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Number: FSM0919

Raintree County (1957)
Limited Edition of 3,000 Copies.
Composed by: Johnny Green

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Released by Special Arrangement With Turner Classic Movies Music.

M-G-M's Raintree County (1957) was a widescreen spectacular of the late Hollywood Golden Age—a gargantuan Civil War epic based on the acclaimed novel by Ross Lockridge Jr. Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Eva Marie Saint starred in a love triangle meant to encompass the cultural divide between North and South as well as tell a heartfelt human story.

Raintree County was the major landmark work as a composer of Johnny Green (1908-1989), a significant 20th century American music figure who was a gifted songwriter, conductor and music director. He was, at the time, the head of music at M-G-M, and responsible for the studio's legendary music quality both in its underscoring and movie musicals. Unlike Alfred Newman, who held the equivalent position at Twentieth Century-Fox, Green seldom exercised his prerogative to score pictures from the studio of his choosing, but he did so on Raintree County, and created one of the most memorable film scores of all time, with a legion of fans.

The movie and score of Raintree County are somewhat atypical in that they are essentially interior and character-based, even as the movie covers the sprawl of the American Civil War. Green's score is unashamedly "epic" in its size and symphonic scope, but its multiple themes attach not to historical events but to the characters and human dynamics of the central love triangle—with Clift as a young Northern writer, Saint his childhood "soul mate," and Taylor the Southern belle (with a history of mental illness) who steals him away.

The contrast between the "blockbuster" symphonic framework and the psychological nature of the drama created one of the most sophisticated scores of its time—combining conventional symphonic size with innovative, atmospheric moments, and featuring numerous, fully developed melodies. The musicianship of the entire production is remarkable.

Raintree County has had a long and varied history of album editions, most notably a 2LP RCA Victor release that was released on CD by Preamble. FSM's definitive edition—on the eve of the movie's 50th anniversary—features a comprehensive chronological program of Green's masterpiece (containing many previously unreleased cues and passages), along with a bonus section of alternate and unused cues. The entire score (save one-half of one cue) has been remixed and remastered from the original 35mm stereo master tapes for vastly improved sound quality.

Also cause for celebration, FSM reunites the orchestral score with the main title vocal performed by Nat King Cole—Cole was a recording artist for Capitol Records, and previous albums had to replace his vocal with generic chorus for contractual reasons, while Cole's version of the song came out separately on a 45 rpm single. Cole's never-before-heard end title vocal is included as well (dropped from the film), while the alternate chorus versions are included as bonus tracks.

Liner notes for Raintree County come from Ventura County in the person of expert Ross Care.

track list

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    Raintree County

    Music Composed and Conducted by Johnny Green

    Performed by the M-G-M Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

    Songs: "The Song of Raintree County" and "Never Till Now" Music by Johnny Green, Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster

    DISC ONE

  1. Overture 3:30
  2. Lion/The Song of Raintree County (Main Title) (Vocal by Nat King Cole)* 2:44
  3. Nell and Johnny 3:42
  4. There's Another Tree 2:29
  5. The Swamp 3:41
  6. Nell and Gar/Freehaven/Prelude Segue/Meet Flash and Susanna 2:59
  7. Johnny's Crown/Look at the Birdie/First Meeting 5:28
  8. First Meeting (film ending)/Nell's Huff/Pursuit of Happiness/July Swim/Tell Me About the Raintree/Nell Insert/Your Exact Location 6:11
  9. Going Home/Train From the South/I Had to Come Back/Fare Thee Well/River Wedding Night 7:37
  10. Burned Mansion/Susanna's Obsession/Lament for Henrietta 5:02
  11. Cousin Bob's Plantation 0:47
  12. I Lied/Country Road/Johnny's Book/Best Friend 5:00
  13. You Hate Me/What Did I Do Wrong?/Where Is Susanna?/Where Is That Doll?/It's Happened 6:56
  14. Be a Pig's Eye/It's a Boy/Back in Freehaven 5:57
  15. Dearest Thing/It's the House/What About the Fire?/I Don't Know/They Can't Follow Me 7:33
  16. Judby/She Was Going Home 2:26
  17. First Act Finale (Roadshow) 1:13

    Total Disc Time: 74:02

    DISC TWO

  1. Entr'Acte 2:51
  2. Brand New Pants 1:14
  3. Battle Montage/War Commentary 3:31
  4. Fairweather/I Don't Believe It/Night Ambush/Flash Dies 8:40
  5. Johnny's Escape/War's End/I'd Like to Try/Lincoln's Funeral Train 6:10
  6. I Still Love Him/You're Not Sick/Surprise for Daddy/Ask Daddy/Search 9:42
  7. Susanna's Death/Jeemie's Raintree/The Song of Raintree County (End Title) (Vocal by Nat King Cole)* 4:09

    Total Time: 36:33

    Bonus Tracks

  8. The Song of Raintree County (Main Title) (chorus version) 2:40
  9. Freehaven (film version) 0:32
  10. Freehaven (alternate) 0:32
  11. First Meeting Part 1 (alternate) 1:23
  12. First Meeting (song version) (Vocal by Carlos Noble) 2:39
  13. Pursuit of Happiness/July Swim/Tell Me About the Raintree (alt. ending) 3:39
  14. Going Home (alternate) 0:27
  15. Polka at the Party (Bronislau Kaper) 0:47
  16. Why No One to Love -- Party (Stephen Foster) 2:34
  17. Why No One to Love (Stephen Foster) 0:42
  18. Cousin's Bob Plantation (alternate) 0:46
  19. Best Friend (alternate) 1:46
  20. Best Friend (film version) 2:50
  21. First Act Finale (Day Date) 1:07
  22. Jeemie's Raintree/The Song of Raintree County (End Title) (chorus version) 2:41
  23. The Song of Raintree County (instrumental) 2:20
  24. The Song of Raintree County (Vocal by Bill Lee) 4:20
  25. Jeemie's Raintree/The Song of Raintree County (End Title) (film version with chorus) 1:18

Total Time: 33:48

Total Disc Time: 70:25

*Courtesy of Capitol Records, under license from EMI Music Special Markets.


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