Various Artists – Duke! – The Films of John Wayne. Review By Oj Sikes

Various Artists - Duke! - The Films of John Wayne ( Cover CD )

Duke! The Films of John Wayne

Studio orchestras
(William Lava, David Buttolph, Dimitri Tiomkin, Victor Young, Max Steiner, etc.)

Jasmine JASMCD 2661

Various Artists - Duke! - The Films of John Wayne
Various Artists – Duke! – The Films of John Wayne

This new, mostly instrumental, CD contains some of the soundtrack music from 35 of John Wayne’s films, ranging from Stagecoach (1939) through How the West was Won (1962). It’s a “must” for the Duke’s fans as it will bring back fond memories of Wayne’s screen performances, recalling unforgettable scenes and the excitement created by the music behind the opening/closing credits of favorite movies, some of which have become icons of the Golden Age of American Cinema.

I would have preferred some of the music from Wayne’s earlier Western films from the 1930s, over some of the non-Western material, but the CD’s producers had to make tough decisions and I can’t fault their selections. While not all of the music is from Western films, a considerable portion of it is. You’ll find music from “The High and the Mighty,” “Sands of Iwo Jima,” “The Barbarian and the Geisha,” “Operation Pacific” and similar titles, alongside instrumental music from “The Searchers,” Victor Young’s “Tall in the Saddle,” Dimitri Tiomkin’s “Rio Bravo” (no vocals, but a beautiful trumpet solo by Manny Klein backed by guitarists Laurindo Almeida and others), “Red River,” “The Alamo” and many other Western films, totaling 35 tracks. One exception to the “no vocals” rule: Johnny Horton sings the theme from “North to Alaska, and you may hear a few sound effects, e.g. gunshots from “Angel and the Badman.” Widely available.

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O.J Sikes

Track Listing
1. STAGECOACH [MAIN THEME]
2. NEW FRONTIER [MAIN TITLE]
3. ALLEGHENY UPRISING [THEME]
4. THE LONG VOYAGE HOME [OPENING CREDITS]
5. IN OLD CALIFORNIA [THEME]
6. A LADY TAKES A CHANCE [THEME]
7. TALL IN THE SADDLE [OPENING CREDITS]
8. FLAME OF BARBARY COAST [MAIN TITLE/END TITLE]
9. DAKOTA [MAIN TITLE]
10. ANGEL AND THE BADMAN [THEME]
11. RED RIVER [THEME]
12. FORT APACHE [MAIN THEME]
13. THREE GODFATHERS [MAIN THEME]
14. THE FIGHTING KENTUCKIAN [OPENING THEME]
15. SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON [MAIN THEME]
16. SANDS OF IWO JIMA [OPENING THEME]
17. RIO GRANDE [MAIN THEME]
18. OPERATION PACIFIC [WE WATCH THE SKYWAYS]
19. THE QUIET MAN [MAIN TITLE THEME]
20. HONDO [THEME]
21. THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY [THEME]
22. BLOOD ALLEY [THEME]
23. THE SEARCHERS [THEME]
24. THE WINGS OF EAGLES [THEME]
25. LEGEND OF THE LOST [MAIN TITLE THEME]
26. THE BARBARIAN AND THE GEISHA [MAIN TITLE]
27. RIO BRAVO [DEGUELLO]
28. THE HORSE SOLDIERS [WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME]
29. THE ALAMO [MAIN TITLE THEME]
30. NORTH TO ALASKA [MAIN TITLE THEME; BY JOHNNY HORTON]
31. THE COMANCHEROS [MAIN THEME]
32. THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE [MAIN TITLE THEME]
33. HATARI! [MAIN THEME]
34. THE LONGEST DAY [MAIN THEME]
35. HOW THE WEST WAS WON [MAIN TITLE THEME]