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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Heavy Metal: The Score
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2011 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

The film's rather poor, to be honest, but the score is fantastic.

I like parts of the film. I think the "Den" segment is a lot of fun (if a bit lewd), and I like the epic quality of the final "Taarna" sequence. The finale is also lovely, even touching. On the other hand I find the "Harry Canyon" episode sleazy and disgusting, and the robot-secretary love story very sophomoric. But Bernstein's score for all of them is fantastic, no question.

Bernstein had Barry's talent for writing magnificent scores for hokey sf; just think what either could have done with a truly great sf film.

I'd have given almost anything to have heard him score a Star Trek movie. How I wish Leonard Nimoy had hired Bernstein for Star Trek IV instead of The Good Mother! frown

 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2015 - 4:25 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

As a true film music fan, I obsessed with something that nobody else cares much about: how very different the mix is for this cd from the LP.

The liner notes say that the cd came from the composer's tapes, but it's not clear whether this was a mix for the film. Has anybody read anywhere the answer?

(By the by, this score is a must-have! I consider it Bernstein's STAR WARS.)

 
 Posted:   May 29, 2015 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

I just picked this up in the SAE sale with some other Sci-fi FSM releases I never got to before.

And lo and behold, there's Elmer rocking a Casio calculator wristwatch - worth the price all by itself!



LEFT - look on the left side of the picture! Stop drifting to the right!

 
 
 Posted:   May 29, 2015 - 4:52 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Yup, this is a great one for the ages. Taarna's theme is utterly magnificent. I actually think my favorite rendition is the one the City of Prague did, they just nailed it so damn perfectly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmDvS32IQUE

 
 
 Posted:   May 29, 2015 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   Paul MacLean   (Member)

As a true film music fan, I obsessed with something that nobody else cares much about: how very different the mix is for this cd from the LP.

The liner notes say that the cd came from the composer's tapes, but it's not clear whether this was a mix for the film. Has anybody read anywhere the answer?


The mix on Elmer Bernstein's tapes (used for the CD) is slightly different from that of the original LP mix. The LP mix had a "wetter" reverb, and the strings are a little more prominent. I believe the CD mix is closer to that of the film.

 
 Posted:   May 29, 2015 - 9:09 PM   
 By:   Josh "Swashbuckler" Gizelt   (Member)

As much as I love the FSM edition, I also listen to my LP from time to time because I do like that grand, spacious mix.

The album program was also very well-organized and a satisfying listen in it's own right.

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2015 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

As much as I love the FSM edition, I also listen to my LP from time to time because I do like that grand, spacious mix. The album program was also very well-organized and a satisfying listen in it's own right.

Forgive my ignorance. I don't have access to my FSM CD notes at present. Am I correct in concluding from your previous posts that there was an LP of the Bernstein score?

I thought there was only a rock-song LP (which I never bought or had occasion to hear). Were there Bernstein tracks on the rock-song LP?

 
 Posted:   May 30, 2015 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

As much as I love the FSM edition, I also listen to my LP from time to time because I do like that grand, spacious mix. The album program was also very well-organized and a satisfying listen in it's own right.

Forgive my ignorance. I don't have access to my FSM CD notes at present. Am I correct in concluding from your previous posts that there was an LP of the Bernstein score?

I?


Yes, which i purchased for $25 a few weeks before the FSm was released.
Dembarrassmenth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
brm

ps i really bought as much for the great lp art so i dont mind
smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 30, 2015 - 11:25 AM   
 By:   nitzschemorricone   (Member)

Forgive my ignorance. I don't have access to my FSM CD notes at present. Am I correct in concluding from your previous posts that there was an LP of the Bernstein score?

Indeed, and it can be had rather cheaply. I paid $35 for a copy from the much-missed Footlight Records in the early '90s. I WISH I'd been more proactive in buying the many Varese LPs that were plentiful at Footlight back then, and rather modestly-priced. In the intervening years, those records have, of course, SKYROCKETED in value...far beyond the then-pricey $35 I spent Elmer's HM.

Many copies available here:
http://www.discogs.com/Elmer-Bernstein-Heavy-Metal-The-Score/master/620499

 
 Posted:   May 31, 2015 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

This is a score I really like from the old LP programme, but I don't like the C&C presentation as much.
It's a lovely job from FSM, a thing of beauty, but I've only played the CD about twice and it's overlong for me.
I maybe need to re-edit it back to the LP programme or trim off some of the fat.


One nice thing about FSM's production; it gives you the ability to recreate the lp.
they generously supplied 3 bonus tracks that contain combined cues from the lp.
The back of the booklet tells you how to resequence it!
brm

 
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