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Name: REDMAN CDS
Number: REDMANINTISC005

SILVER STREAK (CD)
Composed by: Henry Mancini

SEALED

The score that almost got away.

In Hollywood’s film music legacy few film composers were as big as Henry Mancini. A legendary composer with an incredible sense of melody, Mancini’s scores for BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, THE PINK PANTHER, PETER GUNN, and CHARADE, to name just a few, became spectacular hits. Millions could easily identify some of Mancini’s tunes. Although best known for his pop style, Mancini was equally adept at the serious and dramatic, as heard in scores like WAIT UNTIL DARK or LIFEFORCE. It was intriguing when a score from this bankable composer did not get a soundtrack album release. Such was the case with the 1976 film SILVER STREAK from 20th Century Fox. The film starred Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in the first of many pairings. Set mainly on a train, the film chronicled Wilder’s adventures as he witnesses a murder, which is seemingly erased by its perpetrators. Romance, chases, and comedy meld together into a witty salute to Alfred Hitchcock.

For SILVER STREAK, Mancini composed a score that perfectly combines his popular style with his dramatic style. A breezy main title theme (reminiscent of his theme to HOTEL) set to a train-like rhythm opens the score and sets the stage for the polished comedy-thriller. At times the score reaches the dramatic seriousness of LIFEFORCE. On the lighter side, the score features a love theme that reaches back into Mancini’s pop oeuvre. Every facet of Mancini is represented in this sparkling score to SILVER STREAK, available in its entirety for the first time.

Complete Score In Mono

1. Main Title 3:13
2. Something For Jill 3:52
3. Hilly's Theme 5:12
4. Bye Bye Professor/Lie Down George 3:06
5. This Is Terrific 1:56
6. The Fun Of Flying 1:50
7. Club Car Rock 0:22
8. Sneaky George 1:14
9. Scenic Route 3:22
10. I'll Try 1:01
11. Gold Teeth 0:50
12. Son Of This Is Terrific 1:09
13. Redneck Blues 1:06
14. Pure Pussy 1:18
15. On To Kansas (Hilly's Theme) 2:09
16. Men's Room Rock 3:36
17. Shoe Shine 1:30
18. The Swirl Effect 1:52
19. Runaway Train 5:56
20. End Title 2:21

Highlights In Stereo

21. Hilly's Theme/Bye Bye Professor/Lie Down George 7:38
22. This Is Terrific 1:56
23. Scenic Route 2:50
24. I'll Try 1:01
25. Gold Teeth 0:50
26. Son Of This Is Terrific 1:09
27. Pure Pussy 1:18
28. On To Kansas City (Hilly's Theme) 2:09
29. Men's Room Rock 2:40
30. The Swirl Effect 1:52
31. Runaway Train 5:56
32. Hilly's Theme 1:39

While taking a train trip from LA to Chicago, mild-mannered George Caldwell (Gene Wilder) makes the acquaintance of Hilly Burns (Jill Clayburgh). As they indulge in a brief bit of spooning, Hilly tells George that her boss is on the verge of exposing a group of vicious art forgers. Later that evening, George sees the body of Hilly's boss tumbling off the train. Trouble is, no one will believe him--and Hilly, suddenly more furtive and close-mouthed, won't back up his story. Only detective Sweet (Ned Beatty) agrees to investigate, but he too is bumped off. The instigator of these outrages is master forger Roger Devereau (Patrick McGoohan), who with his crony Mr. Whiney (Ray Walston) is planning a particularly diabolical crime. Worse still, they are holding Hilly prisoner so she can't tip off the cops. When George is also targeted for elimination, he manages in slapstick fashion to elude the killers. Falling off the train, he ends up being arrested on some trumped-up charge or other by a local sheriff. He makes his escape in the company of petty thief Grover Muldoon (Richard Pryor). 1976

  
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