ROAD HOUSE

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 190
Date: 1989
Time: 0:48:19
Tracks: 14
At last! World premiere release of Michael Kamen soundtrack from popular Rowdy Herrington action picture with Patrick Swayze in iconic role as Dalton, expert bouncer, teamed with friend Sam Elliot against ultra-baddie Ben Gazzara. Kelly Lynch brings romance, Jeff Healey Band adds local color. Kamen writes to small town environment, bar scene with signature guitar, keyboard work, then for climactic fight scenes, dramatically ushers in powerhouse large-scale orchestral action material. Ferocious "Dalton and Reno Fight" is terrific highlight, ditto film version of "The Final Confrontation". In balance is warm theme for outdoor country farm atmosphere where Dalton resides. Intrada lands once missing actual 2" 24-track session masters stored in MGM vaults in excellent condition, then licenses courtesy Sony to make score available for first time, newly remixed, mastered in superb stereo sound. One of composer's most oft-requested scores, finally available! Only discordant note: one solitary reel containing two brief orchestral sequences remains lost to the ages. However, in addition to all major cues, remaining reels also featured several cues not used in picture, including early original version of "Final Confrontation" plus instrumental "Final Theme" written for but not used at end of movie. Michael Kamen conducts. SOLD OUT!

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  • At last! World premiere release of Michael Kamen soundtrack from popular Rowdy Herrington action picture with Patrick Swayze in iconic role as Dalton, expert bouncer, teamed with friend Sam Elliot against ultra-baddie Ben Gazzara. Kelly Lynch brings romance, Jeff Healey Band adds local color. Kamen writes to small town environment, bar scene with signature guitar, keyboard work, then for climactic fight scenes, dramatically ushers in powerhouse large-scale orchestral action material. Ferocious "Dalton and Reno Fight" is terrific highlight, ditto film version of "The Final Confrontation". In balance is warm theme for outdoor country farm atmosphere where Dalton resides. Intrada lands once missing actual 2" 24-track session masters stored in MGM vaults in excellent condition, then licenses courtesy Sony to make score available for first time, newly remixed, mastered in superb stereo sound. One of composer's most oft-requested scores, finally available! Only discordant note: one solitary reel containing two brief orchestral sequences remains lost to the ages. However, in addition to all major cues, remaining reels also featured several cues not used in picture, including early original version of "Final Confrontation" plus instrumental "Final Theme" written for but not used at end of movie. Michael Kamen conducts.
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    01. The Homestead (Dalton's Theme) (2:37)
    02. Tai Chi (1:33)
    03. Nobody Ever Wins A Fight (1:52)
    04. Drop Like A Stone (3:15)
    05. Invitation To Brads (1:54)
    06. On The Rooftop (5:41)
    07. Loading Dock Fight (7:44)

    08. This Is My Town (3:13)
    09. Emmet's House Explodes [Original Version] (1:01)
    10. Dalton And Reno Fight (3:19)
    11. Heads Or Tails? (3:00)
    12. The Final Confrontation [Original Version] (4:44)
    13. The Final Confrontation [Film Version] (6:15)
    14. Final Theme (1:54)

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    Michael Kamen scored the dramatic storylines of Road House while performances by The Jeff Healey Band provided the prominent source music nightly at the Double Deuce, where bouncer Dalton (Patrick Swayze) tames the rowdy clientele. For most of the film’s nearly two-hour running time, Kamen scores the drama and romance with an array of keyboards, guitar, drums and synthesized strings. His main theme is gentle Americana, with a feel for the outdoors. Other cues are subtler, underscoring both blossoming romance between the leads and the growing tension that builds throughout the picture, ultimately exploding in violence. Then, in a flamboyant example of dramatic film scoring, Kamen switches to a large orchestra for the climactic fight and final showdown, providing a pair of powerful orchestral action cues that add weight to the violence on screen.

