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1992 Tsunami

1999 FSM

2010 Intrada

Composed and Conducted by:
Jerry Goldsmith

1999 and 2010 Albums Co-Produced by:
Nick Redman

1999 Album Co-Produced by:
Lukas Kendall
Jeff Bond

2010 Album Co-Produced by:
Douglass Fake

Labels and Dates:

Film Score Monthly
(March, 1999)

Intrada Records
(November 9th, 2010)

Also See:
1997 Varèse Re-Recording of Patton

Small Soldiers

Audio Clips:
1999 FSM Album:

Patton: 10. Attack (0:31):
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Real Audio (179K)

Patton: 12. An Eloquent Man (0:32):
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The Flight of the Phoenix: 17. Main Title (0:31):
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The Flight of the Phoenix: 32. Going Up (0:31):
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The 1992 Tsunami album (largely considered a bootleg) was available only through soundtrack specialty outlets. The 1999 Film Score Monthly album was a limited release of 3,000 copies, available only through FSM or the same specialty outlets before selling out. That FSM product's value on the collector's market was diminished to $20 upon the release of the 2010 Intrada set, which is a regular commercial release also sold initially for $20.

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Buy it... on the 2010 Intrada 2-CD set to experience a comprehensive treatment of Jerry Goldsmith's original two recordings of this memorable but varied martial score.

Avoid it... on any of the presentations of Patton's original 1970 recordings if you demand resounding sound quality, in which case the outstanding, vibrant re-recording conducted by Goldsmith in 1997 is a satisfyingly faithful alternative.

Patton: (Jerry Goldsmith) After decades of production difficulties, 20th Century Fox finally told in 1970 one of the most successful character studies from any war. Famous for George C. Scott's painstakingly realistic portrayal of the title character, Patton enjoyed resounding critical praise and has since been elevated to the designation of a classic. The complexities of U.S. General George Patton were examined both thoroughly and without bias, glorifying the pompous nature of the man and his many triumphs on the battlefield while also exploring his strangely romantic religious side and exposing his vulgar, obsessive, and mean-spirited tendencies. Few men could justify a three hour film dedicated to only a brief portion of their lives, though Patton is successfully absorbing in all of its parts, especially when considering the wide variety of locations in which the film had to show massive military movements. The advance of his American tanks and troops is followed from North Africa all the way through Europe, with lengthy pauses to contemplate the role of reincarnation in life and supply some Scott's best career-delivered one-liners. The film won Academy Awards for nearly all of its major players, with composer Jerry Goldsmith being an unfortunate exception. After collaborating with director Franklin Schaffner for the highly praised Planet of the Apes two years prior (a partnership and close friendship that would eventually yield several more great scores over the next two decades), Goldsmith would luckily wiggle out of his commitment to score the sequel of that film in order to tackle Patton. Goldsmith had written many scores for World War II topics already in his short mainstream career, but none would prove as memorable in any part as the march from Patton, a concert hall staple for the composer throughout his career. Despite the dominance of this theme and the fact that only thirty minutes or so of music was employed in such a long picture, the effect of his score on the film is far more complicated than many people may realize. While the famous march, with all its bravado from brass, flutes, and snare, easily represents the identity of the character and war, Goldsmith's work for the film actually spends more time dwelling on the deeper meanings of life that the general himself explored.

