Dimitri Tiomkin’s score for Rio Bravo has been issued by Intrada on compact disc. Listen to sample tracks and order here. Intrada had access to the original session master recordings from the Warner Bros. vault for this limited edition mono CD release, Intrada Special Collection Volume 300. The liner notes are by Frank DeWald.
Rio Bravo was released by Warner Bros. in 1959. Howard Hawks directed this Western, starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, and Angie Dickinson. Frequent collaborators, Tiomkin scored six films directed by Hawks and six films starring John Wayne. Tiomkin, Hawks, and Wayne worked together on Red River and Rio Bravo. The CD contains thirty-four tracks with nearly two hours of music, including the ever-popular “De Guella” and “My Rifle, My Pony and Me.”
The bonus tracks include trailer music and alternate versions. In addition to the film versions of the songs, cover singles for the title song and “My Rifle, My Pony and Me” both with vocals by Dean Martin close out the CD.
The piano-vocal score for “My Rifle, My Pony And Me” and “Rio Bravo” are available in the Dimitri Tiomkin Anthology.