    There is some evidence that Kamen was originally scoring the entire picture with his smaller keyboard/guitar-based ensemble, with the climactic confrontation music being recorded initially with the small ensemble during the London scoring sessions, then again later with a large orchestra during sessions held in Los Angeles at The Burbank Studios. Quite possibly, at some point during post-production, a decision was made by the film’s producers that the climactic fight scenes required more “punch” than what the small ensemble could provide, but this is not confirmed information. But it is interesting that the large orchestral music was only recorded for the final 3 reels (10, 11 and 12) of the picture.

    For our premiere CD presentation of the score, we were able to locate all but one of the nine 2” 24-track scoring session master reels. While, happily, this allowed us to create brand new two-track mixes of the entire score, the lone missing reel contained every take of two important cues: the orchestral version of “Emmet’s House Explodes” and the sequence immediately after Dalton finds his best friend mortally wounded prior to the final confrontation. Since no other mixes of the score appear to exist beyond the 24-track elements, it was not possible to include these sequences. We were able, fortunately, to locate a fully-scored version of Kamen’s main theme for Dalton, written for the finale but not included in the final picture. It makes a beautiful close to this important addition to the recorded legacy of the late Michael Kamen.

    —Douglass Fake



  • Composed and Conducted by Michael Kamen.
    Recorded on December 12 and 13, 1988, at Audio International Recording Studios, London, England, and on December 20, 1988, at The Burbank Studios, Burbank, California.

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


    ORCHESTRA
    MANAGER

    Sandy DeCrescent

    VIOLIN
    Stuart Canin
    Joseph Brooks (Schoenbrun)
    Darius Campo
    Franklyn D’Antonio
    Harold Dicterow
    Bruce Dukov
    Henry Ferber
    Ronald Folsom
    David Frisina
    Armen Garabedian
    Clayton Haslop
    Gwenn Heller
    Reg Hill
    Alex Horvath
    William Hybel
    Peter Kent
    Robert Lipsett
    Anatoly Rosinsky
    Bob Sanov
    Daniel Shindaryov
    Haim Shtrum
    Jennifer Small
    Barry Socher
    Robert Sushel

    VIOLA
    Pam Goldsmith
    Steven A. Gordon
    Carrie Holzman-Little
    Virginia Majewski
    Carole Mukogawa
    Dan Neufeld
    Michael Nowak
    Kazi Pitelka
    James V. Ross
    Linn Subotnick


    CELLO
    Raymond Kelley
    Ronald Cooper
    Larry Corbett
    Marie Fera
    Paula Hochhalter
    Dennis Karmazyn
    Dane Little
    Sebastian Toettcher

    BASS
    Buell Neidlinger
    Drew Dembowski
    Richard Feves
    Susan Ranney
    Margaret Storer
    David H. Young

    FLUTE
    Sheridon Stokes
    David Shostac

    OBOE
    Tom Boyd
    Jon C. Clarke

    CLARINET
    Dominick Fera
    James Kanter

    BASSOON
    Michael R. O’Donovan
    Julie Feves
    David W. Riddles

    FRENCH HORN
    Vincent De Rosa
    Bill Lane
    Henry Sigismonti
    James Thatcher

    TRUMPET
    Malcolm McNab
    Rick Baptist


    TROMBONE
    Alan Kaplan
    William F. Reichenbach
    Phillip Teele

    TUBA
    John T. Johnson

    DRUMS/
    PERCUSSION

    Emil Radocchia
    Larry Bunker
    Joe Porcaro

    HARP
    Dorothy Remsen

    GUITAR
    Jeff Healy
    Marcella Levy

    ORCHESTRATOR
    Michael Kamen
    Chris Boardman
    Phil Giffin

    COPYIST
    JoAnn Kane
    Vincent Bartold
    Barbara Calderwood
    Ralph Fera
    Elizabeth Finch
    F. E. Scott Harris
    David Izzard
    Yvonne Moriarty
    Arthur Richards
    Cynthia Turner
    David Usinger
    Aime Vereecke

    LIBRARIAN
    Emmett Estren