New from Quartet Records
This month Quartet Records has released two long awaited releases. The first one is the classic Sinful Davey score with music by the well-known British composer Ken Thorne. The second one is the robust symphonic score for The Return Of The Musketeers, composed by in a remastered, expanded release.
Quartet Records and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer present the premiere release of the
exciting and classy score composed by Ken Thorne (A Funny Thing Happened on
the Way to the Forum, Superman II, Juggernaut, Inspector Clouseau) for this
not-well-known adventure-comedy production directed by John Huston in
1969. Sinful Davey, the saga of an early nineteenth-century Scottish rogue.
The film was initially scored by John Barry, but the filmmakers considered
his music “too bittersweet.” His score was ultimately replaced by a completely
new effort by Ken Thorne, who provide an approach closer to adventure and
romance films, handled in a sublime British symphonic style.
The soundtrack album for Sinful Davey was announced by United Artists Records,
but due to the film’s failure at the box office the release was canceled.
Only a promotional single with the original song (performed by Ester Ofarim,
with lyrics by Don Black) and the Love Theme was released.
Fortunately, the stereo tapes with the album concept done by Thorne (with almost
the complete score) has been preserved in very good conditions at the MGM vaults.
All for one and fun for all! Quartet Records is proud to bring back the robust symphonic
score composed by Jean-Claude Petit (Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean de Florette, Le hussard
sur le toit) for Richard Lester’s last dramatic feature in 1989—in a remastered,
Musketeer trilogy, with the famous characters created by Alexandre Dumas.
The two first Musketeer films were scored by Michel Legrand and Lalo Schifrin, respectively.
For this final chapter, the composer was the always classic and elegant Jean-Claude Petit,
who provides a delightfully romantic and adventurous score. The composer himself
conducts the London Symphony Orchestra.
Released on LP and CD in 1989 by Milan Records and long out of print, this new version
has been remastered from first-generation master tapes and includes six bonus tracks,
offering a more complete and comprehensive version.
Produced by the composer and Stéphane Lerouge (who also provides the liner notes),
the package includes a 16-page full-color booklet.