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 Posted:   Jul 13, 2001 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Logied   (Member)

I spent the better part of last nite transfering a tape of this score to CDR.
I remember the movie and liked it but it didn,t stick with me as a favorite. After
spending so much time with the score I
want to see how this great score fits with
the movie again.
My first reaction to the score is how complete an experience it is to listen to.
It is a wonderful mix of full orchestra and
local sounds and varying underscore that the
visual music it provides never stops.
I seems that Klute and Jaws the Revenage are
a popular choice of Small fans who has put out solid scores for movies since the early
70,s. He now seems to be the regular music
director/composer for the Nero Wolfe series
on TV along with having done the South
Pacific special not long ago.
For this score fan, Mountains of the Moon
looms the largest in a life list of fine
efforts.

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2001 - 5:47 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Right on, Logieman. Michael Small has done some right nice work over the past 3 decades, KLUTE and MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON being probably his highest profile scores. KLUTE was the quintessential 70s private eye/psycho-on-the-loose score, complete with bluesy trumpet and that water chime thing denoting the presence of the psycho. This was an early use of a score device to let everybody know when the predator is about, foreshadowing the way Spielberg/Williams would use the JAWS theme a few years later.

I'd like to hear more of Michael Small's music, so if anyone can suggest other available recordings, I'd be obliged.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2001 - 6:19 AM   
 By:   Chris Kinsinger   (Member)

Mountains Of The Moon is a truly great film with a truly great musical score.
Michael Small is one of my favorites, but his scores are rarely found on CD.
I wish someone would record his incredible music for The Parallax View!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2005 - 9:58 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I just put on this again....a wonderful, ethnic--flavoured score that remains in a melodic idiom. Big and expansive and truly underrated.

HOWEVER, the volume is WAY TOO LOW!!! It's almost 50% of regular volume, so when I turn it up, there's a lot of hiss. Anyone else have this problem? Is it a recording glitch?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2005 - 10:15 AM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

I always liked the film. I found the score this past year on Ebay. It is clearly one of my favorite purchases this year.

Incredible score is an understatement.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2005 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

Yeah, and the recorrding is a little flat...

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2005 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

Let's keep in mind that it was kind of an early compact disc release so this isn't too surprising. I think Polydor put this out. I just had a look at the wav form for one of the tracks and Mountains Of The Moon could absolutely benefit from some remastering.
This reminds me of the first time I heard the score for The Fourth Protocol by Lalo Schifrin on the old Filmtrax label. I could not believe how low the volume was on that one.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2005 - 11:12 AM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

Well, it is a 1990 album... But I am just hearing the last track with that percusion and it's great, thunderous. The orchestral score is a little bit flat.

BTW, the score is quite boring for me, except for 3 or 4 moments and the main theme. Ethnic cues seem out of an Imax film. Too cliche.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2013 - 2:41 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

I always liked the film. I found the score this past year on Ebay. It is clearly one of my favorite purchases this year.

Incredible score is an understatement.


I picked up a used copy from fye today. The film and score I missed on it's original run and had heard much about the score over the years. So I'm glad I finally located a copy.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2013 - 8:34 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

An underrated film with an underrated score. Big sound, memorable themes- everything you want in an epic about great men exploring the unknown.

It's my favorite Small score, but appears to be somewhat atypical from previous work he'd done.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2013 - 9:09 PM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

I think Small was a closet traditionalist--the scores he loved doing I think were this one and Comes A Horseman, but people really wanted him for his brilliant paranoia sound. I think Mountains of the Moon is a great romantic work--I would love to hear it remastered and maybe expanded--don't recall if there's anything in the movie not on the album.

 
 Posted:   Nov 11, 2013 - 9:30 PM   
 By:   Saul Pincus   (Member)

When this film came out - in Spring 1990 - I was working at Montreal's largest single-screen venue, the Imperial. We ran a 70mm Dolby SR print for about a month; during that time, I must have seen the film at least seven or eight times in its entirety (and its main and end title sequences much more than that.)

MOUNTAINS' track was sumptuous, and the score (played by the Munich Symphony, the same ensemble that would later do Elfman's SLEEPY HOLLOW) was extremely well-recorded and lush. The CD is a decent representation, and I'm sure it could benefit from a remaster.

I'm also reconciled to the fact that there's a massive difference between the impact of the 70mm Dolby SR magnetic experience (for those who don't know, the theatrical pre-digital equivalent of 5.1 - but better) and what we can expect from a stereo album; when your memory of a movie's score was minted in that environment, replicating the experience in stereo - minus the spread and depth available to you on creative/technical level - isn't really possible. It makes you appreciate the challenges of the album producers and mastering team even more.

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:16 AM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

I think Small was a closet traditionalist--the scores he loved doing I think were this one and Comes A Horseman, but people really wanted him for his brilliant paranoia sound. I think Mountains of the Moon is a great romantic work--I would love to hear it remastered and maybe expanded--don't recall if there's anything in the movie not on the album.

Is The Postman Always Rings Twice a traditional score?

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

My favorite Michael Small score is the guitar-centered one he wrote for Alan J. Pakula's 1972 "Love And Pain And The Whole Damn Thing" starring Maggie Smith and Timothy Bottoms, and that gorgeous music has been on my wish list forever. Long before VHS, I recorded the audio from the film from a cable broadcast (the Z Channel in Los Angeles) to reel-to-reel tape, and would listen to the audio just to hear the music.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

It's a strong score but I think it's possibly the worst sounding CD I own.
I hardly ever play it for that reason.
It really needs a cleaned-up re-release!

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 7:09 AM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

I discovered this movie when it first came on home video. I responded immediately to the music and searched far and wide for the soundtrack album. I still remember finding it at the Tower Records in Carle Place.

I like the film. It's very easy to see where Small got his inspiration from, as it is a good historical adventure film with compelling characters and fantastic Roger Deakins cinematography. It would be nice to see this film on Blu-ray someday.

The CD has most of the score. There are a few very tiny bits here and there that aren't on the album, the most notable one plays toward the end of the film as Speke contemplates his upcoming debate with Burton (I think is a replacement cue for “The Decision”), and there are some alternate mixes, especially of “Journey Finale,” heard in the end credits.

As has been mentioned, the orchestral sound on the CD is rather flat. The score as it appears in the film has a better stereo spread on the orchestra, a remaster would be quite nice. The percussion tracks are quite clear, however, both “Journey” tracks have great sound.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   traditionalist   (Member)

Is The Postman Always Rings Twice a traditional score?

Exactly. The term "traditional" score is overused. I call it modern orchestral music. Just because a film has a "theme" doesn't make it "traditional." I would love to see this get reissued by Intrada or LALALand.

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

Oh lord, please accept my abject apologies. The only scores I cited were Mountains of the Moon and Comes A Horseman, and I do think those two are more traditional scores compared to Small's other work. In fact in an interview Small said that the reason he wanted to do Comes A Horseman was because he wanted to write a traditional western score. Apparently in the interview he forgot that that was an overused word that FSM board members disapproved of. razz

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   gone   (Member)

Mountains Of The Moon is a truly great film with a truly great musical score.
Michael Small is one of my favorites, but his scores are rarely found on CD.
I wish someone would record his incredible music for The Parallax View!


This film is very worthy of a Blu-ray release. The DVD has a 1.33:1 ratio and doesn't begin to do this gem justice. The score is outstanding; love the African rhythm blended in!

 
 Posted:   Nov 12, 2013 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Excellent score.
needs no expansion

'buff said
smile
brm

 
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