ORGANIZATION, THE

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 144
Date: 1971
Time: 0:26:40
Tracks: 9
World premiere release of vibrant soundtrack to third and final film starring Sidney Poitier as Police Lt. Virgil Tibbs, a commanding role begun with IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. Gil Melle takes over scoring reins from Quincy Jones, creates dynamic, exciting score for orchestra with meld of jazz flavor, complex orchestral color. Evidence found in master tape boxes plus correspondence with late composer's spouse suggests discussions were in play to release brief album at time of initial film release, during heyday of United Artists Records 25-29 minute souvenirs of UA movies, albeit LP never materialized. Short running time is offset by vivid stereo audio from 1/4" two-track masters courtesy of MGM which feature most of score's major set-pieces. Gil Melle conducts. SOLD OUT!

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  • World premiere release of vibrant soundtrack to third and final film starring Sidney Poitier as Police Lt. Virgil Tibbs, a commanding role begun with IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT. Gil Melle takes over scoring reins from Quincy Jones, creates dynamic, exciting score for orchestra with meld of jazz flavor, complex orchestral color. Evidence found in master tape boxes plus correspondence with late composer's spouse suggests discussions were in play to release brief album at time of initial film release, during heyday of United Artists Records 25-29 minute souvenirs of UA movies, albeit LP never materialized. Short running time is offset by vivid stereo audio from 1/4" two-track masters courtesy of MGM which feature most of score's major set-pieces. Gil Melle conducts.
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    01. The Organization (2:28)
    02. Main Title (5:37)
    03. Virgil's Theme (3:34)
    04. The Whole World (1:48)
    05. Annie Lost (4:33)

    06. Mr. Tibbs (1:05)
    07. Night Danger (1:26)
    08. Subway Chase (3:13)
    09. The Organization [Reprise] (2:28)

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    Gil Mellé had his work cut out for him in 1971 when he scored the third film in the landmark “Mister Tibbs” trilogy that began in 1967 —both previous films were scored in trend-setting fashion by Quincy Jones.

    But the third film introduced a grittier, more realistic tone. Rather than continue scoring in a manner similar to the earlier installments, Mellé brought a fresh new approach to the character, infusing it with music full of vibrant brass and tense strings and layering into the fabric a strong experimental veneer.

    It is a relatively brief score by most standards, playing in deliberate manner just when needed. But when it plays it is given a high profile which adds much to the pace and excitement of the film.

    For our premiere presentation of the score, we embarked on a search that led us to partial master elements from both MGM as well as the estate of the late composer. Complete session elements no longer existed from either party, however our efforts did yield crisp, clean ¼” two-track stereo masters offering just under a half hour of music, roughly edited and including most of the major set pieces—as if an album had already been planned.

    And perhaps it had. Both MGM paperwork and the tape boxes themselves included hand-written notes suggesting which tracks should be placed where for maximum listening effect and which tracks would probably be the most commercial. Though it is not known for certain, evidence suggests that a soundtrack album was prepared by the composer, for the United Artists label at the time. Since the same label had produced albums for both previous films and frequently issued LPs running 25 to 28 minutes in length, the idea has credibility.

    So enjoy now Gil Mellé’s vivid and flashy score as prepared for an imaginary seventies vinyl platter. Drop out and tune in!

    —Douglass Fake



  • Composed and Conducted by Gil Melle.
    Recorded on September 1, 8 and 9, 1971, at Goldwyn Studios.

    This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
    American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.


    LEADER/
    ORCHESTRATOR

    Gil Melle

    ORCHESTRA
    MANAGER

    Martin Berman

    VIOLIN
    George Berres
    Bobby Bruce
    Shirley Cornell
    Jacques Gasselin
    James Getzoff
    Anatol Kaminsky
    Marvin Limonick
    Ralph Schaeffer

    CELLO
    Harold G. Bemko
    Ronald Cooper
    Jesse Ehrlich
    Marie Fera
    Anne Goodman
    Ray Kramer
    Emmett Sargeant


    BASS
    Charles Domanico

    DRUMS/
    PERCUSSION

    John P. Guerin
    Paul N. Humphrey
    Emil Radocchia
    Mark Stevens
    Tommy Vig

    WOODWINDS
    Gene Cipriano
    Robert W. Cooper
    Bernard Fleischer
    Jules Jacob
    John E. Lowe
    Donald J. Menza
    Clifford E. “Bud” Shank

    FRENCH HORN
    Vincent DeRosa
    William Hinshaw
    Richard L. Mackey
    Arthur N. Maebe
    Richard E. Perissi


    TROMBONE
    Gilbert M. Falco
    George M. Roberts
    Thomas M. Shepard
    Lloyd Ulyate

    TRUMPET
    John Audino
    Conte Candoli
    Jay J. Daversa
    James C. Zito

    TUBA
    John T. Johnson

    OTHER
    Pete Robinson
    Brian Moffatt
    David P. Pritchard

    COPYIST
    George Summerson
    H. Warren Baker
    Leonard Wolstein