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1. Main Title - Hilltop Scene
2. Entering Peyton Place; Going To School
3. Rossi's Visit
4. After School
5. Swimming Scene
6. After The Party; Chase In the Woods
7. Constance's Story
8. The Rape
9. Peyton Place Draftees
10. Love Me, Michael; End Title
Recorded in December, 1957
Grace Metalious's controversial book, Peyton Place, was filmed for the first time by director Jerry Wald in 1957, starring Lana Turner and Diane Varsi. The success of this feature film led to a sequel and to the long running (514 episodes) ABC Television series, one of, if not the, original soap opera. The impact of the film was due in no small part to the powerful and melodic score supplied by studio composer, Franz Waman. Varese, Frederic Talgorn and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have done a superb job in recreating this thrilling score. They have managed to include all of the music composed for the film, some of which has never previously been released, even on vinyl.
The score opens with the warm tender theme, which sets the scene for a score full of powerful melodies and gentle romantic music. The feel of the music is decidedly Americana and Hollywood, but has that special Waxman brash and bold signature mixed with some tender and heart-rending moments. The 1950s style is frequently emphasised by a plaintive saxophone or a flash of brass but, after almost half a century the music, is fresh, interesting and lively.
This recording has totally captured the Waxman feel with its busy and intricate orchestral and the result is a memorable and exciting recording of a much neglected score which will appeal to everyone with a romantic streak. A highly recommended score and recording.