RAMPAGE

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 182
Date: 1963
Time: 1:18:21
Tracks: 30
At last! Exciting, colorful Elmer Bernstein soundtrack for Phil Karlson jungle adventure from Warner Bros. sees release! 1963 outdoor adventure finds big-game trapper Robert Mitchum in competition with big-game hunter Jack Hawkins for both ultra-rare cat, lovely Elsa Martinelli. Sabu signs on as guide. Soon love & hate rears, rhinos & cats become fierce adversaries, danger & action takes center stage. Bernstein anchors with extremely infectious main theme, heard in title song, then throughout score during jungle treks. Rhythmic activity gets spotlight. Ravishing love theme in signature Bernstein melody mode appears as well. Perhaps crown jewels of score are dynamic, aggressive action cues as trek leads to "The Enchantress", trapped inside cave. Action rears again as two hunters pit themselves against rare cat (and each other) during deadly pursuit through big city surroundings. For opening portion of movie with romance flowering, Bernstein offers several original source cues in richly melodic, uptempo style. Versions based on love theme are memorable. Interesting to note score was written during same period as all-time classics TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD & THE GREAT ESCAPE. One other item of interest: Bernstein only assigned broad titles to his actual cues to identify basic themes of score rather than give descriptive action. We retain his actual basic titles for our CD and include further complete cue assembly details inside booklet. Complete, lengthy 78-minute score presented from crisp, mint condition scoring session mixes vaulted in mono (film was released in mono as well). Colorful packaging from Joe Sikoryak, informative notes from Jeff Bond all illuminate handsome production by Lukas Kendall. Elmer Bernstein conducts. Intrada Special Collection release! SOLD OUT!

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  • At last! Exciting, colorful Elmer Bernstein soundtrack for Phil Karlson jungle adventure from Warner Bros. sees release! 1963 outdoor adventure finds big-game trapper Robert Mitchum in competition with big-game hunter Jack Hawkins for both ultra-rare cat, lovely Elsa Martinelli. Sabu signs on as guide. Soon love & hate rears, rhinos & cats become fierce adversaries, danger & action takes center stage. Bernstein anchors with extremely infectious main theme, heard in title song, then throughout score during jungle treks. Rhythmic activity gets spotlight. Ravishing love theme in signature Bernstein melody mode appears as well. Perhaps crown jewels of score are dynamic, aggressive action cues as trek leads to "The Enchantress", trapped inside cave. Action rears again as two hunters pit themselves against rare cat (and each other) during deadly pursuit through big city surroundings. For opening portion of movie with romance flowering, Bernstein offers several original source cues in richly melodic, uptempo style. Versions based on love theme are memorable. Interesting to note score was written during same period as all-time classics TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD & THE GREAT ESCAPE. One other item of interest: Bernstein only assigned broad titles to his actual cues to identify basic themes of score rather than give descriptive action. We retain his actual basic titles for our CD and include further complete cue assembly details inside booklet. Complete, lengthy 78-minute score presented from crisp, mint condition scoring session mixes vaulted in mono (film was released in mono as well). Colorful packaging from Joe Sikoryak, informative notes from Jeff Bond all illuminate handsome production by Lukas Kendall. Elmer Bernstein conducts. Intrada Special Collection release!
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    The Album
    01. Big Cat (2:51)
    02. Hi Fi #1 (2:52)
    03. Hi Fi #2 (2:48)
    04. Hi Fi #3 (2:31)
    05. Anna (Hi Fi #4) (2:13)
    06. Kuala Lumpur (3:05)
    07. Dance #1 (2:05)
    08. Dance #2 (2:14)
    09. Dance #3/Night Call( 6:32)
    10. Jungle (2:19)
    11. Rampage (0:52)
    12. Chep (2:20)
    13. Chep Falls (4:51)
    14. The Rhino (2:23)
    15. Rampage-Anna (0:55)
    16. Enchantress Country (7:22)
    17. Otto Into Cave (2:44)
    18. Harry And Cat (2:46)


    19. Romantic/Anna (5:27)
    20. Fight (2:40)
    21. Loose Cat (1:21)
    22. Police Cars (2:14)
    23. Cat On A Cold Tin Roof (1:27)
    24. Otto's Death/Big Cat (3:48)
    Album Time: 71:50

    The Extras
    25. Trailer (Long Version) (0:48)
    26. Trailer (Short Version) (0:35)
    27. Drums #1 (2:02)
    28. Drums #2 (1:56)
    29. Little Brass Band (0:20)
    30. Rampage (Alternate Main Title Song Demo) (2:20)
    Extras Time: 6:25


  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    Elmer Bernstein’s expansive score for Rampage was recorded at the tail end of Warner Bros.’ policy of retaining only monaural masters of its film scores. While the music was originally recorded in three-track stereo, the recordings were folded down to ¼’’ monaural 15 ips tape for archiving. Fortunately, every take of every cue survives, allowing for a complete presentation of the soundtrack.

