Kritzerland presents one of its first two new limited edition soundtracks for 2012:
THE MOLLY MAGUIRES
Music Composed and Conducted by Henry Mancini
The Molly Maguires was a big-budget drama from Paramount Pictures, with powerhouse stars, Sean Connery, Richard Harris, and Samantha Eggar, a terrific director, Martin Ritt (Hud, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and many others), and the screenwriter of Fail Safe and John Frankenheimer’s The Train, the great Walter Bernstein. The film takes place in the Pennsylvania coal country in 1876 and is loosely based on the true story of a small band of Irish coal miners/terrorists called The Molly Maguires.
For the film, composer Henry Mancini composed one of his finest scores, filled with lush melodies and expert evocative themes. Whether depicting an early morning at the mines (the astonishing opening cue), or the terrorist activities, or the blossoming love between Eggar and Harris, Mancini’s score is right up there with his greatest, including such masterpieces as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, Days of Wine and Roses, Hatari!, Two For The Road, and many others.
The Molly Maguires was originally issued on LP, and made its CD debut on Bay Cities in the early 1990s. For this new release, we had access to the original multi-track tapes stored in the Paramount vault. We are thrilled to present the entire score as recorded by Mancini, newly mixed in superb sound, and which features several cues that were left off the original album.
When the tapes were pulled for The Molly Maguires, we were delighted to find that the tapes for Charles Strouse’s original score were there – after a disastrous preview, it was decided his score would be replaced. Strouse, most well known for his Broadway musicals, had dabbled in film scoring with Bonnie and Clyde and The Night They Raided Minsky’s. Strouse’s complete score is included on the CD. The music is very interesting, and it’s fascinating to hear Strouse’s completely opposite approach to the one Mancini would ultimately take. There is some truly lovely music here.
The Molly Maguires is limited to 1500 copies only. The price is $19.98, plus shipping.
CDs will ship the second week of March – however, never fear, preorders placed directly through Kritzerland usually ship one to five weeks earlier (we’ve been averaging four weeks early).
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• Click on titles below to hear a song sample:
The Henry Mancini Score
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Henry Mancini
• Theme from The Molly Maguires (New Day in 1876)
The Mollys Strike
• Main Title
Room and Board
Sandwiches and Tea
A Hard Day’s Work
On Your Knees
• Jamie and Mary
• Trip to Town
Strike Two/Strike Three
The Hills of Yesterday
The Mollys Strike Again
• A Suit for Grandpa
• Kehoe Lights Up/The Last Strike
Fiddle and Fife (film version)
A Brew with the Boys (film version)
The Charles Strouse Score
Music Composed by Charles Strouse
Work in the Mine
Bleak Street/To Find a Room/To Work
• The Long Walk
The Last Rites
The Company Store (Parts I and II)
Additional Bonus tracks by Henry Mancini
Fiddle and Fife (album version)
A Brew with the Boys (album version)
Pennywhistle Jig (album version)