Imagination Connoisseur, Stephen Goggin, gives a “yippy-ki-yay” to a couple of un-sung westerns with great music. Saddle up and read his recommendations.

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Dear Rob and listeners,

One of my other favorite genres of film is Westerns and I am also a big fan of country music. I was recently watching two westerns that are well below the radar and I thought I might give them a mention.

The first is MCKENNA’S GOLD staring Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, and Telly Savalas. This film is a treasure hunt film – a McGuffin chase – but a McGuffin chase that is done well. This film felt very much like an Indiana Jones film and the way they shot the desert scenes was very like the “Dawn of Man” sequence in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, yet this film was made before that classic and long before RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.

I also liked the Quincy Jones sound track to this film and the ear worm of a title song: “Old Turkey Buzzard.” It is one of my favorite westerns and I got on Blu-Ray as I cannot find it on any of the streaming services.

The next western I give a mention is THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE starring Jason Robards (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST) and Stella Stevens. I love this rather quirky Western/Romantic Comedy I actually enjoyed the romance between Stella Stevens and Jason Robards in this movie.

What surprised me most about this film was who did the soundtrack and it is a Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack and I loved song in the film Butterfly Morning sung by what I call non-singing singers Jason Robards and Stella Stevens.

One thing I like about the old westerns is the opening theme song in a movie then sometimes you have a narrator setting you up for the story of the film. I miss some of this in modern film making.

Thank you always for all that you do live long and prosper your truly,

– Stephen G
(The Irishman in Somerset)

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