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 Posted:   Dec 30, 2008 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

I got the colossal 10CD "Autumn Thunder" collection as a gift for christmas and I was blown away with Sam Spence's music. If I had to sum it up in one word, it'd be: EPIC.
I grew up watching many NFL films documentaries so you can call me biased, but I never knew Spence was such an accomplished musician. Not only did he study with Arthur Honegger - upon listening to the music one can hear how masterfully he handles the fugal treatment in his melodies, the power that breathes out of his percussion and brass sections. All in all, an important composer that completely changed the way we see sports. He gave football an epic quality - the "modern gladiators" owe this nickname to Sam Spence's epic music.



Thankfully, FSM dedicated one of its print issues to this wonderful musical legacy. Any takers?

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2008 - 7:50 AM   
 By:   Illustrator   (Member)

Been listening to this for a few years now; tons of terrific music. lots of homages to various classic scores. Being from the UK I wasn't really familiar with the NFL or with this music so it was a great find when a single disc was released some years ago but this anthology is, I guess, the last word.

Highly recommended!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2008 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Ya know, about two months back I saw this for $30.00 used and almost picked it up...but money being so tight I had to pass. Was that a mistake?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2008 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

Ya know, about two months back I saw this for $30.00 used and almost picked it up...but money being so tight I had to pass. Was that a mistake?

HUGE mistake, my friend wink. That's less than half of its original price!!

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2008 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

Been listening to this for a few years now; tons of terrific music. lots of homages to various classic scores. Being from the UK I wasn't really familiar with the NFL or with this music so it was a great find when a single disc was released some years ago but this anthology is, I guess, the last word.

Highly recommended!


I hope it's not the last word! There are still many excellent unreleased Sam Spence compositions. A second set with all the missing music would be the last word for me. You should check out a recent Sam Spence CD release by All Score Media called "Our Man In Munich":



More essential music (including some of the composer's music for german productions), plus an unreleased NFL films track.

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2008 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

After seeing him conduct his pieces live at last year's GSPO Father's day concert I sprang for that collection. Man, what an unearthed treasure!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2008 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)

After seeing him conduct his pieces live at last year's GSPO Father's day concert I sprang for that collection. Man, what an unearthed treasure!

I wish I had been there - it must have been quite an evening.

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2008 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

After seeing him conduct his pieces live at last year's GSPO Father's day concert I sprang for that collection. Man, what an unearthed treasure!

I wish I had been there - it must have been quite an evening.

Alex



It was great. I can't drop the dough for the big set, but it was some good music. Maybe i'll pick up the single disc...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2008 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   Rexor   (Member)

All in all, an important composer that completely changed the way we see sports. He gave football an epic quality - the "modern gladiators" owe this nickname to Sam Spence's epic music.

I only have one Sam Spence cd (The Power and the Glory) and I love it. I, too, have seen many NFL Films productions. Awhile ago, they did a documentary about NFL films, and Steve Sabol and Sam Spence talked about the music, its importance, and where it took its inspiration from - film music, Victory at Sea, Peter Gunn, folk music ("What do you when a Drunken Sailor...") etc.

"Round up" is such a classic example of the excellent merging of Sam Spence's music and football. It's become synonymous with lineman (tuba) tumbling down the field. What are you favorite cues from the set?


Thankfully, FSM dedicated one of its print issues to this wonderful musical legacy. Any takers?

I'll take it if I can find it for $30.

-Rex

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2008 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   Alex Klein   (Member)


I only have one Sam Spence cd (The Power and the Glory) and I love it. I, too, have seen many NFL Films productions. Awhile ago, they did a documentary about NFL films, and Steve Sabol and Sam Spence talked about the music, its importance, and where it took its inspiration from - film music, Victory at Sea, Peter Gunn, folk music ("What do you when a Drunken Sailor...") etc.


Is this documentary available? I have yet to find videos with Sam Spence.

Alex

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2009 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   follow me   (Member)


You should check out a recent Sam Spence CD release by All Score Media called "Our Man In Munich":

More essential music (including some of the composer's music for german productions), plus an unreleased NFL films track.

