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DCM142RIO GRANDE / THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT / THE QUIET MAN
(1949, 1953, 1952)
Music composed and conducted by Victor Young
DCM 142 - UPC: 771028 237210
Release date: November 15, 2012

Our program gathers three original soundtracks by the phenomenal Victor Young written for John Ford’s movies of the early fifties. Two of them are remastered versions while the third one, The Sun Shines Bright, appears for the first time on CD.

While an earlier DCM release devoted to Young offered exotic scores (DCM 139 For Whom the Bell Tolls, Golden Earrings, Omar Khayyam), this one has an unmistakable American flavor. Hence, traditional repertoire and popular songs of the era figure prominently in Rio Grande, The Sun Shines Bright and The Quiet Man. In some cases the director himself asked Victor Young to integrate some of these melodies into his orchestral scores.

In addition to the folk tunes, one can find in the overall program Young’s tendency towards sweet and catchy melodies, but he also provides the expected bold orchestral rises for the action and suspense scenes. Firmly rooted in the aesthetic of the period, this duality is the core of Victor Young’s style, which has long remained a model for composers of the big screen. Most pieces still generate excitement for today’s film music buffs, even without the support of the images. Not only did Young shine as a composer and arranger but he also proved to be an outstanding conductor. This may explain why so few of his scores have been re-recorded by contemporary symphonic orchestras that specialize in the cinematic field. 12-page full color booklet.

 

RIO GRANDE (1950)


 

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01 Main Title 2:15
  02 Return From Patrol 1:51
03 Soldiers Fight 1:44
04 I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (Traditional) *+ 2:33
05 Dispossessed 0:52
06 Cattle Call (Tex Owens) * 1:09
07 Aha, San Antone (Dale Evans) ** 0:42
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08 Reunion 2:31
09 Indian Raid / Escape 5:02
10 Eerie Canal (Traditional) * 0:30
11 Laundresses' Row 0:54
12 Yellow Stripes (Stan Jones) * 0:52
13 My Gal Is Purple (Stan Jones) * 1:30
Écouter 14 Down by the Glen Side (Traditional) *+ 2:05
  15 Footsore Cavalry (Stan Jones) * 0:45
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16 Meeting at the Rio Grande 1:16
17 Confederate Dollars and Yankee Gold 1:42
18 Departure for Fort Bliss (The Girl I Left Behind) 0:52
Écouter 19 Tyree Meets the Wagon Train / Indian Attack 6:33
  20 Call Your Volunteers 0:40
21 Nighttime Approach / Rescuing the Children 6:52
22 Coming Home 1:33
23 Dixie - End Title 1:03
TT 46:50
  * Performed by The Sons of The Pioneers + Ken Curtis, lead vocalist
** Sung by Ben Johnson, Harry Carey, Jr. and Claude Jarman, Jr.
   
  THE SUN SHINES BRIGHT (1953)
Écouter 24 Suite I 4:08
  25 Suite II 2:56
26 Suite III 2:52
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27 Suite IV 2:43
  28 Closing Music 0:27
TT 13:16
   
  THE QUIET MAN (1952)
Écouter 29 Danaher's House 2:21
  30 My Mother 2:46
Écouter 31 The Big Fight 2:41
  32 Forlorn (Mary Kate's Lament) 3:05
33 I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen 2:48
Written by Thomas P. Westendorf
34 St. Patrick's Day 2:25
TT 16:06
   
  GT 75:22


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