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 Post subject: INTRADA Announces MACKENNA'S GOLD/IN COLD BLOO
PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:04 pm 
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INTRADA Announces:

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MACKENNA'S GOLD/IN COLD BLOOD
Composed and Conducted by QUINCY JONES

INTRADA Special Collection 391

Intrada presents two Quincy Jones' scores one CD — MacKenna's Gold premieres alongside his Oscar-nominated In Cold Blood. Up first is Mackenna’s Gold, freshly mixed from the 8-track record album recording sessions and using the 2-track RCA album masters, making a powerful argument for Jones’ versatility. While he undeniably brought his pop expertise to bear in the groovy keyboards and drums, his orchestral acumen and training with Nadia Boulanger are on full display. Whether in the quasi-religioso feeling and harmonically rich writing or the harrowing percussion and brass featured in this score, his mastery is clear. Jones partnered with Carl Foreman and Puerto Rican singer José Feliciano, in his film debut, to create “Ole Turkey Buzzard.” The ballad charts the course of a raptor who waits hungrily for the death that follows where men lust for gold.

The film stars Gregory Peck as Mackenna, a prospector-turned-lawman who lays eyes on a map to the legendary Cañon del Oro—a gold-rich canyon supposedly protected by vengeful Apache spirits. His knowledge makes him invaluable to his old rival, the bandit Colorado (Omar Sharif). Mackenna agrees to cooperate, both to save his own skin and to protect an abductee, Inga (Camilla Sparv). The story climaxes with a vertiginous battle to the death and an earth-shaking finale.

In complete contrast to MacKenna's Gold, the black-and-white thriller In Cold Blood is sourced from Truman Capote’s famous book, based on his investigations into a quadruple murder that took place in Holcomb, Kansas, in 1959. Killers Perry Smith and Dick Hickock (Robert Blake and Scott Wilson) and their crime captivated the public imagination with its brutality and senselessness.

Quincy Jones’ score for In Cold Blood is a jazz fever dream, shot through with weird instrumental and vocal effects. Often, the ensemble is a thicket of nervous energy, twitchy and unpredictable. Elsewhere it becomes a slow-motion nightmare, a morass of dissonance and sliding pitches. Even more than on Mackenna’s Gold, Jones engaged with the sound design, layering dissonant woodwinds over screeching bus brakes, using water-filled bottles during a bluesy interlude where the killers scavenge glass, and suggesting a heartbeat in anticipation of the haunting finale.

Both scores show different sides of Quincy Jones and both are presented from well-preserved master elements at Sony Pictures.

INTRADA Special Collection 391
Barcode: 7 20258 53910 6
Retail Price: $19.99
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This is incredible; two of my absolute favorite 60s albums from quality master tapes. It is also fortuitous, because In Cold Blood is the one album on the Quincy Jones Universal France set that sounds to me like it could have been sourced from vinyl.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you.


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A fine release! Thank you, Intrada.


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Hey, the two LPs I brought along to a record-store personal appearance for Jones to autograph for me in 1973! Both great albums, but shucks; I'll just force myself not to dwell on Roger's sad clue now meaning that MACKENNA'S GOLD is the MIA Western score which we'll never see released in full. I guess I'll pick this up, though, to make sure my vinyl copies stay pristine for a few more decades!


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It is extremely rare for any decent film recording elements to exist for '60s and early '70s Columbia Pictures productions, so I never expect those to premiere. Cromwell and See No Evil are the only exceptions that spring to mind.


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Great pairing, instant purchase for me.
Nice job Intrada :)


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Are these re-recordings? I've never had the vinyl or that German thing so I have no idea.

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litefoot wrote:
Are these re-recordings? I've never had the vinyl or that German thing so I have no idea.

I believe that both are re-recorded, as was common for RCA then.


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litefoot wrote:
Are these re-recordings? I've never had the vinyl or that German thing so I have no idea.

I believe that both are re-recorded, as was common for RCA then.


Thank you :)

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litefoot wrote:
T. Newman Fan wrote:
litefoot wrote:
Are these re-recordings? I've never had the vinyl or that German thing so I have no idea.

I believe that both are re-recorded, as was common for RCA then.


Thank you :)

I never put too much thought into it, because back then it wasn't too uncommon for the same studio musicians to be used, and some albums would be a meld of music assembled from the film recordings and music recorded just for the album. I'm just glad the albums were made, because we would have nothing at all if they weren't.


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litefoot, I haven't seen MACKENNA'S GOLD since 1969, but my impression is that the album was a rerecording. Booklet notes will tell us for sure. (No, it looks as if T. Newman Fan already told you before I posted this!)

