This timeless 1959 Alfred Hitchcock thriller set a new benchmark for the format across the following decades as the precursor to James Bond and the wide-screen world of larger than life action adventure. Starring Cary Grant, it's the story of a man in peril being pursued across America from New York to Mount Rushmore.
Bernard Herrmann's score for the film is overwhelmingly an orchestral tour-de-force and this release presents the fullest of stereo mixes of the original recordings under the baton of the composer himself. It allows the listener to appreciate the incredible line-up of MGM contracted musicians whose flair across the entire range of orchestral instruments delivers one of the most breath-taking soundtracks ever recorded. Herrmann described it as, ''a kaleidoscopic orchestral fandango designed to kick-off the exciting rout which follows.'' Premiered in Chicago on July 1st 1959, this release puts you dead centre in the best seats in the house to recapture the debut of that musical moment from 57 years ago.
* Premiered in Chicago on July 1st 1959
* Herrmann described it as, ''a kaleidoscopic orchestral fandango designed to kick-off the exciting rout which follows.''
A1. Overture - Main Title - Bernard Herrmann A2. The Streets - Bernard Herrmann A3. Kidnapped - Bernard Herrmann A4. The Door / Cheers - Bernard Herrmann A5. The Wild Ride / Car Crash - Bernard Herrmann A6. The Return / Two Dollars - Bernard Herrmann A7. The Elevator - Bernard Herrmann A8. The U.N. / Information Desk - Bernard Herrmann A9. The Knife - Bernard Herrmann A10. Interlude - Bernard Herrmann B1. Detectives / Conversation Piece / Duo - Bernard Herrmann B2. The Station / The Phone Booth / Farewell - Bernard Herrmann B3. The Crash / Hotel Lobby - Bernard Herrmann B4. The Reunion / Goodbye / The Question - Bernard Herrmann B5. The Pad & Pencil / The Auction / The Police - Bernard Herrmann B6. The Airport - Bernard Herrmann B7. The Cafeteria / The Shooting - Bernard Herrmann C1. The Forest - Bernard Herrmann C2. Fight / The Ledge - Bernard Herrmann C3. The House - Bernard Herrmann C4. The Balcony / The Match Box - Bernard Herrmann C5. The Message / The T.V. / The Airplane - Bernard Herrmann C6. The Gates / The Stone Faces / The Ridge / On the Rocks / The Cliff Finale - Bernard Herrmann D1. It's a Most Unusual Day (Source) [Bonus Track] - Harold Adamson and Jimmy McHugh D2. Rosalie (Source) [Bonus Track] - Cole Porter D3. In the Still of the Night (Source) [Bonus Track] - Cole Porter D4. Fashion Show (Source) [Bonus Track] - Andre Previn D5. The Crash (Alternate Take) [Bonus Track] - Bernard Herrmann