Frank Cordell
- Academy Award nominated score
Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume ISC 228
Date: 1970
Time: 2:04:27
Tracks: 50
World premiere of spectacular score on 2 CD set! SOLD OUT!

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  • Spectacular find! Frank Cordell's magnificent Oscar-nominated score for lavish Ken Hughes movie about Oliver Cromwell, King Charles I, bloody English Civil War of 1600's and starring Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, was buried beneath an all-dialog LP on Capitol label in 1970. For years our interest in bringing album out on CD was muted by this sad anomaly. Then, in wonderful stroke of fortune, complete stereo session tapes were found in EMI vaults, labeled with other film audio elements (foley work, sound effects, etc.) and seemingly lost forever. Release of powerful score was possible at last! Intrada world premiere 2-CD set features entire score in stereo, including rare "Intermission" music dropped from prints of film! Highlights are many but of particular note are dynamic sequences for orchestra plus massive chorus throughout. Action cues are exciting. Climax that brings close to part one of film (Battle Of Naseby) is also magnificent. Towering above all is powerhouse coda to entire score, with fortissimo orchestra & chorus ringing triumphant major chords to bring masterful score to spectacular close. Disc 2 presents complete 1970 Capitol LP in stereo from original album masters, offering admittedly compelling dialog (with music excerpts underneath) spoken by two masters of their craft. Spectacular package features original album cover plus exciting alternate "flipper" cover, handsomely designed by Joe Sikoryak. Informative notes by Frank De Wald complete nice set. Frank Cordell conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains! SOLD OUT!
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    CD 1
    01. Main Titles (3:01)
    02. "Such Talk Is Treason" (1:26)
    03. Confrontation On Common Land (1:29)
    04. The Victim (0:51)
    05. "Aye - A Beggar" (1:50)
    06. Arrest Them All (1:07)
    07. The King's Dilemma (2:13)
    08. Parliament Is Dissolved (1:48)
    09. "Think Well On It" (1:41)
    10. The River Crossing (0:28)
    11. "Be On Your Guard" (1:05)
    12. The Battle Ends (1:43)
    13. The New Army (2:31)
    14. "By God - We Have Him" (1:13)
    15. Battle Of Naseby (7:16)
    16. Intermission Overture (4:21)
    17. Act II: Parliament In Session (1:53)
    18. Retreat To Oxford (2:45)
    19. "Do You Not Rise Sir" (0:32)
    20. Deportation (4:10)
    21. New Army To Parliament (0:50)
    22. Blind Man's Bluff (1:43)
    23. A Crown So Easily Recovered (1:45)
    24. The Hanging (3:34)
    25. The Great Hall (1:12)
    26. Prelude To Execution (7:07)
    27. The Axe Falls (4:23)
    28. "I Will Destroy You" (2:57)
    29. Wear A Crown (1:36)
    30. "Away With This Bauble" (Finale) (3:18)

    Total CD 1 Time: 72:38

    CD 2 The Original LP Album
    01. Main Title; Why Are You Leaving England? (5:41)
    02. This Is The Common Land (1:37)
    03. ...Declare War On My Own People? (2:05)
    04. Parliament... Is Not A Gathering Of Lackeys To The King (1:22)
    05. My Lord Strafford, You Will Rid Us Of These Troublemakers (1:37)
    06. A Warrant Upon A Charge Of High Treason (1:52)
    07. An Institution Is Known As Democracy (2:30)
    08. This Nation Is Now In A State Of Civil War (2:29)
    09. The Battle At Edgehill (3:14)
    10. The New Army (4:02)
    11. By God, We Have Him! (0:55)
    12. The Battle At Naseby (4:16)
    13. King Charles Is Arrested (1:14)
    14. The Army Will Not Stand Down (1:46)
    15. An England Without A King Is Unthinkable (2:29)
    16. I Will Have This King's Head, Aye, And The Crown Upon It (1:04)
    17. I Am No Ordinary Prisoner, Sir (2:33)
    18. Warrant For The Death Of A King (2:20)
    19. From A Corruptible To An Incorruptible Crown (1:37)
    20. I Will See This Nation Properly Governed, Epilogue (6:15)

    Total CD 2 Time: 51:47

  • Tech Talk From The Producer…

    For this long-awaited world premiere release of Frank Cordell’s historical score for Cromwell, a bit of album history is warranted.

