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The Alamo (1960) [Soundtrack]

Dimitri TiomkinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: October 24, 1960
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AN4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,585 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Main Title/Legend Of The Alamo/Sam Houston
3. Davy Crockett And The Tennesseans
4. Cantina Music
5. Davy Crockett's Speech ('Republic Is One Of Those Words...')
6. Love scene
7. Crockett And The Tennesesseans Enter The Alamo
8. The Mexicans Arrive
9. Intermission
10. Entr' acte
11. Tennessee Babe
12. Here's To The Ladies
13. Raid For Cattle
14. Santa Anna
15. Crossing The Line
16. The Green Leaves Of Summer
17. Charge Of Santa Anna/Death Of Davy Crockett/Teh Final Assault
18. Finale
19. Exit Music
20. Davy Crockett And Flaca ('I'm Gonna Tell You Something, Flaca...')
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Alamo: A Film Score To Remember July 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Dimitri Tiomkin has written the film music of some of my favorite movies and westerns. I think "The Alamo" is his masterpiece. Mixing Spanish themes with other western standards captures the period of the Alamo perfectly. When he introduces Davy Crockett, riding to immortality with his ragged bunch towards the Alamo with a funny accordian theme, or the bombastic fanfares of generalisamo Santa Anna, or the exciting battle music, history comes alive. His beautiful "Green Leaves of Summer,' perfectly captures the sadness of a noble stand and regret. John Wayne, if my memory serves me, when he won his only Oscar for playing Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit,"thanked the Academy and Dimitri Tiomkin, for Tiomkin scored many films Wayne acted in, classics like "Red River," and others.Also,"The Alamo" was Wayne's only directorial effort and he must have had a great love of Tiomkin's music. This CD gives the listener more music. I had and still have the original LP of "The Alamo" and remains one of my favorites. It is wonderful when Tiomkin takes the "Dueglo," or "no quarter" trumpet solo and blends in "The Green Leaves of Summer" for added effect and power. After the last song, like the survivors of the Alamo, we too feel regret and know that this is great music. Highly recommended. Also try to get or request out of print Tiomkin scores, classics like "The Old Man and the Sea,"(He won an Academy Award for it) and one of my other favorites, "The Guns of Navarone," a great score to a rousing classic as "The Alamo" is. There are many many others but "The Alamo" is a good introduction to Dimitri Tiomkin's wide range of film scores as any and still stands the test of time.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Western Score February 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The musical score for John Wayne's "The Alamo" was arranged by the Russian-born composer, Dimitri Tiomkin. It is ironic that a man with Russian heritage would compose many of the great American western scores, including "High Noon," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," and "Rio Bravo." Tiomkin also wrote scores for other genre including "The Guns of Navarone" and "The Fall of the Roman Empire." "The Alamo" is his signature western work.
Tiomkin beautifully captures the many moods and themes of the film in his haunting and reflective Overture. These themes play out again and again in the natural setting of the movie, from the plaintive guitar and harmonica to depict the southwestern flavor of the mission near San Antonio, to the stirring brass to introduce Davy Crockett, or the imperial trumpets to announce Santa Anna. The music is varied, rich, robust, and teeming with excitement.
