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Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (New 3CD Set) - FSM CD#250

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For its 250th (and final) release, Film Score Monthly wanted to do something special. Founder Lukas Kendall chose a personal favorite—a brilliant film by an inspired director with a stunning score by a gifted composer—as a fitting capstone for fifteen years of work in the soundtrack field.

Sam Peckinpah’s revisionist western, The Wild Bunch (1969) stands as one of the great films—a rare piece of Hollywood genre filmmaking in which a singular vision fuses all the technical and creative components into genuine art. The film’s powerful, Oscar-nominated score is arguably the greatest accomplishment of its composer, Jerry Fielding.
From the outset, Peckinpah wanted a score departing from Hollywood tradition. Fielding delivered in spades, with colorful, effective music that, to some extent, counterbalances the stark violence of the film and directly exposes the heart of Peckinpah’s characters. He evokes the Mexican setting by integrating popular folk tunes of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries into his score, while passages of action and suspense are shot through with lopsided, asymmetrical meters. Complex and edgy, Fielding’s score pays homage to his models while creating a brave new sound world for a new kind of western.
Film Score Monthly’s deluxe 3CD presentation of The Wild Bunch includes the complete score, sourced from studio masters; a re-mastering of the 1969 soundtrack album; plus extensive alternates, demo recordings and additional music. The 20-page booklet (designed by FSM’s art director Joe Sikoryak) includes informative liner notes by Lukas Kendall and John Takis. Additional notes (including a track-by-track commentary by Takis) are available online.
The Wild Bunch
Music Composed and Conducted by Jerry Fielding
DISC ONE
Film Score
01. Main Title 5:44
02. From Coffer to First Shoot-Out 1:01
03. They Cleared Out/Buck's Arroyo 2:36
04. Judas Goat/Mexico Lindo/Half Hour of Light/To Sykes's Camp 2:18
05. Angel Confronts the Gorch Brothers/1st Denver Hotel ("With "Darkey's Awakening") 1:41
06. Denver Flashback (With "Darkey's Awakening") 1:17
07. Slow Motion Tumble/Aurora Mi Amor 3:01
08. All Clear/Arriving at Angel's Camp 2:22
09. Drunk With Wine and Love/Dance at Angel's Camp 4:30
10. Entrance of the General 0:33
11. Mariachi at First Cantina 2:17
1.2 Song From The Wild Bunch/Angel Blows His Cork 3:19
13. Give It to Him 1:04
14. Ain't He the One?/Por Favor, I Need Him/Bodega el Bodega de Baño 5:38
15. Give Him One/Aurora Mi Amor 2:55
16. Assault on the Train and Escape, Parts 1 and 2/Locomotive Wreck 6:38
17. Assault on the Train and Escape, Parts 3 and 4 3:19
18. Drinking Song 2:07
19. Santa Amalia 2:43
20. Dynamite/Adventures on the High Road, Part 1 2:40
21. Adventures on the High Road, Part 2 1:32
22. Menace/Adventures on the High Road, Part 3 1:57
23. Sykes in the Sand Box or The Schidt Seen 0:48
24. He's a Thief/How? 1:17
25. Is That Sykes?/Bounty Hunters and Sykes's Indian 3:06
26. Dragging Angel/Army Patrol/Dinner at Drunken Brawl 3:48
27. Song From The Wild Bunch (guitar) 3:16
Total Disc Time: 74:38
DISC TWO
01. Attempt to Save Angel/I Gonna Give It to You 2:42
02. Dirge and Finale 4:19
03. La Golondrina 2:04
Total Time: 9:07
Alternate and Additional Music
04. Adelita 2:41
05. B Natural Chord/Mexico Lindo/Half Hour of Light/To Sykes's Camp 2:04
06. 1st Denver Hotel (Without "Darkey's Awakening") 0:40
07. Denver Flashback (Without "Darkey's Awakening") 1:17
08. Slow Motion Tumble/Aurora Mi Amor 3:02
09. Brother Pike Needs Help 2:01
10. All Clear (version 2) 0:46
11. All Clear (version 1) 0:47
12. Drunk With Wine and Love 1:45
13. Song From The Wild Bunch (slow version) 3:20
14. They're Coming 1:54
15. In the Drink/After the Bridge 3:19
16. Santa Amalia 3:21
17. Adventures on the High Road, Part 2 1:33
18. Musica—Musica 0:20
19. First Machine Gun Fiesta/Second Machine Gun Fiesta 0:56
20. Is That Sykes? (version 2) 1:19
21. Is That Sykes? (version 1) 1:19
22. Fireworks 1:38
23. Song From The Wild Bunch (harmonica) 2:47
24. Long March 1:43
25. Dirge (revised overlay pickup, take 3) 1:28
26. Dirge (revised overlay pickup, take 1) 1:27
27. La Golondrina (End Title, long version) 2:19
28. La Golondrina (instrumental backing track) 3:03
Total Time: 47:47
Total Disc Time: 57:00
DISC THREE
1969 Soundtrack Album
01. Song From The Wild Bunch 3:53
02. Main Title 4:08
03. Aurora Mi Amor 2:34
04. Asssault on the Train and Escape 5:34
05. Drinking Song 2:01
06. Adelita 3:00
07. Adventures on the High Road 2:29
08. Bodega el Bodega de Baño 2:59
09. Dirge and Finale 4:16
10. End Credits (La Golondrina) 2:23
Total Time: 33:37
Demo Score
11. Demo #1 (Teresa's Entrance) 3:36
1.2 Demo #2 (Dirge and Finale) 3:39
Total Time: 7:19
Additional Recordings
13. Teresa Ad Lib #1 4:09
14. Teresa Ad Lib #2 2:04
15. Teresa Ad Lib #3 2:27
16. Santa Maria #1 3:38
17. Santa Maria #2 3:38
18. Tender Theme (Teresa's Entrance) 2:36
19. La Golondrina (End Title, short version) 2:06
Total Time: 20:53
Total Disc Time: 61:57

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I'd like to make one good score and back off.

KS, I don't think you can apply normal CD marketplace economics to niche audience limited albums. This won't be sold at Walmart or discounted on iTunes. The company wants its cut.

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I'd like to make one good score and back off.

KS, I don't think you can apply normal CD marketplace economics to niche audience limited albums. This won't be sold at Walmart or discounted on iTunes. The company wants its cut.

Oh I know. It's an unfortunate circumstance that they have to price depending on how much the production cost them in order to maximize return and obviously keep on producing new releases. It's based purely on how small the market is. Doesn't change the fact that the prices are ridiculous though, if you really think about it, particularly when new score releases are only $10-$12 on Amazon.

In the end it just comes down to how much the end product is worth to the buyer. Jay says $20 is too much for a movie but $35 is perfectly reasonable for a score.

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Those new scores on Amazon, are they sold by niche labels or bigger labels with massive back catalogs, the muscle to sell to brick mortar shops, and who already operate in the black with other genres?

Maybe this John Takis just commands an outrageous fee...

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Yes I understand that, thought I made it clear that it's based on the small market for back catalogue expansions.

But now Disney discovered a new way to make more money. "Check out these guys paying $20 per CD! Lets just stick that labels name on our CD and charge double, they're already used to it!"

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So long, FSM releases! There were plenty of great releases of theirs I will always cherish (Twilight Zone, Poltergeist, The Time Machine, Gremlins, to name but a few). I am personally not interested in this title but I'm glad they ended their run on a score they personally really wanted out there. There are still a couple releases I need to get though (Kong). Thank you FSM!

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