Shipping now, the two-CD set features Tiomkin’s original motion picture score to the 1957 Paramount film. It is available at a retail price of US$19.95, in an edition limited to 2,500 units.
Wild Is the Wind, produced by Hal B. Wallis and directed by George Cukor, features Anna Magnani, Anthony Quinn, and Anthony Franciosa.
One disc contains the original soundtrack, including several passages dialed out of the film prior to release, and a second disc contains tracks specifically recorded for a Columbia Records soundtrack LP in conjunction with the film’s release in 1957.
The original score musicians for the LP are listed in the booklet, with familiar names such as Nathan Kaproff and Aida Dagort. Dagort also played for Bernard Herrmann, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner, and Franz Waxman as she recounts in her 1997 autobiography, “Harps Are Not for Angels.”
A young Jimmie Haskel was on accordion. Barely in his twenties, the session musician went on to a lengthy and noted career as a television composer and music arranger. At the piano was budding film composer Harry Sukman. This was around the time he was scoring Forty Guns for director Samuel Fuller, and a few years before Sukman would walk away with an Academy Award statuette for scoring Song without End (The Story of Franz Liszt). Sukman and Tiomkin were lifelong friends.
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The recording was produced by Lukas Kendall and Didier C. Deutsch. Mastered by Doug Schwartz (disc 1) and Tim Sturges (disc 2) from music restored by Chris Malone from quarter-inch mono masters. The booklet contains extensive liner notes by Frank K. DeWald; the art direction is by Dan Goldwasser.
Nine sample tracks, including “Wild Is the Wind” and “Horse Chase” can be heard at La-La Land Records.
The limited edition release, featuring more than one hour of music, is catalog number LLLCD 1315. La-La Land Records previous releases of Tiomkin’s music include The Fall of the Roman Empire, 55 Days at Peking, and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.