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 Posted:   Jul 28, 2009 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

...and finally THE PELICAN BRIEF.

I'm glad to see someone mention this IMO underacknowledged score. The main title is stunningly beautiful, particularly when accompanied by the photography of the opening credit sequence. I find it to be very moving. A fine score (with a great finale that unfolds in a way similar to Field of Dreams, but in vibe rather than notes).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2009 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   Avatarded   (Member)

Pelican Brief has that great chaos, in addition to floor-rattling bass.

An arrangement of "Researching The Brief" made it into a Simpsons episode, with composer, score title and track title name-dropped!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2009 - 12:58 AM   
 By:   Miguel Rojo   (Member)

That sound you talk about - so prominent in this, 48 hours and Commando - was really something new. Im not sure what instrument it is but it sounds like high-pitched tinkling, a flurry of notes, then followed by a sharp deep blast on a tuba or something.

Yeah, this is a good observation. He gives several orchestrational treatments to that idea of the "high-pitched tinkling" and then low-end stuff depending on the project (out of the scores you mention) - sometimes it's literally orchestral bells (glockenspiel-type, not tubular), sometimes it's a synth effect. In "Gorky Park" he used the cymbalum for effects at times as a color and combined with other textures it's quite effective.


Trekfan, that's it. Thanks for that. Now I know what Im listening too!
And Im glad its a recognised technique among Horner fans.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2009 - 2:06 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)


And I've always loved that "48 Hrs." main title sequence with the prison chain gang working and the feel that Horner immediately establishes with the recurring motif on synth. His collaborations with Walter Hill ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001353/ ) back in the day were always pretty exciting musically, I thought.


I haven't listened to this in forever. It was probably Hill's involvement as one of the executive producers that got Horner working on ALIENS, but Hill rejected Horner's score for Young Guns.


Not to metion the whole Streets of Fire-fuss...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2009 - 2:23 AM   
 By:   johnbijl   (Member)

I love Gorky Park!

It was probably my third Horner cd and was stunned by Horner's action writing at the time (well.. I still am). I remember an interview where Horner commented on the score and saying somethng like: the romantic is the Jerry Goldsmith in me, the action writing is the James Horner in me. I've always found it a bit dissapointing Horner seemed to have departed with that style of writing found in 48 hrs. and Gorky Park and to less extent Red Heat. The dry-ishness, straight-foreward approach contrasted well with with the emotional thematic crescendo writing he is doing so well today. It's like putting raw herring and wasabi together, they seem not to go together, until you have on your plate.

And for this type of composing and the main titles alone, I *yearn* for a remastered and not to mention legit release of Uncommon Valor.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2013 - 11:17 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: "Pelican Brief has that great chaos, in addition to floor-rattling bass."

I've always been a fan of Horner's score for "Pelican Brief," and my favorite cue is the last one, "Airport Goodbye," and I used to include it in many of the compilation tapes I was making back then with my Nakamichi. But even with the best metal tape and Dolby C, I was forever setting the volume level too high and in the case of that "Airport Goodbye" cue, frequently overloading it and getting distortion when that "floor-rattling bass" suddenly came in. So it sometimes took me 2 or 3 times to get that one cue recorded right, not like now, when we can easily burn it to CD-Rs without any worries about overloading.

And I've always loved my CD of the very interesting "Gorky Park" -- and the thrilling juxtaposition in the "Main Theme" of Horner's very anxious music and Tchaikovsky.

 
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