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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

CD REVIEW - RIDE, VAQUERO!/THE OUTRIDERS + News of an exciting new release from Intrada

Ride, Vaquero!/The Outriders
Music by Bronislau Kaper/Music by Andre Previn
Film Score Monthly Vol.10 No.9 (US)
36 Tracks 78:38 mins

Fans of vintage western movies will lap up this latest double bill from FSM, which presents Bronislau Kaper's score from the starry 1953 western Ride, Vaquero!, together with the surviving tracks from the 1950 Joel McCrea starrer The Outriders.
Ride, Vaquero! stars Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Anthony Quinn and Kurt Kasznar and is set in Texas just after the Civil War. Quinn, before he became a big star, plays a Mexican bandit, with Taylor as his reluctant cohort and adopted brother.
As such, the score has a good deal of Mexican flavoured music, with Quinn's theme cropping up a great deal, particularly effectively in the action moments and there is plenty of trumpet and guitar work. A number of Mexican folk tunes are also incorporated in the score, and tracks 16-20 feature source music used in the film. It's not all action though. There are some nice optimistic travel moments, passionate scoring for the Taylor/Gardner romance, and a fine spiritual theme for Kasznar's priest.
Unfortunately, much of Andre Previn's score for The Outriders didn't survive the years, but what is left can be found here, supplemented by the opening and closing music, taken directly from the film itself and, as such, Leo the lion can be heard over the "Main title," and there are barely audible effects present on the final cue. The rest of the music is, like Ride, Vaquero! in very good mono sound.
Previn's main thematic material is very rhythmic and Coplandesque and crops up in variations throughout the score. There are some nice pastoral moments, plus plenty of action and suspense, a little romance, and one or two source cues along the way.
As always, the disc is accompanied by a splendid illustrated booklet, with producer Lukas Kendall's notes on the film and its music, included the customary cue-by-cue guide.
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