The Great Train Robbery


Quartet Records 12/09/2019 CD - 1000 copies (8436560844013)
Movie Film release: 1978
 

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# Track   Duration
The Film Score
1.Gold0:11
2.Main Title (Film Version)2:36
3.Breakfast In Bed1:47
4.No Respectable Gentleman (Film Version)2:26
5.Rotten Row (Film Version)3:54
6.The First Key0:06
7.Bordello Raid0:46
8.Kiddie Caper (Film Version)2:03
9.Casing The Station (Film Version)1:34
10.Street Attack1:41
11.Over The Wall1:59
12.Night Entry2:29
13.Close The Door1:00
14.Double Wax Job (Film Version)2:57
15.The Tombstone1:12
16.What Could Go Wrong?1:12
17.Dead Willy2:00
18.All Changed0:24
19.Get A Cat0:25
20.The Lock0:35
21.The Gold Departs0:41
22.The Gold Arrives… (Film Version)2:44
23.Torn Coat (Film Version)1:52
24.End Title2:56
 
Additional Music
25.Main Title (Original Version)2:43
26.Main Title (Film Version End, Discrete)0:52
27.Breakfast In Bed (Orchestral Version)1:49
28.Breakfast In Bed (Flute And Lute Version)1:45
29.Rotten Row (Discrete Opening)1:16
30.Clues3:55
31.Street Attack (Alternate)1:41
32.Get A Cat (Alternate)0:23
33.The Gold Arrives… (Alternate Performance)2:44
34.Sonata In D For Two Pianofortes, K. 448 (Excerpt)6:02
35.Champagne Charlie Is My Name1:41
36.Pretty Polly Perkins Of Paddington Green1:56
37.I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls2:33
38.Music For The Royal Fireworks (Excerpt)3:02
 71:52
# Track   Duration
The Original Soundtrack Album
1.Main Title2:34
2.No Respectable Gentleman2:25
3.Double Wax Job2:47
4.Casing The Station3:09
5.The Gold Arrives…2:44
6.Kiddie Caper2:03
7.Clues3:54
8.Rotten Row2:41
9.Torn Coat2:24
10.End Title2:56
 27:37
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The Great Train Robbery

Quartet Records and MGM proudly present a new re-mastered edition of Jerry Goldsmith’s beloved score for the 1978 Victorian adventure-comedy caper, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY. Based on director Michael Crichton’s own novel, the film stars Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland and Lesley-Anne Down as charming and distinguished thieves who make elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train. Goldsmith’s score, the composer’s third collaboration with Crichton (following PURSUIT and COMA) is one of the best of its period. It features a catchy, vibrant main theme, the locomotive for an exciting, elegant score, powerfully performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded with great precision and detail by Eric Tomlinson at Anvil Studios in London.

The music for THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY was originally issued on LP in 1979 by United Artist Records in a short (29 minutes) but delightful album conceived by Goldsmith, masterfully edited but decidedly not in film order, that was nevertheless a very pleasant listening experience. In 2004, Varèse Sarabande released the first expanded edition, which added seven minutes and was re-mixed for SA-CD. Intrada reissued the score in 2011 as a double-CD set debuting the complete film score using Eric Tomlinson’s original mixes on CD 1 and the album program on CD 2. That edition sold out many years ago and commands high prices on the second-hand market.

Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the international release of the film (it premiered at the end of 1978 only in the UK) and the release of the original LP, Quartet Records presents an all-new edition with CD 1 showcasing for the first time the score as intended for the film, with all performance edits and combinations recreated from new, high-resolution (192 kHz/24-bit) transfers of surviving 1/4″ tapes featuring Eric Tomlinson’s original stereo mix. CD 2 contains the original 1/4″ stereo album master newly transferred (at 192 kHz/24-bit) and remastered from the first-generation master tapes.

This collection has been meticulously produced by Neil S. Bulk and mastered by Doug Schwartz. The package includes a 20-page booklet with detailed liner notes and track-by-track analysis by John Takis. All aboard!

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