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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Islands in the Stream
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2010 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

5 times I have listened to this since it arrived yesterday- that's gotta be some kind of record for me- FIVE TIMES from beginning to end.


I think I beat you, Steve, at least 10 times.


Is that a new record for you?


Not really, when I love something I play it to death. I'm on my 2nd listen of the "Rozsa Box". I listen to music all the time. auto, office, home.


Hi RM! I listen to my Conti music over and over again. You're lucky you can listen to your music at the office too, I can't at my job. Although the song FOR YOUR EYES ONLY does play quite a bit on the radio there. BTW, what's your most played cd? Mine is THE RIGHT STUFF/NORTH AND SOUTH. I know we have different tastes in music, but we both love our music just as much. Take care buddy, until our next conversation.smile


Hi Henry: I'm actually obsessed with music. I have played "The Right Stuff" many times too, it is my favorite Conti. My most played? that is a tough one, right now it is the "Rozsa Box" and Goldsmith's "IITS". Besides film music I play alot of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Copland among many others.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 25, 2010 - 6:43 PM   
 By:   jonathan_little   (Member)

I just finished my first listen of this and it's so much more engaging than the Hungarian recording. Not only is the performance infinitely improved from the mid-1980s effort, but the clean sound engineering is great as well. I can now understand why Goldsmith often cited this as one of his favorites.

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2010 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   AlexCope   (Member)

With these original tracks, I'm loving this score all over again. "Is Ten Too Old?" is such a brilliant cue, the way Jerry skillfully segues from joyful calypso to this tense suspense music, and more of the little details come through. The woodwinds at the beginning of The Marlin around a minute and fifteen seconds in sound so much more clear and distinct. Just wonderful.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2010 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Just received my copy yesterday and it's almost like listening to a different score compared to the re-recording. It's not just the sparkling clarity of the recording which reveals nuances not heard before, but also the sensitive delicateness of playing that has me marveling all over again at this Goldsmith masterwork. The impressionist writing is beautifully intoxicating. Listening to it has brought a smile to my face and a warmth to my heart. It's music like this that truly makes me miss the master.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2010 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   ghost of 82   (Member)

Been listening to this over the weekend. Never seen the movie or heard any of the music before. It's a wonderful score. Kudos to FSM (and Bruce of course).

I'm in a strange period of rediscovery with Goldsmith. Back in the late '70s when I began collecting soundtracks I loved Logans Run, Star Trek:TMP, Alien etc but as Goldsmith began to experiment with electronics etc I became less interested in his work. I don't mind electronics (hell, I'm a big Vangelis fan) but back at the time I didn't think it worked, the hybrid style that Goldsmith was working on. I thought Total Recall was fine but some of his later work turned me off. Likewise soundtracks in general seemed to get worse as Hollywoods films got worse and most years I would buy hardly any soundtracks at all.

Now, thanks to FSM, Intrada and co. and you guys on this board I have begun collecting scores again, chiefly due to so many classics being released. Just so happens that the last few have been Goldsmith scores, and certainly Freud and Islands are astonishing pieces of work. I'm looking forward to hearing The Blue Max for the first time. But certainly, Islands is a bewitching score with some wonderful moments.

 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2010 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

This is a great release for a number of reasons.
The first time I heard the music was while watching the film on TV and I loved it. That surging/ebbing theme reminded me of Herrmann's GHOST AND MRS MUIR, albeit Jerry-style.

.... a Bob Peak cover and a booklet to die for (yay) and 5000 copies, so I can just add it to my next SAE order, without going into a SELL-OUT FRENZY !!!! (yay, yay and yay).


I wwonder if Bennie heard this score. His comments (if any) would make for uh, um...interesting foddersmile

was the Peak used in the original release ISLANDS- do not rmember it
speaking of Peak....
the back cover of the new CINEMA RETRO has a way cool German poster of THE EIGER SANCTION drwan by BP
check it out!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 4, 2010 - 5:55 PM   
 By:   RM Eastman   (Member)

This thread has been lost in the shuffle, what a great release on my 100th listen.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 4:02 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I was hoping that this release would help me appreciate the score. I still can't get into it. I'm disappointed - more in my own reaction to the music than to the CD itself. This is one of the very, very few Goldsmith scores I don't like at all.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 4:16 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I was hoping that this release would help me appreciate the score. I still can't get into it. I'm disappointed - more in my own reaction to the music than to the CD itself. This is one of the very, very few Goldsmith scores I don't like at all.

