Tech Talk From The Producer…
This newly remastered premiere of the entire soundtrack from The Aviator
features a number of important distinctions from all previous releases of the music. It was originally available on vinyl from Varèse Sarabande; later it was slightly expanded for release on CD by La-La Land. Both of these prior versions not only omitted a significant number of cues from the score but, interestingly, did not include the separately recorded percussion tracks for several sequences. Our release features every track recorded by Dominic Frontiere during his Munich scoring sessions— including the separate percussion overlays which are mixed as the composer intended.
The score was originally recorded on 2′′ 24-track tape and mixed down to three-channel stereo for Dolby presentations of the film, and two-track stereo for all other purposes, including the soundtrack albums. There were our rolls of ½′′ mixes plus all of the selections from sides A and B of the Varèse Sarabande album (taken directly from the first four rolls and edited onto two separate rolls by themselves). Including several alternates in “the extras” section of the disc plus the composer’s source cues, this new Intrada CD presents 75 minutes of music in all.
One source cue for piano (“Sit With You,” track 6) appears in sequence during the main program as it complements the previous cue and adds to the period flavor of the picture. The other source cues appear in the extras. For “The Addicts,” a late sequence where Jack Warden delivers a monologue reflecting on the lives of various pilots, Frontiere wrote and recorded one version, re-scored the scene with a shorter version for a recut of the picture, and then revised the cue yet a third time for the finished film. We have included all three versions on our album. (In fact, the film ran 11 reels—approximately 110 minutes—when Frontiere scored it, but ultimately it was cut down to the current 96-minute length.) Also appearing on our CD are alternate versions of “Old Man” and “End Titles”—both recorded in two different lengths.
Now, take to the skies with all of Dominic Frontiere’s soaring music for 1985’s The Aviator.