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New Intrada: Maurice Jarre - The Last Flight Of Noah's Ark

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Composed and Conducted by MAURICE JARRE

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 208

Maurice Jarre returned to Disney for his second score at the studio, six years after 1974’s The Island At The Top Of The World. Unlike his first assignment which had been an adult adventure, The Last Flight Of Noah’s Ark (1980) was a comedy adventure intended for a younger audience. Jarre’s music had to speak to children, so his score is necessarily eclectic, sometimes broad, and always heartfelt. Jarre scored his music for a large orchestra featuring nine percussionists as well as additional brass that included both baritone horns and euphonium (small tuba). He then added Yamaha E-70 keyboards, three pianos, steel and electric guitars and one harmonica to his growing ensemble. To bring ethnic color to the Japanese elements of the tale, Jarre added koto, samisen and shakuhachi into the mix. Then, when the instrumentalists were fully assembled, he added still further to his group by bringing in a large chorus for some key moments.

To capture everything in the new digital format, Disney’s scoring crew synchronized two separate 16-track digital recorders to facilitate capturing 32-channels of information. The studio maintained everything intact in their vaults and during May of 2006, updated paperwork and digital transfers of the elements into newer storage methods, preserving all 32 channels of information right down to the smallest percussion detail. It's all here in crisp, detailed sound for the first time, closing out the Jarre chapter at Disney.

In The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark, Elliot Gould plays Noah Dugan, a cynical pilot up to his neck in debt who reluctantly takes on the job of flying missionary Bernadette Lafleur (Bujold) and an aging aircraft full of animals to Hawaii. During the departure, two young orphans, Bobby (Ricky Schroder) and Julie (Tammy Lauren) stow away on the aircraft, but the rust-bucket airplane goes off course during the night and Dugan crash lands on an uncharted tropical island with his cargo of people and animals.

INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 208

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Label: Intrada Special Collection Volume 208

Date: 1980

Tracks: 26

Time = 49:27

World premiere of richly melodic Maurice Jarre soundtrack for Charles Jarrott family adventure, presented by Walt Disney Pictures, starring Elliott Gould, Genevieve Bujold, Ricky Schroder. Gould flies WWII aircraft with Bujold, kids, animals on board, then crashes on island inhabited by pair of Japanese soldiers confident war is still in progress. Setting allows Jarre to write for large orchestra with expanded brass section including two baritone horns, euphonium (small tuba.) Koto, samisen, shakuhachi plus nine percussionists help create fascinating template for magnum opus TV mini-series score to SHOGUN. To present complete soundtrack, including tuneful "Half Of Me" song, Intrada was given access to entire scoring session masters, amongst first digital recordings ever made. (This was scored right after THE BLACK HOLE, also available on Disney/Intrada label.) Twin 16-track recorders were synchronized at original sessions, offering total of 32 tracks! Every roll of 2" tape survived in perfect condition, including all brass chorales, separate Japan ensemble sessions, chorus sessions, vocal tracks. Transfers were made by Disney engineers, then newly mixed and mastered at Intrada for dynamic stereo audio! Rare Maurice Jarre score is exciting treat for his fans! Maurice Jarre conducts. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain!

The Album

01. Half Of Me (Opening Theme) 2:21

02. Wrong Course 2:18

03. The Message 1:52

04. Building A Corral 1:13

05. Brutus 1:18

06. Japanese Flag 3:20

07. Discovery 1:35

08. Japanese Attack 1:38

09. Half Of Me (Quiet Walk) 2:21

10. Japanese Compound 2:16

11. I'm Sorry 1:10

12. Montage 4:30

13. Half Of Me (Bon Voyage) 1:56

14. Half Of Me (Chorale) 2:07

15. Shark 2:39

16. Big Wind 1:03

17. Storm 3:25

18. Don't Die, Brutus 2:12

19. Safe Flying 0:43

20. Half Of Me (Closing Theme) 2:12

Total Score Time: 42:33

The Extras Unused Cues Composed and Conducted by Maurice Jarre

21. Japanese Flag - Alt No. 1 0:26

22. Japanese Flag - Alt. No. 2 0:27

23. Safe Flying (Chorale) 0:44

24. Half Of Me (Wordless Demo) 02:37

Source Cues Arranged by Richard Bowden, Conducted by Maurice Jarre

25. Three-Part Invention - Excerpt No. 1 (Johann S. Bach) 1:01

26. Three-Part Invention - Excerpt No. 2 (Johann S. Bach) 1:25

Total Extras Time: 6:45

Maurice Jarre

Price: $19.99

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