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Herbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire
Northwest Passage: Classic Western Scores From M-G-M, Vol. 2 (1940-1974)

Album US 2009 on Film Score Monthly label
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Golden and Silver Age Classics series. 3 CDs. Limited edition of 2000 copies. FSM continues its informal annual tradition of releasing a 3CD set of classic western film scores with a second volume of westerns from the historical M-G-M film library: Northwest Passage (Book I—Rogers’ Rangers) is the 1940 adventure score by Herbert Stothart, M-G-M’s premier composer in the 1930s and ’40s, presented in nearly complete form from the monaural optical film masters, with a few otherwise lost cues added from the film’s music-and-effects track. Many Rivers to Cross (1955) is a comedy western score by Cyril J. Mockridge, conducted by no less than Miklós Rózsa, with a song (“The Berry Tree”) by M-G-M songwriter and executive Saul Chaplin. This score survives in glorious three-track stereo from the original 35mm magnetic film. A Thunder of Drums (1961) is a cavalry adventure score by Harry Sukman, also presented in true stereo. Dominated by grim and martial passages, the music also features romantic strains anticipating Sukman’s scores for TV’s Dr. Kildare. At the end of disc 3 is a television rarity: David Shire’s 1974 TV movie score for The Godchild (a John Badham-directed adaptation of Three Godfathers, a western story filmed several times earlier). It is a brief and spare work demonstrating the composer’s gift for simplicity and melody—presented in excellent stereo sound. The film titles for this album were selected in large part from listener responses to our last westerns collection. So keep listening, and keep suggesting titles! Complete liner notes for this album can be found—for free—online at our website. Finally: our previous two western collections, centered respectively around The Unforgiven and The Naked Spur, promptly sold out. We have increased the manufacturing run on this volume to 2,000 copies—but don’t delay!

        
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PortraitHerbert Stothart 1885-1949 US
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PortraitCyril Mockridge p, 1896-1979 GB
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PortraitHarry Sukman p, 1912-1984 US
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PortraitDavid Shire p, syn, *1937 US
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Album Tracks
No Title Artist Composer Duration
1Disc 1 - Northwest Passage (Book I—Rogers’ Rangers) (1940) Music Composed and Conducted by Herbert StothartHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire
2Northwest Passage (Book I—Rogers’ Rangers) (1940)Herbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire50:20
3Bonus TracksHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire15:44
4Disc 2 - Many Rivers to Cross (1955) Music Composed by Cyril Mockridge, Conducted by Miklós RózsaHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire
5Song: “The Berry Tree” by Saul Chaplin, Sung by Sheb WooleyHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire
6Many Rivers to Cross (1955)Herbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire52:35
7Bonus TracksHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire17:59
8Escape From Fort Bravo (1953) Music Composed and Conducted by Jeff AlexanderHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire
9Song: “Yellow Stripes” by Stan JonesHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire
10Main Title/Foreword (corrected mix)Herbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire2:59
11Disc 3 - A Thunder of Drums (1961) Music Composed and Conducted by Harry SukmanHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire
12Tracks 23, 24, 25 Composed and Performed by Duane EddyHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire
13A Thunder of Drums (1961)Herbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire46:00
14Source MusicHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire9:11
15The Godchild (1974) Music Composed and Conducted by David ShireHerbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire
16The Godchild (1974)Herbert Stothart, Cyril Mockridge, Harry Sukman, David Shire21:48
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