Here are two film scores that belong together for a host of reasons. Both Ride the High Country (1962) and Mail Order Bride (1964) were composed and conducted by maverick George Bassman; both were classic Westerns in the John Ford tradition, with Ride the High Country being the first wide release feature of Sam Peckinpah. Mail Order Bride, directed by Burt Kennedy, features a gun battle tribute to Peckinpah's film. There aren't really any musical ties between the two scores though. Bassman must have been unimpressed with the reference to the earlier film or more likely he wanted nothing to do with anything related to Ride the High Country, a film that permanently soured his already rocky relationship with Hollywood. Still, they're both grand, majestic, occasionally poignant scores and true to their film counterparts. Ride the High Country wins out as the more interesting and engaging of the two.
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AllMusic Review by Wade Kergan
|Ride the High Country, film score|
|Mail Order Bride, film score|