    With superb dialogue by Ken Hughes, performed by Richard Harris and Alec Guinness (whose voices made music) it made sense for Capitol Records to release dialogue excerpts on an album, in that time long before home video. So following the lead of their popular 1968 soundtrack for Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, Capitol issued a 51-minute soundtrack LP of dialogue highlights from Cromwell in 1970. But where the success of the former album led to a second record featuring the score by Nino Rota, the reception to Cromwell was less enthusiastic. Cordell’s dynamic and powerful score was never singled out for its own release. Other than mere snippets of music contained within the dialogue tracks on Capitol’s album, the complete original score is being presented here for the very first time—and in magnificent stereo.

    To bring this music to CD, Intrada embarked on some history of its own. Long one of my own favorite scores (even buried under dialogue), we made attempts to bring this music to the public many years ago but were thwarted by the lack of scoring session masters. Over the years, we brought the project up again from time to time only to come away empty handed. Then, about a year ago, we decided to work with EMI on releasing the dialogue album on CD, at least making something available to new audiences. If we couldn’t make the entire 70-plus minutes of music available, at least we could bring a great dialogue experience out on CD and audiences could enjoy a few minutes of Cordell’s score mingled within.

    So we licensed from EMI the album rights and awaited delivery of the master recordings for sides A and B of Capitol SW-640. Those LP masters did indeed arrive, but they weren’t alone. We also received transfers from numerous rolls of tape that appeared to include virtually all of the sound effects for the entire two-and-ahalf- hour film, each roll of tape corresponding to a reel of the picture. We proceeded to examine further and after 16 reels of the film’s effects, we started hearing 16 reels of the picture’s dialogue, isolated in the same way the effects had been on the previous 16 reels. Then, in one of my own personal highlights of our entire 27-year history, the final 16 reels of transfers offered Frank Cordell’s music, all by itself. Here it all was, Cordell’s Academy Award-nominated score, lavishly orchestrated, excitingly played—and totally unencumbered with effects or dialogue, all pouring forth in stereo.

    In preparing the original Capitol album, all of the film’s various audio elements were sent to (and stayed with) the label. So Intrada, working with EMI, the rights owner of the soundtrack, can finally premiere the soundtrack music from Cromwell in all of its glory.

    Source masters for the scoring sessions were numerous ¼˝ 7½ ips two-track rolls of tape, stored for 40-plus years in the EMI Capitol vaults. Some analog tape hiss is, of course, evident. While we addressed audio anomalies that commonly occur with fragile rolls of old tape recorded at slower speeds, we exercised judicial restraint in dealing with the hiss to avoid further diminishing the already pinched sound yielded by the rolls.

    In assembling the album, we reviewed Columbia’s scoring cue sheets, making it possible to identify where everything went by matching verbal slates with printed ones. While we were successful in this approach, we made an interesting and fortuitous discovery: Cordell’s score was actually much longer than what appeared in the 140-minute picture. Not only had he composed “Overture” and “Intermission” sequences, but also several sequences subsequently dropped from the final production. These are all included on the CD, albeit explanations are due about where and when.

    With the “Overture” and “Intermission” cues, Cordell actually recorded one fourminute cue that was then cut literally in half, with the first portion playing as the “Overture” and the second half playing during “Intermission.” As it turned out, both halves were dropped when the roadshow prints were cut down to their present length. Our CD presents the entire piece exactly as it was recorded—but only once, as the “Intermission” (which ironically was actually slated as the “Intermission Overture”).

    The original film structure places the action in the first half of the movie, with exciting sequences of soldiers and battle, all leading to the end of Act I. The second half stresses verbal confrontations between the two protagonists, the lengthy trial and the execution of King Charles. As such, Cordell necessarily puts his fanfares and battle music in the first half, and then writes more deliberate, involved dramatic underscoring for the second half. In order to bring some brighter color to the second half, we have judiciously sequenced a couple of the fanfares within that portion. Interestingly, the cue sheets differ from the slated positions of some of these pieces anyway. With much editing of the score during post-production already a factor, some liberty with our cue sequence was a necessity

    Now enjoy a trip back in time to the 1600s—when elegant pageantry and massive battles were the norm—and let Frank Cordell lead you into his choral and symphonic world for Cromwell.

    —Douglass Fake