True confession: instrumental movie sound-track that raises neck bristles, eye ducts, or other weird physical effects: Theme to Exodus ... I read the book, never saw the Paul Newman movie, was unsurprised to hear this being replayed on top 40 stations during its hit week. It was beyond the valley of uncool, but I understood why this one gutted a few people.....
I have loved the Exodus Theme ever since I first saw the movie in 1960. While I was a junior in high school, I actually scored a swing version for the Rincon High Jazz Band. The initial results weren't too bad, considering my age and the fact that this was my first effort, but the trombone parts didn't quite work. I always had trouble with the bass clef.
My favorite version of the Exodus Theme is that played by the piano duo Ferrante and Teicher. This was a big hit during the early 1960s, and when Ferrante and Teicher performed in Tucson, I went to see them. It was one of the better concerts I have ever attended. I highly recommend their album All Time Great Movie Themes to those who are fans of movie music, as I am.