The pompous title theme for Patton is only applied sparingly to represent the massive, victorious ego of the general while subtle, secondary ideas often slowing the pace of the score to a crawl. That march opens the film, occupies the "Enr'acte" in the middle, and is featured prominently in the later battle sequence in which Patton's relentless movements are successfully waged. Film enthusiasts will likely grasp onto the triplet techniques on trumpets as their favorite aspect of the score. Serving on the surface as a call to war, these triplets were run through what was called an "echoplex" box, a tool that essentially contained tape loops that took the three note motif and repeated it in a way that later synthesizers could eventually accomplish with ease. The sound was so creative for the time that it became a catchy target for parody as well, heard frequently as a call to arms in Goldsmith's own, largely obscure comedy classic The 'Burbs in 1988. By echoing these trumpets, Goldsmith more specifically addressed the concept of reincarnation, the central theme in Patton's personal interests. Also of use is a distantly mixed organ, representing the general's deeply rooted religious beliefs. A significant amount of relatively uninteresting underscore exists in Patton, causing most of the cues in the first half of the film to meander at minimal and somewhat intimate levels. Light timpani and woodwind expressions of the score's themes sometimes devolve into lengthy periods of near silence. Leading this material is a contemplative theme of restrained nobility that is touched upon in "No Assignment," "The Hospital," and "End Title;" film score collectors will find interesting connections between the progressions of this idea and one presented by John Williams for a similarly religious purpose in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Only in the second half of Patton do the famous portions really come to light, with snare-driven marches abounding. In these scenes, Goldsmith also explores a subtheme for the German army that is briefly treated in "German Advance" but was largely cut from the finished film. The composer did arrange a standalone concert arrangement of this march that was recorded later for the Patton album. Dedicated Goldsmith enthusiasts will notice an interesting similarity between the rhythmic performances here and those in the composer's 1980's and 1990's works. In particular, "Winter March" is an intriguing foreshadowing of Small Soldiers late in Goldsmith's career.

For forty years, Patton never received the best of treatment on album. Three full recordings were conducted by Goldsmith throughout his lifetime, and for a long time, only two of them had been released in digital format. He recorded the score twice during the film's initial run; as was customary at the time, an album version featuring more palatable arrangements and harmonious tones was recorded separately from the film version. This London recording for the LP record was easily more listenable than the comparatively sparse film version, though it never made it onto CD before Goldsmith's death in 2004. To help rectify this situation, Goldsmith re-recorded the score again in 1997 as part of the Varèse Sarabande label's series of albums featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. With a vibrant and crisp quality to the updated recording, as well as Goldsmith's own conducting of that performance, the 1997 version (reviewed separately at Filmtracks) had, until 2010 (and possibly even then), long been a superior alternative to any of the offerings of the prior recordings. It also features a great performance of Goldsmith's lesser known but equally effective music for Tora! Tora! Tora! as well. Die-hard Patton enthusiasts have exclaimed, though, that hearing the trumpet triplets performed acoustically rather than through the echoplex in that 1997 recording was unsatisfying, an opinion considered rubbish by those not bothered by the minute differences between the techniques. By then, the film recording of Patton had been released a couple of times on CD. In 1992, the German Tsunami label released the score alongside A Patch of Blue. Generally considered a bootleg, this label's sound quality was always suspect, and their version of Patton was no exception. In its favor, the album did feature much of the opening dialogue to the film, including Scott's performance of the famous opening speech ("No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."). In 1999, Film Score Monthly released the film version of the score with The Flight of the Phoenix on an album widely considered at the time to be the best entry in the label's Silver Age Classics series to date. That album improved the sound quality of the film recording, taking the audio from the same sources for Fox's 1997 laserdisc issue of Patton to provide a complete and ordered presentation of the music.

