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THE FOURTH WAR


Composed and Conducted by Bill CONTI

Music Box Records - Limited Collector's Edition of 1000 copies

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World Premiere Release. 52 minutes of music never released before.
8-page CD booklet with liner notes by Daniel Schweiger.

Music Box Records proudly presents the world premiere CD release of acclaimed composer Bill Conti's score for The Fourth War (1990).

Based on the novel by Stephen Peters, the film is directed by John Frankenheimer (Birdman of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days in May, Ronin). This Cold War thriller tells the story of an American Colonel Jack Knowles (Roy Scheider), serving at a faraway post on the German-Czech border, who carries on a personal war with his Soviet counterpart, Colonel Valachev (Jürgen Prochnow). Both have been hardened by past combat experiences, and both have been embittered by the exigencies of red tape, bureaucracy, and diplomatic deal-making. Also starring Harry Dean Stanton, Tim Reid and Lara Harris.

The CD release is mastered from the original 35mm music stereo stems, courtesy of MGM. This big orchestral thriller score contains a cracking couple of action cues and chase cues.
Bill Conti writes tough orchestral score with suspenseful strings and dark electric percussion, throbbing noble theme for trumpet, oboe and patriotic strings. Action segments are rhythmic, aggressive highlights with electronic percussion and icy synths furiously tangling with the orchestra.

THE FOURTH WAR

1. Main Title (02:34)
2. Salute Practice (03:07)
3. Defector's Demise (03:24)
4. Snowball Fight / In the Cracks (02:23)
5. Jack's Party (00:55)
6. Jack's First Outing (06:55)
7. Looking Thru the Fence (00:46)
8. Jack in the Jeep (02:12)
9. Jack's Second Outing (06:24)
10. Jack Meets Elaina (02:19)
11. Jack and Elaina Sneak (03:16)
12. Pub Confrontation (01:13)
13. To the Church (01:39)
14. Border Crash / Jack and Val Fight / The Big Threat (10:19)
15. The Last Snowball / End Title (04:47)

Total Time • 52:50

CD reviews: 

"The film possesses Frankenheimer’s realistic sense of spy-vs-spy gravitas and Conti’s score features a terrific main theme given its noble countenance through trumpet and oboe over a bed of sympathetic strings." (Randall Larson, Soundtrax)

“Le thème principal très call to arms a beau être soutenu par le rythme rapide d’une batterie électronique (…), sa noblesse patriotique rappelle à la fois ceux que Conti avait signé pour les soaps Falcon Crest et Dynasty et celui, plus martial, d’Iron Eagle de Basil Poledouris, dont l’influence est présente tout au long d’un score cela dit plus orienté suspense nerveux qu’action belliqueuse, avec force tambours, trompettes, rythmes galopants et ostinatos de cordes.” (Cédric Delelée, MeloMad Film Music)

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