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Cincinnati Pops Orchestra/Erich Kunzel (Conductor): Round-Up

Track List

>Sound Effects: Sounds of the West: Corral Scene / Round-Up / Galloping Horse / Horse Whinny
>Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell): [Excerpt]
>Magnificent Seven, film score: Theme, The
>Furies, film score: Suite, The
>Round-Up: Anthology of TV Western Themes: Bonanza: Bonanza / Rawhide / Wagon Train / The Rifleman
>Round-Up: Anthology of TV Western Themes: Rawhide
>Round-Up: Anthology of TV Western Themes: Wagon Train
>Round-Up: Anthology of TV Western Themes: The Rifleman
>How the West Was Won, film score: Theme
>Gunfight At the O. K. Corral, film score: [Excerpt]
>Pops Hoedown, for pops orchestra
>The Big Country, film score: Theme: Introduction / Ti Yi Yippee Ay / Shenandoah / Red River Valley / Home on the Range / Streets of Laredo
>High Noon, film score: Theme - (from "Silverado")
>Sound Effects: Coyote and Crackling Campfire
>Western Medley: Ti Yi Yippee Yippee Ay
>Western Medley: Shenandoah
>Western Medley: Red River Valley
>Western Medley: Home on the Range
>Western Medley: Streets of Laredo
>Silverado: Themes

Album Notes

Personnel: Frankie Laine (vocals); Ron McCrosby, Ron McCroby (whistling); Michael Bishop (sound effects).

Liner Note Authors: Alan Cohen; Allen Cohen; Michael Bishop .

Recording information: Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH (09/15/1986-09/16/1986).

Director: John Leman.

Editors: Elaine Martone; Rosalind Ilett.

Photographer: Michael Bishop .

Arranger: Christopher Palmer.

This rootin'-tootin' salute to Westerns on TV and movie screens was the most popular demonstration disc at the 1987 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- and it's easy to hear why. Before you can say Hopalong Cassidy, the disc opens with the stunningly-reproduced stereophonic hooting of horses on the range, followed of course by a leisurely trot through the "Hi -O-Silver" section of Rossini's "William Tell Overture." Excerpts from Elmer Bernstein's score for The Magnificent Seven -- which contains probably his most memorable theme, along with a Copland pastiche -- are given a spectacular arrangement by Christopher Palmer. The usual big-time Hollywood composers of the past, Alfred Newman ("How the West Was Won"), Dimitri Tiomkin ("Gunfight at the OK Corral," "High Noon"), Franz Waxman ("The Furies") and Jerome Moross ("Big Country") show up -- and collectively they prove that Westerns invariably brought out the best in their craft. A Palmer Boston Pops-style medley of TV themes with gunfire punctuation turns up, as does a taste of the genuine article, Richard Hayman's "Pops Hoedown" -- complete with whoops from some hired hands on the recording stage. Why, even Frankie Laine, then 73, was lassoed out of semi-retirement in order to authentically resurrect "OK Corral," "Rawhide" and his big hit "High Noon." Laine sounds pretty good, hamming it up in "Rawhide" and delivering "High Noon" in clipped phrases. The weight of Kunzel's Cincinnati Pops enhances the stature of this music to no end -- and Telarc's pickup of the sound is as broad as a big screen and deep as a desert canyon. This is one of the best of Erich Kunzel's many discs, and it sounds as if he and the Pops are having a ball recording it. ~ Richard S. Ginell


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