BILLIE / POPI
Special Collection Volume ISC 125
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Doug's Tech Talk
World CD premiere of two Dominic Frontiere scores originally released as LPs on United Artists label in 1960's. BILLIE is Don Weis athletic tomboy pic with Patty Duke, Jim Backus, Jane Greer. Frontiere creates school girl musical romp with bounce tunes, dance tunes, numbers for Patty to sing. POPI is heartwarming Arthur Hiller drama with Alan Arkin, Rita Moreno. On this one, Frontiere brings degree of dramatic flavor to score. "Set Sail" sequence is colorful highlight with striking meld of classical form, contemporary harmony. Beautiful Spanish-flavor cues are further highlights. Both titles presented complete as originally issued by United Artists from pristine condition stereo album masters vaulted by MGM. Informative notes by Julie Kirgo round out tuneful package. Dominic Frontiere conducts.
Tech Talk From The Producer…
Billie and Popi are two flavorful, enthusiastic film
scores from the sixties by then-prolific composer Dominic Frontiere. For this world CD premiere,
Intrada located the original ¼” 15 ips twotrack
stereo album masters recorded for the
United Artists Records label releases of each
album, respectively in 1965 and 1969. The
master elements were preserved by MGM
in perfect condition and required no noise
reduction or other signal processing. Both
albums had vibrant, crisp stereo sonics and
are preserved on CD as such.
Customary for the day, each original
album was relatively brief. Therefore, we have
paired the two albums together on a single
CD. The original contents and program order
for both albums has been preserved as well.
The musical content of Billie is hip, spunky
and tuned to the sixties teenage beat. The music for Popi includes more dramatic content, including
some beautiful Latin-flavored melodies and a wonderfully symmetrical, nautically-buoyant sailing
sequence. Now sit back and spend an hour with Mr. Frontiere as he helps you relive (or experience
for the first time) those wild and wonderful sixties!