MOUNTAIN MEN, THE
Special Collection Volume ISC 209
World premiere release of magnificent Michel Legrand score for tough 1980 western pitting Charlton Heston, Brian Keith against worthy Native American adversaries.
AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPT 22 2014 OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
Doug's Tech Talk
World premiere release of magnificent Michel Legrand score for tough 1980 western pitting Charlton Heston, Brian Keith against worthy Native American adversaries. Legrand anchors with gorgeous, wide-open main theme, painted in broad strokes with bright major key harmony in abundance. Nice trumpet fanfares judiciously sprinkled within theme is exciting, regal touch. But action is keynote! Composer writes what is most surely his busiest score, replete with incredibly challenging high brass figures, moto-perpetuo rhythms that seldom quit, orchestral fury to burn! Presentation of this most exciting Legrand work became possible only when Sony located mint condition stereo masters amongst various film elements stored within Chace Audio facilities. Great find! Fans of composer will enjoy both his soaring theme melody plus his dynamic action. And - with nod to important piece of film scoring artform now gone - Legrand finishes what he starts, brings entire score to close with powerful coda! No just walking off podium before work is done, no cut-and-paste editorial assembly and happily no unrelated songs... just a magificent orchestral finale actually composed as majestic wrap-up to score. Wow! Michel Legrand conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!
Tech Talk From The Producer…
The score Michel Legrand created
for The Mountain Men is arguably the most exciting of a justifiably famous,
long and varied career. What makes the action cues particularly stand out are virtuoso
passages for upper brass featuring lightning fast triplet figures in high registers,
propelling the musicians forward at breakneck speed. Several cues are lengthier than
usual and some were recorded in untypically long, single takes.
One of the composer’s finest melodies anchors the score. Warm, sometimes tender
and at other times soaring, this theme provides both a stirring overture and an
epilog for the widescreen vistas on camera. It also serves as a gentle love theme for
fur-trapper Bill Tyler and Black Feet tribal maiden Running Moon, a relationship that
becomes a catalyst for much of the story’s conflict. Special mention should be made
of the theme’s final appearance: wrapping up his score, Legrand builds a magnificent
statement of the melody that literally soars in high-register trumpets. The music
slows down in grand fashion and finally the entire orchestra comes to a dazzling
fortissimo coda with pounding tympani—
all in a manner sadly underused
in the world of films and film
To make this rousing work available
for the first time on CD, Sony
Pictures courteously gave us access
to the original multi-channel scoring
session masters superbly transferred
into 96 bit/24 kHz high resolution
data files. These were newly
re-mixed into two-channel stereo,
then edited and mastered into album
format here at Intrada.
Virtually the entire 50-minute
score survives in crisp, dynamic audio with the exception of a pair of brief transitional
cues heard late in the film which were not present on the masters. These may
have been recorded at a separate pick-up session on a single roll of tape no longer
available. However, both of these short cues repeat thematic material already present
elsewhere in the score so their absence has minimal effect on this restoration of Michel Legrand’s epic and powerful score. Lastly, two of the cues heard in the
lengthy wagon train hoedown sequence from reels 4 and 5 of the film were actually
recorded during Legrand’s scoring sessions and are presented here in crisp stereo as
extras following the album.
So now join these mountain men in their fights across America’s then-untamed
Northern states with Michel Legrand as your guide. Excitement is guaranteed
all the way.
Composed and Conducted by Michel Legrand.
Recorded on November 5-9, 1979, at Columbia Pictures Studios.
This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada.
Marion L. Klein
Joseph Brooks (Schoenbrun)
Davida Lou Johnson
David L. Newman
Marcia Van Dyke
Delores M. Bing
Douglas L. Davis
Barbara Hunter (Badgley)
Peter A. Mercurio
Meyer "Mike" Rubin
Vincent De Rosa
Richard Gus Klein
Arthur N. Maebe
Richard E. Perissi
Gale H. Robinson
Loren J. Marsteller
Richard T. Nash
John T. Johnson
Louise DiTullio (Dissman)