SODOM AND GOMORRAH - Miklos Rozsa (1962)
Here’s one that’s sure to please everyone! Sodom and Gomorrah is one of the last Rozsa epic scores and I think it’s great, very much in the vein of his earlier efforts in the genre: modal writing giving it an exotic touch (even more so than his other epics), great catchy themes and a big sound. The film was an Italian production and wasn’t as prestigious as the ones Rozsa had been used to work on at MGM, maybe that’s why he was so harsh with it in his autobiography:
Sodom and Gomorrah was a super production costing seven million dollars, with the biblical story decked out with all sorts of absurd and gaudy extras. The director had left already [I believe the film was finished by Sergio Leone], so we never met. The film was like a parody of the genre: a wretched script, bad acting, some passable battle scenes, some interesting photography; but I was stuck with it, and with close to two hours of music. However, the producer was a friend, the studio was paying me well, and I hoped I might be able to help a bit; but the cards were stacked[…] The film was a sad flop, and the studio closed down. However, the record album of my music is again available.
This is the expanded two disc release from the Italian label Legend. It was issued as a 2-LP set and someone (not me) made a 2-cd boot from it. It sounds rather good in stereo (although not as good as the more recent reissue of the original album on Collectables records). One thing that we still miss is the complete Main Title: one of the best cue of the score: on this release, it just fades out before it’s finished!