Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume 211
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Treat for Jerome Moross fans! World premiere of complete soundtrack to Melvin Frank western with Fess Parker, Jeff Chandler, Henry Silva. Known for his western film music, Moross scored just three such pictures of importance: THE BIG COUNTRY, THE JAYHAWKERS, THE PROUD REBEL. Famous first score is robust Americana classic, lesser-known third score is brooding, psychological effort. THE JAYHAWKERS combines composer's finest outdoor Americana vernacular with abundance of rhythmic action, then adds degree of intensity, making it more than just "Little Brother" to his famed signature score. While story of violent takeover attempt of Kansas is dark, music interestingly remains profuse with major key fanfares, exciting French horn melodies, lively rhythms. CD is presented with vibrant sound from original 3-channel stereo masters vaulted in reasonably good condition at Paramount Pictures, albeit a couple of brief cues were available only in mono. Many cues standout but rousing "Seal and Main Title" sure earns spotlight! Far too little music from this sensational composer is available, much less in stereo. This exciting CD helps to fill that void! Frank DeWald offers insights to intense picture and its music, Joe Sikoryak creates great 50's-style package. Jerome Moross conducts. Intrada Special Collection Volume 211 available while quantities and interest remain!
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