Round Up SACD 60141
  • CAT # 80141-25

    1. Sounds of The West (SFX)
    2. Rossini: William Tell Overture (Finale - Lone Ranger Theme) 3:35
    3. Bernstein: The Magnificent Seven 5:33
    4. Waxman: The Furies Suite 4:04
    5. Palmer: Round Up - Anthology of TV Western Themes - Bonanza, Rawhide, Wagon Train, The Rifleman 4:28
    6. Newman: How The West Was Won 7:23
    7. Tiomkin: Gunfight at the OK Corral 8:34
    8. Hayman: Pops Hoedown 7:12
    9. Moross: Big Country 3:04
    10. Tiomkin: High Noon 2:32
    11. Coyote and Crackling Campfire (SFX)
    12. Hayman: Western Medley 10:09
    13. Broughton: Themes from Silverado 4:14

1987 Stereo Classic now available in multi-channel SACD! All Telarc SACDs are hybrid discs compatible for listening on traditional CD players.

Technological innovation has finally caught up with the Old West.

Since the advent of SACD technology in the late 1990s, audiophiles have consistently requested a multi-channel re-release of Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s Round Up, according to veteran Telarc engineer Michael Bishop. For years, this brilliant 1987 two-channel recording of music from classic big-screen and TV westerns—augmented by a unique array of Western sound effects—has topped the list of most requested SACD re-releases from among Telarc’s vast catalog.

However, the limitations of 1987 recording technology had stymied popular demand for several years. True to the standard Telarc recording style of the time, the music of Round Up had been recorded direct to stereo only, and no multi-track source master exists from which to derive a Surround mix. Bishop attempted various engineering experiments over the years in an effort to manipulate the original recordings and create a Surround mix. Results were marginally successful at best, and the fidelity of the original recording invariably suffered as a result.

But Telarc found a way. “That you are now holding Round Up on SACD shows a Surround mix from the stereo sources was produced to our satisfaction,” says Bishop in the liner notes. “Going back to the various source masters, I found a recorded quality that didn’t quite make it to the original CD release due to the limitations of editing and mastering equipment of that time. I split the source stereo recordings to a left/center/right, 3-channel, 32-bit master. In addition, the source recoding ambience was combined with newly recorded Surround ambience in Cincinnati Music Hall’s famed acoustics. This, along with meticulous re-editing and re-mixing of the vocal takes and sound effects, made possible a Surround mix that I’m really happy with.”

The SACD release of Round Up features three completely new mixes of the entire recording: a high-resolution Surround mix of the music and sound effects, plus two new stereo mixes, each made specifically for the stereo SACD and CD program. The 5.1 multi-channel and stereo programs all benefit with greater detail, impact and harmonic content of music and sound effects.

The reissue brings a new level of sonic experience to the Old West. In a single SACD, classic themes from big- and small-screen epics like High Noon, The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, The Lone Ranger, Bonanza and The Rifleman come to life on an even grander scale than the original 1987 release.

Celebrating his 40th anniversary as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, maestro Erich Kunzel has led this prestigious musical entity in countless performances around the world, and has forged a massive and diverse discography on the Telarc label. Last fall, Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops were the first American professional pops orchestra to perform in China as part of the prestigious China Shanghai International Arts Festival. The historic tour in October 2005 included two performances in Beijing and one in Singapore.

Along with Kunzel and the Pops, the most distinctive voice on Round Up belongs to Frankie Laine. A recording artist since the 1950s, Laine was—among other achievements in his long career—the first and most successful singer to be associated with motion picture and television title songs. Beginning with Warner Brothers’ Blowing Wild in 1953, Laine lent his voice to a handful of big-screen western theme songs for the next two decades: Man Without a Star (1955), Strange Lady in Town (1955), Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957), 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and Blazing Saddles (1974). He also sang the theme music to the long-running hit TV western Rawhide (1959-1966). Laine reprises a number of these classic songs on Round Up.

“One thing is certain: the appeal of the Western story exhibits no immediate signs of waning,” according to Allen Cohen’s original liner notes penned in 1987. “From the cowboy melodramas of the mid-1800s, and the Wild West Show of Buffalo Bill Cody at the turn of the twentieth century, to the current popular novels of Louis L’Amour, the Western genre of story-telling has captivated generations of audiences.”

Load up the SACD player and saddle up. Round Up on SACD takes you on an epic, multi-channel ride into the mythic heart of the Old West.

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