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JOHN WAYNE AT FOX: THE WESTERNS (2CD / THE COMANCHEROS, NORTH TO ALASKA / THE UNDEFEATED / 1000 EDITION) (CD)
Composed by: Elmer Bernstein, Hugo Montenegro, Lionel Newman

Sample Tracks
Name Number
Main Title 01 - 02
Eulogy 01 - 06
Words 01 - 11
Go North 01 - 25
Love in the Air 01 - 30
The Undefeated 02 - 01
River Crossing 02 - 06
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John Wayne at Fox – not a lot of films, but some extraordinarily entertaining ones. The Comancheros (1961), based on the 1952 novel by Paul I. Wellman, was directed by Michael Curtiz, the great director who’d done any number of classics, including some of the most beloved films of all time – Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, Angels With Dirty Faces, The Sea Hawk, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mildred Pierce, White Christmas, to name just a handful. Starring were Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Lee Marvin, Nehemiah Persoff and Bruce Cabot. It’s a wonderful film with colorful performances, gorgeous photography, and a rousing musical score by Elmer Bernstein. At the time, Bernstein had just written what would become one of the most iconic western scores ever, The Magnificent Seven. The Comancheros was his follow up western score, and it, like the film it graces, is colorful, bigger than life, and filled with action and adventure. You know what you’re in for as soon as the first chords of the main title music begin, one of Bernstein’s all-time classic themes. But the score is rife with melody and invention and Bernstein’s music is as iconic and big as the Duke himself.

A year earlier, the John Wayne Fox western was North to Alaska, a big, sprawling comedy western starring the Duke, Stewart Granger, enticing Capucine, Ernie Kovacs and teen heartthrob Fabian. The score, credited solely to Lionel Newman, but containing music by several others, fits the film like a glove. It’s got a tuneful title song by Mike Phillips, a nice song for Fabian called “If You Knew” and some fun original orchestral cues by Newman.

Next we jump to the third of the Fox Wayne westerns, the 1969 film The Undefeated, starring Wayne and Rock Hudson, along with Roman Gabriel, Lee Meriwether, Bruce Cabot, Ben Johnson, Jan-Michael Vincent, Harry Carey, Jr., Paul Fix, Richard Mulligan, John Agar and Dub Taylor. Hugo Montenegro’s music for The Undefeated is big as all outdoors, with strong themes and a real sense of storytelling. As with many Western scores, there’s a lot of Copland “Americana” as well as a stirring main theme, some great dramatic scoring, some Mexican-flavored cues and even a hoedown

Both The Comancheros and The Undefeated were previously released on CD by FSM, and North to Alaska was released on CD by Intrada – all are out of print – in the case of The Comancheros, for many years. But we’re pleased to bring them all together in one great 2-CD set – they’ve all been newly remastered for this release. - KRITZERLAND

Disc One

THE COMANCHEROS
Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein
01. Prologue 02. Main Title 03. Riverboat Capture 04. Regrets 05. The Wide Open 06. Eulogy 07. McBain 08. Digging Again 09. Nostalgia 10. Attack 11. Words 12. The Sign 13. Comancheros 14. Hanging Around 15. Keep Your Distance 16. Campfire Dance 17. Tobe’s Death 18. Leaving 19. Texas Rangers 20. Finale and End Title

BONUS TRACKS
21. The Comancheros (unused title song) performed by Claude King 22. You Walked Away (unused song) performed by Claude King 23. Main Title (mono mix)

NORTH TO ALASKA
Composed by Lionel Newman
Conducted by Lionel Newman and Harry Sukman
24. “North to Alaska” (Mike Phillips) performed by Johnny Horton 25. Go North 26. Angel’s Theme 27. Scenic View 28. Nuit d’Amour (Night of Love) 29. Baked Alaska 30. Love in the Air 31. Northern Lights 32. “If You Knew” (Russell Faith/Robert P. Maroucci/Peter D’Angelis) performed by Fabian 33. End Title (including “A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”) by Theo. A. Matz and Joe Hayden)

Disc Two

THE UNDEFEATED
Composed and Conducted by Hugo Montenegro
01. The Undefeated 02. Southern Charm 03. Burning the Plantation 04. Meet Blue Boy 05. Foggy River 06. River Crossing 07. Let’s Go! 08. Happy Hour (Hoedown) 09. Do You Mind? 10. All But Jamison 11. Bandits 12. The Horses 13. Suppertime 14. New Campsite 15. Incident in Mexico 16. Mission Accomplished 17. End Title

  
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