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 Posted:   Apr 21, 2009 - 10:57 PM   
 By:   Josh Mitchell   (Member)

I only vaguely remember seeing a few episodes of this series as a kid (reruns, of course), so I don't have any personal connection to the series. However, I'm listening to disc 1 again now, and I'm gaining an appreciation for it. I guess I wasn't in the "right" mood when I listened to it the other day. There's a lot of thematic development going on with JW's scores that I didn't notice before, and some really interesting instrumentation, too. This music definitely demands undivided attention to be fully appreciated, but the rewards for doing so are undeniable. In short, I'm sold.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2009 - 11:27 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

I didn't like the show that much as a kid, and had no musical memories of it whatsoever. Haven't seen it in decades, but I have enjoyed all the scores that have been released over the years. It's good music, plain and simple, and nostalgia and familiarity don't need to be a part of the experience in order to appreciate it.

 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2009 - 11:37 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

The show was almost absurdly kooky. It got worse as the seasons passed. I defy anyone to proclaim that LOST IN SPACE was a good show.

"Oh, the pain." Dr. Smith was right.

Goofy. Silly and meaningless. I've said it before, I liked the show as a kid until it finally dawned on me the enormity of it's ignorance. And I realized that when I was a KID!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   Nick Haysom   (Member)

One not really to be re-visited as an adult, you might say. God, wish I'd been younger when SPACE:1999 was on.

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 7:28 AM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

There are a few great "nuggets" throughout the whole series (a lot of the earlier season one, some of season three, a couple of season two). I preferred the concept in the first few shows of Smith as someone willing to kill off the family in cold blood. But alas...he slowly went insane from his alien experiences and became a blubbering buffoon. The JW music makes the first season...
I find season 2 unwatchable and embarrassing for the most part. Season one is the set to own.

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

The show was almost absurdly kooky. It got worse as the seasons passed. I defy anyone to proclaim that LOST IN SPACE was a good show.

"Oh, the pain." Dr. Smith was right.

Goofy. Silly and meaningless. I've said it before, I liked the show as a kid until it finally dawned on me the enormity of it's ignorance. And I realized that when I was a KID!


I agree - if they only stuck to the more serious FIRST SEASON format, or had more stand-out episodes like the third season, "The Anti-Matter Man", it would have been a much better show, IMHO...:-)

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 10:38 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

It's a ludicrous show but entertaining with a great look--it works as a show for small children. There's something about the whole fantasy/naivete approach of Sixties TV "action/adventure" where just about anything is possible that I find very lovable even if it's mostly nostalgic...you simply couldn't get away with anything like it today.

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   increbula   (Member)


LOST IN SPACE was my favorite show as a kid (I'm 51) and I still love it, particularly the first season. Jonathan Harris clearly relished his over-the-top role as Dr. Smith, and I always had a soft spot for the Robot.

The show's original Williams scores are still some of my favorite soundtrack music of all time, and they set a distinctive and indelible tone for the series. In my (minority) opinion, none of Williams' subsequent output is as riveting as his LOST IN SPACE work. Not to take anything away from his classic scores for STAR WARS, JAWS and all the other usual suspects, but for me it's like comparing Paul McCartney's RED ROSE SPEEDWAY to REVOLVER or SGT. PEPPER (Quick, somebody call the heresy police).

These days my favorite show is LOST, which may suggest a disturbing pattern. Let's see if Giacchino's STAR TREK score holds up to his TV work..!

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 10:12 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

LOST IN SPACE was my favorite show as a kid (I'm 51) and I still love it, particularly the first season. Jonathan Harris clearly relished his over-the-top role as Dr. Smith, and I always had a soft spot for the Robot.

The show's original Williams scores are still some of my favorite soundtrack music of all time, and they set a distinctive and indelible tone for the series...



Hey, welcome to the board. Don't forget to fill in your profile a little.

Soft spot for the robot, eh? You can buy a full-sized, working replica:

http://www.lostinspacerobot.com/index.html

I don't have one but it looks amazing. Kind of a big outlay, though.

Here are my favorite cues from the first seven episodes:

- The Reluctant Stowaway
"Countdown" grabs me. It's hugely powerful and yet fun. You can take it straight or with a grain of salt as youngish melodrama or even camp, and it's still a thrilling suspense cue. I just go with it as a serious statement of jeopardy. As a kid I knew every episode it was tracked into and I never failed to sit through even the worst ones to wait for it.

- The Derelict (GNP Vol 3)
"Writing in the Log / Family" was a grail cue even for LIS fans who couldn't care less about film music. Bill Mumy hummed a bit of it on the FWOIA bonus disc. He thought it was by John Williams.

