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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: King Kong: The Deluxe Edition (2CD)
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2012 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   Miles (MerM)   (Member)

HAIL TO THE POWER OF KONG... and FSM.

Seriously though, this set is a thing of beauty. Not a single solitary wrong with it (loaded term, I know, but that's merely my opinion). It goes in the 'gold standard' sphere along with Poltergeist and 1941. Well done everybody!

Also, this may be the one score where I'm genuinely interested by all the alternates. They're not just quick revisions that drop the synth line or whatever, they're different enough to be interesting in their own right, particularly the two Presentation alternates.

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2012 - 12:36 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Just listened to the new Barry AND Scott King Kong releases.
Both very enjoyable and the FSM is a particularly nice presentation.
But I declare the winning score to be... Scott's.



You do! I don't, LOL!

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2012 - 1:09 AM   
 By:   The Shape (Steve H)   (Member)

I declare the winning score to be... Scott's.

I'm perplexed, shocked and appalled by your declaration! smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2012 - 6:04 AM   
 By:   barryfan1   (Member)

I have just given my copy a quick listen (it arrived this morning) and I am happy to say it exceeds my expectations, and (unsurprisingly) I agree with Steve (much as I love Scott's King Kong Lives score).

For me this is the release of the year, jointly tied with Body Heat.
ST:TMP is a very very very close third.

Mike

 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2012 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I declare the winning score to be... Scott's.

)


I object your honor!
"That comment is irrelevant, incompetent, and immaterial"
brm

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2012 - 12:41 AM   
 By:   The Shape (Steve H)   (Member)

Is that cover art another Berkey painting?
Just curious.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2012 - 1:39 AM   
 By:   McMillan & Husband   (Member)

Not my fault that GOLDSMITH is the best by far. I'm also a huge Barry fan but could never understand the love for the Kong score.

How's that life-size cardboard cutout of Jerry keeping up? Remember: you'll void the warranty if you bang a hole through the crotch.

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2012 - 3:38 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Not my fault that GOLDSMITH is the best by far. I'm also a huge Barry fan but could never understand the love for the Kong score.

That's just one of those things. Despite people passionately trying to persuade me to the contrary, I don't get some scores either.

Me, I find KING KONG to be nothing less than divine. No, it's not a big, upbeat, busy-busy symphonic score, I'll grant you. It's more understated than that.

It's moody. It's mysterious. It's romantic. And, at times, very, very dramatic. It has a lot of gravitas without doing that stupid "crash-bang-wallop orchestra and great grand choir of the apocalypse" thing. It's anchored in really strong themes, there are some really interesting sound combinations developed in the score and it does that really satisfying thing of establishing, developing and wrapping up the themes into a fine musical conclusion.

That's why I love it.

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Oct 11, 2012 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

I received this on Tuesday and spent much of yesterday listening to it. The sound is so much better than the previous FSM CD that it's like night and day. It seemed to breeze by the first time! I found myself drawn in by the variations on the different themes, including the monolithic motif for Kong, which is quite haunting.

I do like the track titles from the original LP, though. "Full Moon Domain" and "Arthusa" are very poetic.

I can't wait for John Scott's sequel score to arrive! I have had the LP of that for years, so I'm excited to finally be able to put this on my iPod.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2012 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   Miles (MerM)   (Member)

The liner notes mention essays from the other CD being on http://filmscoremonthly.com/notes, but there's nothing there for Kong yet.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2012 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

Barry's Kong was one of the very first scores I bought (on 8-track!), along with The Towering Inferno I believe. It'll always hold a special place for me--it's a fantastic score and Barry's music for Kong is ingenious--in the theater especially it had a profound effect in creating the presence of Kong, and remember, there was a lot of secrecy involving the look of Kong before the film was released--very similar to the shark in Jaws. So the anticipation that music created for this movie which was a real blockbuster of its day can't be underemphasized. Honestly I don't feel the need to stack up the various Kong scores against one another--I like all of them, including JNH's. But Barry's was one of the scores that really got me into collecting.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2012 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

.......the anticipation that music created for this movie which was a real blockbuster of its day can't be underemphasized..

exactly!
bruce

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2012 - 1:48 PM   
 By:   Jeff Eldridge   (Member)

The liner notes mention essays from the other CD being on http://filmscoremonthly.com/notes, but there's nothing there for Kong yet.

Well, there is something there, but I forgot to link it up to the intro page:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/king_kong.html

You should now see the link at:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/

if you refresh the page.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2012 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

You should now see the link at:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/

if you refresh the page.


If you click on the image of the Kong CD, you actually get

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/king_king.html

You need to change "king_king" to "king_kong."

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2012 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   JohnF   (Member)

Yup I get an error when I click Kong...

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2012 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Jeff Eldridge   (Member)

Yup I get an error when I click Kong...

Not just anyone gains admittance to Skull Island! (Well, now they do, after I fixed the typo.)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 15, 2012 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

I just listened to KING KONG: THE DELUXE EDITION. Way to go FSM ! It sounds fantastic ! If I did not know better I would never guess it was originally recorded in the mid 70's. Great job !

 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2012 - 12:20 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Can I just say: Church Organ is just the most ideal piece of music to make your phone's ringtone.

 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2012 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Still wait for my copy, so I read on-line notes for original CD.
I was shocked that Barry conducted 58 to 67 players!
Kong always sounds more bigger (compare with what was in reality) for me smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 16, 2012 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Barry took advantage of studio techniques, I think.

The Star Crash Blu-Ray claims the Star Crash orchestra was very small but made to sound bigger using studio techniques. It states the piano, for example, was echoed and mixed up to make it a much bigger sound than it was.

 
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