Last year I wrote "... about 55 minutes would have been just about ideal."
Well I hardly expected that a year after I wrote that there would be a freshly
re-recorded disc which would have a playing time pretty close to the timing
I had suggested.
A lively dancing ambience is offered by the recording locale (City Halls
Glasgow). The sound is light years ahead of the distressed quality of the
almost 40 year old OST. The orchestra are well up to form and by heck this
orchestra has certainly cornered the film score revival market. They acquit
themselves with tonal splendour and an authentic zest. Of course having the
composer at the helm does help.
The brass are beyond criticism. The woodwind contributions are touching.
My only grouse is that the strings do not have the amplitude of the OST disc.
Even though the intrinsic sound quality is poorer the OST gives the impression
of a big Philadelphia style sound of deepest velvet texture.
Choices; choices! For fanatics both discs are essential items. For the general
listener I recommend this album. It has most of the explosive power of the
original in sound it would be difficult to imagine being bettered.
See reviews of theoriginal release of The
Magnificent Seven and the Return of
the Magnificent Seven