Oscar-winning original Leonard Rosenman score PLUS original UA album showcasing Woody Guthrie adaptations! SOLD OUT!
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Cool find for Leonard Rosenman fans! Just in time for Woody Guthrie's 100-year celebration currently underway, Intrada is proud to present world premiere of Rosenman's Oscar-winning score. Rosenman not only adapted famous Guthrie tunes for Hal Ashby film with David Carradine but composed some 20 minutes of his own original orchestral music in signature style. Results brought him an Academy Award in 1976. Composer himself spoke of desire to one day revisit music in miniature symphony form for concert performance but it was not to be. At one point we were simply going to present premiere CD release of wonderful United Artists LP featuring abundance of tuneful depression-era Guthrie material with mere snippets of original score mingled within album tracks. Upon locating actual album masters in MGM vaults we also discovered original 2" 24-track scoring elements long thought lost to the ages. In mint condition, these complete session masters allow us to present Rosenman's superb music complete, with broader musical architecture in mind. Each "movement" becomes a miniature concert suite of its own. Importance of score in composer's career is hard to over-emphasize but our CD also features that original 1976 UA album as well. Flipper cover allows you choice of original album artwork or alternate campaign (which our crew gave preference to.) Leonard Rosenman conducts both his original score plus orchestral adaptations of Guthrie material. David Carradine sings famous lyrics for film and UA album presentation. SOLD OUT!
Original 1976 United Artists Soundtrack Album 01. Hard Travelin' (Woody Guthrie) (2:54) 02. This Train Is Bound For Glory (Adapted By Woody Guthrie) (2:18) The Drifters (Leonard Rosenman) I Ain't Got No Home (Woody Guthrie) So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust) (Woody Guthrie) 03. Hobo's Lullaby (Goebel Reeves) (3:25) 04. Dust Storm (Leonard Rosenman) (2:34) Pastures Of Plenty (Woody Guthrie) 05. Do Re Mi (Woody Guthrie) (2:22) 06. Running For The Train (Leonard Rosenman) (2:38) So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust) (Woody Guthrie) This Train Is Bound For Glory (Adapted By Woody Guthrie) Arrival In Los Angeles (Leonard Rosenman) 07. Oklahoma Hills (Woody Guthrie/Jack Guthrie) (2:42) 08. So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust) (3:02) Howdido (Woody Guthrie) 09. So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust) (Woody Guthrie) (3:52) Pastures Of Plenty (Woody Guthrie) Hitchhiking (Leonard Rosenman) Ramshackle (Leonard Rosenman)
10. Pastures Of Plenty (Woody Guthrie) (2:54) 11. Curly Headed Baby (Woody Guthrie) (1:49) Talking Dust Bowl Blues (Woody Guthrie) This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie) 12. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)(Woody Guthrie/Martin Hoffman) (4:31) 13. Hobo's Lullaby (Goebel Reeves) (2:31) On The Road Again (Leonard Rosenman) Going Down The Road (I Ain't Going To Be Treated This Way) (Woody Guthrie/Lee Hayes) 14. This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie) (2:43) Original 1976 Album Time: 41:42
Back in 1991, while preparing Leonard Rosenman’s Showtime score Keeper of the City for a CD at Fantasy Studios, we accidentally superimposed two totally unrelated cues on top of each other. The rest of us immediately cringed but Rosenman just looked up for a moment and then said,
"Play it back again the same way. I liked it."
This willingness to try something new was not surprising from the man who brought genuine twentieth-century modernism to film music in 1955 with East of Eden, the man who ushered in serial techniques for film composition, a man gifted with a highly advanced harmonic vernacular. Yet, when he received back-to-back Oscars in 1975 and 1976,
they were for "Musical Adaptation" rather than for any of his strikingly original scores. He later said that his comment after receiving his Bound for Glory Oscar referred specifically to the music being honored that evening, but ironically in this case it was music in the "background," the music nobody noticed.
To be sure, his adaptations of the folk melodies composed mostly by oody Guthrie during the "dust bowl" era of the Great Depression are indeed tender, lyrically scored for strings, woodwinds, banjo, guitar, harmonica and percussion. He also oversaw several of the authentic arrangements and spoton David Carradine vocals recorded for the film. But he was especially proud of the15 minutes or so of original music he had scored for full orchestra; it was powerful symphonic music not reliant on the folk idiom of the picture and music worthy of special attention. The prolific United Artists label issued a soundtrack in conjunction with the film’s release in 1976. Not surprisingly, it focused on the Carradine vocals and a few of the adaptations, relegating the original score to brief excerpts sandwiched between other cues. As disparate as that may sound, however, the album was a magnificent recreation of songs from the legendary Guthrie, displaying his gifts for simple folk melodies and messages that spoke to the poor and downtrodden. This important record had never been released on CD, but we felt it was time to do so, especially since America is now celebrating this important folk artist’s centennial—with tours including new performances by his son Arlo and performances by several other important singers influenced by Guthrie’s music. This CD premiere shares in that celebration.
When we received the master elements from MGM for our CD, we were excited to find all of the original 2˝ 16-track scoring session rolls packaged amongst the ¼" 2-track stereo album masters. What a thrilling find, indeed! Not only would we be able to offer the classic United Artists LP for the first time on CD but we could now go back to the original scoring sessions that Rosenman had been so proud of and present for the first time ever his dramatic original score. Every sequence that he had recorded was available on 16 channels, allowing us to create brand new 2-track stereo mixes of the orchestral music and finally present it unencumbered by vocals and other material. These elements also revealed some exciting sequences not used in the picture.
Because many of Rosenman’s original cues were intended as bridges between musical sequences and to accompany scene transitions, some segments were necessarily short. But several others were longer and showcased the composer in full "East of Eden meets Star Trek IV" mode. With an emphasis on key relationships and motifs as well as basic musicality, we were able to create three generous suites made up entirely of his orchestral music, something the composer once stated he had always wanted to do if masters ever surfaced.
To conclude the celebration, we happily present the powerful orchestral arrangement of Guthrie’s "This Land Is Your Land" that Rosenman recorded for the finale of the film (the film version included separate children and adult choruses that were overdubbed with the orchestra). True to form, the arrangement ends with a brief fortissimo coda in which Rosenman literally autographs the music with one of his signature brass pyramids, those accented notes overlapping each other as they climb to the very top of the last chord.
So with this CD premiere of the 1976 soundtrack album as well as the world premiere release of his complete score for Bound for Glory, we pay a fitting tribute to Leonard Rosenman, the man who so badly wanted recognition for his music in the "background," the music nobody noticed.
Bound For Glory
Recorded on July 28, 29, & 30, 1976, at the Burbank Studio, Burbank, California.