SHOOT TO KILL

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 173
Date: 1988
Time: 1:17:41
Tracks: 32
Powerhouse soundtrack from 1988 makes world premiere release at last! John Scott scores Roger Spottiswoode police thriller set outdoors in Pacific Northwest, released through Touchstone Pictures, with stars Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley in fight for survival against unknown killer while trekking through mountain terrain. Scott anchors with terrific, smouldering main theme heard in fragments throughout film, then finally allows tune to open up into powerful, memorable theme for final credits. In between are dynamic action cues, including thrilling, climactic 10-minute pursuit set piece. Other highlights: initial murder sequence ("Kill My Wife Next"), exciting "Boat Chase", intense "Mountain Trek". Intrada proudly presents complete score (including several alternate takes) from newly mixed & mastered 32-track digital scoring session elements stored in mint condition in Walt Disney Studio vaults. Long requested by film music fans, pulsating score showcases ability of composer Scott to create strong theme, digress into suspense & action without losing sight of initial theme, then bring everything home in stirring fashion. Graphic design by Joe Sikoryak plus notes by Jeff Bond illuminating film production, scoring details add to handsome package. John Scott conducts. Intrada Special Collection release limited to 2000 copies! SOLD OUT!

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  • Powerhouse soundtrack from 1988 makes world premiere release at last! John Scott scores Roger Spottiswoode police thriller set outdoors in Pacific Northwest, released through Touchstone Pictures, with stars Sidney Poitier, Tom Berenger, Kirstie Alley in fight for survival against unknown killer while trekking through mountain terrain. Scott anchors with terrific, smouldering main theme heard in fragments throughout film, then finally allows tune to open up into powerful, memorable theme for final credits. In between are dynamic action cues, including thrilling, climactic 10-minute pursuit set piece. Other highlights: initial murder sequence ("Kill My Wife Next"), exciting "Boat Chase", intense "Mountain Trek". Intrada proudly presents complete score (including several alternate takes) from newly mixed & mastered 32-track digital scoring session elements stored in mint condition in Walt Disney Studio vaults. Long requested by film music fans, pulsating score showcases ability of composer Scott to create strong theme, digress into suspense & action without losing sight of initial theme, then bring everything home in stirring fashion. Graphic design by Joe Sikoryak plus notes by Jeff Bond illuminating film production, scoring details add to handsome package. John Scott conducts. Intrada Special Collection release limited to 2000 copies!
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    The Album
    01. Main Title (3:30)
    02. Kill My Wife Next (6:37)
    03. Boat Chase (5:13)
    04. The Road Block (1:33)
    05. Bishop's Falls (1:01)
    06. Happy Campers (1:55)
    07. Blazing Saddle (1:46)
    08. I Hate The Woods (0:46)
    09. Behold The Gorge (0:42)
    10. It's A Long Way Down No. 1 (0:38)
    11. It's A Long Way Down No. 2 (Parts 1 & 2) (2:34)
    12. Climbing Trek (2:50)
    13. Not A Bear (0:29)
    14. And The Killer Is (3:22)
    15. Who's Jonathan (0:43)
    16. The Bodies (3:23)
    17. Say Your Name (2:22)
    18. The Chimney (1:13)
    19. The Storm (Part 1) (2:04)

    20. The Storm (Part 2) (2:09)
    21. Mr. Bear (1:03)
    22. Sara's Best Shot (2:05)
    23. Bingo (0:21)
    24. Torching A Fence (2:06)
    25. Let Her Go Or Die (10:51)
    26. End Titles (3:50)

    Total Album Time = 65:57

    The Extras
    27. Kill My Wife Next [Original Version] (1:52)
    28. Bishop's Falls [Original Version] (1:03)
    29. It's A Long Way Down No. 2 (Part 2) [Revised Version] (0:57)
    30. Climbing Trek [Original Version] (3:02)
    31. Roller Rink Source No. 1 (2:33)
    32. Roller Rink Source No. 2 (1:59)

    Total Extras Time = 11:37

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    Shoot To Kill offers the listener one of John Scott’s finest film scores. It is evocative of the outdoor settings in which the action takes place, brimming with energy and excitement and framed by a dynamic minor-key main theme that winds upwards with suspense, then back down in determined resolution.

    Scott recorded for three full days at the Evergreen Recording Studios In late November of 1987, recording most of the music from the first 9 reels of the picture. He then held one additional day of sessions at The Burbank Studios early in December of 1987 recording two original source cues for the roller rink scene (albeit only a few seconds from “Part No. 2” are actually used in the picture) and everything for the final climax of the film. The sessions were challenging, with Scott recording for large orchestra augmented with a sax section as well as an array of electronic keyboards and percussion.

    Several cues were revised during the sessions, including “Kill My Wife Next” in which the opening trombone and trumpet (with digital delay) motifs for with low strings were rescored, as well as the entire “Bishop’s Falls” sequence, replacing a gentle synth idea with solo flute on the main theme. The second part of “It’s A Long Way Down No. 2” was completely revised, replacing the aggressive action music with a variant of the main theme and yet, for all the effort, neither version was used in the finished film. “The Climbing Trek” proved to be a particularly involved piece for Scott, in which he recorded multiple takes of an early version with fortissimo brass hits in November, reworked the timings, then finally revised and recorded the finished film version on the last day of recording in December.

