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Stagecoach is the 1966 remake of the 1939 classic, starring Ann-Margret, Alex Cord, Bing Crosby, Stefanie Powers and others on their way to Cheyenne. The existing commercial album is a re-recording (not conducted by the composer), and was one of the all-time worst CD reissues. This CD is the first-ever release of the original film soundtrack as conducted by Jerry Goldsmith, a melodic and nostalgic take on the old West. The stereo sound is much superior to the re-recording, and the performance (chronologically sequenced) carries a vigor and buoyancy previously unknown to this score.
The Loner is a 1965 television western series written and produced by Rod Serling, starring Lloyd Bridges. Goldsmith composed the theme and two episode scores; the 20 minutes contained on this CD represents the totality of his contribution. The theme is a dynamic tune out of the Rio Conchos playbook, complete with harmonica, bass guitar, percussion and whipcracks, and the underscore is written in the style of the moody, solitary moments of Hour of the Gun, Bandolero! and 100 Rifles. The sound is clean mono; a unique, lost gem for fans of Goldsmith's westerns.
This inaugural disc in the Silver Age Classics series features liner notes by Jeff Bond, Jon Burlingame and Lukas Kendall, and a 16-page booklet illustrated with rare photos from the Fox Archives.