Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Nevada Smith: The Paramount Westerns Collection

I've once again been remiss in keeping up the blog for 2019, but here's a quick post to close out the year! La-La Land Records recently announced Nevada Smith: The Paramount Westerns Collection as one of their Black Friday 2019 titles. I co-produced this collection and co-wrote the liner notes with Frank K. DeWald. This 4-CD set features 11 scores from 11 composers spanning two decades of Paramount western cinema: Nevada Smith (Alfred Newman), El Dorado (Nelson Riddle), Three Violent People (Walter Scharf), Kid Rodelo (Johnny Douglas), Walk Like a Dragon (Paul Dunlap), Will Penny (David Raksin), The Hangman (Harry Sukman), Branded (Roy Webb), The Furies (Franz Waxman), Copper Canyon (Daniele Amfitheatrof) and Streets of Laredo (Victor Young). The miraculous restoration work and mastering is by Chris Malone, and the gorgeous artwork is by Dan Goldwasser. I'm immensely proud of this collection, and hope fans of film music (especially Golden Age fans) will enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed working on it these past two years. I hope to have more to say about this release (and its individual scores) later ... but for now, special thanks to LLL's MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys, Lukas Kendall and the others who helped make it possible! Sound clips available at the LLL product page, where you can pick this up today.

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