If you haven't already done so, it might help to watch the film which, imo, is excellent.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Jeh - Maybe it's just a case of the wrong moment. Maybe you will dig it out in a few years time and your listening moods will have changed.
Although maybe not.
I actually still feel a bit guilty about NOT liking his score for CHINATOWN.
I know it's revered, considered a classic and all that, but can I get through the CD?
Can I shite! It just will not sit with me. And yet some of his cheesiest scores are my favourites.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

I was hoping that this release would help me appreciate the score. I still can't get into it. I'm disappointed - more in my own reaction to the music than to the CD itself. This is one of the very, very few Goldsmith scores I don't like at all.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

OH NO !!!!
DON'T LOOK NOW wink
BUT HE'S FOUND HIM !!!
(i hope he missed my chinatown comment)

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   Misanthropic Tendencies   (Member)

I was hoping that this release would help me appreciate the score. I still can't get into it. I'm disappointed - more in my own reaction to the music than to the CD itself. This is one of the very, very few Goldsmith scores I don't like at all.

Curious, I like it a lot (though when I first heard the Marlin music I couldn't get into it). I do love the pretty music a lot. I do love the film also. That helps.

But each to their own. I have little regard for many other scores that the majority love (and people don't like me saying it and then a war starts) but love Islands In The Stream.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Sax wrote: I have little regard for many other scores that the majority love (and people don't like me saying it and then a war starts) but love Islands In The Stream.

Rubbish.

I don't think that many people are bothered too much by what you like and dislike. You have a slightly inflated sense of your own importance on this board. After what you said, on another thread, about your disregard for the rules of this FSM board, you are, in my opinion, very lucky to still be allowed to post here.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

I was hoping that this release would help me appreciate the score. I still can't get into it. I'm disappointed - more in my own reaction to the music than to the CD itself. This is one of the very, very few Goldsmith scores I don't like at all.

Jehannum, have you seen the movie?

I watched it for the first time last night. I found it to be a bit uneven, structured into three chapters almost like three little movies, but it was beautifully shot with great performances and I must say one of the best parts about it was the score. It complimented the action perfectly, and was quite powerful in context. I have had the Intrada re-recording for years, was quite fond of it, but it was not my favorite Goldsmith score. I was intrigued to hear the original cues when they appeared and placed the new FSM disc on my SAE wish list, but after seeing the movie, I sat right down and bought the score. I'm not getting rid of my Intrada version, either.

Edit, about a month later: This score is rapidly becoming one of my favorites, alongside "Papillon" and "Chinatown."

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Misanthropic Tendencies   (Member)

Greenhill, I do not have an inflated view. I just say things like they are. I have just posted a comment to another person who doesn't really like Islands and I said I do and then that each to their own, as there are scores I don't like. Quite a reasonable post I believe. Don't like it, LEAVE.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

[startquote I just say things like they are. I have just posted a comment to another person who doesn't really like Islands and I said I do and then that each to their own, as there are scores I don't like. Quite a reasonable post I believe. Don't like it, LEAVE.
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I don't believe it's me that will be leaving after the fool you made of yourself earlier this evening. Your post about Islands in the Stream was very reasonable but the comment about disliking scores that many like and upsetting them was pompous in the extreme. Few people are really bothered by your views on film music one way or another.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   Misanthropic Tendencies   (Member)

[startquote I just say things like they are. I have just posted a comment to another person who doesn't really like Islands and I said I do and then that each to their own, as there are scores I don't like. Quite a reasonable post I believe. Don't like it, LEAVE.
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I don't believe it's me that will be leaving after the fool you made of yourself earlier this evening. Your post about Islands in the Stream was very reasonable but the comment about disliking scores that many like and upsetting them was pompous in the extreme. Few people are really bothered by your views on film music one way or another.

And I'm not bothered by you. You make me laugh.

 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2010 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

[startquote I just say things like they are. I have just posted a comment to another person who doesn't really like Islands and I said I do and then that each to their own, as there are scores I don't like. Quite a reasonable post I believe. Don't like it, LEAVE.
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I don't believe it's me that will be leaving after the fool you made of yourself earlier this evening. Your post about Islands in the Stream was very reasonable but the comment about disliking scores that many like and upsetting them was pompous in the extreme. Few people are really bothered by your views on film music one way or another.


And I'm not bothered by you. You make me laugh.

I think I hear that sound of laughing, fading fading fading...f-a-d-i-n-g.....f--a--d--i--n--g away, in the distance...

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 6, 2010 - 4:20 AM   
 By:   babbelballetje   (Member)

Just received the cd and listened to it. What a moving score. That and the whole package makes this a very special FSM disc.

 
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