The Bravados (Limited
Edition CD Soundtrack)
Alfred Newman and Hugo Friedhofer collaborated on the
soundtrack for the more “adult” Western The Bravados, a 1958 CinemaScope
romp that offers Friedhofer causing the usually bombastic (meant in a good way)
Newman to sound more pensive than usual.
Lionel Newman also helped, but got full screen credit for all the
music. He had traveled around to get
the music recorded by several orchestras as a strike occurred in the U.S. and
that probably furthered the music’s character.
Alfred Newman and Friedhofer had collaborated before and
would again, so the mix was not a problem.
In most cases, they each worked on different tracks, but there are a few
where it is both of them. This is
covered in the CD’s initial 15 tracks, but the disc offers 31 tracks in
all. After some digetic music, where
tracks 16 and 17 offer guitars, while 18 – 21 offer church songs, we get a
damaged stereo piece on track 22. That
leaves us with monophonic versions of the stereo material for purists, plus for
others to compare in that endless argument of which sounds better. There will always be people who want mono,
but this film was a stereo release, so the stereo tracks are closer to that
With that said, the sound on this CD shows its age, with
some distortion apparent on the mono tracks, and even a moment or two on
previous tracks. This has survived in
better than average shape, but shows its age.
It also comes form the magnetic 35mm masters, which helps.
The CD has only 3,000 pressings, so those who really want
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- Nicholas Sheffo