Special Collection Volume ISC 149
Expanded CD for GATOR! SOLD OUT!
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World CD premiere of expanded original soundtrack from GATOR, directed by Burt Reynolds, starring Reynolds plus Lauren Hutton, Jack Weston, Jerry Reed. Sequel to WHITE LIGHTNING also engages Charles Bernstein for scoring duties. Bernstein responds with flavorful score full of Southern twang & grit, plus several gentle thematic sequences to balance action. Intrada CD presents original United Artists stereo LP contents from actual album masters, including infectious opening ballad sung by Reed, then follows with additional previously unreleased cues from scoring session masters vaulted in mint condition courtesy of MGM. Charles Bernstein conducts. Intrada Special Collection release limited to 1200 copies!
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The Original United Artists LP Release
01. 'The Ballad Of Gator McKlusky'
(Composed and Performed by Jerry Reed) (3:03)
02. For A Little While (Beach Love) (2:26)
03. Fight In The Night (3:21)
04. Hanna's Club (2:14)
05. Leaving Home For A Little While (Changing Love) (1:40)
06. Cocktails At The Pool (1:59)
07. Laying The Trap (3:37)
08. 'For A Little While'
(Composed and Performed by Bobby Goldsboro) (1:49)
09. Swamp Chase (2:44)
10. Moment Of Truth/Ghetto Shakedown (2:55)
11. Erotica (2:02)
12. For A Little While (Goodbye Love) (1:37)
Total Original Album Time: 30:04
The Extras (Cues Not On The Original LP Release)
13. First Meeting (2:42)
14. Society Source (1:51)
15. Gator Drugged (3:23)
16. Alley Scene (2:07)
17. Gator Makes His Catch (2:15)
18. For A Little While (Last Love) (2:26)
Total Extras Time: 14:59
Tech Talk From The Producer…
Gator was first released on the United Artists
Records label as an LP in 1976, coinciding with the initial release of the picture to theaters.
Charles Bernstein selected 30 minutes of music from the soundtrack and created a lean, tight
and very musical assembly for the record, offering key highlights from his score as well as the
title ballad and one other song which he interpolated throughout the score.
For our world premiere CD release on Intrada, all parties involved in the production wanted
to maintain Bernstein’s original presentation. Indeed, it would have been challenging to try
and improve on the terrific album he had prepared originally. Happily, MGM had retained
the original ¼” two-track masters for the UA album, allowing us to re-master the program and
present it intact on our CD.
During development of the project, MGM also located the original ½” three-track scoring
session masters, allowing us to now produce cleaner digital stereo mixes than those originally
done in analog more than thirty years ago. While working with these session masters, we
discovered several score selections that were not included on the original LP. Since we did not
want to alter the musical flow of what Bernstein had already created, we elected to include
these additional cues as “extras” after the album program concludes. While these new cues
bring extra color to themes
covered in the original album,
the real find was the “Gator
Drugged” sequence, which
takes the score in a more cerebral
and textured direction.
For those wishing to program
this important new cue into the
album section, a literal picture
sequence isn’t possible since
Bernstein edited the original
album for maximum listening
pleasure, but an appropriate
be inserting it after track 10
(“Moment Of Truth”/“Ghetto
And a final note to those familiar with that classic original LP. A substantial number of
copies of the back cover were issued listing the final selection on side two as including a reprise
of the opening ballad. This was a simply a typographical error making it past proofreaders
of the day. The ballad was, of course, not repeated on the actual pressings.
So now it’s time to sink into your deepest Southern frame of mind, wade into those dangerous
swamps and—as Jerry Reed warns at the end of his memorable ballad—“Don’t let that
Gator bite you on your… “, well you get the idea.
Conducted and Composed by Charles Bernstein.
Recorded on February 19 and 20, 1976, at Western Recorders, Studio I, Hollywood, California.
This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
CONTRACTOR & SOUND CONSULTANT
John Caper Jr.
Judy L. Eaton
Jack M. Gootkin
Gareth D. Nuttycombe
Barbara A. Simons
Jan R. Kelley
Raymond J. Kelley
Milton E. Nadel
John E. Lowe
William A. "Billy" Mays
Dennis M. Budimir
Alan C. Estes
Mark Z. Stevens
H. Warren Baker