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The Blue Max

The Blue Max Soundtrack (Jerry Goldsmith) - CD cover
Composer: Jerry Goldsmith
Release date: 02/25/2014 (Film release: 1966)
Label: La-La Land Records (826924129623)
Type: Movie
Format: CD
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The Intended Final Score
1. Main Title (2:28)
2. The New Arrival (1:26)
3. A Pretty Medal (1:45)
4. First Blood (2:26)
5. The First Victory (0:43)
6. The Captive (1:49)
7. The Victim (2:36)
8. The Cobra (1:41)
9. The Attack (5:33)
10. The Dinner Party (0:59)
11. A Small Favor (0:58)
12. Love Theme from The Blue Max (#1) (1:19)
13. A Good Man (0:28)
14. Intermission–Play Out (1:08)
15. Intermission–Play In (1:43)
16. The Bridge (3:19)
17. Love Theme from The Blue Max (#2) (1:36)
18. Retreat – Part I (3:16)
19. Retreat – Part II (4:31)
20. Stachel in Berlin–Part I (1:19)
21. Stachel in Berlin–Part II (1:16)
22. Nothing Needed (0:43)
23. Kaeti Has a Plan (3:33)
24. Stachel's Last Flight (2:01)
25. End Title and Cast (2:45)
The 1966 Soundtrack Album
1. Main Title–The Blue Max (2:28)
2. Love Theme from The Blue Max (1:48)
3. Retreat (1:27)
4. First Blood (3:03)
5. Waltz (1:12)
6. Confirmed Kill (4:21)
7. The Lonely Victor (3:32)
8. Intermission Title (0:44)
9. Bridge Duel (3:16)
10. Battle (7:41)
11. Food Riot (2:32)
12. End Title (2:38)
13. Watch on the Rhine (1:48)
14. Pour Le Mérite March (2:18)
15. Deutschland (German National Anthem) (0:51)

Additional Source Music
16. Student Song Medley (2:14)
17. Polish Girl (0:44)
18. Freut Euch des Lebens (1:30)
19. Artist’s Life #1 (0:46)
20. German Parade March (0:31)
21. Artist’s Life #2 (1:02)
22. Gloria March (0:26)

Additional Music
23. The Attack (original version) (5:36)
24. First Blood (revised opening) (0:57)
25. First Blood (discrete version) (2:27)
26. The Attack (alternate edit) (6:34)
27. Retreat Parts 1 & 2 (intended film edit) (7:41)
28. End Cast (alternate take) (1:15)
Total duration: 122 minutes
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Review of John Mansell, submitted at , score: 10/10
The Blue Max brings back quite a few memories for me, it was the first time I was introduced to the stunning beauty of Ursula Andress and also it was the first time that I heard Jerry Goldsmith’s sweeping and dramatic soundtrack, it was also one of the first import long playing records that I purchased, which was around four years after I first went to see the movie. I think I was about eleven years old when I first saw the picture and then at fifteen managed to get the music on a mainstream recording that boasted that eye catching and colourful art work and all for the Princely sum of £3.15p including postage (thank you Michael Jones). The score remains one of my favourite Goldsmith works to this day and this latest edition of the score on a two CD set is breathtaking. LA LA LAND records should be given a great big pat on the back for bringing us the complete score from this now classic WW1 movie. Goldsmith’s vibrant, melodic and wistful sounding music is timeless and is still as moving and stirring as it was when he first composed it over forty years ago. The compact disc set is split into THE INTENDED FINAL SCORE which is represented on disc number one by twenty five cues, these are in the correct running order of how they appeared in the movie, and the sound quality is wonderful. The second disc contains twenty eight cues; these are in sections of one to fifteen THE 1966 SOUNDTRACK ALBUM, Tracks sixteen through to twenty two ADDITIONAL SOURCE MUSIC and tracks twenty three to twenty eight are categorized as ADDITIONAL MUSIC, so this is most certainly the most complete edition of the score ever produced. CD one opens with Goldsmith’s soaring central theme from the score and the Main Title theme from the movie. The picture opens with the central character Bruno Stachel played by George Peppard lying in the muddy and blood filled trenches of a battlefield, the infantry man is scrambling around in the in the gruesome conditions dodging bullets and trying to avoid explosions, he rests and hears in the distance the sound of an engine, he looks to the sky and sees a German bi-plane The music begins in a quite subdued fashion the composer utilizing flutes at first to usher in the cue, he adds to this a fragile brass punctuation that supports the flutes and this then grows into a more pronounced brass motif strings then enter the composition in a romantic and majestic style, with percussion enhancing and embellishing the performance, the strings soar and are augmented by brass fanfares which lead to the cues stirring and resounding crescendo. Track number two, THE NEW ARRIVAL, is heard as Stachel is driven through war tired soldiers who are a pitiful sight Goldsmith’s music perfectly underlines the scene and also conjures up the weariness and desperation of troops who tired, hungry and demoralized. This edition of the soundtrack contains tracks that were not used in the film and also tracks that have not appeared on any of the many releases of the score.
Track number five, THE FIRST VICTORY is an anthem like arrangement of the central BLUEMAX theme, Goldsmith’s soaring strings are supported and carried along by a brass fanfare that repeats itself and underlines the proud and patriotic atmosphere that the composer creates with his sweeping string arrangement. The music is heard after Peppard’s character shoots down his first enemy plane. Track six THE CAPTIVE is a fairly brief but effective piece, Stachel intends to bring in a British aircraft, to his airfield without downing it, the gunner is unconscious (assumed dead by Stachel) and the British pilot decides to allow himself be taken prisoner rather than be killed. Goldsmith’s music is again sweeping and almost joyous as the British plane is accompanied by Stachel, but the mood of the music changes to reflect the scenario on screen, the gunner regains consciousness and attempts to fire at Stachel which forces the young German to shoot the British plane down. THE BLUE MAX is as I have already stated a classic Goldsmith score, but with this edition it becomes even more so, this is an essential purchase, a must have release that is throughout its glorious booklet adorned with numerous stills from the movie, highly informative notes by Jeff Bond and Julie Kirgo and a beautiful front cover. This is one you must own.

Read other recent reviews by John Mansell: Addio, Fratello Crudele, The Dark Side of Light, Pompeii

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La-La Land Records and 20th Century Fox present the restored and remastered re-issue of legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith’s (PATTON, THE OMEN, ALIEN, FIRST KNIGHT) original score to the 1966 Twentieth Century Fox WWI war drama THE BLUE MAX, starring George Peppard, James Mason and Ursula Andress, and directed by John Guillermin. Goldsmith’s powerful masterpiece comes roaring back to life in this knockout presentation. Meticulously restored by Mike Matessino and remastered by Daniel Hersch from original stereo elements, this high-flying re-issue produced by Nick Redman and Neil S. Bulk features the intended film score on Disc One, and the first-time-ever CD debut of the original LP program on Disc Two, along with bonus tracks that include previously unreleased source music. Liner notes from film music writer Julie Kirgo and track-by-track analysis by writer Jeff Bond round out stellar art design by Jim Titus. A must for all film music enthusiasts! This is a limited edition of 2000 units.
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