David Raksin

Bad and the Beautiful

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. Introduction (Main Title) 1:24
  2. Jonathan Calling 2:07
  3. Jonathan Calling, Pt. 2 1:24
  4. Fred 1:19
  5. The House :35
  6. Eighteen Years Ago 1:40
  7. Don't Blame Me [Extended Version] 2:05
  8. Came the Dawn :49
  9. Oh Yes He Is! 1:05
  10. Busy as a B :31
  11. The Dark :41
  12. Hurry and Keep Hurrying 1:16
  13. Cat People: Main and End Titles :14
  14. Newsreel March :17
  15. Letdown [Extended Version] 2:11
  16. The Far Away Mountain :37
  17. Roland in Babylon :39
  18. Temptation [Extended Version] 2:04
  19. Brief Holiday [Outtake] :21
  20. The Bretrayal 1:56
  21. Witch Goddess [Outtake] :17
  22. Where Credit Is Due [Outtake] :38
  23. Georgia 1:28
  24. Two Very Early Hours :23
  25. The Defeat :35
  26. Almost Time, Pts. 1 & 2 [Extended Version] 3:16
  27. Lonely Girl [Extended Version] 1:49
  28. Fall from Grace 1:28
  29. Ilyich All Over/More of Same [Outtake] 2:37
  30. Fourteen Wonderful Weeks :59
  31. Smoke That Cigarette [Outtake] :29
  32. Phrygian Wedding :30
  33. The Premeer :55
  34. Where You Are/We Are Not Alone [Extended Version] :46
  35. Katharsis Indicated :23
  36. Katharsis Achieved [Outtake] :38
  37. James Lee's Narratvie 2:17
  38. California :30
  39. I Started to Work/How Well Is Enough 1:10
  40. I Started to Work (Reprise)/How Well Is Enough (Reprise) 1:58
  41. Let's Get to Work :27
  42. The Proud Land :40
  43. She Wasted You :35
  44. The Spellbinder (End Title) 2:18
  45. Introduction (Main Title) [Unused Version #1][#][*] 1:53
  46. Introduction (Main Title) [Unused Version #2][#][*] 1:55
  47. The Spellbinder (End Title) [Unused Version][#][*] 2:24

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Review

As a body of music,. David Raksin's score for The Bad and the Beautiful has been lurking around collectors' circles for decades -- Raksin himself recorded a suite distilled down from its most important sections for RCA Red Seal in the early '70s, and it has been frequently mentioned as one of the finer instrumental scores to come out of MGM. It wasn't until the link-up between Turner Entertainment and Rhino Records in the mid-'90s that issuing a proper soundtrack album finally became possible -- as Raksin had not only composed but also conducted the original tracks and was still around to advise the producers, he did precisely that. The result is a 56-minute CD that is comprised of 47 tracks, including two unused takes of the main title music and one of the end title music -- many of the other cues appear for the first time in their complete, uncut versions. The music itself varies between deliberate period-style writing, intended to evoke the Hollywood conventions of a bygone age -- including hauntingly beautiful arrangements of "Don't Blame Me" and "Temptation," and some very clever adaptations, such as the Tchaikovsky pastiche entitled "Ilyich All Over" -- and full-blown dramatic underscoring. The latter stretches tonality on the reeds, horns, and strings in all manner of unexpected directions without ever losing the audience or releasing you from the irony-laced arc of the story. The material has been assembled in the order in which it appears in the movie, which can make the several short cues between the longer, more dramatically cohesive tracks seem a little distracting; on the other hand, the presence of the extended version of "The Letdown," with its lengthy, beautifully haunting clarinet solo, is worth the price of the disc. The Bad and the Beautiful is essential listening, but its existence as a free-standing soundtrack does not diminish the value of Raksin's recording of his suite from the score, which has more musical and dramatic unity. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

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