Retroist Scoreboard: The Caine Mutiny, A Thriller and the Tallahatchie Bridge

Retroist Scoreboard: The Caine Mutiny, A Thriller and the Tallahatchie Bridge

It’s the end of May, bills are due, the rent’s due…and there’s a whole new batch of classic soundtracks out there to make you wish the bills and the rent could take a hike for just a little while.

The ever-reliable Intrada has restored and released Max Steiner‘s classic score from the 1954 movie The Caine Mutiny, a soundtrack that has never before been released. An LP of dialogue highlights circulated briefly during the year of the movie’s release, but it contained no music – it has taken over six decades for this soundtrack to see the light of day, and The Caine Mutiny is hardly what I’d describe as an obscure movie.

The Caine Mutiny

Not only is the entire score represented on this CD, but Intrada remembered to include “I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me”, sung by May Wynn – not a single note of music has been left off.

The Caine Mutiny

[Via] Crackle UK

Moving away from The Caine Mutiny, Kritzerland Records is rolling out a classic title of its own, Michael Legrand‘s score from the 1976 cult classic Ode To Billy Joe. Just about everyone involved with the movie had the thankless task of having to retell and expand upon a story inspired by Bobbie Gentry’s hit 1967 single of the same name, which naturally cropped up in the movie as well.

[Via] Barstoneworth Town

As the composer of the movie score, Legrand had to meet the style of that song with his own music as well. The soundtrack was available on vinyl in 1976, and this is its first official CD release, limited to 1,000 copies.

Ode To Billy Joe

From time to time, I’ve mentioned limited edition releases, but the next one may well be the most limited release I’ve yet covered in the Retroist Scoreboard – the score from a 1977 Croatian miniseries about Nikola Tesla. Kronos Records is releasing only 300 copies worldwide of Alfi Kabiljo‘s score, which accompanied a dramatization of Tesla’s early life and his eventual emigration to the United States. As many are unlikely to be familiar with the series for which this music was composed, this is a real curiosity.

Nikola Tesla

Is that all? That is not all. The last title we’re covering this week will thrill you…especially if you’re a fan of vintage Jerry Goldsmith.

Tadlow Records has released a brand new recording of highlights from Goldsmith’s scores from the early 1960s TV series Boris Karloff’s Thriller. With Nic Raine conducting the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, working from arrangements transcripted from the original written scores by Leigh Phillips, this is as close as we’re ever likely to get to the original scores. The Thriller episodes represented on the CD are “The Grim Reaper”, “Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook”, “Well of Doom”, “Mr. George”, “The Poisoner”, and “Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper”.


Great care was taken, in the new recordings, to match the arrangements and performances of the original 1960s recordings, and best of all, the reaction to this compilation of Thriller scores has been enthusiastic enough for Tadlow to begin preparations for a second volume.

That’s this week’s releases – something for everybody, especially vintage TV and movie music fans.

If your in the mood for more Humphrey Bogart, why not check out this behind the scenes shot from Casablanca?

Earl Green

As the writer of the Retroist’s weekly Scoreboard column, Earl Green is keeping score on soundtrack releases old and new, a topic he’s written and podcasted about extensively at his own site, He’s also written entire books about Doctor Who (VWORP!1 and VWORP!2), Star Trek (WARP!1), and growing up geeky, and hosts’s Escape Pod, Select Game and Don’t Give This Tape To Earl podcasts. He is large, he contains multitudes.
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