Just saw that the folks at Counterpoint have released Dimitri Tiomkin’s score for Last Train From Gun Hill (1959). A number of us here at 50 Westerns From The 50s, writer and readers alike, are really big on this picture, and the score’s a big part of what makes it work so well. The CD is limited to just 2,000 copies. Love that artwork.
Speaking of music that really makes a movie work, Jerome Moross’ The Big Country (1958) score is also available. La La Land Records only pressed 3,000 copies. One of the best, if not the best, Western scores ever. Well known, too — they used a piece of it on America’s Got Talent the other night. (By the way, Moross’ daughter, Susanna Moross Tarjan, has been extremely generous with research material for my book.)
While I’ve got you reaching for your wallets, there’s Alfred Newman and Hugo Friedhofer’s collaboration on The Bravados (1958).
Great films, great scores.