Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2016 November 21 • Monday

The 440th Soundtrack of the Week is Alex North's music for Cheyenne Autumn.

Intrada Records recently released this formidable 2-CD set of the music from the longer roadshow version of John Ford's film, complete with North's music for overture, intermission et al.

Included as extras are cues for drums and bugle calls as well as medleys of source music songs such as "Camptown Races" and "Skip to My Lou".

The star of the show, though, is the score for the film itself, Aside from the cues mentioned above, it mostly doesn't sound at all like music for a western.

For the most part it's brooding, intense, mysterious, rich and thick, though there are some gentler and lighter sections.

It defies adequate description from me. I don't have the knowledge or the vocabulary. But it is brilliant.