The most complete CD/
DVD package we've seen on The James Dean Story – featuring 2CDs worth of music, plus a bonus DVD! The DVD includes the 1957 James Dean Story – a documentary on the career of Dean, directed by a young Robert Altman, and featuring clips from films, interviews with family and friends, and other archival footage from Dean's life. CD 1 features the original score for the film, issued originally by Capitol Records, composed by Leith Stevens
, arranged by Bill Holman and John
ny Mandel – and one of the nicest big band dates to come out of the Pacific Jazz catalog of the 1950s! Chet Baker and Bud Shank are the featured soloists of the set – and the group's conducted by John
ny Mandel and Bill Holman, both excellent arrangers with a strong feel for soundtrack-oriented material of this sort. Tommy Sands sings vocals on a version of "Let Me Be Loved", which is the only standard on the set – as the rest of the tracks are originals by the great Leith Stevens
. The band's filled with other west coasters that you'll recognize – and titles include "The Movie Star", "Jimmy's Theme", "The Search", "Lost Love", and "Rebel At Work". CD 2 features material from 2 different albums – A Tribute To James Dean, originally issued by Imperial Records in the late 50s, and The James Dean Story, a Coral album featuring music with narration by Steve Allen, Gigi Perreau, and Bill Randle. The Imperial album is represented here by 11 tracks – featuring music from a variety of James Dean scores for the films Giant, East Of Eden, and Rebel Without A Cause, conducted by Leonard Rosenman, who also composed most of the tunes. The Coral album is represented here by 6 tracks – both spoken and musical, with titles that include "Remembering James Dean", "His Name Was Dean", "We'll Never Forget You", and "James Dean".