Tech Talk From The Producer…
To present John Barry’s beautiful music for The Dove
, Intrada—after some years of digging—located the unmixed eight-channel scoring session takes for the soundtrack album that first appeared on the ABC label in 1974 and were thought to be lost. Having these masters allowed us to recreate Barry’s original mix but with greater clarity than before. As is customary, high strings appear on the left and low strings on the right. For this score, Barry reduced his brass to a trio of french horns, and these usually appear on the right. After that, a variety of colors—from harmonica to harp, from woodwinds to twin guitars, from timpani to snares, from xylophones to boo-bams—all appear in various positions spread from left to center to right, depending on the composer’s original preferences.
The original LP track “Xing’mombila” included native source music throughout the middle portion, and the closing track, “The Dove (End Title),” featured tugboat and foghorn effects at the start. Neither anomaly was particularly obtrusive but happily those effects were relegated to their own tracks on the eight-channel masters, giving us the opportunity to create new stereo mixes of both sequences without the effects. “Xing’mombila” is, in fact, comprised of two short but distinct Barry cues tied together by the source music. Those two cues, as well as the “End Title,” play without effects as “extras” after the original album program.
In addition to the three stereo extras mentioned above, we were given access to the original mono music stems vaulted at Paramount Pictures. This allowed us to include eight additional, previously unreleased John Barry cues, totaling another 16 minutes. These cues close out the CD.
Whether you play the original album program, the extras, or the entire CD, enjoy listening to some of John Barry’s most attractive and lush music ever.