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Johnny Green
Raintree County

Album US 2007 on Golden Age Classics label
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2 CD's. Limited edition of 3,000 copies. Released by Special Arrangement With Turner Classic Movies Music. M-G-M's Raintree County (1957) was a widescreen spectacular of the late Hollywood Golden Age—a gargantuan Civil War epic based on the acclaimed novel by Ross Lockridge Jr. Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Eva Marie Saint starred in a love triangle meant to encompass the cultural divide between North and South as well as tell a heartfelt human story. Raintree County was the major landmark work as a composer of Johnny Green (1908-1989), a significant 20th century American music figure who was a gifted songwriter, conductor and music director. He was, at the time, the head of music at M-G-M, and responsible for the studio's legendary music quality both in its underscoring and movie musicals. Unlike Alfred Newman, who held the equivalent position at Twentieth Century-Fox, Green seldom exercised his prerogative to score pictures from the studio of his choosing, but he did so on Raintree County, and created one of the most memorable film scores of all time, with a legion of fans. The movie and score of Raintree County are somewhat atypical in that they are essentially interior and character-based, even as the movie covers the sprawl of the American Civil War. Green's score is unashamedly "epic" in its size and symphonic scope, but its multiple themes attach not to historical events but to the characters and human dynamics of the central love triangle—with Clift as a young Northern writer, Saint his childhood "soul mate," and Taylor the Southern belle (with a history of mental illness) who steals him away. The contrast between the "blockbuster" symphonic framework and the psychological nature of the drama created one of the most sophisticated scores of its time—combining conventional symphonic size with innovative, atmospheric moments, and featuring numerous, fully developed melodies. The musicianship of the entire production is remarkable. Raintree County has had a long and varied history of album editions, most notably a 2LP RCA Victor release that was released on CD by Preamble. FSM's definitive edition—on the eve of the movie's 50th anniversary—features a comprehensive chronological program of Green's masterpiece (containing many previously unreleased cues and passages), along with a bonus section of alternate and unused cues. The entire score (save one-half of one cue) has been remixed and remastered from the original 35mm stereo master tapes for vastly improved sound quality. Also cause for celebration, FSM reunites the orchestral score with the main title vocal performed by Nat King Cole—Cole was a recording artist for Capitol Records, and previous albums had to replace his vocal with generic chorus for contractual reasons, while Cole's version of the song came out separately on a 45 rpm single. Cole's never-before-heard end title vocal is included as well (dropped from the film), while the alternate chorus versions are included as bonus tracks.

        
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No Title Artist Composer Duration
1Disc 1Johnny Green
2OvertureJohnny Green3:30
3Lion/The Song of Raintree County (Main Title) (Vocal by Nat King Cole)Johnny Green2:44
4Nell and JohnnyJohnny Green3:42
5There's Another TreeJohnny Green2:29
6The SwampJohnny Green3:41
7Nell and Gar/Freehaven/Prelude Segue/Meet Flash and SusannaJohnny Green2:59
8Johnny's Crown/Look at the Birdie/First MeetingJohnny Green5:28
9First Meeting (film ending)/Nell's Huff/Pursuit of Happiness/July Swim/Tell Me About the Raintree/Nell Insert/Your Exact LocationJohnny Green6:11
10Going Home/Train From the South/I Had to Come Back/Fare Thee Well/River Wedding NightJohnny Green7:37
11Burned Mansion/Susanna's Obsession/Lament for HenriettaJohnny Green5:02
12Cousin Bob's PlantationJohnny Green0:47
13I Lied/Country Road/Johnny's Book/Best FriendJohnny Green5:00
14You Hate Me/What Did I Do Wrong?/Where Is Susanna?/Where Is That Doll?/It's HappenedJohnny Green6:56
15Be a Pig's Eye/It's a Boy/Back in FreehavenJohnny Green5:57
16Dearest Thing/It's the House/What About the Fire?/I Don't Know/They Can't Follow MeJohnny Green7:33
17Judby/She Was Going HomeJohnny Green2:26
18First Act Finale (Roadshow)Johnny Green1:13
19Disc 2Johnny Green
20Entr'ActeJohnny Green2:51
21Brand New PantsJohnny Green1:14
22Battle Montage/War CommentaryJohnny Green3:31
23Fairweather/I Don't Believe It/Night Ambush/Flash DiesJohnny Green8:40
24Johnny's Escape/War's End/I'd Like to Try/Lincoln's Funeral TrainJohnny Green6:10
25I Still Love Him/You're Not Sick/Surprise for Daddy/Ask Daddy/SearchJohnny Green9:42
26Susanna's Death/Jeemie's Raintree/The Song of Raintree County (End Title) (Vocal by Nat King Cole)Johnny Green4:09
27Bonus TracksJohnny Green
28The Song of Raintree County (Main Title) (chorus version)Johnny Green2:40
29Freehaven (film version)Johnny Green0:32
30Freehaven (alternate)Johnny Green0:32
31First Meeting Part 1 (alternate)Johnny Green1:23
32First Meeting (song version) (Vocal by Carlos Noble)Johnny Green2:39
33Pursuit of Happiness/July Swim/Tell Me About the Raintree (alt. ending)Johnny Green3:39
34Going Home (alternate)Johnny Green0:27
35Polka at the Party (Bronislau Kaper)Johnny Green0:47
36Why No One to Love -- Party (Stephen Foster)Johnny Green2:34
37Why No One to Love (Stephen Foster)Johnny Green0:42
38Cousin's Bob Plantation (alternate)Johnny Green0:46
39Best Friend (alternate)Johnny Green1:46
40Best Friend (film version)Johnny Green2:50
41First Act Finale (Day Date)Johnny Green1:07
42Jeemie's Raintree/The Song of Raintree County (End Title) (chorus version)Johnny Green2:41
43The Song of Raintree County (instrumental)Johnny Green2:20
44The Song of Raintree County (Vocal by Bill Lee)Johnny Green4:20
45Jeemie's Raintree/The Song of Raintree County (End Title) (film version with chorus)Johnny Green1:18
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