How the West Was Won (Original Film Soundtrack)

April 21, 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 21, 2013
  • Label: Stage Door
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Stage Door Records
  • Total Length: 36:04
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  • ASIN: B00CF2V3BQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,474 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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I suppose such a task is easier said than done.
John Dziadecki
The variety of songs from different facets of the West make it interesting and enjoyable as do the various artists.
Lois
If you are a collector of soundtracks or just like listening to big traditional film scores, this is a must.
johnf

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By johnf on January 29, 2013
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How the West Was Won is always listed as one of the greatest film scores ever, and it's nice to say that it truly lives up to the accolades.This is a big score in every way,using a full symphonic orchestra and chorus,composed for an epic scale picture to be shown on Cinerama screens in a roadshow presentation.

Alfred Newman is considered one of the greatest Hollywood composers along with Rozsa, Steiner, Korngold, etc. and having scored over a hundred films was up to the task of creating the music for this major production. This was not just a matter of composing big, stirring pieces, but to accompany a vast range of scenes of battles and Indian raids, riverboats and railroads, buffalo stampedes and stage songs and historic events from the settling of the Ohio River Valley to the Civil War and the final scenes in Arizona. He had to compose for moods of happiness, grandeur, drama, sorrow love and even humor, huge and overwhelming or tender and intimate as the scene demanded. At the same time the historical nature of the film demanded that traditional folk music be worked into the score as well including his choices of Shenandoah and Greensleeves among others and then to write popular period-like songs for Debbie Reynolds to sing.

This was quite an order, but Alfred Newman was up to it. Newman was particularly noted for his orchestrations and here he beautifully orchestrates gigantic orchestral pieces like the Theme and small moments with harmonica and strings. Newman was especially noted for his ability to score strings in a way that expressed great emotion in their higher register, and they are used here to great effect, especially in No Goodbye. Newman could get a sweetness out of his string sections that few others could;it was one of his signature effects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lois on August 11, 2007
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When this first came out as an LP I wore it out and had to buy a second album. Now I can listen to it in the car or anywhere else I want to. I've always been a lover of Westerns, whether it be movies, books or music and also a big Bing Crosby fan, so of course this is one of my favorite CDs. The variety of songs from different facets of the West make it interesting and enjoyable as do the various artists. Anyone who likes the Old West is sure to enjoy this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Wright on October 25, 2009
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I had an LP record of this when I was a kid and wore it out listening to it. When I saw the recording was now on CD, I bought it immediately for my kids. Both they and I enjoy it very much. The recordings are bold and clear, but they are from a different era when men were men, stereotypes reined and cowboys were heroes so be forewarned if you fall into the politically correct crowd. If you are young or enjoy the old west and music associated with that era then you will enjoy this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GREGORY G. STANGAL on March 3, 2013
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My friend had this recording on record, but it never sounded as good as this CD. I thought I would never hear this great record again. GREAT!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Dziadecki on March 11, 2010
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Inspired by the "How the West Was Won" series written by Shana Alexander that appeared in Life Magazine in 1959, Bing Crosby's tribute to the pioneers was originally released as part of the RCA Living Stereo series as a 2LP deluxe gate-fold album. And that was the singular format in which the recording languished in obscurity -- until now.

Why RCA never released this recording on CD remains unknown. I wrote to RCA suggesting a Bing Crosby release would make sense. They could have remastered the tapes in HDCD or SACD. I never received a reply. I suppose such a task is easier said than done. But why could Bear Family do it and not RCA?

This Bear Family release contains all the music of the original release on a very full single CD -- 34 tracks, roughly 90 minutes. The music is crystal clear and reproduces the clarity and wide sound stage Living Stereo sound -- a delight to hear. Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney are in excellent form and Jimmie Driftwood, Sam Hinton, The Desert Mormon Choir and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir all sound great! The packaging very closely replicates the deluxe album cover and includes the Shana Alexander's abridged essay that formed the 2LP gate-fold release.

A few nit-picky items that in *no* way detract from this stellar release: Missing from the disc is a copyright statement though one is on the back cover. If you play this on your computer via iTunes, you will find the final "n" in Sam Hinton's name is missing. Also, in iTunes, the individual tracks list the entire ensemble for each track rather the featured artists of the track. There is no recording history included in the beautifully done liner notes. I could have done without the two pages of other Bear Family releases -- that would have been a good place to insert a recording history.
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The movie was the first to have surround type screen and three projectors to show it. It is a movie of epic proportions with a sweeping story. The more you find out about the making of it the more you will be impressed. Alfred Newman did a magnificent job of conveying with music the adventure, grandeur, heroism, injustice, and sorrow of exploring the West and settling it with all sorts of challenges.

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