2-CD set of music from 1969 motorcycle TV drama with Michael Parks makes world premiere!
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2-CD set of music from 1969 motorcycle TV drama with Michael Parks makes world premiere! Anchored by George Duning's rich, outdoor scoring including his memorable theme, several noted composers join in with terrific music for various episodes. Stu Phillips, Elliot Kaplan, John Parker, Richard Shores & Philip Springer amongst others offer tuneful scoring both melodic, dramatic. Ideas center around Americana idiom but cover all manner and style of music, from folk to orchestral. Happily all of the scores included here were archived by Warner Bros. in crisp, 1/2" three-channel stereo sound. Composers conduct their respective episode scores. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remains!
Disc One: Music Composed and Conducted by George Duning 01. Main Title (0:54) "The Runner" 02. Bronson Rides (2:36) 03. He's an Orphan (5:13) 04. Where's Johnny (4:07) 05. Bronson Leaves (1:27) 06. Bumpers (0:17) "The Old Motorcycle Fiasco" 07. Alex's Bike (2:31) 08. Nora Mad (0:56) 09. Busy Boys (2:39) 10. Alex Follows (4:18) 11. Final Fall (2:42) "Amid Splinters of the Thunderbolt" 12. Wayfarer Bronson (3:49) 13. Whiskey at Night (4:12) 14. Bucky's Guilt (2:48) 15. Mary Delivers (2:06) "All the World and God" 16. Stiff Neck (2:35) 17. Mrs. Lacey (3:22) 18. Doc Is Dead (3:43) 19. Lambert (3:25) 20. Goodbye for Awhile (1:44) "Your Love Is Like a Demolition Derby in My Heart" 21. Bronson Rock (1:21) 22. To the Derby (1:17) 23. Leona and Bronson (2:17) 24. Prisoner Billy (4:22) "That Undiscovered Country" 25. Amish Farm (2:56) 26. Worried Parents (2:48) 27. Jan's Invitation (3:18) 28. Sad Jan (3:11) 29. End Title (version 1) (0:51) CD 1 Time: 78:02
Disc Two: Long Lonesome Composers 01. Main Title (alternate ending) George Duning (0:55) "A Famine Where Abundance Lies" John Parker 02. Neck Deep (4:45) "Old Tigers Never Die - They Just Run Away" John Parker 03. Highway Triangle (4:52) "Where Will the Trumpets Be?" Elliot Kaplan 04. Wild Horses (4:47) "Two Percent of Nothing" Stu Phillips 05. Free Water (6:12) "A Long Trip to Yesterday" John Parker 06. Tate Don't Shuck (5:45) "Against a Blank Cold Wall" Dean Elliott 07. The Snake (4:57) "'Sibyl" Richard Shores 08. Moonlight Meeting (8:42) "The Gleam of the Eagle Mind" Stu Phillips 09. Lady of Sweet Sorrows (5:48) "Lucky Day" Richard Shores 10. Eve and Len (4:13) "Mating Dance for Tender Grass" John Parker 11. Bronson Under Siege (4:24) 12. Manure-Spreader's - Gavotte Source (3:48) "The Mountain" Tom McIntosh) 13. Breaking the Ice (6:56) "The Ninety-Nine Mile Circle" Richard Shores 14. Nice Circle (4:49) "What's an Ark Without Centaurs?" Philip Springer 15. Montage (5:28) 16. End Title (version 2) George Duning (0:52) Disc Two Total Time: 77:20
Tech Talk From The Producer…
My 15-plus years working on the Film Score Monthly label took
me to many fascinating corners of the film music world. Albums for any record label with
a regular release schedule aren’t in production one at a time, but rather overlap with each
other. For nearly a decade, FSM enjoyed a productive licensing relationship with Warner
Bros. and Rhino Entertainment Company for the historical M-G-M, RKO and pre-1949
Warner Bros. libraries. It gave me an opportunity to delve deep into the catalog to find
interesting, lesser-known scores—which is how I encountered Then Came Bronson. We
included the Duning pilot and two Gil Mellé scores on our Omnibus collection of M-G-M
TV music, but because of the way the entirety of the music for that series was archived, I
had all of the other scores on a hard drive.
These are not the flashiest scores, and the composers—while known to fans—did not go on to prominent feature careers. But the music carries a certain mood, due to
the unique ambition of the series, which I can only characterize as “existential humanist
Americana” (or those three words in any order). Here you had a modern-day Hollywood
TV show descending on rural America, written, produced and scored within
television conventions—but aspiring for something more meaningful than escapism
or catching the bad guy. And this unfolded during a particularly tumultuous time in
American history when movies and music were experiencing dramatic changes. Art
cannot help but reflect the Zeitgeist, and 1969–70 was an era of upheaval in world
events and cultural mores.
It’s hard to say how much
time the Bronson composers had to
dwell on their creative approach—I
asked Stu Phillips about his two episode
scores, and he could barely remember
having written them. Such is
life for a film and television composer,
especially the latter. Nevertheless,
these scores convey an indescribable
mood, a contemplation and nostalgia—
for me, evoking a unique moment in history that transpired before I was even born.
They provide a window into a different time and place, and a mirror that reflects, oddly
enough, the earlier time in our life when we looked out that window for the first time. That
may seem like a circular experience, but is that not life?
So that this Tech Talk includes at least some tech: while most television music from
this period survives only in monaural sound, Bronson’s music was archived on ½˝ threetrack
tape, providing exceptional stereo sound quality.
Then Came Bronson
Recorded on January 30 and 31, August 1, 7, 15, and 28, September 4, 11, 18, and 25, October 24, November 6 and 14, and December 3, 16, and 18, 1969, and January 2, 8, 15, and 21, and February 5 and 16, 1970.
John Carl Parker
H. Arthur Brown
Paul C. Shure
Dorothy M. Wade
Douglas L. Davis
Robert K. Stone
George "Red" Callender
William "Buddy" Collette
C. E. "Bud" Shank
Dave A. Duke
Robert E. Henderson
George P. Werth
Harry "Sweets" Edison
Carroll "Cappy" Lewis
Francis Joe Howard
John "Tommy" Johnson
Al R. Hendrickson
Trefoni "Tony" Rizzi