Film Score Monthly's new limited edition CDs feature A-list scores from the M-G-M library:
Silver Age Classics: THE PRIZE
The Prize (1963) was an attempt to recreate the lighthearted Hitchcockian thriller at a time when the Master himself had moved onto darker fare. Starring Paul Newman and scripted by Ernest Lehman (North by Northwest), the film is perhaps best known amongst soundtrack aficionados for its action-packed feature score by a young Jerry Goldsmith.
Goldsmith's score for The Prize features an eclectic blend of styles, from avant garde suspense and pulsating action (akin to The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) to a smooth, romantic love theme and muscular, jazzy main title. It also introduces elements of '60s spy "cool" which Goldsmith would explore later in U.N.C.L.E. and the Flint movies.
FSM's premiere CD of The Prize features the complete original soundtrack followed by the film's source music and the four cuts re-recorded by Goldsmith for the 1963 LP of The Prize (otherwise containing music from other films).
Golden Age Classics: THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL
The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) was one of only a handful of science fiction films scored by the legendary Miklos Rozsa. The film posits a near-future in which humanity has been destroyed by "sodium isotope gas" and three lone survivors played by Harry Belafonte, Inger Stevens and Mel Ferrer try to rebuild their lives from the ashes of civilization.
Rozsa's grandiose music provides an epic backdrop for the end of the world, but also a human dimension for the characters and their emotions. At turns forceful, romantic, moody, and even jazzy in a rare turn for the composer, for a balletic sequence in which Belafonte dances with his own shadows the score features all the melody and power for which Rozsa is beloved.
FSM's premiere release of The World, the Flesh and the Devil features the complete score in chronological order, including alternate and unused cues.
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