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Lonesome Dove: Classic Western Film Scores II
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Performed by:
The City of Prague Philharmonic

Conducted by:
Nic Raine

Produced by:
James Fitzpatrick
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Silva Screen Records
(June 10th, 1996)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want a fantastic performance of a suite from She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and some of the remaining selections are of interest to you.

Avoid it... if you conversely lack interest in the highly varied and somewhat unpredictable series of inclusions.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,400
WRITTEN 10/31/96, REVISED 7/24/06
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Lonesome Dove: Classic Western Film Scores II: (Compilation) The Silva Screen Records label released two Western-themed compilations in 1996 as part of their continued push to become a force in the film music re-recording business. Silva had just begun to contract the City of Prague Philharmonic a few years earlier for these performances of well-known score themes, and during these years of trial & error discovery, the quality of the performances varied significantly. After 2000, the City of Prague Philharmonic rarely produced substandard recordings with abundant blatant mistakes, but the compilations of their renderings in the mid-1990's often require a bit more scrutiny. While many of these recordings would be recycled on other Silva compilations, there were occasional circumstances in which the group would take a second attempt at a piece. Some of the original attempts can still be heard on these compilations of the mid-1990's, and in light of the lengthy history that Silva has had of improving their compilations over the years, keep in mind that these older albums have an inherent disadvantage. This "Classic Western Film Scores II" product followed a compilation of similar scores from Silva earlier in 1996. That first album had a more expected lineup of selections (given popular expectations), which is why, by default, the second album is a bit more interesting to film score collectors who have likely heard the usual round of classics all too often. The second installment begins with its title piece, Lonesome Dove, the famous 1992 television series for which Basil Poledouris' pastoral score would receive considerable praise. A lengthy suite of the score's major themes is finished by a performance of the humorous, rhythmic motif that would shine in Quigley Down Under. The following two cues from Heaven's Gate are probably worthy inclusions, but David Mansfield's minimalistic score is far too Southern European in sound to really fit with the surrounding pieces. It's one of those scores, especially in the adaptations of traditional dance pieces, that has to be appreciated in its own context to be tolerable.



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Total Time: 67:07
Lonesome Dove (Basil Poledouris)
• 1. Suite (9:47)

Heaven's Gate (David Mansfield -adaption)
• 2. Sweet Breeze (4:06)
• 3. Mamou Two-Step (1:49)

Old Gringo (Lee Holdridge)
• 4. Finale (7:21)

The Sons of Katie Elder (Elmer Bernstein)
• 5. Main Theme (2:12)

The Proud Rebel (Jerome Moross)
• 6. Pastorale (3:38)

El Condor (Maurice Jarre)
• 7. Main Title (3:21)
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (Richard Hagerman)
• 8. Suite (7:33)

Blue (Manos Hadjidakis)
• 9. The River (4:06)

Red River (Dimitri Tiomkin)
• 10. River Crossing (3:40)

Hang 'Em High (Dominic Frontiere)
• 11. Main Theme (3:40)

Red Sun (Maurice Jarre)
• 12. Suite (11:10)

The Outlaw Josey Wales (Jerry Fielding)
• 13. The War is Over (4:30)

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The insert includes extensive information about the scores and films.
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