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Number: KR200273

Composed by: Maurice Jarre

Sample Tracks
Name Number
Main Title 02
One Minute to Comply 09
Tapped Out 18
The Only Game in Town 27
Do You Really Want to Know? 30
Dice Table 31
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In 1981, Maurice Jarre was hired to score Taps, a Twentieth Century-Fox film, directed by Harold Becker, starring George C. Scott and an pretty incredible array of up and coming young talent, including Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn and Tom Cruise. Taps was a hit with both critics and audiences – a taut and tense story of a group of cadets who take over their military academy instead of allowing it to be closed. The acting from everyone was superb, and Becker’s direction of the screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen, James Lineberger and Daryl Ponsican (from the novel Father Sky by Devery Freeman) is simple and assured. Tying it all together is Jarre’s wonderful score. Many cues are sparsely scored for trumpet, piano and percussion to excellent effect, and the other cues are used carefully throughout the film and help give the film its tension, emotion and texture.

A decade earlier, Jarre was hired to compose the score for what would be director George Stevens’ final film – the 1970 romantic comedy/drama The Only Game in Town. The two powerhouse stars were Elizabeth Taylor (reunited with Stevens, with whom she’d worked to great success in A Place in the Sun and Giant) and Warren Beatty (his first film after Bonnie and Clyde).

The resulting film was not successful with either critics or audiences. It opened, had a brief run, and disappeared. But all these years later, thanks to the recent Twilight Time Blu-ray release, we get to finally reassess the film, which, as it turns out, is pretty entertaining – not perfect by any means, but with some wonderful dialogue, star-power performances from Taylor and Beatty, and George Stevens’ usual elegant direction.

For the film, Maurice Jarre came up with a truly great score. Beginning with a lonely trumpet leading directly into an exciting and jazzy “Vegas” feel, leading back to a melancholy duet for sax and trumpet (the film is all about loneliness, connections missed or made, and has a pervasive feeling of melancholy), Jarre’s score compliments the movie perfectly.

Taps was previously released on CD on Varese Sarabande as a limited edition that sold out quickly. This is the premiere release for The Only Game in Town – we present all the cues that were usable, about twenty minutes’ worth, but, thankfully, it’s most of the score and is fully representative of the cues Jarre wrote. - KRITZERLAND

Taps/The Only Game in Town is limited to 1000 copies.


1. Taps
2. Main Title
3. Indians on TV
4. Honor
5. Black Jack March/Semper Fidelis March
6. Memories
7. We’re Here
8. Defense Preparation
9. One Minute to Comply
10. Scipio March
11. What Will the General Do?
12. I Cried for 15 Minutes
13. Take One Step Forward
14. The National Guard
15. Mordant Tones
16. Betrayal
17. Tanks Approaching
18. Tapped Out
19. I Don’t Wanna Die
20. We’ve Won the War
21. Black Jack March (Reprise)
22. End Credits

23. Main Title (alternate)
24. The More I See You (Warren/Gordon)
25. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing (Fain/Webster)
26. Taps Disco


27. The Only Game in Town
28. The Big Gamble
29. Houseboat
30. Do You Really Want to Know?
31. Dice Table
32. End Title and Cast

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