The Big Country & How The West Was Won. Review By Oj Sikes

The Big Country & How The West Was Won ( Cover CD )
The Big Country & How The West Was Won ( Cover CD )

The Big Country & How The West Was Won

Jerome Moross, Debbie Reynolds, The Ken Darby Singers, Dave Guard & the Whiskey Hill Singers
Jasmine JASMCD 2646

This new release combines soundtrack music from two memorable A-Western films. The first 12 tracks are from The Big Country, a film that starred Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston and Burl Ives, although Ives did not have a singing role in the film and he does not sing on the disc. By 1958, when this film was made, Ives, the renowned folk-singer, had firmly established himself as an actor. In fact, he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe award for his work in this film! The 12 tracks are instrumentals, composed and conducted by Jerome Moross, and the soundtrack was nominated for an Oscar.

The remaining 15 tracks on the disc come from How the West Was Won, a very successful film from 1962. The soundtrack LP was a major chart success and the disc includes vocals by some of the actors, especially Debbie Reynolds, who appeared in the film. Ken Darby and Alfred Newman directed the music and Darby’s Singers also performed on the soundtrack. A segment of the liner notes quotes from the original LP jacket, and the writer points out the great effort Newman and Darby put into making the music as authentic as possible. If you remember either or both of these movies or if you just like A-Western soundtracks, you won’t want to miss this one! Widely available online or from your favorite music source.

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O.J Sikes
osikes@nj.rr.com

THE BIG COUNTRY
1. THE BIG COUNTRY
2. THE WELCOMING
3. OLD THUNDER
4. McKAY’S TRIUMPH
5. THE WALTZ
6. THE OLD HOUSE
7. BIG MUDDY
8. THE WAR PARTY GATHERS
9. McKAY IN BLANCO CANYON
10. THE DEATH OF BUCK HANNERY
11. THE STALKING
12. THE BIG COUNTRY
HOW THE WEST WAS WON
13. OVERTURE
a) I’M BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND
b) SHENANDOAH – The Ken Darby Singers
c) THE OX DRIVER – Dave Guard & The Whiskey Hill Singers
d) I’M BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND – with The Ken Darby Singers
14. HOW THE WEST WAS WON
15. BEREAVEMENT AND FULFILMENT
16. THE RIVER PIRATES
17. HOME IN THE MEADOW – Debbie Reynolds
18. CLEVE AND THE MULE
19. RAISE A RUCKUS TONIGHT – Debbie Reynolds with The Ken Darby Singers
20. THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL
21. CHEYENNES
22. HE’S LINUS’ BOY – with The Ken Darby Singers
23. CLIMB A HIGHER HILL
24. WHAT WAS YOUR NAME IN THE STATES? – Debbie Reynolds
25. COME SHARE MY LIFE – Ken Darby Singers
26. NO GOODBYE
27. HOW THE WEST WAS WON – with The Ken Darby Singers