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HIGH NOON Soundtrack now Available on CD!


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LINDEN, VA. December 17, 2007 For the first time ever, the complete Academy Award winning musical score to the Gary Cooper western classic HIGH NOON is available on compact disc. The score, through arrangement with Volta Music Corporation, has been restored by Chelsea Rialto Studios of Ellenville, NY, and is released by Screen Archives Entertainment, a specialist in motion picture soundtrack scores.


The score, by Russian composer Dimitri Tiomkin, has long been a favorite of film fans and was the first major film to feature a title song as a ballad that is integral to the storytelling process. ?Do Not Forsake Me? was sung on the soundtrack by Tex Ritter and won an Academy Award, in addition to the thematic underscore.


Before HIGH NOON was released to theaters in 1952, ?Do Not Forsake Me? was recorded by Frankie Laine for Capitol Records and became a hit with radio listeners and the record-buying public. Thus, the success of the song had a direct impact on the box-office success of the picture.


HIGH NOON was an independent production, produced by Stanley Kramer and released through United Artists. Through the years, while the film has survived, the ancillary negative elements ? including the optical soundtracks containing the original music recordings ? have been lost. However, a complete set of score recordings was kept by composer Tiomkin and it is these acetate discs that provided the audio materials used for the CD release. After being transferred to digital audio, the 55 year-old recordings were painstakingly restored by Ray Faiola at Chelsea Rialto Studios and a symphonic representation of the complete musical score was produced. The ball then passed to Screen Archives, whose designers created a lavish, 32-page full color booklet featuring original artwork and production notes by film historian Rudy Behlmer.


HIGH NOON starred Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Katy Jurado, Thomas Mitchell and Lloyd Bridges. Directed by Fred Zinneman, it was the first film in which a main title ballad is reprised throughout the picture as a progressive element of the storytelling process. The haunting vocal by Tex Ritter was recorded by dozens of artists but the original film version has never been released on record. A studio version that approximated the film recording was made by Ritter in England in 1952.


Previous releases by Screen Archives include LOST HORIZON, A SUMMER PLACE and CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE. The soundtrack to HIGH NOON retails for $19.95 and is available directly from Screen Archives Entertainment, www.screenarchives.com


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