    To present this premiere release of John Scott’s complete score, Intrada was given access to the full recording session masters made in the now-obsolete 3M 32-track digital format. These tapes were then transferred into 32-track Pro Tools at the Walt Disney Imagineering sound facility, which has considerable history with this particular early-digital recording format. The tapes were stored in beautiful condition and offered crisp, dynamic audio as recorded by Shawn Murphy, a true master of the craft.

    We have assembled the entire score in picture sequence. As several cues are heard in the film in truncated fashion, our CD presents music never heard outside of the initial scoring sessions. A few shorter cues have been combined for listening purposes but remain in picture sequence as well. The lengthy final action set-piece was scored in several parts as per the needs of the film but composed to work together as a single propulsive, eleven-minute sequence. We have also included the unused versions of the four revised cues as described above. These can be found in “the extras” section of our CD. Both roller rink source cues are also included as extras as well. The first is an exciting number with tinges of jazz, the second offers a glimpse of rock ‘n roll. For those listeners wishing to hear these source cues within the orchestral score, they can be programmed into the album immediately after “Torching A Fence.”

    Now listen to one of the best film scores of the eighties, written by one of the screen’s finest composers, long desired by action-film score fans—and finally available.

    —Douglass Fake



  • Composed and Conducted by John Scott.
    Recorded on November 23, 24, and 25, 1987, at Evergreen Recording Studios, Burbank, California, and on December 2, 1987, at The Burbank Studios Scoring Stage, Burbank, California.

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


    VIOLIN/VIOLA
    Israel Baker
    Thelma Beach (Hanau)
    Harry Bluestone
    Denyse Buffum
    Betty Byers
    Douglas Cameron
    Stuart Canin
    Norman Carr
    Ron Clark
    Marcy Dicterow
    Bonnie Douglas
    Robert Dubow
    David Frisina
    James Getzoff
    Harris Goldman
    Steven Gordon
    Marilyn Graham
    Endre Granat
    Peter Hatch
    William Henderson
    Pamela Henderson (Gates)
    Anatol Kaminsky
    Ezra Kliger
    Robert Korda
    Bernard Kundell
    Connie Kupka
    Razdan Kuyumjian
    Brian Leonard
    Ron Leonard
    Robert Lezin
    Linda Lipsett
    Joy Lyle
    Michael Markman
    Gordon Marron
    Calabria McChesney
    Constance Meyer
    Greg Moore
    Michele Nardone
    Dan Neufeld
    Robert Ostrowsky
    Sid Page
    Barbara Porter
    Christopher Redfield
    Anatoly Rosinsky
    Robin Ross
    David Schwartz
    Leonard Selic


    VIOLIN/VIOLA(cont.)
    Sidney Sharp
    Ross Shub
    Paul Shure
    Vicki Sylvester
    Raymond Tischer
    John Wittenberg
    Tibor Zelig
    Mihail Zinovyev

    CELLO
    Robert Adcock
    Robert Barnhart
    Ronald Cooper
    Christine Ermacoff
    Marie Fera
    Anne Goodman (Karam)
    Igor Horoshevsky
    Suzie Katayama
    Raymond Kelley
    Janet Lakatos
    Miguel Martinez
    Nils Oliver
    Harry Shlutz
    Christina Soule
    David Speltz
    Nancy Stein
    Margaret Storer
    Allan Vogel

    BASS
    Ann Atkinson
    Charles Berghofer
    Charles Domanico
    Arni Egilsson
    Buell Neidlinger
    Susan Ranney
    Dennis Trembly
    David Young

    WOODWINDS
    Phil Ayling
    Charles Boito
    Thomas Boyd
    Peter Christlieb
    Robert W. Cooper
    Louise DiTullio
    Dominick Fera
    Susan Greenberg


    WOODWINDS(cont.)
    Dan Higgins
    Brice Martin
    Lanny Morgan
    Douglas Norwine
    Charles Orena
    Robert Sandman
    Robert Sheppard
    David Sherr
    David Shostac
    Sheridon Stokes
    Joel Timm
    Ralph Williams

    FRENCH HORN
    James Atkinson
    Todd Miller
    Sidney Muldrow
    Richard Perissi
    Gale Robinson
    Henry Sigismonti
    James Thatcher

    TRUMPET
    Warren Luening
    Malcolm McNab
    Graham Young

    TROMBONE
    Alan Johnson
    Alan Kaplan
    Loren Marsteller
    Bob McChesney
    Robert Sanders
    James Sawyer

    PIANO/KEYBOARDS
    Ralph Grierson
    James Hart
    Michael Lang

    DRUMS/PERCUSSION
    Dale Anderson
    Terrence L. Schonig
    Kenneth Watson
    Robert Zimmitti