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Monte Walsh [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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With 1970s Monte Walsh John Barry eschews the rustic Americana conventions synonymous with Western movie scores in favor of a melancholy, deeply intimate work employing traditional symphonic elements like strings, woodwinds, and brass as well as the xylophone, previously an integral component of his classic James Bond efforts like On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Diamonds Are Forever. The cumulative result is a richly thematic score that captures both the rousing heroism inherent within the traditions of the Western genre as well as the palpable sadness that underscores director William A. Fraker's tale of an aging gunfighter grasping to a way of life slowly but surely eradicated by the march of time. Film Score Monthly's typically lavish reissue adds more than half-an-hour of bonus material as well as extensive liner notes and photos.

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