Perseverance Records is releasing "Los Angeles, 1937," the unused score by Phillip Lambro from Roman Polanski's movie "Chinatown" (1974), starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. For reasons explained in the extensive liner notes by film music writer Gergely Hubai, the soundtrack was ultimately rejected by Paramount. Now, this score is available for the first time - and on Perseverance Records exclusively.
Robin Esterhammer, owner of Perseverance Records, says: ìReleasing the unused `Chinatown' score has been our dream project ever since we did our first CDs with composer Phillip Lambro. You probably know Jerry Goldsmith's replacement score, and now you have the chance to decide which one was a better fit for the movie.î
With 14 original tracks and four bonus tracks, the CD¥s total running time is about 45 minutes. The bonus tracks are from ìStructures for String Orchestraî and ìMusic for Wind, Brass and Percussion,î the two concert pieces that were instrumental in Phillip¥s hiring for the project. The CD is limited to just 1000 units.
Robin adds: "This is a legitimate release, actually made possible thanks to a deal Phillip made with Paramount in 1974: the studio's marketing department needed music to score the film's trailer, but Goldsmith's score wasn't 'exploitable enough,' according to one executive. Phillip allowed the use of his music in the trailer if he could retain the mastering and publishing rights in exchange. Paramount accepted the offer under the condition that should the music be released, it must bear an alternate title without mentioning `Chinatown'."
We are only giving you one audio sample, because we want you to be completely surprised by this score when you listen to it for the very first time.
The first 100 copies will be signed by Phillip Lambro. Limit 2 per customer.
Tracks 1-14 are in mono.
Tracks 15-18 are in stereo.
This is an analog recording from 1974. Tape noise is inherent.
Limited Collectors Edition of 1000 units.