MASADA (2CD)

Jerry Goldsmith
& Morton Stevens
Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 171
Date: 1981
Time: 2:29:29
Tracks: 64
Wow! At last! Mammoth complete presentation of Emmy Award-winning score to epic mini-series from Universal, starring Peter O'Toole, Peter Strauss. Legendary tale of Jewish rebels defending fortress against legions of Rome inspires Jerry Goldsmith to create magnificent score full of scope, spectacle. In 1981, Goldsmith re-recorded 38-minutes in London for superb MCA album but curiously omitted his fierce action cues as well as many other sequences. For actual soundtrack, Goldsmith recorded Parts 1 & 2 with 65 players at Universal Studios, then passed baton to Morton Stevens for completion of Parts 3 & 4. Intrada proudly presents every cue recorded for all four parts, mixed in dynamic stereo from 2" 24-track & 1/2" 4-track session masters stored in mint condition at Universal. Everything is included, from largest powerhouse set-piece to smallest Roman fanfare. Each part plays as individual program, introducing unique credit music and new material while working with ideas from previous parts, then concluding with familiar Masada end credits. Highlighting Goldsmith parts are riveting "Burning City", ferocious "The Granary" & "Nothing To Worry About", lengthy "Move On" (heard on LP as "Road To Masada"). Another highlight: Goldsmith offers striking Roman march for trumpets, horns, woodwinds, percussion. Highlighting Stevens portion are powerful "Ram's Head" theme for battering ram plus massive final siege cues. Informative notes by Jon Burlingame compliment exciting package. Jerry Goldsmith conducts Parts 1 & 2, Morton Stevens conducts Parts 3 & 4. SOLD OUT!

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  • Wow! At last! Mammoth complete presentation of Emmy Award-winning score to epic mini-series from Universal, starring Peter O'Toole, Peter Strauss. Legendary tale of Jewish rebels defending fortress against legions of Rome inspires Jerry Goldsmith to create magnificent score full of scope, spectacle. In 1981, Goldsmith re-recorded 38-minutes in London for superb MCA album but curiously omitted his fierce action cues as well as many other sequences. For actual soundtrack, Goldsmith recorded Parts 1 & 2 with 65 players at Universal Studios, then passed baton to Morton Stevens for completion of Parts 3 & 4. Intrada proudly presents every cue recorded for all four parts, mixed in dynamic stereo from 2" 24-track & 1/2" 4-track session masters stored in mint condition at Universal. Everything is included, from largest powerhouse set-piece to smallest Roman fanfare. Each part plays as individual program, introducing unique credit music and new material while working with ideas from previous parts, then concluding with familiar Masada end credits. Highlighting Goldsmith parts are riveting "Burning City", ferocious "The Granary" & "Nothing To Worry About", lengthy "Move On" (heard on LP as "Road To Masada"). Another highlight: Goldsmith offers striking Roman march for trumpets, horns, woodwinds, percussion. Highlighting Stevens portion are powerful "Ram's Head" theme for battering ram plus massive final siege cues. Informative notes by Jon Burlingame compliment exciting package. Jerry Goldsmith conducts Parts 1 & 2, Morton Stevens conducts Parts 3 & 4.
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    CD 1
    Masada - Part I
    01. Main Title (5:16)
    02. Burning City (1:51)
    03. Not Finished (0:38)
    04. Nothing To Worry About (1:05)
    05. Roman Fanfare/Not For Years/Taxes (2:54)
    06. The Granary (2:03)
    07. No Horses (1:27)
    08. Too Dark (0:49)
    09. The Mime (Roman Source) (2:58)
    10. Welcome Home (1:46)
    11. Roman March (2:54)
    12. Your Land (4:40)
    13. Masada - End Part I (1:06)
    14. Masada Theme (End Credits) (1:23)
    Total Part I Time: 31:24

    Masada - Part II
    15. The Return (3:08)
    16. Move On (7:14)
    17. The Moabites (2:27)
    18. Lineup (2:49)
    19. Roman Horns/Formalities Over (0:57)
    20. The Camp (1:11)
    21. Not Necessary (1:49)
    22. Bumper No. 3/No God (1:50)
    23. The Sun (1:31)
    24. Roman Horns/Another Victory (0:38)
    25. Night Patrol (1:43)
    26. The Slaves (4:39)
    27. Bumper No. 2/A Matter Of Logic (2:55)
    28. The Mask (1:23)
    29. Her Desire (0:47)
    30. Everybody In The Pool (2:47)
    31. A Man Before (2:15)
    32. No Chance (0:13)
    33. Bumper No. 1/Back To Work/Masada - End Part II (1:39)
    34. Masada Theme (End Credits) (1:23)
    Total Part II Time: 44:03

