released by Universal, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Thrill-packed tale of oil well firefighters actually predicts slew of upcoming disaster movies for next decade. Rosenman anticipates disaster scoring style as well, anchors with energetic, propulsive main theme built from dynamic low brass rhythms with soaring French horn line playing above. In fact, rhythm becomes important thematic element of score, often carries the day by itself. Cool idea! Romantic music elements for Jim Hutton, Katherine Ross play in contrast to powerful music for firefighting sequences. Resulting score becomes one of the best previously unreleased scores from the sixties! Intrada CD presents complete score, mixed, mastered from original multi-track stereo session masters vaulted at Universal in magnificent condition. Colorful graphics plus liner notes by Jeff Bond complete package. Leonard Rosenman conducts.
01. Emblem (0:24) 02. Main Title (2:16) 03. George, Chance and Greg (4:29) 04. Chance Hurt (1:04) 05. Jack and Tish (4:43) 06. Tish's Theme (1:59) 07. Phone Call (3:53) 08. Just a Little Romance (1:49) 09. Burning Well (3:46)
The exciting music Leonard Rosenman scored for The Hellfighters was recorded at the
Universal scoring stage on August 22 & 23, 1968 with the composer conducting, Joseph
Gernshenson supervising. Customary for the studio, the actual sessions were recorded
onto four-track master elements consisting of left, center and right channels plus additional
pilot tones for synchronizing individual cues with the finished picture.
The Hellfighters has long since been a pet project for Intrada. While mono masters
were available, we held out hope for stereo elements. We never imagined the multi-track
session masters would have survived, much less be complete or in useable condition. But
hope springs eternal. Not only did all seven master reels survive intact, they were in perfect
condition. This allowed us to make brand new digital two-track stereo mixes of every
cue and assemble the complete score for presentation on this CD. The resulting audio
quality remains crisp and dynamic, with bold stereo separation and—courtesy of close
miking techniques—great orchestral detail.
We have assembled the entire score in picture sequence with the exception of the
opening montage of oil wells (named George 1, 2 & 3 in the film) that transitions into the
first music for Chance and Greg. We have included all of these brief pieces but in a slightly
altered sequence to allow a better assembly into a single cue. Also included is a version
of “Tish’s Theme” recorded at the sessions and slated to play after the “Jack and Tish”
sequence but subsequently deleted
during post-production. It may also
have been intended for further exploitation,
either as a single or for other
commercial purposes but no definitive
information on this particular
cue was available. Finally, we have
included a very attractive “source”
cue written and conducted by Rosenman,
sequenced exactly in the slated
position it was intended for (Reel 11,
Part 1), although it too was largely dispensed
with during post-production.
Beautiful trumpet solos illuminate this
Rosenman’s main titles and finale
are especially exciting, replete with
dramatic rhythms and soaring melodic lines. Another major highlight of the score (“Guerillas”),
written for the climactic action scene in South America, was especially challenging
for the composer to get down on tape. It required no less than eight separate takes of
each of two difficult sections comprising the cue. The resulting sequence remains one of
Rosenman’s most energetic compositions of a remarkable career. So grab hold—and enjoy!
Composed and Conducted by Leonard Rosenman.
Recorded on August 22 and 23, 1968, at Universal Pictures Scoring Stage.
VIOLIN Erno Neufeld
R. Marshall Moss
CELLO Edgar Lustgarten
BASS Milton Kestenbaum
FLUTE Arthur Gleghorn
CLARINET John Neufeld
OBOE Arthur Koblentz
BASSOON Lloyd Hildebrandt
HORN Vincent De Rosa
TRUMPET Emanuel Klein
TROMBONE Richard Nash
TUBA John Bambridge Jr.
PIANO Caesar Giovannini
ORGAN David Grusin
GUITAR Howard Roberts
BASS Joe Mondragon
BANJO Alton Hendrickson
HARP Dorothy Remsen
PERCUSSION Louis Singer