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Monte Walsh
(1970)
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Produced by:
Lukas Kendall
Nick Redman
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Film Score Monthly
(August, 1999)
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Limited release of 3,000 copies, available only through FSM or specialty outlets and sold out as of 2007.
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Buy it... if you seek proof that John Barry was more intent at times on forcing his own style onto a new genre rather than truly adapting for it.

Avoid it... if the reason you are curious about Monte Walsh's score is because you are a Western collector, for Barry's output is far closer to his works in the drama and action genres.
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WRITTEN 8/20/99, REVISED 9/9/07
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Monte Walsh: (John Barry) It took so long to get the production of Monte Walsh under way in the late 1960's that the Western genre had nearly outstayed its welcome by the time the film hit the big screen. The genre was changing musically as well, leaving the boisterous Americana spirit of Elmer Bernstein for the harder, more dissonant and experimental lines of Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone. The most unsuspecting entry into this genre of music was John Barry in 1970, a composer fresh off of an Academy Award win for the dramatically powerful The Lion in Winter and (arguably) at the height of his James Bond productivity. Suitably, the story of Monte Walsh would also involve the evolving times, portraying the dying days of the cowboy in the 1880's, as big companies swept through the West and institutionalized the trade. The film was largely defined by its immense sense of tragedy, making it a difficult viewing experience and giving it a troubled place in history. While Barry had never scored a Western film, this sense of drama is the same emphasis that would eventually lead to him to great success with Dances With Wolves (which was all drama and really little Western at all). But Barry's sound for Monte Walsh would be predictably uncharacteristic to the genre, with the composer bringing most of his sensibilities from other genres and directly applying them to the Western with little alteration. One such habit was the redundant use of themes, and Monte Walsh has four of them. The title song is the most famous, featuring lyricist Hal David and singer Mama Cass Elliot. The latter's performance of the hit song "The Good Times Are Comin'" stole the spotlight from an otherwise promising score. It has all the flair of one of the more solemn Bond songs, with much of the same instrumentation in its single version. Elliot's involvement was a fantastic choice by the producers; her easy-going style perfectly captures the swinging, lazy, and eventually destitute attitude of the film.



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Total Time: 61:51
• 1. The Good Times Are Comin' (Main Title) - performed by Mama Cass Elliot (2:17)
• 2. Men Walk (1:55)
• 3. Stocking Feet (1:35)
• 4. Missionary Ridge (1:29)
• 5. Round-Up (1:34)
• 6. Outhouse Sprint (0:54)
• 7. Candle and Bed (2:46)
• 8. Old Friends (2:57)
• 9. The Good Times Are Comin' (Monte Alone) - performed by Mama Cass Elliot (3:03)
• 10. Across the Prairie (1:54)
• 11. That Old Box (2:57)
• 12. Sit Him High (4:44)
• 13. Epilogue (1:08)
• 14. The Good Times Are Comin' (End Title) - performed by Mama Cass Elliot (1:21)

Bonus Material:

• 15-20. The John Barry Saloon (14:48)
• 21. Wedding Source (2:36)
• 22. The Good Times Are Comin' (Extended Version) - performed by Mama Cass Elliot (3:19)
• 23. Score Outtakes Suite (7:01)
• 24. The Good Times Are Comin' (Single Version) - performed by Mama Cass Elliot (2:54)

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The album contains the usual excellent quality of pictorial and textual information established in other albums of FSM's series, with extremely detailed notes about the film and score.
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