LAST FLIGHT OF NOAH'S ARK, THE

Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 208
Date: 1980
Time: 0:49:27
Tracks: 26
World premiere of richly melodic Maurice Jarre soundtrack for Charles Jarrott family adventure, presented by Walt Disney Pictures, starring Elliott Gould, Genevieve Bujold, Ricky Schroder. Gould flies WWII aircraft with Bujold, kids, animals on board, then crashes on island inhabited by pair of Japanese soldiers confident war is still in progress. Setting allows Jarre to write for large orchestra with expanded brass section including two baritone horns, euphonium (small tuba.) Koto, samisen, shakuhachi plus nine percussionists help create fascinating template for magnum opus TV mini-series score to SHOGUN. To present complete soundtrack, including tuneful "Half Of Me" song, Intrada was given access to entire scoring session masters, amongst first digital recordings ever made. (This was scored right after THE BLACK HOLE, also available on Disney/Intrada label.) Twin 16-track recorders were synchronized at original sessions, offering total of 32 tracks! Every roll of 2" tape survived in perfect condition, including all brass chorales, separate Japan ensemble sessions, chorus sessions, vocal tracks. Transfers were made by Disney engineers, then newly mixed and mastered at Intrada for dynamic stereo audio! Rare Maurice Jarre score is exciting treat for his fans! Maurice Jarre conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain! SOLD OUT!

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  • World premiere of richly melodic Maurice Jarre soundtrack for Charles Jarrott family adventure, presented by Walt Disney Pictures, starring Elliott Gould, Genevieve Bujold, Ricky Schroder. Gould flies WWII aircraft with Bujold, kids, animals on board, then crashes on island inhabited by pair of Japanese soldiers confident war is still in progress. Setting allows Jarre to write for large orchestra with expanded brass section including two baritone horns, euphonium (small tuba.) Koto, samisen, shakuhachi plus nine percussionists help create fascinating template for magnum opus TV mini-series score to SHOGUN. To present complete soundtrack, including tuneful "Half Of Me" song, Intrada was given access to entire scoring session masters, amongst first digital recordings ever made. (This was scored right after THE BLACK HOLE, also available on Disney/Intrada label.) Twin 16-track recorders were synchronized at original sessions, offering total of 32 tracks! Every roll of 2" tape survived in perfect condition, including all brass chorales, separate Japan ensemble sessions, chorus sessions, vocal tracks. Transfers were made by Disney engineers, then newly mixed and mastered at Intrada for dynamic stereo audio! Rare Maurice Jarre score is exciting treat for his fans! Maurice Jarre conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain! SOLD OUT!
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    The Album
    01. Half Of Me (Opening Theme) (2:21)
    02. Wrong Course (2:18)
    03. The Message (1:52)
    04. Building A Corral (1:13)
    05. Brutus (1:18)
    06. Japanese Flag (3:20)
    07. Discovery (1:35)
    08. Japanese Attack (1:38)
    09. Half Of Me (Quiet Walk)( 2:21)
    10. Japanese Compound (2:16)
    11. I'm Sorry (1:10)
    12. Montage (4:30)
    13. Half Of Me (Bon Voyage) (1:56)
    14. Half Of Me (Chorale) (2:07)
    15. Shark (2:39)
    16. Big Wind (1:03)
    17. Storm 3:25
    18. Don't Die, Brutus 2:12

    19. Safe Flying (0:43)
    20. Half Of Me (Closing Theme) (2:12)

    Total Score Time: 42:33

    The Extras Unused Cues Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre
    21. Japanese Flag - Alt No. 1 (0:26)
    22. Japanese Flag - Alt. No. 2 (0:27)
    23. Safe Flying (Chorale) (0:44)
    24. Half Of Me (Wordless Demo) (2:37)
    Source Cues Arranged by Richard Bowden, Conducted by Maurice Jarre
    25. Three-Part Invention - Excerpt No. 1 (Johann S. Bach)(1:01)
    26. Three-Part Invention - Excerpt No. 2 (Johann S. Bach) (1:25)

    Total Extras Time: 6:45

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    The music for The Last Flight Of Noah’s Ark was recorded during the birth of digital recording in the movie industry, in 1979. In fact, it was at the very same Walt Disney Studios Scoring Stage that the process began when John Barry recorded his music for Disney’s The Black Hole (available on Walt Disney Records/Intrada D001383402). The Last Flight Of Noah’s Ark sessions were held in December 1979 and the movie was released in June of the following year.

    Maurice Jarre scored his music for a large orchestra featuring nine percussionists as well as additional brass that included both baritone horns and euphonium (small tuba). He then added Yamaha E-70 keyboards, three pianos, steel and electric guitars and one harmonica to his growing ensemble. To bring ethnic color to the Japanese elements of the tale, Jarre added koto, samisen and shakuhachi into the mix. Then, when the instrumentalists were fully assembled, he added still further to his group by bringing in a large chorus for some key moments.

    To capture everything in the new digital format, Disney’s scoring crew synchronized two separate 16-track digital recorders to facilitate capturing 32-channels of information. As is happily their custom, the studio maintained everything intact in their vaults and during May of 2006, updated paperwork and digital transfers of the elements into newer storage methods, preserving all 32 channels of information right down to the smallest percussion detail.