    CD 2
    Masada - Part III
    01. Masada Intro (0:37)
    02. Belly Dance (3:55)
    03. Nothing To Give (0:51)
    04. Running Water (3:30)
    05. Voice From Above (2:01)
    06. Falco's Tour (1:40)
    07. Mid-Day Ration Of Death (1:58)
    08. Building The Ramp (1:13)
    09. Pain In The Neck (1:30)
    10. Falco's Orders (0:37)
    11. 901 Tk1 (0:53)
    12. Masada - End Part III (2:29)
    13. Masada Theme (End Credits) (1:23)
    Total Part III Time: 23:07

    Masada - Part IV
    14. Precarius Meeting (4:15)
    15. Meeting Unsuccessful (1:56)
    16. Zealots Prepare (1:45)
    17. Sheva Gives Again (1:40)
    18. The Tower (0:56)
    19. Discovery/Inner Wall/Ram's Head (10:28)
    20. Burn It/Fire (5:28)
    21. Sheva's Decision (5:05)
    22. West Wind (0:29)
    23. Zealot Meeting (0:33)
    24. Make-Up For Death (1:50)
    25. Elezar Speaks (4:36)
    26. Plenty Of Time (0:44)
    27. Reckless (0:45)
    28. Silva's Soliloquy (6:33)
    29. Masada - End Part IV (1:40)
    30. Masada Theme (End Credits) (1:23)
    Total Part IV Time: 50:41

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    Masada was a mammoth mini-series made by Universal for ABC Television and presented over four nights during April 1981. Jerry Goldsmith composed the music for Parts I & II, with Morton Stevens scoring Parts III & IV using Goldsmith’s themes as the basis for his own music. Each composer conducted their own sessions in April and May of 1980.

    In preparing our premiere presentation of the complete original soundtrack for this epic film, Intrada had access to all of the original scoring session elements stored in the Universal vaults plus studio paperwork and engineering notes. As with other recording projects done at Universal, the actual sessions were made partially on 2” 24-track tape and partially on ½” 4-track tape, depending on session dates, orchestra size and other engineering needs. Virtually all of these elements survived in perfect condition, from the largest set-pieces to the smallest Roman fanfares and commercial bumpers, all spread out over some 25 rolls of tape of varying sizes and lengths. There were even several rolls of two-track stereo mixes made on select cues, as well as mixes made for the actual mono film soundtrack as broadcast in 1981. Heavily-truncated versions of the film were produced for the overseas theatrical market (as The Antagonists) but those presentations also featured mono soundtracks only.

    With virtually everything needed now in hand, we transferred the session masters at Universal’s own “BluWave” audio facilities, creating brand new multi-track Pro Tools files. We then brought everything back to Intrada for final two-track stereo mixing.

    Slight variations in the actual room sound, noise levels, reverb and eq are inherent in the unusually large number of original master reels since they were stored on different sizes and brands of tape formats and engineered with different orchestra requirements, all spread out over a lengthy six-week recording session period. While we have addressed the overall EQ to minimize differences evident in a bright high end on some reels we made every attempt to retain the dynamics of the original recordings. Typical with film recording, a very dry sound was recorded to allow cleaner mixing and editing of the music cues into a final dialog, music and effects track for the film itself. Because the Universal scoring stage was small and the orchestra quite large, this dry sound was unusually pronounced. With this in mind, we have added a judicious amount of reverb (using the state-of-the-art Altiverb process) to provide a little “space” between the players and the room itself.

    We are presenting the music for all four parts in film sequence, with Parts I and II on CD 1 and Parts III and IV on CD 2. Almost all of the cues are heard in the film with two exceptions: Goldsmith recorded a cue for reel six of Part II entitled “Another Victory” but the cue was dropped from the final production and Stevens recorded a brief unused variant of his final music for Part IV, which is included as an “intro” to Part III, which in the film simply begins with the “Belly Dance” source music. With regards to the dance music, the film appears to use pre-recorded authentic source music for the opening of Part III with the original source material by Stevens first appearing several minutes into the episode. We are including just the sequence actually composed for the show by Stevens.

