Composers: Clint Eastwood ; Kyle Eastwood; Michael Stevens .
Personnel: Dinah Shore (vocals); Michael Stevens (guitar, keyboards); Dennis Budimir, Bruce Forman (guitar); Al Hershberger, David Ewart, Gil Romero, Katia Popov, Robin Olson, Barbara Porter, Raphael Rishik, Grace Ho, Pat Johnson , Olivia Tsui, Debra Price, Marc Sazer, Razdan Kuyumjian, Nicole Bush, Horia Moroaica, Claudia Parducci, Eric J. Hosler, Jennifer Levin, Kevin Connolly , Jacqueline Brand , Bruce Dukov, Julie Gigante, Natalie Leggett, Margaret Wooten, Tiffiany Yi Hu, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Michael Markman, Charlie Bisharat, Endre Granat, Haim Shtrum (violin); Dan Neufeld, Shawn Mann, Kazi Pitelka, Victoria Miskolczy, Matthew Funes, Karie Prescott, Rick Gerding, Pamela Goldsmith, Janet Lakatos, Danny Seidenberg, Darrin McCann, Samuel Formicola, Denyse Buffum, Andrew Duckles (viola); Paula Hochhalter, Mathew Cooker, Trevor Handy, Timothy Landauer, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Chris Ermacoff, Rowena Hamil, Vanessa Freebairn-Smith, David H. Speltz, Larry Corbett, Armen Ksadjikian, Dane Little, Roger Lebow (cello); Phillip O'Connor , Larry Hughes, Gary Herbig, Joel Peskin (clarinet); Dan Higgins , Gene Cipriano, Jack Nimitz, Lanny Morgan (saxophone); Jack Sheldon, Rick Baptist, Warren Luening, Ron Stout (trumpet); Andy Martin , Bill Watrous, Charles Loper (trombone); Steven Holtman (euphonium); Tommy Johnson (tuba); Justin Hageman, Phillip Yao , Brian O'Connor , Richard Todd , Brad Warnaar (horns); Michael Lang (keyboards); Alan Estes, Emil Radocchia, Daniel Greco , Kim Edmundson (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Jodi Tack.
Authors: Charles Lindbergh; Holland K. Smith; John Bradley ; James Bradley, Jr.
Editors: Christian Dwiggins; Nick Bobetsky.
Arrangers: Kyle Eastwood; Michael Stevens .
Swelling patriotism meets haunting solemnity on the soundtrack to Clint Eastwood's directorial masterpiece about the iconic flag-raisers of Iwo Jima. In addition to earning him a Golden Globe nomination for the score of his film Million Dollar Baby, the actor/director's lifelong love of jazz and keen ability as a composer have traditionally made the soundtracks to his films musical events in themselves, and this collection is no exception. The score itself is a perfect blend of reflective but simple piano melodies, swelling strings, and muffled military drums. Eastwood also makes inspired choices of vintage '40s music, ranging from Dinah Shore's "I'll Walk Alone" to uplifting pro-America anthems by Irving Berlin and Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne and an Artie Shaw piece. And what would a combat-filled film be without a few John Philip Sousa numbers? Eastwood's son, popular jazz bassist Kyle Eastwood, co-composes and performs "Knock Knock," an original Django Reinhardt-flavored piece that sounds like it could have been written in the big-band era. Putting as much care into the soundtrack as he did into the details of the film, Eastwood conjures up the many conflicting emotions of the WWII era. ~ Jonathan Widran