Various Artists

The Magnificent Westerns

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For what it is, it can't be beat. What is it? It's a four CD set with 56 themes from some of the greatest westerns ever made for the big or the little screen. Which westerns are those? Everything from The Alamo to Wyatt Earp including Stagecoach, Bonanza, Shane and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly along with dozens of others. True, these are not the original performances, and those looking for Tex Ritter singing the theme from High Noon or Frankie Lane singing the theme from Blazing Saddles will have to settle for the big-toned but less than wholly compelling Jason Howard. But in compensation, the sound here is high-octane digital with a booming bass, a knife sharp treble and a mid-range as big as all outdoors. And true, these performances by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus conducted by either Paul Stateman or Nic Raine lack the true grit of the original performances by Hollywood studio orchestras of the Golden Age or Italian studio orchestras of the Spaghetti Age. But in compensation, the Czech players have at least the same level of professionalism and the conductors have perhaps more energy and enthusiasm. While few will listen all the way through all 56 themes in a single session, a sampling of a half dozen or so will be enough to get even the most staid suburbanite to slap on their six shooters, saddle up their mustang and head out to the wild, wild west.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Alamo, film score
1 5:07 Amazon
The Big Country, film score
2 2:53 Amazon
4 1:39
The Comancheros, film score
5 2:38 Spotify
The Cowboys, film score
Dances with Wolves, film score
2:36 SpotifyAmazon
Duel in the Sun, film score
8 12:52 SpotifyAmazon
El Condor, film score
9 3:21
A Fistful of Dollars (Per un pugno di dollari), film score
10 3:27
Giù la testa (Duck, You Sucker), film score (aka "A Fistful of Dynamite")
11 4:09
For a Few Dollars More (Per qualche dollaro in più), film score
12 3:24
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo), film score
13 5:54
Gunfight At the O. K. Corral, film score
14 8:48 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Guns for San Sebastian, film score
1 3:48 Spotify
Hallelujah Trail, film score
2 6:14 Spotify
Hang 'Em High, film score
3 2:42
Heaven's Gate, film score
4 4:08 Spotify
High Noon, film score
5 2:33
The High Plains Drifter, film score
6 4:12
How the West Was Won, film score
7 7:10
High Chaparral, television theme
The Jaywalkers, film score
9 7:56
Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell)
Lonesome Dove, television score
11 9:48
The Magnificent Seven, film score
12 4:52
Monte Walsh, film score
Il Mio Nome è Nessuno (My Name Is Nobody), film score (aka Lonesome Gun)
14 3:12

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Nevada Smith, film score
Night Passage, film score
2 2:08 Spotify
Old Gringo, film score
3 5:05
Once Upon a Time in the West, film score
4 9:56 Spotify
The Outlaw Josey Wales, film score
5 4:27 Spotify
The Professionals, film score
6 5:25
7 2:18
The Rare Breed, film score
Red River, film score
9 3:28
Rio Bravo, film score
10 5:06 Spotify
11 2:54
The Searchers, film score
12 7:21
Shane, film score
13 2:37 Spotify
Silverado, film score
14 4:08

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
The Shootist, film score
1 3:23
The Sons of Katie Elder, film score
2 2:14
Stagecoach, film score
True Grit, film score
4 4:39 Spotify
Two Mules For Sister Sara, film score
5 5:22
The Unforgiven, film score (1960)
7 5:36 Spotify
Viva Zapata!, film score
8 3:29 Spotify
9 1:33
Villa Rides!, film score
10 3:30
11 3:09
The Wild Bunch, film score
12 10:31 Spotify
Wild Rovers, film score
13 2:09 Spotify
Wyatt Earp, film score
14 4:52
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