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The Magnificent Seven Soundtrack

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The world premiere recording of Elmer Bernstein's complete score for the classic Western from original orchestrations reconstructed by the composer himself!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 14, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001SGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Elmer Bernstein has been one of Hollywood's greatest film score composers, with dozens of films to his credit. His best-known score was the one he composed for director John Sturges' classic 1960 western THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. Although its main theme has gotten most of the attention (primarily as the background music for the Marlboro Man commercials), the full score itself is making its first-ever appearance on CD here on this excellent recording made by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and its conductor James Sedares. All the wide open spaces Americana sounds and the rustic Mexican flavoring (owing to the fact that the film was filmed and set in Mexico) are totally in evidence here. Sedares and the orchestra masterfully maneuver through Bernstein's appropriately dramatic score.
As an added bonus, there is the overture for chorus and orchestra that Bernstein wrote for Sturges' far lesser known 1965 comic western THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL, which starred Burt Lancaster and Lee Remick in a bawdy story of a whisky garrison and the temperance union's involvement in its transportation across Indian country. Again the orchestra brilliantly captures Bernstein's Americana sound, and is helped out by the Arizona State University Concert Choir.
This recording comes highly recommended for film score fans in general, and western movie afficionados in particular.
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I have to be honest: I don't like all the recordings I've produced. This - James Sedares' performance of The Magnificent Seven - is superb. Even the composer, a conductor himself, called this recording definitive. The complete score stands as a compelling and memorable tone poem of the Western and despite the fact that all was recorded in a too brief four hours, the results are nothing short of spectacular. After finishing the sessions, my wife and I did the obvious thing and went horseback riding in the Arizona desert.
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Of all the recordings I have listened to of the score to THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN I must say that this is my favorite. Maestro James Sedares' interpretation of Elmer Bernstein's original goes above and beyond my expectations. This recording touched me emotionally. Sedares through Bernstein's music seemed to have reached somewhere deep into my past making me relive the saga of the seven noble gunfighters who fulfill their destiny through a violent catharsis for redemption. The "Showdown and Finale" is full of energy, passion and optimism that the deeds of these noble seven will never be forgotten. This is an unforgettable recording.
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I recently purchased the good, the bad and the ugly soundtrack and thought it was great, but the magnificent 7 soundtrack was even better. Even my five year old son loved this soundtrack and he really liked the good, the bad and the ugly. If you like this type of music this CD is a must!
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because the music is usually varied, often energizing, the CD's are lengthy and hold up well in repeat play, and I don't find instrumental music to be as distracting as vocals. I have always thought the score to this western was actually better than the movie, and I owned it on vinyl or cassette a mighty long time ago. Finally I bought it on CD. As other reviewers have noted, the main theme, a big single hit in its day, is the best track, and there are some themes that are just OK. But overall, this is fine Mexican-flavored cowboy shoot-em-up stuff. I saw the film in a theater when it was new, and I was much younger, and have only watched it since in small chunks on television. But you can enjoy this music even if you know nothing about the movie. I flirted with classical music in high school and college, and I have nothing against symphonys and concertos, but in my mature years, movie scores give me more enjoyment than many classical recordings do.
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This album lists fewer tracks than the original soundtrack album, but that is because Sedares combined many of the tracks where appropriate.
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This 1994 CD features James Sedares and The Phoenix Symphony conducting Elmer Bernstein's score for the 1960 film The Magnificent Seven, a Hollywood remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai(1954). Sedares and the Phoenix Symphony do an exuberant job conducting 70-80% of the score. We're also treated to a musical number from The Hallelujah Trail(1966) sung by the Arizona State University. This CD is worth every penny.
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Utterly enjoyable music, well played and recorded. The "main theme" is, of course, unforgettable. The rest varies greatly: some passages are hauntingly beautiful, while others are less than gripping (as expected for a movie score; the music shouldn't steal every scene, after all). A few of the themes are surprisingly derivative of Aaron Copland.

Still, a very worthy purchase.
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