"The Treatment / Swallowed" is pure, classic sci-fi, like a 1950s black and white movie.

"Lift Off" has a suspense bit for xylophone that comes in from 2:21 to about 2:49. I would always wait for it during the re-runs. Alexander Courage did something slightly similar in "The Cage," where a staccato tuba line announces the start of Pike's "Monster Fight."

- Island in the Sky
"The Landing" is even more over the top than "Countdown," but again it works furiously well. Williams referred to it somewhere as the "rolling danger motif." Its first use, for the Jupiter 2 crash, was a brilliant scene on all counts. It was also tracked into some embarrassing scenes, like the fight with a man in a furry monster suit from "One of Our Dogs is Missing." Still, I knew it was coming and I'd wait for that music.

- There were Giants in the Earth
The flying jet-pack cue stands out. I was surprised to learn it was lifted from BEYOND THE 12-MILE REEF, which I've never seen. I still wonder if I should have bought that CD for the LIS cue alone.

- The Hungry Sea
For me this is the best overall LIS score. "The Inland Sea" in particular gave the show a scale that made the lunch-box sized Chariot miniature seem real. Williams was the absolute master of saying large and important-sounding things with not-the-largest orchestra. He gave gravitas to the music, and it seems massive where the Chariot is lumbering through the water. Large, heavy objects move in a certain way, with great momentum despite their slow speed. He captured that with just the right tempo and undercurrents of low-pitched brass rumbling along while the main melody is played on trumpets, I think.

- Welcome Stranger
Hapgood's fist fight with Don is what I like best here. Rousing. I was glad that made it onto the La La Land set.

- My Friend, Mr Nobody
As with The Hungry Sea, this is one where the whole score is littered with good parts. I can't pick out a track.

 
 Posted:   Apr 22, 2009 - 10:26 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I remember reading that CBS head William Paley hated LIS. For that matter, he thought THE MUNSTERS and certain other shows were beneath the dignity of belonging on "the Tiffany Network."

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2009 - 6:36 AM   
 By:   increbula   (Member)

"The Landing" is even more over the top than "Countdown," but again it works furiously well.

That's my favorite cue of all, and reason enough for me to make LOST IN SPACE the first of my "holy grail" soundtracks. Thankfully I only had to wait three decades..!

 
 Posted:   Apr 23, 2009 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

The music was always a highlight of the show.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2009 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Hey guys, I just ordered this from Intrada, and can't wait to get it. I'm actually not familiar with the music other than the main theme. I ordered it because I've heard great things about it, and it said John Williams on it.wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2009 - 9:17 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Hey guys, it arrived today and I love it!

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2009 - 11:59 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Hey guys, it arrived today and I love it!

Enjoy the music, but remember, watching the show can cause brain damage! big grin

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2009 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   Charles Thaxton   (Member)

There ares some other BENEATH THE 12 MILE REEF cues in season one ...in"Giants" episode there's an eerie cue with trilling flutes as John & Don (or was it Will?) climb the rocks to the weather station When the Chariot beaches in "Hungry Sea" there's a triumphant cue from 12 MILE...I am not at home to get the track titles. But get the FSM CD of Herrmann's score if you can, and also GARDEN OF EVIL (both ost and the re-recordings) which features heavily on LIS (Follow The Leader) and other Irwin Allen shows

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2009 - 8:57 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

Hey guys, it arrived today and I love it!

I'm glad to hear that. When somebody buys what I love sound-unheard, I always worry a little. This item is especially dear and it's gratifying to know it found another home.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2009 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

There ares some other BENEATH THE 12 MILE REEF cues in season one ...in"Giants" episode there's an eerie cue with trilling flutes as John & Don (or was it Will?) climb the rocks to the weather station When the Chariot beaches in "Hungry Sea" there's a triumphant cue from 12 MILE...I am not at home to get the track titles. But get the FSM CD of Herrmann's score if you can, and also GARDEN OF EVIL (both ost and the re-recordings) which features heavily on LIS (Follow The Leader) and other Irwin Allen shows

Tempting.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2009 - 9:04 PM   
 By:   henry   (Member)

Hey guys, it arrived today and I love it!

I'm glad to hear that. When somebody buys what I love sound-unheard, I always worry a little. This item is especially dear and it's gratifying to know it found another home.


Yeah, I do love it. In fact I want to get The Fantasy Worlds Of Irwin Allen set, but I have to wait until payday.

 
 Posted:   May 13, 2013 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I know LLL had a hard moving these. Hope all that wanted a set got one.
Now, OOP and going for big bucks. eek

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B000GJTHL8/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new

 
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