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Music Composed by David Raksin

Film Score Monthly - Limited Edition of 1500 units


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David Raksin (1912–2004) was one of the greatest composers of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and at long last there is a comprehensive collection of his work.

This lavish 5CD set is devoted to Raksin’s time at M-G-M from 1950–1952 and again in 1957. Eight complete scores are presented along with excerpts from five more—13 total. The discs are arranged loosely by genre:

Disc 1—Western: Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Disc 2—Thriller: Kind Lady (1951) and The Man With a Cloak (1951)

Disc 3—Biopic: The Girl in White (1952) and The Magnificent Yankee (1950); also features cues from The Next Voice You Hear... (1950), Right Cross (1950) and Grounds for Marriage (1950).

Disc 4—Drama: The Vintage (1957) and A Lady Without Passport (1950).

Disc 5—Romance: Until They Sail (1957), Pat and Mike (1952) and The Reformer and the Redhead (1950).

Golden Age collectors may be familiar with Raksin’s style from his classic scores such as Laura, The Bad and the Beautiful and Forever Amber. However, given the paucity of his CD releases, it is understandable if many fans are not. Raksin was a highly advanced and modern composer with a gift for making complicated and dense orchestrations sound direct and accessible to the ear. Although highly intellectual, he was devoted to melody and the baker’s dozen of scores on this collection shine with beautiful tunes, from the romantic strains of The Vintage to the moody and captivating Man With a Cloak.

The documentation for this project is so extensive that it could not be contained in the CD booklet or online notes alone. The CD booklet contains an essay by Raksin’s friend and scholar Marilee Bradford (with information from his personal papers) and producer’s note by Lukas Kendall; while the FSM website houses—for free—complete liner notes for each film with track-by-track commentary.

This collection is almost entirely in monaural sound; extensive restoration work has been done to the magnetic film, optical film and acetate sources for a smooth listening experience. The 5CD set is packaged in what would normally be a 3CD “butterfly” or “clamshell” jewel box with the additional discs stored on hinged trays. The 36-page booklet is illustrated not only with copious movie posters and stills but rare Raksin photographs for a “scrapbook” type of presentation.

For a composer who gave the best and demanded the best, we have hopefully given the best. This 5CD, six-hour presentation is limited to 1,500 copies.


Music Composed by David Raksin

Orchestra Conducted by David Raksin, except where noted


Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Orchestra Conducted by David Raksin and Johnny Green

Additional Music Composed by Al Sendry

Tracks 1–17, Total Time: 47:31

Alternate Score, Tracks 18-26, Total Time: 26:15

Total Disc Time: 73:52


Kind Lady (1951)

Tracks 1–12, Total Time: 28:10

The Man With a Cloak (1951)

Tracks 13–25, Total Time: 35:50

Bonus Tracks 26–28, Total Time: 7:49

Total Disc Time: 72:03


The Girl in White (1952)

Tracks 1–12, Total Time: 34:39

The Magnificent Yankee (1950)

Tracks 13–24, Total Time: 31:26

The Next Voice You Hear... (1950)

Orchestra Conducted by David Raksin and Johnny Green

Tracks 25–27, Total Time: 2:46

Right Cross (1950)

Orchestra Conducted by David Raksin and Johnny Green

Tracks 28–30, Total Time: 3:11

Grounds for Marriage (1950)

Track 31, Total Time: 2:09

Total Disc Time: 74:37


The Vintage (1957)

Tracks 1–21, Total Time: 49:31

Bonus Tracks 22–30, Total Time: 16:30

A Lady Without Passport (1950)

Orchestra Conducted by Johnny Green

Tracks 31–34, Total Time: 9:16

Total Disc Time: 75:30


Until They Sail (1957)

Song: “Until They Sail” Performed by Eydie Gormé

Tracks 1–18, Total Time: 41:12

Bonus Tracks 19–21, Total Time: 10:08

Pat and Mike (1952)

Tracks 22–28, Total Time: 11:47

The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)

Tracks 29–37, Total Time: 13:12

Total Disc Time: 76:36

FSM-VOL.12, N.2