T. Newman Fan wrote:
It is extremely rare for any decent film recording elements to exist for '60s and early '70s Columbia Pictures productions, so I never expect those to premiere. Cromwell and See No Evil are the only exceptions that spring to mind.


It's the reality of those exceptions that (along with my long-term love of it) helped me hope that MACKENNA'S GOLD someday would prove to be another '60s Columbia Pictures exception to have survived intact. This is one terrific score, not only one of Jones's greatest ever, but among my favorite scores from the entire decade.

MACKENNA was one of the last big productions filmed (mostly) in 65mm and intended for roadshow release with overture and intermission, although the studio changed course and finally issued a much-shortened version with no intermission; but happily, its excellent overture survived the re-editing. (In original theatrical release, anyway.) In 10th grade I saw this movie beside my only friend of the time who was another film-music fan; the screening was a sneak preview months before the picture's opening, so with no advertising or posters on display in the theatre lobby, we had not seen credits in advance and knew only the title and its being a Western starring Gregory Peck and Omar Sharif.

I, for one, was very surprised to find the film starting with an overture, which even at that age to me spelled "roadshow" -- and I had never been aware of one of those big-budget, extra-long movies getting a pre-release preview. But MACKENNA's overture was great! Back when the best overtures gave us a medley of material out of the score and musical hints at the story to come, my pal George and I understood this one promising that we would be treated to a lot of action on horseback, Indians, and a big scale. However, neither of us could figure out who composed it. "Elmer Bernstein?" "No, not quite grand enough for him. Jerry Goldsmith?" "Mmmm ... I don't hear his sense of fate." "Gee, who IS this?" "I don't know, but I bet this is going to be an album worth buying!" When that overture reached the melody I would very soon come to know as "Ole Turkey Buzzard," I can still feel today how I smiled at its delightful appeal.

Neither of us expected to read the credit "Quincy Jones" -- but I was thrilled and grinned even more. Westerns were George's favorite genre while merely one of mine, so I don't remember today whether he already had seen IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT or THE SPLIT. But I had seen them and loved both scores ... and more, my parents owned an LP called Quincy Jones Plays the Hip Hits which I had loved from age 10 (and took without asking when I eventually moved out of their house). So I probably was in a better position than was my friend to appreciate what Jones accomplished in MACKENNA'S GOLD: not a pop musician or songwriter imposing his/her accustomed idiom onto an incompatible film, but a real, informed composer rising to a genre's established forms appropriately. This is not pop/jazz/funk music but a large, well-orchestrated Western score that draws distinctive character from periodic ... well, "hip" elements. It's one among countless film scores that are superior to the films they accompany, so (as I wrote above) I haven't ever watched it again since my second viewing back in '69 -- although for its music I did see it twice. But today it's my lingering impression that certain album cues were rewritten for the pop-music market, compared to the film arrangements.

However, there's something else about this Intrada release that's fun for me. Not only are my copies of both of these two soundtrack LPs autographed (because, alas, I had not yet bought my favorite Jones album of all, THE HOT ROCK), but my 16mm film collection contains separate short, fun featurettes about the composer at work on either of just these two scores! (I'll go ahead and add, though, that after the Mercury label's Japanese reissue of Quincy Jones Plays the Hip Hits decades later on both vinyl and CD, I did return the original album to my mother.)


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Yeah, Jones' score for MacKenna's Gold is far greater than the film itself. The film is the true turkey.

Quincy Jones is known for a lot in his extremely successful and illustrious career, but it will always be his contributions to '60s/'70s cinema and television that I will appreciate most. Stanley Wilson developed the best.


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T. Newman Fan wrote:
Yeah, Jones' score for MacKenna's Gold is far greater than the film itself. The film is the true turkey.


That line is better than any I recall from the movie.


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This is more than nice.

Whenever my brother and I pass through Kansas on a road trip I have a thoughts of exciting the interstate and driving the extra one hundred miles to Holcomb, the place where Perry and Dick murdered the farm family in the middle of night. The time frame always placed us in town between midnight and 2:00 AM. Not a good time to drive around looking for the Clutter house, especially since our names are Jerry and Vic. :lol:

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Can anyone explain why the English version of the song on the new Mackenna's Gold cd is different from the version that was on the LP that I bought in the UK when the film came out.

This isn't a complaint, just a query, when I played the cd yesterday, the difference was striking.

On the original album the English version had the same backing as the Spanish version, on the new cd it has a more orchestral backing and the words are slightly different.

First time I heard it. it completely threw me as it wasn't what I was expecting.

It's a fabulous release, very pleased with the sound quality and presentation, just puzzled about the song.


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