Track Listing

Disc 1: Lion's Roar: Classic MGM Film Scores 1935-1965, The
1. Mutiny On The Bounty
[previewing track]
2. The Good Earth
[previewing track]
3. The Women
[previewing track]
4. The Wizard Of Oz
[previewing track]
5. The Philadelphia Story
[previewing track]
6. Random Harvest
[previewing track]
7. The Clock
[previewing track]
8. The Yearling
[previewing track]
9. Madame Bovary
[previewing track]
10. The Prisoner Of Zenda
[previewing track]
11. Lili
[previewing track]
12. Ivanhoe
[previewing track]
13. Invitation
[previewing track]
14. The Bad And The Beautiful
[previewing track]
15. Bad Day At Black Rock
[previewing track]
16. I'll Cry Tomorrow
[previewing track]
17. Lust For Life
[previewing track]
18. Designing Woman
[previewing track]
  Disc Time: 78:00
Disc 2: Lion's Roar: Classic MGM Film Scores 1935-1965, The
1. Raintree Country
[previewing track]
2. Some Came Running
[previewing track]
3. Ben-Hur
[previewing track]
4. North By Northwest
[previewing track]
5. Home From The Hill
[previewing track]
6. The Subterraneans
[previewing track]
7. Cimarron
[previewing track]
8. King Of Kings
[previewing track]
9. Two Weeks In Another Town
[previewing track]
10. Mutiny On The Bounty
[previewing track]
11. Bachelor In Paradise
[previewing track]
12. The Prize
[previewing track]
13. How The West Was Won
[previewing track]
14. The Americanization Of Emily
[previewing track]
15. A Patch Of Blue
[previewing track]
16. The Cincinnati Kid
[previewing track]
17. Joy In The Morning
[previewing track]
18. The Sandpiper
[previewing track]
19. Doctor Zhivago
[previewing track]
  Disc Time:
Total Album Time:

Related Albums

Review: Lion's Roar: Classic MGM Film Scores 1935-1965, The

by David A. Koran June 21, 2004
4 / 5 Stars
It seems that every movie studio is celebrating an anniversary of some kind or another nowadays. Recently it’s been Warner Brothers and Paramount, but just around the corner came Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, or as it’s more popularly known as, MGM. Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with Rhino Movie Music has released a collection of many early MGM film scores on a 2-CD set, entitled fittingly, The Lion’s Roar: Classic MGM Film Scores, 1935-1965. I guess I may not exactly be a fan of early films, I’m still of the mind that Citizen Kane is a bit overrated, but every so often one of those classics really stands out and get my attention. Several of those fine classics have their music represented here on this disc, including Bad Day At Black Rock, Ben-Hur, and North By Northwest.

For those folks "in the know", you’ll recognize many of the composers who’s works appear on these discs, including Bernard Herrman, Alex North, David Raksin, Alfred Newman, Franz Waxman, and Elmer Bernstein. Most of the previous composers here are represented by some of their classic works, but a few, like Jerry Goldsmith, Maurice Jarre, Lalo Schifrin and Johnny Mandel have some of their earliest work represented before they became the masters we know them by today.

As it is with composers, the two discs offer a rather mixed bag of musical styles and themes, some more famous than others, some seeing their very first time on any recording medium out side of the original film. As I mentioned earlier, I have a few favorites, most of which are ones I’ve seen and would be willing to see again and again. One of my favorite films out of those selections is Bad Day At Black Rock, where Spencer Tracy plays a serious "bad-ass" who comes to a small western town after WWII that’s trying to cover up the disappearance of a Japanese-American resident. The film is great, and the score by, at that time, newcomer Andre Previn, fits perfectly with the film, and as a selection here, is a nice piece unto it’s own. Another one of my favorites is the score to the classic David Lean film, Dr. Zhivago, this time penned and conducted by Maurice Jarre, and it’s end title which wraps up many of the themes introduced in the film, including it’s most famous, "Lara’s Theme." I’m always a sucker for David Lean films, in fact Lawrence Of Arabia is my all time favorite, I just wonder when its score will receive the same treatment Dr. Zhivago received a few years back by Rhino.

Some other notable pieces on this recording are Miklos Rozsa’s Ivanhoe, King Of Kings, and the other religious epic Ben-Hur, as well as both treatments of Mutiny On The Bounty by Herbert Stothart (1935) and Bronislau Kaper (1962). Another personal favorites for one amazing "Main Title" theme goes to Alfred Newman’s How The West Was Won, which has the greatest and most complex percussion work I have ever heard.

One of the only complaints I do have about the collection is the inconsistent sound quality, but in the liner notes, most is explained away by mentioning that most source materials were not in the greatest of conditions. The liner notes are quite copious in their amount and detailing of the history of the MGM music department during the period of 1935-1965, back when studios actually had a real music department rather than freelance composers like today. This would be a good introductory purchase to any new film music listener trying to get a feel for the roots of film scoring, as for any established listener who got hooked on "the new stuff" but also needs to get rooted in the past. It would nice to see some of these more standout pieces eventually be accompanied by full score albums in the near future, but most likely that’s some wishful thinking, but sometimes your wishes may be granted, and this is a good start!

(click here to view the contents of disc two)

Soundtrack.Net Articles

Missing Information?

If any information appears to be missing from this page, contact us and let us know!