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The Dirty Dozen / Dirty Dingus Magee

The Dirty Dozen / Dirty Dingus Magee

Chapter III Records (CHA 0132)

Release Date: 2000

Format: CD

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Track Listing

1. Main Title 1:28
2. Building The Barracks 2:37
3. The Battle Begins 2:40
4. Girls Of The Evening 1:21
5. The Dirty Dozen 2:07
6. Erinsam 1:56
7. Mission Accomplished 2:07
8. The Bramble Bush 2:52
9. Col. Breed's Folly 2:23
10. The Sham Battle 3:22
11. The Chateau 3:12
12. Switch-Hitters 1:47
13. Finale & End Title 1:50
14. Rip Snortin' (Main Title) 1:08
15. The Rounders 1:54
16. Strum 1:57
17. A Very Square Dance 1:07
18. Indian Made 1:28
19. Trouble At Yerkey's Hole 1:29
20. Dirty Dingus Magee 3:13
21. Little Big Horny 1:57
22. Ring-A-Ding Dingus 2:09
23. Hoke-y 1:07
24. Raunchy 2:28
25. No Trouble At Yerkey's Hole 1:41
26. Who Says A Horse Can't Talk 2:14
  Total Album Time: 53:34

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Review

by David A. Koran
on June 23rd, 2001
[3.5 / 5]
When you mention the two composers names featured on this album, you won’t really elicit much recognition from even the most fervent film music fan. Just because Frank DeVol and Jeff Alexander aren’t household names like Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams doesn’t mean they didn’t compose great film scores. Frank DeVol had a stint writing for television shows such as the Brady Bunch while he worked occasionally on films like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Academy Award nominated Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (one of three) before dying in 1999 at the age of 75. Mr. Alexander has had a lesser known career, but has contributed music for popular films like Support Your Local Sheriff and The Affairs of Dobie Gillis and had a chance at the first film revivals of the T.V. series The Wild Wild West. The score for < B>Dirty Dingus Magee provides a sampling of the "western" music that Jeff Alexander was known for later in his career.

The score for The Dirty Dozen runs less than thirty minutes for a film that chimes in at two and a half hours, almost the same ratio of film to music as David Shire’s work in All The President’s Men. The memorable "Main Theme" doesn’t appear in the film until twelve minutes into the film, a bit after one of the more somber openings to film till Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan in 1998. This isn’t to say the film is a downer, it’s far from it, with most of the score on this CD being comedic themed in nature. Also of note is that the arrangements for The Dirty Dozen are not the same that appear in the film, with edits in the pieces appearing to help tie some of the cues together as a complete tracks as well as the vocal cues being re-recorded versions. Overall, it’s a pretty good score that helps add more to sequences such as the construction and training montages just like a good score should. The action cues are also well done, with a stereotypical "hero" theme nature to them as would be expected for films done around these stories and times in Hollywood. This half of the album is the same content of the original LP and no additional material has been added, possibly due to licensing and availability of source material.

For Dirty Dingus Magee, Jeff Alexander& #146;s music transitions almost indistinguishably from Mr. DeVol’s cues from The Dirty Dozen. It continues along the same almost overcompensated themes but with an even more comedic western bent. If it wasn’t spoken for, the music for Magee could have easily been lifted for use in something like Blazing Saddles, The Flim Flam Man or Cat Ballou (scored by Fank DeVol). Unlike it’s predecessor on the album, the music for Magee can be easily placed in a certain period style that usually isn’t referred if a similar film would be made today. It& #146;s still a fun score to listen to if you are a fan of this film and music from films of this particular genre and time period. It’s also an example of some of the revival of the western that occurred in the latter half of the 1960s and early 1970s, harking back to the heyday of these film in the 1940s and 50s. To note, that the music here is quite a contrast to the "spaghetti westerns" that were also being produced at the time in Italy and most often scored by the likes of Ennio Morricone and Riz Ortolani . These were quite a bit different than Mr. Alexander’s take heard here, almost to dark and serious compared to the nature of < B>Magee’s music.

For Chapter III records, releasing these scores begins their series of re-releases of music from , albeit, not classic films, but fan favorites nevertheless. Even if it’s not considered a classic like Patton, The Dirty Dozen still ranks up there as one of my favorite World War II movies. As for Dirty Dingus Magee, I can& #146;t claim I know it well, but it’s a perfect bookend for this album. I congratulate Chapter III on making an effort to release these and other former film scores in such a fashion, I can now stop hunting for old vinyl versions of these out of print score albums and get to hear them in digital re-mastered quality.


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