has released 5 new titles in their CD Club
. The first one is Elmer Bernstein’s
score for 1962’s Birdman of Alcatraz.
It may well be the composer’s most important score that never has found its way to a commercial release. The CD contains many cues in their complete form that were only heard in abbreviated versions in the film. Another one, for years out of print now, is Runaway,
one of only three all electronic scores by Jerry Goldsmith
. The layers and textures which Goldsmith incorporated into the score, (which he performed himself), contained all the hallmarks of his style. Runaway
is very much a score orchestrated
for synthesizers. The third one, Careful, He Might Hear You,
is may be one that is not very well known, as is his composer, Australian Ray Cook (1936-1989).
It was the exceptionally well-reviewed Australian film that received seven Australian Film Institute Awards, including best film of 1983. And after hearing how good Cook’s score is, it is impossible not to mourn for the “what might have been.” One composer who has had so very few releases in recent years is Dave Grusin,
a legendary pianist and the composer of the much-loved scores for On Golden Pond, My Bodyguard
and The Goonies
. For Lucas,
Grusin composed one of the most touching synthesizer scores of the era, capturing the emotion and angst of young love and growing up. And finally two Hugo Friedhofer
classics on one CD. Seven Cities of Gold (1955)
headlines this release with a thrilling, Spanish-flavored masterpiece. Rounding out the CD are four cues containing the nearly 15 minutes of music that survives from the Twentieth Century Fox’s 1955 The Rains of Ranchipur.