2-CD set offers both complete Jerry Goldsmith original soundtrack (courtesy of 20th Century Fox) from legendary multi-Academy Award winning WWII film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, with George C. Scott in dynamic title role PLUS first CD release of original 1970 Fox album Goldsmith recorded of his powerful score with London musicians (courtesy UMG).
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At last! 2-CD set offers both complete Jerry Goldsmith original soundtrack (courtesy of 20th Century Fox) from legendary multi-Academy Award winning WWII film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, with George C. Scott in dynamic title role PLUS first CD release of original 1970 Fox album Goldsmith recorded of his powerful score with London musicians (courtesy UMG). Much has been written about magnificent score, inventive use of trumpets playing triplet figures through echoplex (flutes do it, too!). Famous title march is masterful blend of triplets, exciting "patriotic" melody for piccolo, flute, trumpet, moving "religioso" line for organ, basses, low brass. Three musically diverse ideas work independently or meld perfectly, reflecting three complex facets of famous general. Intrada CD 1 presents complete soundtrack in chronological order (including opening trumpet salute recorded at sessions) then offers fascinating "extra" of trumpet echoplex session, spotlighting Goldsmith rehearsing & recording famous trumpet triplets with echoplex device. CD 2 offers first-ever CD release of 1970 album originally issued on 20th Century Fox label, presented from actual album masters. Goldsmith stated performance for these sessions were his favorite, offering best mixing of snare drum, crisp pizzicato strings, other details. Important difference between soundtrack and album versions: Film sequence necessarily presents almost all quiet music for first half then all loud music for second half. For album sessions, Goldsmith gives architecture of score more variety. Another striking difference: at album sessions, Goldsmith scored special dynamic fully-drawn version of his German march theme (quoted just twice in film in variations) to balance with familiar Patton march. Exciting arrangement made dramatic finish to first side of LP! Intrada presents this complete stereo album, including opening Patton speech (spoken by George C. Scott), closing speech as recorded for LP (mixed in mono with voice), then offers special world premiere "extra" of album end title in stereo without dialog! Julie Kirgo offers insights to film & score in detailed notes for booklet, original classic Fox LP artwork features on cover. Special two-disc set priced as a single disc! Jerry Goldsmith conducts both recordings. Intrada MAF series 2-CD set is definitive presentation of classic score, belongs in every film music library!
01. Patton Salute (Solo Bugle) (0:44) 02. Main Title (3:08) 03. The Battleground (2:14) 04. The Cemetery (2:42) 05. The First Battle (2:50) 06. The Funeral (1:54) 07. The Hospital (3:36) 08. The Prayer (1:11) 09. No Assignment (2:23) 10. Patton March (1:53) 11. Attack (3:15) 12. German Advance (2:32) 13. An Eloquent Man (1:43) 14. The Payoff (2:26) 15. A Change Of Weather (1:23) 16. Pensive Patton (0:16) 17. End Title (2:20)
Total Soundtrack Time: 37:03
18. Echoplex Session (5:29)
CD 1 Total Time: 42:43
CD2 Original 1970 Score Album
01. Patton Speech (4:54) [spoken by George C. Scott] 02. Main Title (2:17) 03. The Battleground (2:19) 04. The First Battle (2:48) 05. Attack (3:14) 06. The Funeral (1:53) 07. Winter March (1:55) 08. Patton March (2:04) 09. No Assignment (1:59) 10. German Advance (2:31) 11. The Hospital (3:18) 12. The Payoff (2:22) 13. End Title & Speech (1:01) [spoken by George C. Scott]
The music Jerry Goldsmith wrote for Patton stands out as the
zenith in a lengthy career of landmark film scores. Patton was, of course, the most honored picture of
1970. The music was an integral part of that success, so much so that Goldsmith re-recorded the score
himself just for record albums.
When the film was first released, an actual soundtrack album was not made available. Instead,
Goldsmith chose to go to England and record the highlights with faithful performances that he could
actually tailor for listening purposes, as opposed to tempos and timings that mirrored the needs of the
picture. It was a superb performance, one the composer himself described as “the best,” in a detailed
recording that enhanced everything from the balancing of those famous echoplex trumpet triplets with
the orchestra through the organ passages right on down to the snapping pizzicato figures in the strings.
This album now makes its first appearance on CD.
In addition to getting a commanding performance, Goldsmith scored a unique new sequence
never recorded for the film: a dynamic rendition of his German march melody, heard only once on the
actual soundtrack in a variation with considerable dissonance as the “German Advance.” Goldsmith took the opportunity to score a special version of this striking
march in a straight-forward setting, illuminating the importance
of the melody and using it to dramatically close out the
first side of his original LP under the title “Winter March.” The
other version was also recorded and is heard on the second
side of the LP.
One of the most important considerations Goldsmith
made with respect to his LP recording was in the actual
sequencing of his cues. Unlike virtually any other score he
had written, because of the dramatic needs of the picture,
all of the quieter pieces are used in the first half of the film
and all of the larger cues play during the second half. While
this was of great significance in the architecture of the picture,
Goldsmith felt it made for less dramatic listening when
heard as a stand-alone experience. As such, he actually
tailored the LP for listening purposes rather than just as a souvenir of the film.
And a final note about the LP version of the end title: On the 1970 stereo album, released
by 20th Century-Fox Records, the second side closed with the “End Title” actually being mixed in
mono and relegated to one channel to make room for George C. Scott’s moving final speech. Our
CD presents the premiere release of that sequence in stereo without the dialog. Astute listeners will
enjoy hearing not only the familiar final major chord as it fades in the orchestra and organ but, for
the first time, the gentle ring of a gong underneath played as a final punctuation mark. Those final
bars were dialed out on the LP early but are heard intact in our stereo mix. Both the original LP mix
with dialog and the previously unreleased stereo version without dialog appear on CD 2. For the film
itself, the soundtrack version of the cue segues directly into the end cast credits, and that sequence
is preserved as well on CD 1.
This is music that literally makes you want to salute. So go ahead, turn up the volume,
stand at attention… or, at least, sit up straight… and follow Patton into that great WWII with
Jerry Goldsmith at your side!
Composed and Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith.
Recorded on October 31, November 3-5, 1969, at twentieth Century Fox Scoring Stage, Los Angeles, California.
VIOLIN Louis Kaufman
Adolph Di Tullio
J. Arthur Brown
VIOLA Alvin Dinkin
CELLO Kurt Reher
Joseph Di Tullio
BASS Meyer Rubin
FLUTE Luella Howard
CLARINET Russell Cheever
William "Buddy" Collette
TENOR Plas Johnson
BARITONE Richard Nash
OBOE Gordon Pope
BASSOON Don Christlieb
HORN Vincent De Rosa
TRUMPET Carroll "Cappy" Lewis
TROMBONE Edward Kusby
TUBA Clarence Karella
John T. Johnson
PIANO Artie Kane
ORGAN Anita Priest
HARP Ann Stockton
DRUMS/PERCUSSION Hal Rees
BAGPIPES James McColl
BALALAIKA Nick Bolin