• David Grisman's Music From the Movie Capone Released

    Music From the Movie Capone

    PORT TOWNSEND, WASH. — Acoustic Disc has announced the release of David Grisman's compositions and recordings that made up the sound track for the movie Capone, from 1975. Capone told the story of the rise and fall of the infamous Chicago gangster Al Capone and the control he exhibited over the city during the prohibition years.

    The project is available only as a download.

    This was Grisman's second score for producer Roger Corman, the "Pope of Pop Cinema." About the project Grisman said, "This true-life gangster period piece, set in Chicago during the 'Roaring 20s', proved to be a great vehicle for the mandolin and many of the ideas already percolating in my composing wheelhouse."

    In the movie, a young Sylvester Stallone appears as Frank Nitti, one of Capone's men responsible for controlling the money for the operation who later succeeded Capone as the leader.

    This unique music features the Dawg himself playing mandolin family instruments, violinist Richard Greene, bassist Joseph Carroll, plus a cameo appearance by mandolinist/composer Rudy Cipolla (Portrait of an American Original). Now, 46 years later, Acoustic Disc is proud to make this music available in its entirety, re-mastered in the sonically superior high-definition (24-bit, 96 kHz) format.


    From the recording, "Capone Theme, finale."

    Track Listing

    • Capone Theme (title credits)
    • Struttin' the Stuff
    • Capone's Minuet
    • Minor Car Chase Swing
    • Capone Theme (mandocello solo)
    • Potpourri (Rudy Cipolla)
    • Ballade of Alphonse
    • St. Valentine's Day Massacre
    • Colosimo's Death Walk
    • Verdi: O tu che in seno agl'angeli from La Forza del Destino
    • mandola duet)
    • Big Jim's Cakewalk
    • Obanion's Wake
    • Al's Dirge
    • Speakeasy Waltz
    • Capone Theme (finale)
    • Big Jim's Cakewalk alternate
    • Ballade of Alphonse alternate
    • Capone Theme (finale) alternate

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    1. journeybear's Avatar
      journeybear -
      Ah, if only Dawg had known about Al Capone's interest in music, which led him to learn to play mandola, as well as tenor guitar and tenor banjo, and even write a song for and about his mother. He could have worked these proclivities, especially the composition, "Madonna Mia," into the soundtrack. But sadly (from a musicological standpoint), this interest arose while incarcerated; that is, while doing time, not while doing crime. And public knowledge of this didn't arise (AFAIK) until the sheet music came up for auction in 2009. Too bad. Perhaps this oversight can be addressed in time for the 50th Anniversary Special Edition Reissue.