The Valley of Gwangi
The Classic Film Music of Jerome Moross

Composer: Jerome Moross
Silva Screen
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From a very early age Jerome Moross had mapped out a future in music composition - strangely enough he also went to school with Bernard Herrmann.

This album features tracks from some of his greatest work in the movies. The Valley of Gwangi: The Classic Film Music of Jerome Moross has been reissued due to demand from soundtrack fans and it's not hard to see why. This collection features world premiere digital recordings of music from classic movies including The War Lord, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Sharkfighters, The Mountain Road, Rachel Rachel and Wagon Train. But, more importantly it features a 20-minute suite from The Valley of Gwangi - The Ray Harryhausen monster fest directed by James O'Connolly.

There is a definite western theme running through the majority of Moross' scores. Huck Finn, Wagon Train (obviously) and large parts of The Valley of Gwangi all have that easily recognisable western genre feel to them.

Five Finger Exercise sticks out from the rest of the tracks as it has a Hitchcockian feel to it. But it is the tracks from The Valley of Gwangi that will be the reason that most collector's will buy this album, and the fact that you can now discover some of Moross' lesser known work is an added bonus.

An interesting collection, wonderfully recorded and packaged by Silva Screen, although not an essential purchase for movie buffs.

Pete Boomer


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