Elmer Bernstein

True Grit: Classic Scores for the Films of John Wayne

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Apart from Glen Campbell's vocal performance on the title track and its reprise, this is an all-instrumental collection of vintage, Elmer Bernstein-composed, late-1960s Hollywood film music. It's remarkable in comparison with its 21st-century counterpart for its lack of brooding strings, authentic Native American war chants, or snatches of Americana-laced banjo and dulcimer. Instead, it's a mostly sunny collection of big-country orchestral arrangements with odd snatches of then-trendy electric sitar, with no pretensions to anything other than providing a little background atmosphere, which it does an excellent job of.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
The Comancheros, film score
1 1:42
2 3:25
3 2:38
4 3:48
5 2:07
6 2:17
7 3:12
8 1:07
True Grit, film score
9 1:44
10 2:57
11 4:34
12 2:12
13 3:12
14 1:56
15 3:03
16 1:57
The Shootist, film score
17 3:20
18 2:39
19 2:59
20 3:38
Cahill: United States Marshal, film score
21 4:25
22 4:24
Big Jake, film score
23 2:40
24 2:14
25 3:42
26 3:37
27 2:17
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