    The opening song, “Big Cat,” was recorded with separate orchestra and vocal tracks, allowing for a rudimentary, but not too drastic, stereo mix. (One would not want to put the orchestra and vocals all the way on opposite channels.) To match the aesthetic, a light stereo reverb has been added to the monaural cues that follow.

    The last track, the alternate title song “Rampage,” was also recorded with separate vocal and orchestra tracks—preserved on a ¼’’ two-track tape in Elmer Bernstein’s personal collection and included courtesy USC and their devoted curators.

    Track titles for Rampage are atypical. Bernstein did not title his cues but identified them only by slate. Cue titles were added administratively by Warner Bros. based on the usage of recurring themes (for music publishing purposes). As such, some of them get lengthy as well as repetitive. For our CD presentation, we have abbreviated most of them to create a succinct track listing. Those wishing further details can see our “cue assembly” section. Here you’ll find slates and complete title breakdowns of every sequence, such as track 13 (Rampage—Chep/ Jungle—Big Cat—Chep—Chep Falls—Chep—Big Cat) and track 16 (Anna—Kuala Lumpur—Chep—Harry Bathing Feet/Snake—Big Cat— Enchantress Country—Chep—Big Cat/Enchantress).

    Now join Elmer Bernstein and company on a wild safari, weaving through dangerous jungle territory with hat, coat, ample protection from the wildlife…and your trusty CD player at hand!

    —Lukas Kendall and Douglass Fake



  • Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein.
    Recorded on April 12, 16 and 25, 1963, at Warner Bros. Scoring Stage 9, Burbank, California.

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


    LEADER
    Elmer Bernstein

    VIOLIN
    Victor Arno
    Saundra Berkova
    David Berman
    Samuel Cytron
    Baldassare Ferlazzo
    Noumi Fischer
    Sam Freed, Jr.
    Jacques Gasselin
    Max Goodwin
    Howard W. Griffin
    Rene C. Hemery
    Louis Kaufman
    Joseph Livoti
    Dan Lube
    Hillard Lubie
    Alexander Murray
    Jerome Joseph Reisler
    Sam Ross
    Hans Wippler
    Harry Zagon
    Tibor Zelig

    VIOLA
    Donald Aubrey Cole
    Phillip Goldberg
    William Hymanson
    Maurice Keltz
    Virginia Majewski
    Robert Ostrowsky
    Joseph Reilich

    CELLO
    Anne Goodman
    Armand Kaproff
    Raphael "Ray" Kramer
    Irving Lipschultz
    Kurt Reher
    Harold Schneier
    Eleanor Slatkin
    Gloria Strassner


    BASS
    Edward Gilbert
    Abraham Luboff
    Peter A. Mercurio
    Joseph Mondragon

    CLARINET, FLUTE, SAX
    Richard H. Anderson
    James Briggs
    Harold Lewis
    Leonard V. Posella
    Les A. Robinson

    BASS CLARNIET
    Teddy Krise

    OBOE
    Arnold Koblentz
    Lilian Lhoest
    Gordon Pope

    BASSOON
    Norman H. Herzberg
    Jack Marsh
    Ray Nowlin

    FRENCH HORN
    Arthur E. Briegleb
    Vincent N. DeRosa
    William A. Hinshaw
    George W. Hyde
    Sinclair Lott

    TRUMPET
    A. A. Harris
    Sam Levin
    Pincus "Pinky" Savitt
    Larry Sullivan


    TROMBONE
    Hoyt Bohannon
    Charles E. Cowpland
    Richard T. Nash
    F. A. Sullivan

    TUBA
    John Bambridge Jr.

    PIANO
    Pearl Kaufman

    HARP
    Denzil Laughton

    GUITAR
    Robert F. Bain
    Joseph Robert Gibbons
    Louis Morell

    DRUMS, PERCUSSION
    Hubert Anderson
    Larry Bunker
    Frankie Capp
    Frank J. Flynn
    Ralph Hansell
    Milton Holland
    Shelly Manne
    Lee Joe Perrin

    ARRANGER, ORCHESTRATOR
    Jack J Hayes
    Leo Shuken