Alex


I have always been a huge fan of Sam Spence┬┤s score for "Wie ein Blitz", a German production of Francis Durbridge┬┤s "Bat Out Of Hell" from 1970.
The film is available now on DVD, too:

http://www.amazon.de/Stra%C3%9Fenfeger-07-Wie-Blitz-Messer/dp/B001C9Z3LO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1230810749&sr=8-2

(though only recommended for those who speak German or are EXTREMLY interested to hear the whole score!)

http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?swf=http%3A//s.ytimg.com/yt/swf/cps-vfl70586.swf&video_id=BqEkTgRWQ8Y&rel=1&showsearch=1&eurl=&iurl=http%3A//i3.ytimg.com/vi/BqEkTgRWQ8Y/hqdefault.jpg&sk=mMlDtu09RalvMh6iJP-7Lf6j6JbyrsbXC&use_get_video_info=1&load_modules=1&fs=1&hl=en

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2009 - 7:30 PM   
 By:   Rexor   (Member)

Is this documentary available? I have yet to find videos with Sam Spence.


Darn I can't remember the title, but it was basically an NFL films presentation about NFL Films. I saw it on a cable a few times, and I'm not sure if it's available...

-REx

 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2009 - 7:41 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)



I've yet to hear the CD, but I'll give him kudos for the kick-ass pompadour! big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2009 - 9:02 PM   
 By:   suburbanite   (Member)

Been listening to this for a few years now; tons of terrific music. lots of homages to various classic scores. Being from the UK I wasn't really familiar with the NFL or with this music so it was a great find when a single disc was released some years ago but this anthology is, I guess, the last word.

Highly recommended!


I hope it's not the last word! There are still many excellent unreleased Sam Spence compositions. A second set with all the missing music would be the last word for me. You should check out a recent Sam Spence CD release by All Score Media called "Our Man In Munich":


Just had to bump this thread. I grew up in the 1970s and loved all of the NFL Films music of that era, especially Spence's. He is an absolute genius.

I, too, wish they would release more of his compositions. I can think of anywhere from 25 to 50 classic compositions of his that were NOT included in Autumn Thunder, which I have, of course.

Thanks, Alex, for pointing out that other CD. If it's got an unreleased NFL Films track on it, I'll have to look into it.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2009 - 9:34 PM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

There's nothing quite like the music of NFL Films accompanying footage of quarterback Joe Kapp and his Minnesota Vikings in the snow and frigid temperatures of Metropolitan Stadium in the late 1960's.

Football the way it used to be.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2009 - 5:26 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Great clip, Anzaldiman.

I was looking for the Whicker's World theme when I happened upon this NFL-sounding piece; Graham De Wilde's "Newsweek" theme. In fact, I swear this has been used recently by NFL Films:



I can hear the voice of John Facenda: "Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins had one mission: stop Larry Brown...and punish him."

Here's "Round Up":



And the Oakland Raiders had a great theme, too.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2009 - 6:37 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"The Equalizer" More great music from the "brutal ballet."

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2009 - 6:40 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

And the absolutely gorgeous, "A New Game" by Tom Hedden:



Even if you take away the sports angle--and I know most film geeks seem to hate sports--it's still GREAT music--and it's scoring the on-screen action.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2009 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Morricone meets the NFL-- "The Pony Soldiers" by Sam Spence

I've always loved how the strings kick in at 0:51

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2009 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   ANZALDIMAN   (Member)

You are quite correct Jim, the "Newsweek theme" was used in the NFL Films Super Bowl XVIII video. Oakland Raiders vs. Washington Redskins.

You'll hear it approximately at the 3:22 mark when the Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett is releasing the football in one of those marvelous camera shots of the ball in the air that NFL Films is famous for.

They probably have used it other times as well, but this was the one time I recall it being used because I remembered the huge Marlboro billboard in the backround as the ball is spiraling in the air.

The legendary voice of NFL Films, John Facenda narrates.


 
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