    Intrada was provided access to the complete 32-track session masters, allowing us to newly re-mix everything for this CD. This not only allowed us to present every cue heard in the film in dynamic stereo sound but also made it possible to discover and include numerous sequences dropped from the final production, notably several exciting percussion cues. We also located an early “demo” recording of the title song “Half Of Me,” written by Jarre with Hal David and scored for just flute, piano and wordless voice. This appears as an “extra” (Track 24) while all three fully-scored final versions appear in their respective positions during “the album.” Finally, we are able to include arrangements of two classical source pieces by Bach, conducted by maestro Jarre and heard during the initial flying sequence of the movie.

    It’s interesting to note that the entire introduction of characters, exposition of the tale and launching of “Noah’s Ark” all occur before the titles and any musical scoring. But it’s worth the wait. When the theme does arrive, one finds it as beautiful as anything the Academy Award-winning composer ever wrote. So grab your musical ticket to adventure and join us on The Last Flight Of Noah’s Ark.

    —Douglass Fake



  • Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre.
    Recorded on December 18, 19, 26 and 27, 1979, at Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, California.

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


    ORCH. MGR.
    Gary L. Walker

    VIOLIN
    Marshall Sosson (concertmaster)
    Jeanne Aiken
    Patricia N. Aiken
    Diana Brodick
    H. Arthur Brown
    Doris Carr
    Gloria Chappell
    Herman Clebanoff
    Kurt Dieterle
    Irving Geller
    Karen Jones
    Robert Konrad
    Bernard Kundell
    Betty La Magna
    Carl La Magna
    Janet Lakatos
    Joseph Livoti
    Alfred Lustgarten
    Alex Murray
    Jack L. Pepper
    Sheldon Sanov
    Gladys Secunda
    Spiro Stamos
    Joseph Stepansky
    Robert Sushel
    Mari Tsumura-Botnick
    Dorothy Wade
    Elizabeth Waldo
    Eunice Wennermark

    VIOLA
    Pam Goldsmith (prin.)
    Allan Harshman (prin.)
    Virginia Majewski (prin.)
    Myer Bello
    Denise Buffum
    Alan De Veritch
    Norman Forrest
    Roland Kato
    Louis Kievman
    Dan Neufeld
    Michel Perriere
    Sven Reher
    Raymond Tischer


    CELLO
    Ernest Ehrhardt (prin.)
    Ray Kramer (prin.)
    Robert Adcock
    Delores Bing
    Ronald B. Cooper
    Douglas L. Davis
    Christine Ermacoff
    Glenn E. Grab
    Igor Horoshevsky
    Mary C. Lane
    Robert L. Martin
    Judy Perett
    Dana Rees

    STRING BASS
    Milton Kestenbaum (prin.)
    Michael Dvorak
    Stephens La Fever
    Peter A. Mercurio
    Robert K. Stone

    WOODWINDS/REEDS
    John W. Heitman (flute)
    Dennis Dreith (flute, clarinet)
    Fred L. Selden (flute)
    Sheridon Stokes (flute)
    Arthur C. Smith (piccolo)
    David Shostac (piccolo)
    John Rotella (sopranino)
    Robert H. Crosby (soprano sax)
    Kurt McGettrick (bass sax)
    Robert Carr (bass sax)
    John Lowe (contrabass sax)
    Gordon Schoneberg (oboe)
    Earl Dumler (oboe)
    Barbara Northcutt (oboe)
    Gary Herbig (English horn)
    David M. Sherr (English horn)
    Frederic M. Dutton (heckelphone)
    Don Ashworth (clarinet)
    James Kanter (clarinet)
    John Neufeld (clarinet)
    Donald O. Christlieb (bassoon)
    Jack Marsh (bassoon)
    Kenneth Munday (bassoon)
    Michael R. O'Donovan (bassoon, contrabassoon)
    Ronald A. Janelli (bassoon)


    BRASS
    Arthur Briegleb (French horn)
    James Decker (French horn)
    Bill Lane (French horn)
    Sinclair Lott (French horn)
    Arthur N. Maebe (French horn)
    Todd Miller (French horn)
    Henry Sigismonti (French horn)
    James Thatcher (French horn)
    William Peterson (trumpet)
    James Salko (trumpet)
    Anthony Terran (trumpet)
    Francis "Joe" Howard (trombone)
    Richard T. Nash (trombone)
    Charles Loper (trombone)
    Lloyd Ulyate (trombone)
    Chauncey Welsch (trombone)
    Phillip Teele (bass trombone)
    Donald Waldrop (baritone horn)
    Robert Enevoldsen (baritone horn)
    William Reichenbach (euphonium)
    John T. Johnson (tuba)

    PERCUSSION
    Victor Feldmen
    Dale L. Anderson
    Larry Bunker
    Alan Estes
    Joe Porcaro
    Chester Ricord
    T. Schonig
    Tommy Vig
    Jerry Williams

    HARP
    Dorothy Remsen
    Catherine Gotthoffer
    Gayle Levant

    OTHER
    Kazue Kudo (koto)
    Thomas Tedesco (samisen)
    Robert F. Bain (samisen)
    Don Menza (shakuhachi)
    Nica Rejto (shakuhachi)
    Tommy Morgan (harmonica)
    Bobby Bruce (violin)
    Albert Vescovo (steel guitar)
    Michael Anthony (elec.guitar)
    Jonathan Kurnick (guitar)
    Michael Lang (piano)
    Lincoln Mayorga (piano)
    Caesar Giovannini (piano)
    Clark Spangler (Yamaha E-70)

    MONITOR
    Richard Bowden