It should be mentioned at this juncture that the Film Score Monthly album, while making the majority of its waves for treating the Patton score with respect, is more often cited in retrospect as a success because of the presence of The Flight of the Phoenix on the same product. The remainder of this paragraph will concentrate on the discussion of Frank DeVol's score for the 1965 adventure film, music had existed atop many film music collectors' "most wanted on CD" lists for a long time. The film featured a brilliantly diverse cast thrust into a collaborative effort of rebuilding an airplane in the Sahara desert to escape a previous plane crash. While DeVol collaborated with director Robert Aldrich on over a dozen films, including The Dirty Dozen, it is his dramatic work for The Flight of the Phoenix for which the composer is best remembered. Whereas the Patton score had extended sequences of nearly inaudible underscore that made it an uneven experience on album, The Flight of the Phoenix consistently provides a wealth of ominous, engaging, and ultimately rewarding cues. The conflict between the characters, as well as the sorrows of death and alienation, are accentuated by occasionally militaristic, yet appropriately exotic tempos. Smaller motifs for individual characters are employed, but not with obvious effect. The piano and harp for the German character is often underplayed, and the military march for the sergeant is somewhat distracting. A source song for the ill-fated Gabriele character breaks the tone of the score with some Connie Francis vocals. The score picks up in intensity with "The Propeller;" while still using the bass strings to remind us of the precarious and ominous situation, DeVol provides the first glimpse of hope. When that hope is realized and the plane takes flight, DeVol's score soars with fully orchestral harmony and an easily accessible, straight forward sense of satisfaction.

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The 1999 Film Score Monthly product, on the whole, was a great success, beautifully produced for the time (in such a way as to set the standard for all labels for years to come) and essentially hitting two birds with one stone. Veteran collectors flocked to the limited edition item mostly because of the DeVol work, though, for the Varèse album from a few years earlier provided such a resounding rendition of Patton that the necessity for the original film version was diminished. That said, it sold out and became a hot collectible before long. True enthusiasts were still holding on to the original 1970 LP recording from London, however, and for these folks, Intrada Records thankfully alleviated their pain in 2010. Their 2-CD set finally provided everything available from the two 1970 recordings on one comprehensive Patton product, not only offering superior treatment of the music but doing so on an commercial pressing of unlimited numbers that will relegate the 1999 album to usefulness for only enthusiasts of The Flight of the Phoenix. On the first CD of Intrada's set contains the same contents of the FSM product, but pads that music with the addition of two bonus tracks (the solo bugle salute and a raw echoplex recording session). The quality of sound here is not noticeably improved, though it will seem expectedly hollow compared to the second CD in the set, which is where the goldmine lies. The full LP recording has been cleaned up and sounds great, the "End Title" included in stereo and without Scott's dialogue. Those who love the dialogue, however, will be pleased by the addition of the mono/speech version of "End Title" and the famous "Patton Speech" at the start. All around, Intrada finally gave Patton the treatment it deserved, and as a regular retail album, it is accessible to all. Still, there is use for FSM's version (for the DeVol score) and the re-recording from Varèse, the latter a great companion for Intrada's set. Again, be sure to read the separate Filmtracks review of that re-recording. As for the 1992 Tsunami album, melt it down and use it to grease the treads of your tanks. Price Hunt: CD or Download

    Music as Written for the Film: *****
    Music as Heard on the 1992 Tsunami Album: **
    Music as Heard on the 1997 Varèse Sarabande Re-Recording: *****
    Music as Heard on the 1999 Film Score Monthly Album: ****
    Music as Heard on the 2010 Intrada Set: *****
    Overall: *****

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 Track Listings (1992 Tsunami Album): Total Time: 60:45

Patton: (37:21)

• 1. Patton March (1:45)
• 2. Fanfare and Patton Speech (5:43)
• 3. Main Title (2:18)
• 4. The Battleground (2:21)
• 5. The First Battle (2:54)
• 6. Attack! (3:20)
• 7. The Funeral (1:59)
• 8. Winter March (1:58)
• 9. Intermission Music (2:11)
• 10. No Assignment (2:05)
• 11. German Advance (2:35)
• 12. The Hospital (3:22)
• 13. The Payoff (2:26)
• 14. Finale/"All Glory is Fleeting" (2:24)
A Patch of Blue: (23:24)

• 15. Main Theme/The Park/Stringin' Beads (5:58)
• 16. Pineapple Juice & Discovery/Ol' Pa, Help Me (5:27)
• 17. Waiting Friends/Grandmom's Music Box (6:22)
• 18. I Walked Myself/Finale (5:37)