Tiomkin is a master. He can at once soothe the soul with "The Green Leaves of Summer" on the eve of the final climatic battle when the defenders of the Alamo lay wake in the still of the night, as one of them said, "not thinking...just remembering." He can then stir the soul with the clash of strings, brass and percussion in the final dramatic assault. I have listened to this music for forty years, first on records and now this CD. It evokes the many memorable scenes from the movie and is timeless and enduring...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great soundtrack for the greatest movie. June 13, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I'm a great fan of "The Alamo" since I first saw it at the age of 14. Now I'm 48. Since then, I saw it whenever I could. Its music amused me. I worship "The Green Leaves of Summer"and its openig, too. The other tracks included recently, such as Marty Robbins' "Ballad of The Alamo", made this CD a precious item. I've been after it for a long time. Since the time of vinils, but never managed to get it here in Brazil. Recently, I found it at Amazon.com. So the dream of having it in my collection at last came true. So now I see the film and listen to this great, great soundtrack. In time, I'm very found of movies tracks and songs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let the Legend Grow and Grow July 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Alamo not only bridges the gap between truth and legend, but almost every element of this production is riddled with legendary concepts and personalities (the Alamo set, John Wayne's only turn as actor and director, and the score). Hollywood itself was graced with many European emigrants of exceptional heritage, Tiomkin among one of the most versatile and legendary. Let us not forget that this was a man who studied harmony and counterpoint under Alexander Glazunov (along with classmate Sergie Prokofiev) at the Moscow conservatory, who studied pedagogy under Ferruccio Busoni; and a vertuoso pianist who toured during the 1920's first inroducing his friend George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue to European audiences. By 1960 Tiomkin was the most recognized and highest paid of Hollywood composers. The Alamo score comes at the height of Tiomkin's maturity as a composer coupled with the legendary (and sometimes inundatingly orchestrated) Guns of Navarone (1961), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1963), and 55 Days at Peking (1964). The Alamo cd is an unbelievable bargain and musically could stand solidly on the Overture, Main Title, Raid for Cattle, and Final Assault tracks. Music enthusiasts should pay particular attention to the Raid for Cattle track which is an exquisite example of compositional mastery well beyond the rquirements of a film composer (pay particularly attention to the crescendo moments of this track which include trombone counterpoint melodies underlying an all out rendition of the main track melody). As Tiomkin biographer Christopher Palmer has pointed out the Final Assault and Battle music is nearly symphonic in nature. This outstanding composer has such a deep, wonderful tradition in American folk music styles (refer to his work on Mr. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I had own the soundtrack in the 60s and it was difficult to find. I hadn't heard it in over fifty years, and I still enjoyed it.
Published 6 months ago by John Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought the 33 1/3 RPM stereo LP and this is A Replacement.
I bought the 33 1/3 RPM stereo LP right after I saw the movie. Still play the LP, but wanted to be able to listen to this album in the car, so bought the CD.
Published 8 months ago by Kenneth Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiomkin's Classic Score...
One can certainly find faults in John Wayne's huge 1960 production of "The Alamo", but Dimitri Tiomkin's rousing score is one of the film's major assets. Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by Benjamin J Burgraff
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is "THE ALAMO"to remember
Recently the Disney company inflicted upon the viewing public a revisionist version of "The Alamo"..It was released in April after being yanked from a christmas day opening .. Read more
Published on July 23, 2006 by Charles H. Levenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Score Supplemented with Movie Sound Clips
In short: A great score by Dimitri (The Guns of Navarone) Tiomkin. Say what you will about the motion picture, but the soundtrack epitomizes the Texian war of independence. Read more
Published on January 31, 2006 by Kevin R. Austra
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember the Alamo
It is more than 40 years since John Wayne's epic film appeared in London's West End and, with this CD, it is as yesterday. Read more
Published on September 9, 2005 by H. G. Shearring
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost there
This recording is heaps better than the old lp, but i could have done without the spoken words. still, i liked this version of this subject a lot better than the more recent... Read more
Published on July 12, 2005 by Joseph P. Durham, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars IT WORTHS,ABSOLUTELY!
Absolutely a rarity,absolutely a marvellous recording that must be in every archive that are interested not only in soundtracks but also contemporary classics... Read more
Published on January 19, 2004 by "msalkaya"
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiomkin's 'Alamo' : One Of His Greatest Fim Scores
Quite frankly, as a composer for films, Tiomkin is, in my view, unsurpassed in terms of his ability at orchestration, harmonics, melody, et al. Read more
Published on December 17, 2003 by jim crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from a great film and legend.
A must for John Wayne fans. Great music for an epic film. John Wayne's wanted to make a film about the heros of Texas.
Need I say more.
Published on September 9, 2002 by Joseph A. Basinger
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