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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Poltergeist
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2010 - 11:48 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)


I'm with Joffa.

Cheers!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2010 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   Bluebell   (Member)

I'm beyond happy with this release! I personally prefer the art work and the names of the titles on the Rhino edition (On FSM, The Jewelry, Let's Get Her????), but the sound on the FSM release is absolutely incredible and delicious to listen to on headphones. In the Rhino release there is a brass sound on Twisted Abduction that gets increasingly loud and incredibly ear piercing and annoying, but on this one it's eargasmic! FSM is the definite POLTERGEIST release to have!!!! What a difference a good sound engineer makes!

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2010 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   mxmx   (Member)

Glad you're enjoying it, Bluebell. For the record, "The Jewelry" and "Let's Get Her" is what it says on Goldsmith's manuscript and on all the scoring documentation and cue sheet. The corresponding titles on the Rhino release were made up at the time (by me, as it turns out). The improvement in sound quality is mainly attributable to advancement of technology and to spending an unusual amount of time working with a recording that is, for whatever reason, inherently high maintenance.

Mike

 
 Posted:   Dec 31, 2010 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Finally got it today! Love it! Thanks! Sounds incredible.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2011 - 3:16 AM   
 By:   Bluebell   (Member)

Glad you're enjoying it, Bluebell. For the record, "The Jewelry" and "Let's Get Her" is what it says on Goldsmith's manuscript and on all the scoring documentation and cue sheet. The corresponding titles on the Rhino release were made up at the time (by me, as it turns out). The improvement in sound quality is mainly attributable to advancement of technology and to spending an unusual amount of time working with a recording that is, for whatever reason, inherently high maintenance.

Mike


Well Mike, thanks for answering this and thank you for this incredible cd!

 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2011 - 3:53 AM   
 By:   panavision   (Member)

What i don't understand is first of all why put music from The Prize on here when it is nothing related to Poltergeist and second why didn't they include the song by Philip Marshall on the cd like they put 2 songs on the Twilight Zone: The Movie cd? I can't find the song anywhere!

Why not? It's more Goldsmith.

 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2011 - 3:55 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

The improvement in sound quality is mainly attributable to advancement of technology and to spending an unusual amount of time working with a recording that is, for whatever reason, inherently high maintenance.


All that work has definitely paid off and the material is well worth it. Thanks Mike!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 1, 2011 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Lukas, Mike, all involved - home run, you guys hit this one out
of the park, amazing work as always. Thank you for showing
this classic the proper treatment it deserves - not that the Rhino
was really as atrocious as people might say, but this is incredible,
thank you!

 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2011 - 3:25 PM   
 By:   Miles (MerM)   (Member)

Bought this and Twilight Zone: The Movie (holy crap, has that been an overdue purchase).

I don't suppose they've invented instant mail delivery yet?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2011 - 3:39 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

Why isnt there a Grammy category for all the wonderful restorative work Mike and others have done?

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Why isnt there a Grammy category for all the wonderful restorative work Mike and others have done?

You know that makes me think...

As many of you know my love if film music. There isn't any award for this, but how do you think any of these awards ever started? Someone could easily come up to the plate and start this type. Spend some money on a VERY nice award, then have labels or folks or whoever nominate such and such CD's and/or designers etc. and then pick a winner. It makes me wonder if maybe I could do this.

Maybe I'm just being silly, but I'm always thinking. I do think an award or something would be most grand for some of these gorgeous releases.


And by the way, I think Poltergeist was a WONDERFUL ending to 2010. The CD is just wonderful. I'm listened to it a few times and the notes were great, it said Jerry had a few months to actually work on it so that's great. Great job FSM.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2011 - 7:02 PM   
 By:   DJ3J   (Member)

You know that makes me think...

As many of you know my love if film music. There isn't any award for this, but how do you think any of these awards ever started? Someone could easily come up to the plate and start this type. Spend some money on a VERY nice award, then have labels or folks or whoever nominate such and such CD's and/or designers etc. and then pick a winner. It makes me wonder if maybe I could do this.

Maybe I'm just being silly, but I'm always thinking. I do think an award or something would be most grand for some of these gorgeous releases.


And by the way, I think Poltergeist was a WONDERFUL ending to 2010. The CD is just wonderful. I'm listened to it a few times and the notes were great, it said Jerry had a few months to actually work on it so that's great. Great job FSM.


Well it's not much of a surprise to see you wanting to volunteer for this! If you can do it and have the desire, go for it!

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2011 - 2:07 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Why isnt there a Grammy category for all the wonderful restorative work Mike and others have done?

dont you think 799 categories is enough?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2011 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   Marlene   (Member)

Finally it arrived yesterday (took a bit longer to come to Germany): What a lovely release! CDs like this are showing the true love of all involved with such a project. The booklet is very detailed, I especially love the technical details from Bruce Botnick.

The sound quality is crystal clear, the imaging is excellent. I might add though that the sound quality already was great on the Rhino release. I don´t understand that people rant about the Rhino release when it is clear that the sound differences are merely a matter of taste (putting technical explanations and improvements aside). From my perspective I´d say that the Rhino boasts sound engineered 'by-the-book' (more levelled out, a bit warmer you might say) while the FSM release has more 'character'.

Maybe Mr. Matessino can answer this: i´m under the impression that the dynamic has been reduced on the new release. Was that deliberate to make for a better listening experience or was it recorded that way on the analogue Ampex tapes?

Anyway, those releases are proof for what makes this hobby worthwile. Thank you FSM.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2011 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

Most of us were annoyed about the Rhino release because the LP sounded much, much better. The FSM release sounds more like it. Call it a matter of taste if you will, but I A/B'ed the Rhino and the FSM when I first got it, and one sounds veiled and indistinct (Rhino) and the other sounded clear and powerful (FSM).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2011 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

More home run-ness, and why I will always ignore downloads
and buy real albums.....

the notes are terrific, probably the only way we'll get any behind
the scenes anything on this film (how did you find out about the
'Broken Glass' deleted scene?). Will we ever find out why that
horrible jump cut from the Freeling's bathroom, to the couple outside
Ben's house exists?

The biggest coup for me was reading the freakin LA Philharmonic
played this score - I KNEW it sounded special for a reason!!!!

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2011 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   danbeck   (Member)

Now with both the "C&C" score and the "album" arrangement released with the same sound quality how does you rank one presentation compared to the other?

For me this score is much improved in its complete form, every single track is great and add to the listening experience. I was never a fan of the album sequencing on this one.

 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2011 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

Now with both the "C&C" score and the "album" arrangement released with the same sound quality how does you rank one presentation compared to the other?

For me this score is much improved in its complete form, every single track is great and add to the listening experience. I was never a fan of the album sequencing on this one.


Well, they're different, for different purposes. I happen to like both very much, with a slight preference for the complete version. The album suites are very well-done, however, and give a very different spin to the score.

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2011 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   Rockox   (Member)

I was on the fence about this release, as I really enjoy the Rhino CD, but after reading so many positive comments, I decided I needed to just order the darn thing already. Poltergeist is one of my favourite scores, after all. I ordered it over the holiday and just got it a few days ago.

Thanks to everyone here for helping me with my decision!!

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2011 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I agree with you Rockox. I already have the earlier version and was quite happy with it. In general I am not a "horror film" score fan to begin with. However I just received mine last week and gave it a spin. It remains a great JG score and one of his best. No regrets double dipping!

 
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