 Track Listings (1999 Film Score Monthly Album): Total Time: 76:24

Patton: (35:53)

• 1. Main Title (3:08)
• 2. The Battle Ground (2:14)
• 3. The Cemetery (2:42)
• 4. First Battle (2:49)
• 5. The Funeral (1:53)
• 6. The Hospital (3:36)
• 7. The Prayer (1:09)
• 8. No Assignment (2:21)
• 9. Entr'acte (1:52)
• 10. Attack (3:14)
• 11. German Advance (2:31)
• 12. An Eloquent Man (1:42)
• 13. The Pay-Off (2:24)
• 14. A Change in the Weather (1:24)
• 15. Pensive Patton/End Titles (2:33)
The Flight of the Phoenix: (40:31)

• 16. Airborne (0:55)
• 17. Main Title (4:58)
• 18. Windy/Heartbreak (2:41)
• 19. Brave Sergeant (1:43)
• 20. Harris Leaves (2:19)
• 21. Senza Fine (2:14)
• 22. Gabriele's Death (1:34)
• 23. Water (1:38)
• 24. Let's Get Back to Work (1:38)
• 25. Caravan (2:55)
• 26. Naughty Boy (2:29)
• 27. Model Planes (2:54)
• 28. The Difference (1:54)
• 29. The Propeller (2:44)
• 30. The Big Pull (1:36)
• 31. Rest Stop/Ground Run (3:12)
• 32. Going Up (1:41)
• 33. Swimming Hole/Finale (1:11)

 Track Listings (2010 Intrada Album): Total Time: 77:45

CD1: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack: (42:43)

• 1. Patton Salute (Solo Bugle) (0:44)
• 2. Main Title (3:08)
• 3. The Battleground (2:14)
• 4. The Cemetery (2:42)
• 5. The First Battle (2:50)
• 6. The Funeral (1:54)
• 7. The Hospital (3:36)
• 8. The Prayer (1:11)
• 9. No Assignment (2:23)
• 10. Patton March (1:53)
• 11. Attack (3:15)
• 12. German Advance (2:32)
• 13. An Eloquent Man (1:43)
• 14. The Payoff (2:26)
• 15. A Change of Weather (1:23)
• 16. Pensive Patton (0:16)
• 17. End Title (2:20)

Soundtrack Extra:
• 18. Echoplex Session (5:29)
CD2: Original 1970 Score Album: (35:02)

• 1. Patton Speech* (4:54)
• 2. Main Title (2:17)
• 3. The Battleground (2:19)
• 4. The First Battle (2:48)
• 5. Attack (3:14)
• 6. The Funeral (1:53)
• 7. Winter March (1:55)
• 8. Patton March (2:04)
• 9. No Assignment (1:59)
• 10. German Advance (2:31)
• 11. The Hospital (3:18)
• 12. The Payoff (2:22)
• 13. End Title & Speech* (1:01)

Album Extra:
• 14. End Title (Sans Dialogue) (1:11)

* contains performances by George C. Scott

 Notes and Quotes:  

The 1992 Tsunami album contains no extra information about the film or score. The Film Score Monthly album includes the usual excellent quality of pictorial and textual information established in other albums of FSM's series, with extremely detailed notes about the films and scores relevant to that product. The same can be said of the Intrada set's insert, which contains more than the label's usual quantity of technical discussion.

  All artwork and sound clips from Patton are Copyright © 1992, 1999, 2010, Tsunami, Film Score Monthly, Intrada Records. The reviews and other textual content contained on the site may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of Filmtracks Publications. Audio clips can be heard using RealPlayer but cannot be redistributed without the label's expressed written consent. Page created 3/30/99 and last updated 11/29/10. Review Version 5.1 (PHP). Copyright © 1999-2015, Christian Clemmensen (Filmtracks Publications). All rights reserved. The war's over now, so it's okay to shovel shit in Louisiana.