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Name: INTRADA
Number: INTISC475

DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (2 CD) (CD)
Composed by: Miklos Rozsa

Miklos Rozsa’s final soundtrack on new 2-CD set! Released as part of the ongoing Universal Pictures Film Music Classics Collection and in honor of Rozsa’s 115th birthday (April 18, 1907), Intrada presents Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, the composer’s masterful tribute to his own scoring style of the Golden Age and his very final film soundtrack.

Carl Reiner directs Steve Martin in this 1982 homage to film noir, replete with murder, mystery and romance. Rachel Ward co-stars with a treasure trove of famous “cameos” by Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Burt Lancaster, Alan Ladd and others in bits from White Heat, The Lost Weekend, The Big Sleep, The Postman Always Rings Twice, This Gun For Hire and other classics.

Miklos Rozsa has a most unusual opportunity to compose a rich symphonic score tipping his hat to the edged, aggressive dynamics of his earlier Double Indemnity and The Killers as well as paying tribute to his lush romantic vernacular. In signature fashion, Rozsa writes an angular motif for the suspense in the movie, full of interval leaps and intensity. Getting equal attention in the other direction is his warm, ravishing love theme, itself full of dips and swirls. Both ideas permeate the score throughout with a degree of forward motion and pace.

Keeping the orchestra in tempo is noted film music composer Lee Holdridge, who was brought in to conduct Rozsa’s “swan song” to the art form he so excelled at and earned three Academy Awards in the process. Intrada’s presentation of this splendid work has been assembled and mastered from the 1/2” three-channel stereo scoring session masters vaulted in pristine condition in the Universal archives. CD 1 contains Rozsa’s entire 62-minute score, CD 2 presents additional scoring cues and alternates. Footnote: Besides being the last soundtrack scored by Miklos Rozsa, this film was also the last to feature the incomparable costume designing of Edith Head. Score recorded in January 1982 by Robert Fernandez at The Burbank Studios. Lee Holdridge conducts, Miklos Rozsa composes. Intrada Special Collection 2-CD set available while quantities and interest remain! -INTRADA

CD 1 RÓZSA’S DRAMATIC SCORE
01. New Universal Signature (Jimmy McHugh) (0:18)
02. Prelude From Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid/Stormy Meeting (3:56)
03. The Front Page (0:14)
04. The Exterminator (3:00)
05. The First Bullet (0:36)
06. First Clue (0:41)
07. Cleaning Woman No. 1 (0:42)
08. Memories (1:07)
09. Wild Jazz Piece No. 2 (1:34)
10. Looking For Hastings (2:21)
11. Love Theme From Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (0:48)
12. The Swede (2:56)
13. Marlowe Appears (2:06)
14. The Railroad Car (1:23)
15. Embracing Hands (Original) (2:28)
16. A Meal Ticket (1:13)
17. Alias Sam Novak (1:26)
18. One-Sided Passion (Alternate) (1:34)
19. Cleaning Woman No. 2 (0:46)
20. Peace Offering (0:50)
21. The Hoods (3:21)
22. Transformation (0:38)
23. False Pretenses (2:27)
24. Mistaken Identity (4:00)
25. Love At Last (1:50)
26. Prison Break (1:02)
27. Trust (0:55)
28. Delusions/Carlotta (3:44)
29. Carlotta/Carlotta Café (2:01)
30. The Visit (1:20)
31. The Drink (0:55)
32. The Big Fish (2:55)
33. Final Instructions (1:15)
34. Final Cleaning Woman (0:16)
35. Finale From Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1:34)
36. End Credits From Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (4:05)
CD 1 Total Time: 61:48

CD 2 ADDITIONAL SCORE AND ALTERNATES
01. Love Theme From Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (Orchestra Demo) (1:56)
02. Fruitcake (1:13)
03. The Brentwood Club (1:28)
04. Fancy Restaurant (1:58)
05. The Party Crasher (1:18)
06. The Party Crasher (Alternate) (1:24)
07. Seduction (1:04)
08. Piano Solo (1:07)
09. Wild Jazz Piece (1:21)
10. Embracing Hands (Revised) (1:15)
11. Fancy Dinner Waltz (1:30)
12. One-Sided Passion (1:21)
13. “Dead Man’s Bolero” (2:30)
14. Carlotta Café (Alternate) (0:16)
15. Finale From Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (Alternate) (1:34)
16. Finale From Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (Short Version) (1:14)
17. End Credits From Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (Alternate) (3:53)
CD 2 Total Time: 25:04

Total Discs Time: 86:50

  
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