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Rio Conchos
(1964)
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1989 Intrada
2000 FSM
Album 2 Cover Art
2013 Intrada
Album 3 Cover Art
2014 Kritzerland
Album 4 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Re-Recording Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Intrada Records
(1989)

Film Score Monthly
(Original Recording)
(January, 2000)

Intrada Records
(July 8th, 2013)

Kritzerland Records
(October, 2014)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1989 Intrada album was a regular commercial release, but is long out of print. The 2000 album was a limited release of 3,000 copies, available only through FSM or specialty outlets, and it was sold out as of 2007. The expanded 2013 Intrada album is also a regular commercial release. The 2014 Kritzerland album was limited to 1,200 copies and retailed primarily through soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $20. It sold out within days.
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Buy it... on the 2013 Intrada album featuring Jerry Goldsmith's own re-recording of most of the score if you seek an early glimpse at the composer's darker, folksy Western style in pristine digital sound.

Avoid it... on that re-recording if you are a Goldsmith purist interested instead in a superior presentation of the original recording on the rare Film Score Monthly or Kritzerland products, regardless of how badly aged the sound may be.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #746
WRITTEN 1/21/00, REVISED 6/25/16
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Goldsmith
Rio Conchos: (Jerry Goldsmith) With Westerns at their all-time high in popularity during the early 1960's, director Gordon Douglas' Rio Conchos provided in 1964 much of the same story as the John Wayne film The Comancheros just a few years earlier. But despite the common threads in character stereotypes and plotline progressions, Rio Conchos examined the same genre through a much cloudier lens. Like many of its counterparts, the story offered good and evil in various shades of gray and applied those hues to men and women of several cultures and occupations in the Old West. A decidedly downer of a conclusion was a foreshadowing of more difficult treatments of similar topics in the 1970's. Composer Jerry Goldsmith was early in his career, but already he had extensive experience in the Western genre. After his success with Lonely are the Brave and a variety of lesser known television and feature scores for the open expanses of America's West, Goldsmith's contribution to Rio Conchos allowed him even more mainstream attention and the opportunity to utilize his fine skills in ethnic variations and Western themes. Because the film is so much darker in content and theme than previous, more popular Westerns, Goldsmith was both an interesting and ultimately appropriate composer for the job. The king of Western composers at the time was Elmer Bernstein, of course, yet his more upbeat, heroic style inspired by Aaron Copland wouldn't have been a viable fit for Rio Conchos. Through his explorations of folk rhythms and Latin flavor, and a mixing of these sounds into the soundscape of a fully orchestral ensemble (pioneering a distinct identity in Westerns that Basil Poledouris and many other later composers would adapt as well), Goldsmith successfully seized the opportunity and produced a strong, memorable score for the film and previewed many of his own action trademarks still under development.



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Average: 3.44 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1989 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 56:20
The Agony And The Ecstasy: Prologue
• 1. Rome/Florence/The Crucifix/The Stone Giants/The Agony of Creation (12:37)

Rio Conchos:
• 2. Rio Conchos (2:26)
• 3. Where's the Water (1:56)
• 4. Bandit's Ho (6:58)
• 5. The River (2:04)
• 6. River Crossing (4:22)
• 7. The Aftermath (2:06)
• 8. Wall of Fire (2:21)
• 9. Lonely Indian (3:24)
• 10. Chief Bloodshirt (2:27)
• 11. The Corral (2:45)
• 12. The Intruder (6:00)
• 13. Special Delivery (6:12)
2000 FSM Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 75:28
2013 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 60:03
2014 Kritzerland Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 58:14

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NOTES AND QUOTES
All of the albums contain extensive notes. The 2013 Intrada album's insert includes notes about the circumstances of the additional music included.
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