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The Wind and the Lion

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Audio CD, Soundtrack, August 6, 2007
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For years one of Intrada's most requested albums was an expansion of Jerry Goldsmith's epic score to the 1975 film The Wind and the Lion. While Intrada had previously re-issued on CD the excellent original LP program, collectors still clamored for more of the score. Now, thanks to the cooperation of Sony BMG, Warner Bros., and Film Score Monthly, Intrada is able to present the definitive presentation of The Wind and the Lion from one of Goldsmith's richest periods on a 2-CD set. The first disc presents the entire score in chronological order, remixed from the original 3-track elements. The second disc presents the 2-track Arista mix LP program everyone has grown familiar with over the years, as well as the source music heard in the film. Some of the highlights on the expanded program heard here for the first time include the fabulous Americana fanfare for brass that accompanies President Roosevelt's afternoon horse gallop; the complex material for "The Blue People" with whom Candace Bergen's character mistakenly seeks refuge when escaping from Raisuli; rich thematic statements during "The Riff/The Well"; and powerful music during "Mercy" -- all bringing exciting new depth to the score. Just as this album is a cooperative effort, so was the film itself -- a co-production between MGM and Columbia Pictures. The Wind and the Lion is a throwback to the spectacle and romance of an earlier era, yet with more than a touch of '70s cynicism. It is based on a 1904 incident in which Teddy Roosevelt supposedly sent US Marines into Morocco to rescue a man kidnapped by a desert chieftain named Mulay Hamid El Raisuli. Writer-Director John Milius was fascinated with the potential of this story, and deemed that "Raisuli and Roosevelt were cut from the same cloth." The film stars Sean Connery, Candace Bergen, John Huston, and Brian Keith. The original elements were stored in the Warner Bros. vaults, the source for many recent CDs by the highly regarded FSM label. It was a natural choice to engage FSM's Lukas Kendall to co-produce this 2-CD set. The elements were in excellent condition and all the power and exotic detail come through with stunning clarity in this new release.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Main Title
  2. The Horsemen
  3. The Horsemen Arrive (The Horsemen)
  4. The Raisuli/Mr. President
  5. Morning Camp
  6. The Riff/The Well
  7. Mercy
  8. The Camp
  9. The Tent
  10. No Respect/The True Symbol
  11. Seat of the Sultan
  12. The Palace
  13. The Fleet s In
  14. The Blue People
  15. Raisuli Attacks/Guests of Raisuli (True Feelings)
  16. The Legend
  17. Lord of the Riff
  18. The Capture
  19. The Raiding Party
  20. Times Remembered
  21. Demands
  22. A Bid for Freedom (Something of Value)
  23. The Letter
  24. End Title
  25. I Remember (Love Theme From The Wind and the Lion)

Disc: 2

  1. Main Title
  2. I Remember (Love Theme From The Wind and the Lion)
  3. The Horsemen
  4. True Feelings
  5. The Raisuli
  6. The True Symbol
  7. Raisuli Attacks
  8. Lord of the Riff
  9. The Tent
  10. The Palace
  11. The Legend
  12. Morning Camp
  13. The Letter
  14. Something of Value
  15. Source (Arab)
  16. Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight/ The Battle Cry of Freedom (T. Metz & Joe Hayden/G. Root)
  17. Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming (Stephen Foster)
  18. Nelly Boy (Stephen Foster)
  19. Love s Old Sweet Song (J.L. Molloy)
  20. Sweet Betsy From Pike & Old Paint (Traditional)
  21. Marine Drums
  22. Marine Drums (Double Time)
  23. Marine Drums (Double Time)
  24. Marine Drums (Quick Time)
  25. Semper Fidelis (John Philip Sousa)

Product details

  • Audio CD (August 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Intrada
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,959 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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