Perseverance Records is releasing "Los Angeles, 1937," the unused score by Phillip Lambro from Roman Polanski's movie "Chinatown" (1974), starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. For reasons explained in the extensive liner notes by film music writer Gergely Hubai, the soundtrack was ultimately rejected by Paramount. Now, this score is available for the first time - and on Perseverance Records exclusively.
Robin Esterhammer, owner of Perseverance Records, says: "Releasing the unused "Chinatown" score has been our dream project ever since we did our first CDs with composer Phillip Lambro. You probably know Jerry Goldsmith's replacement score much better, and now you have the chance to decide which one was a better fit for the movie."
With 14 original tracks and four bonus tracks, the CD"s total running time is about 45 minutes. The bonus tracks are from "Structures for String Orchestra" and "Music for Wind, Brass and Percussion," the two concert pieces that were instrumental in Phillip"s hiring for the project.
This is a legitimate release, actually made possible thanks to a deal Phillip made with Paramount in 1974: The studio's marketing department needed music to score the film's trailer, but Goldsmith's score wasn't "exploitable enough," according to one executive. Phillip allowed the use of his music in the trailer if he could retain the mastering and publishing rights in exchange. Paramount accepted the offer under the condition that should the music ever be released, it must bear an alternate title without mentioning "Chinatown".
We are only giving you one audio sample, because we want you to be completely surprised by this score when you listen to it for the very first time. - Robin Esterhammer, Perseverance Records
Tracks 1-14 are in mono.
Tracks 15-18 are in stereo.
This is an analog recording from 1974. Tape noise is inherent.
1. Main Titles (1M1) 2:02
2. Tailing Hollis (1M2) 1:11
3. The Boy on a Horse (5M1) 3:09
4. Noah Cross (7M1) 1:07
5. Mariachi Source (7M1X) 1:04
6. Orchard Chase (8M1) 1:59
7. One Night with Evelyn (9M2-10M1) 2:42
8. Finding the Captive (10M2) 1:05
9. The Last of Ida Sessions (11M1) 2:05
10. Welcome to Chinatown (14M1) 0:58
11. Evelyn Shot (14M2) 0:33
12. Forget It, Jake (14M3) 0:54
13. End Titles (14M4) 1:03
14. Trailer Music 3:08
Structures for String Orchestra
15. Moderati 3:44
16. Lively 4:36
Music for Wind, Brass & Percussion
17. Lento misterioso 5:16
18. Allegro con fuoco 8:03
Total Disc Time: 44:39