Premiere CD release of stunning David Amram score for 1961 John Frankenheimer social drama starring idealistic Burt Lancaster colliding with violent gang of teenage street toughs.
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Premiere CD release of stunning David Amram score for 1961 John Frankenheimer social drama starring idealistic Burt Lancaster colliding with violent gang of teenage street toughs. Shelley Winters, Dina Merrill also star. Superb Edward Anhalt script brings still-topical vibe to tense story. David Amram, composer of both orchestral, jazz works for symphony (and accomplished French hornist) creates powerful meld of both idioms, adds harmonica, guitar for moody main theme with Latin color, then balances with knockout action music for full orchestra. Amram goes on to score John Frankenheimer masterpiece The Manchurian Candidate as well as initial but never used score for same director's Seven Days In May. Intrada CD presents entire original LP in vivid stereo from mint condition album masters courtesy Sony Music. First side of original 1961 Columbia album showcases lengthy, vibrant jazz cues, second side spotlights exciting orchestral action music. Take note also of beautiful solo trumpet work against strings. Album also offers then-generous running time of 45 minutes. Sensational, dramatic soundtrack! Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!