Intrada (Special Collection Vol. 343)
Release Date: January 4, 2016
Conducted by Ron Goodwin
|3.||Take-Off Is Delayed (not featured in film)||0:40|
|4.||Journey Into Space||3:58|
|5.||The Spaceman Meets Alisande||1:18|
|6.||Tom Captured By Sir Mordred||4:00|
|7.||Consternation At Camelot (includes music not featured in film)||1:07|
|8.||Tom Protests (includes music not featured in film)||1:04|
|10.||Tom Finds Excalibur||1:14|
|11.||The Sword Fight||4:34|
|12.||Tom Chats To Sandy||2:08|
|14.||The Laser Gun||3:12|
|15.||Tom And Sandy Foil Mordred||3:13|
|16.||The Jet Takes Off||1:09|
|17.||The Battle Rages||5:46|
|18.||Victory For King Arthur||4:28|
|19.||Tom Says Farewell To Sandy||1:53|
|20.||We Have Lift Off / End Title||3:35|
|Total Album Time:||54:57|
Composer Ron Goodwin had previously scored five films for Disney and producer Hugh Attwooll. Unidentified Flying Oddball marked his last feature for Disney, and was a fairly light affair, being a family comedy loosely inspired by Mark Twain's 1889 novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
Goodwin delivered an energetic score that mostly plays the action straight. The greater part of the score is a showcase for the composer's vivid themes, injecting space-age pluck and dynamism into the film's cheerfully anachronistic vision of early medieval Cornwall. Most of the score's themes relate directly to the eponymous oddball spaceman, Tom Trimble. Foremost is a sparkling misterioso motif that opens the film in flute and bells over hushed tremolo strings. As the film moves into more adventurous territory, Goodwin beefs up the orchestration and reworks the motif into a propulsive action setting. Finally, the line is absorbed into a heraldic theme that confirms Tom as the tale's triumphant hero.
This premiere release of Ron Goodwin's bright and action-filled score for Disney's Unidentified Flying Oddball was made possible by the discovery of the original stereo session mixes, surviving on 1/4" two-track tape. The rolls of tape were in very good condition and included everything that Goodwin recorded for the film, allowing Intrada to present his entire score as intended, including a handful of cues recorded but ultimately not used. The recording features a crisp stereo image, with the profuse action sequences for brass in the latter part of the score being especially vibrant.
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