    Finally, we have included all of the fanfares Goldsmith scored, placing them where they first appear in Parts I & II, but have not repeated them throughout Parts III & IV as they are simply the same performances tracked again during those episodes. As to the three commercial “bumpers” composed by Goldsmith and repeated throughout the entire miniseries announcing advertisement breaks during the original broadcast, we have included all of them but just once during Part II, where they are musically related by key or content to cues they precede.

    Enjoy now all two-and-a-half hours of thrilling, monumental music from Masada, lovingly restored and presented in dynamic stereo for your listening pleasure.

    —Douglass Fake



  • Parts I & II Composed and Conducted by Jerry Goldsmith.
    Recorded on April 15, 17, 18 and 21, 1980, at Universal City Studios Scoring Stage.

    Parts III & IV Composed and Conducted by Morton Stevens.
    Recorded on May 6, 27, 28, 29 and 30, 1980, at Universal City Studios Scoring Stage.

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


    LEADER
    Jerry Goldsmith
    Mort Stevens

    ORCH. MGR.
    Sandy De Crescent

    VIOLIN
    Erno Neufeld
    Arnold Belnick
    Al Breuning
    Tom Buffum
    Herman Clebanoff
    Bonnie Douglas
    Assa Drori
    Debbie Grossman
    Reginald Hill
    Bill Hybel
    Karen Jones
    George Kast
    George Kast
    Ezra Kliger
    Bernard Kundell
    Connie Kupka
    Bob Lipsett
    Mary Lundquist
    David Margetts
    David Montagu
    Alex Murray
    Jack Pepper
    Stanley Plummer
    Nate Ross
    John Sambuco
    Sheldon Sanov
    Josef Schoenbrun
    Arkady Shindelman
    Haim Shtrum
    Paul Shure
    Dorothy Wade
    Harold Wolf

    VIOLA
    Pamela Goldsmith
    Virginia Majewski
    Allan Harshman
    James Dunham
    Roland Kato
    Janet Lakatos
    Carol Mukogawa
    Dan Neufeld
    Sven Reher
    Joel Rosenberg
    Linn Subotnick
    Milt Thomas
    Ray Tischer


    CELLO
    Eleanor Slatkin
    Ray Kramer
    Bob Adcock
    Paul Bergstrom
    Larry Corbett
    Marie Fera
    Selene Hurford
    Dennis Karmazyn
    Kathleen Lustgarten
    Nils Oliver
    Judy Perett
    Harry Shlutz
    David Speltz

    BASS
    Milton Kestenbaum
    Richard Feves
    John Hornschuch
    Peter Mercurio
    Myer Rubin
    David Young

    FLUTE
    Louise Di Tullio
    David Shostac
    Sheridon Stokes

    CLARINET
    Dominick Fera
    John Lowe
    John Neufeld
    Justin Gordon
    Gary Gray
    James Kanter

    OBOE
    Arnold Koblentz
    Earle Dumler

    BASSOON
    Norman Herzberg
    Don Christlieb
    David Breidenthal

    FRENCH HORN
    Vincent De Rosa
    James Decker
    Art Maebe
    Todd Miller
    Brian O'Connor
    Richard Perissi
    Gale Robinson
    Henry Sigismonti


    TRUMPET
    Uan Rasey
    Boyde Hood
    Roy Poper
    Ron Vermillion
    George Werth
    Graham Young

    TROMBONE
    Lloyd Ulyate
    Dick Nash
    Miles Anderson
    Mickey Gravine
    Dick Noel
    George Roberts
    Dennis Smith
    Donald Waldrop
    Craig Ware

    TUBA
    John T. Johnson
    Jim Self

    PIANO
    Ralph Grierson
    Chet Swiatkowsky

    HARP
    Lou Ann Neill
    Dorothy Remsen
    Ann Stockton

    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Shelly Manne
    Joe Porcaro
    Bob Zimmitti
    Jerry Williams
    Gary Coleman
    Tom Raney
    Emil Radocchia
    Larry Bunker
    Kenneth Watson
    Norman Jeffries

    BOOTH
    Arthur Morton

    ORCHESTRATOR
    Mort Stevens