Tech Talk From The Producer…
Jerry Goldsmith’s tender, touching and humorous score for The Trouble With Angels
(1966) was sandwiched between his sensitive music for A Patch of Blue
(1965) and his soaring work for The Blue Max
(1966). And as unbelievable as it may seem, Angels
evokes both, from the transparent strings and woodwind solos of A Patch of Blue
to the rising Lydian harmonic vernacular of The Blue Max
, with a healthy dose of lighthearted warmth on top.
Mainstream Records released an album for The Trouble With Angels at the time of the picture’s release, containing 12 tracks totaling just over 28 minutes. That album was subsequently released on CD several times by various labels but every issue was mastered from either vinyl transfers, mono copies or multi-generation dubs since the actual first-generation, three-channel stereo masters prepared in 1966 had long since been lost to the ages. Enter Intrada. As with our exhaustive but finally successful efforts to locate previously lost, first-generation album masters for the six original Ava stereo albums that included To Kill a Mockingbird and Walk on the Wild Side, as well as those for Sebastian and the two Flint recordings, our willingness to search for similar original masters for Angels proved worthwhile. The actual stereo masters used to create Mainstream’s original The Trouble With Angels album were not lost but simply waiting to be rediscovered. The results appear first on this current CD. Though recorded and edited some fifty years ago, with dynamics limited to the mastering technology of the era, the detail and clarity present on those original tapes Goldsmith and his engineer Hal Linstrot prepared in February of 1966 are being revealed for the first time ever.
But that’s only the first half of our release. While undergoing the search for genuine album masters, we also unearthed the complete score, vaulted in mono as recorded for the picture. (There is no evidence that anything else in three-channel stereo was made once Goldsmith and Linstrot selected the 12 tracks they wanted for the LP. The film mix itself was only presented in mono.) So, as an extra treat, we are presenting the world-premiere release of this entire score on tracks 13 through 52. Every cue from the picture is included.