Special Collection Volume ISC 234
World premiere release of flavorful western score for John Sturges picture starring Clint Eastwood finds composer offering one of his most exciting, evocative soundtracks of an amazing career.
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Cool CD for Lalo Schifrin fans! World premiere release of flavorful western score for John Sturges picture starring Clint Eastwood finds composer offering one of his most exciting, evocative soundtracks of an amazing career. Main theme is tentative melody with somewhat muted harmonies underneath. Idea grows in considerable strength during course of score. Dynamic action cues get spotlight numerous times as well. Spanish-tinged motifs add further strength to musical tapestry! Intrada presents complete score from pristine condition multi-track stereo session elements courtesy Universal Pictures. Another cool asset: CD features complete cues, where picture sometimes truncates them! Highly informative liner notes by Schifrin authority Nick Redman plus "flipper" covers showcasing both original Universal/Malpaso campaign as well as dramatic "spaghetti" western approach complete exciting package. Play the album, read the notes, pick your cover! Lalo Schifrin conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!
Tech Talk From The Producer…
sessions for Joe Kidd were captured on 35mm three-channel
magnetic film and transferred onto 1/2″ 15 ips three-channel tape with a fourth channel
dedicated to a synchronization pulse. These three-channel masters were maintained
in the Universal vaults in beautiful condition. After BluWave Audio, the sound transfer
division of Universal Studios, made digital transfers
of each 1/2″ element, we folded them down into
two-track stereo and assembled the score in picture
As was customary for pictures recorded in threetrack
stereo on the Universal scoring stage, overall
acoustics were somewhat pinched due to the modest
size of the room itself. Microphones were placed
close to the players and a significant amount of room
noise (chairs moving, instrument keys rattling, etc.)
was a frequent result. These myriad sounds aren’t
noticeable when mixed down with dialog and sound
effects onto a single mono film soundtrack, of course.
But with a brand-new stereo mix of just the scoring
sessions, they are part of the performance itself. Happily,
as a trade-off, the stereo separation and imaging
of the score itself is vivid and instrumental colors are
captured in crisp detail.
Enjoy now our world premiere presentation of
this flavorful Spanish-tinged western score, showcasing
composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin at his melodic
and action-filled best.
Composed and Conducted by Lalo Schifrin
Recorded on March 13 & 14, 1972, at Universal Pictures Scoring Stage, Universal City, California.
This soundtrack was produced in cooperation with the
American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada
Sandy De Crescent
Vincent De Rosa