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Varèse Sarabande: "WILD WILD WEST" music by Elmer Bernstein

Varèse Sarabande Records is thrilled to announce its latest CD Club release: Wild Wild West (Deluxe Edition) Original Motion Picture Score with music composed and conducted by the late Academy Award®-winning Elmer Bernstein and performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony. The original 10-track album has been expanded to 47 tracks and over 75 minutes of music, including alternate takes and cues that were not used in the film.  The Deluxe Edition soundtrack is limited to 2,000 copies, which is now available exclusively on and
Elmer Bernstein was an undisputed master of both westerns and comedies—to the point of being typecast in each genre, and he had essentially left both to spend most of the 1990s rehabilitating his “serious” status with directors like Martin Scorsese (The Age of Innocence) and Francis Ford Coppola (The Rainmaker). Bernstein agreed to score Wild Wild West because he loved director Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1997 action-comedy Men in Black. “When I got a chance to work with Barry Sonnenfeld and Will Smith, I thought, cool, I’d like to do this. And when I met Barry, I really liked him and we had a great relationship,” says Bernstein. The film gave him, who studied with the prototypical western composer Aaron Copland, a chance to write an unabashed, non-ironic throwback western theme—one that sits comfortably in his canon next to The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Shootist (1976).
In the history of film music, Elmer Bernstein (1922–2004) is among the iconic and the legendary. With a career that spanned an unparalleled five decades, he composed more than 150 original movie scores and nearly 80 for television, creating some of the most recognizable and memorable themes in Hollywood history: the driving jazz of The Man with the Golden Arm, the rousing Western anthem of The Magnificent Seven, the lyrical and quietly moving music of To Kill a Mockingbird, and the jaunty, thumb-nosing march of The Great Escape. Bernstein’s last major film score was for the critically praised, Todd Haynes–directed drama, Far From Heaven, starring Julianne Moore and Dennis Haysbert. It earned him his final Academy Award® nomination in 2002. His impact is still felt, and his presence still missed, by movie-makers and moviegoers alike.

Jeremy [Six Strings]

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