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Film Score Friday 9/8/00

by Lukas Kendall

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 21st: the Society of Composers and Lyricists are presenting "The Virtuoso Soloist in Film Music" featuring some of the best instrumental soloists who have played on film scores. Specifically, these are Joshua Bell (violin, The Red Violin), Ralph Grierson (piano on a zillion film scores) and Eric Rigler (bagpipes on Braveheart and Titanic). The forum will take place at the Newman Stage on the Fox lot in Century City; admission is free to SCL members, $25 to non-members ($10 students). For reservations, call 310-281-2812, ext. 2.

The Exorcist is coming back to theaters in two weeks (September 22nd), tinkered with to include previously cut footage. It's the all-time scariest movie and we've got the limited edition soundtrack CD, otherwise available only with the videotape box set of the movie -- get your copy while they last.

Bond Still in Action

Silva Screen's follow up to their re-recorded Bond Back in Action CD will contain the following selections:

  1. The Man With The Golden Gun - Kung Fu Fight/Let's Go Get 'em/In Search Of Scaramanga's Island
  2. The Man With The Golden Gun - Chew Me In Crisly Land/Hip's Trip/Return To Scaramanga's Fun House
  3. The Man With The Golden Gun - Slow Boat From China/Nick Nack/The Man With The Golden Gun
  4. The Spy Who Loved Me - Ride To Atlantis
  5. The Spy Who Loved Me - The Tanker
  6. Moonraker - Arrival At Chateau Drax/Freefall
  7. Moonraker - Miss Goodhead Meets Bond/Bond Lured To The Pyramids
  8. Moonraker - Flight Into Space
  9. For Your Eyes Only Main Theme
  10. Octopussy - Bond Meets Octopussy/Bond Look Alike/The Palace Fight
  11. A View To A Kill - Suite With Stacey/Fanfare/Snow Job
  12. The Living Daylights - Suite Koskov Escapes/Hercules Take Off
  13. The Living Daylights - Mujahadin/Afghanistan Plan
  14. The Living Daylights - Air Bond/Necros Attacks
  15. The Living Daylights - End Title (Alternative Version)
  16. Golden Eye Tank Drive Around St.Petersburg (Film Version)

Some good unreleased stuff in there -- let's hope the performance is good. Volume One featured suites and themes (including unreleased cues) from the first seven Bond films.

First Soundtrack Experiences

See Peter Daley's column earlier this week -- and feel free to send in your early soundtrack reminisces.

From: "Adam Harris" <wickywackyman135@hotmail.com>

    My first experience involving film scores actually started with my going to the movies at an early age of two.Yes-I actually saw Doctor Doolittle on the big screen,although we were late and came in where Anthony Newley was braying "My Friend the Doctor"-but I still remember it to this day.My first real conscious memory of any movie music influence was the movie company logo that would present the coming attractions and the feature presentation-General Cinema Corporation was it for me.It was(as I discovered many years later)the first three letters of the Co. in the shape of a movie projector-very clever-and behind it was this red,slowly moving design reminiscent of a kalediscope-with little multi-colored dots coming out where the light comes out.The music was this really cool jazz-with brushes,harpsichord and bass with top hat cymbals- as the "reels" were moving. I was literally nuts about this-so I always anticipated this when going to the movies-it was sad when they got rid of the old one and replaced it with a new and less inspiring one.

    I was nine when I heard my first soundtrack album(I'm 35 now).My next door neighbor graciously asked me if I wanted to hear Jaws,and I immediately panicked-NO!!!!I had never heard of a soundtrack album-so I assumed it was the film on record-kind of like the book and record idea they did for kids-Winnie the Pooh meets Jaws-but when he said it was just the music-I had no real idea what I was in for-til I heard it.Now,people react differently to music(obviously) but for me-listening to this score was like listening to my first Wagerian opera-he put on the record and quickly left the room-leaving me alone. My heart was pounding-and when the first ominous strings started-it was really an electric door opening to new sounds-I was changed forever-eventually getting my own copy and turning off the lights and playing this over and over-I was hooked-never to be the same again.

From: John, Ranger7774@aol.com

    I noticed your article writer was born the year after the soundtrack craze really got started with those articles in the High Fidelity Magazine and info on Bernstein's FMC club. The famous article by the grad student is credited with many people getting into collecting and came at a point when many baby-boomers and older folks were getting into collecting film music. My personal interest in it began in late '50s from films shown on old TV.

From: "Randy Derchan" <rderchan@visualdatainc.com>

    Here's a story. My first soundtrack purchase was the album for "Diamonds Are Forever". The funny part was, I was so disappointed there wasn't any dialogue on the album. It was just music. I was nine years old. I wanted to hear scenes from the film. Thus started my expensive hobby and future career move.

MMM AgaiM

Everybody loves Monstrous Movie Music's new Vol. 3 of vintage monster music, newly recorded:

From: "K Dick" <baleywick@tgn.net>

    I know you are a busy guy running a film music empire, but you have got to tell everyone of those generation X'ers out there always arguing over whether James Horner or Hans Zimmer is the lesser of two levels of mediocrity to stop and listen to the newest volume of MMM. This album rivals Jason and the Argonauts in quality of sound recording ie good old-fashioned close miking and should get equal attention. It faithfully captures some incredible music "from the old days" that nobody else seems to pay attention to. Tarzan is good, Creature from the Black Lagoon is great, but the real jewel in the rough is The Alligator People. Herrmann himself even didn't put an electric violin to such good use. It really soars, man! My hat's off to the crew at MMM. I look forward the next volume.

From: Richard Bush, bustm <bustm@home.com>

    Just a historical note regarding Kirk Henderson's praise of the new Schecter album: Many 3D films were released in stereo sound. The dual, synchronized optical prints necessary for polarized 3D images made it relatively easy to have stereophonic optical audio (assuming that the theater was suitably wired). While I don't know for certain whether "Creature from the Black Lagoon" was originally released in stereo sound, it is a possibility.

Schecter's new album is a model of how film score re-recordings should be done.

Deconstructing Goldsmith

Here's a site that I spent a lot of time at last week -- and believe me, I thought I was maxed out on movie music websites. "Deconstructing Goldsmith" has some inane reviews but they have good RealAudio clips of the vast majority of efforts in Jerry Goldsmith's filmography -- including some stuff I had heard about but never actually listened to. And believe me, I'm a fan. So it's a real treat to discover some of the composer's lesser-known and otherwise unavailable themes, taken from the movie titles or wherever. See www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/9059/scoresframe.htm

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