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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Cleopatra Jones/Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold
 
 Posted:   Apr 27, 2010 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   joec   (Member)

There are now links to the online notes for both releases (CLEOPATRA JONES and the Michael Small scores) on the online notes "front page" (http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/) as well as the individual CD pages (http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm?cdID=447 and http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm?cdID=448). Happy reading everyone! And don't forget there are also great essays in the CD booklets!!

NOTE: Notes for THE PARALLAX VIEW are awaiting Jeff Eldridge's magic touch and haven't been put up yet - but soon! smile


PDF versions would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2010 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   JackDVD78@gmail.com   (Member)

Rec'd my copy today of CLEOPATRA JONES... it sounds great and I love the artwork and overall design. This is one of the coolest releases since THE SPLIT Quincy Jones. That is a great release also.

I still need to order the set for SHAFT.

Only little pet peeve is the fact some evil entity is still producing those cases with the little circular bookelt holders that hurt the booklets. Ouch.

We need to outlaw those cases haha

 
 Posted:   May 8, 2010 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   Jeff Eldridge   (Member)

A PDF version of the online portion of the notes is now available:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/fsmcd1306_notes.pdf

 
 
 Posted:   May 8, 2010 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

A PDF version of the online portion of the notes is now available:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/fsmcd1305_notes.pdf


Excellent notes.

Since, as Lukas said the online notes are in experimental stages - my vote is to keep the track specific notes in the booklets and the essays online -

I'd much prefer to read the track specific notes in the booklet while listening

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2010 - 10:05 PM   
 By:   jfox   (Member)

Thank you FSM for the expanded soundtrack for this blaxploitation classic! If you already have Warner UK's CD, it's still worth upgrading for the extra tracks.

FSM, can we now have Black Belt Jones?

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2010 - 10:24 PM   
 By:   Ken G   (Member)

FSM, can we now have Black Belt Jones?

Seconded!

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2010 - 10:59 AM   
 By:   rollon1959   (Member)

Received this cd some weeks ago, and have only recently had an opportunity to listen to it. What a joy - and without a doubt one of my best buys in years!

Obviously love the J.J. Johson content - but the Dominic Frontiere portion of this 2xcd is just fantastic. The main title song " Playing With Fire " is a funky and very catchy slice of Frontiere at his very, very best. This wonderful theme is thankfully reprised in various forms, throughout the duration of the score, which has a nice balance of long and short cues and all in top notch sound quality.

The action cue" Catch Cleo/Car Crash " composed by Frontiere, is the most pulsating and dramatic piece of this impressive score for me, and the various source cues are quirky and funky in equal measure. The alternate cues are a more than pleasant bonus in a 2xcd presentation full to bursting with funky and dramatic music. Well done FSM for bringing us this rollercoaster ride of funk, well worth it for the Dominic Frontiere content alone.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2010 - 1:52 PM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

I liked both CDs, but - as I expected - the Frontiere disc was my favourite by far. That man surely did have 'da funk' didn't he? smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2010 - 4:00 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I would have never thought this would be a score release, I was just looking for a DVD copy of teh second Cleo film and noticed it has never been released in the US... maybe WB's will issue a double feature DVD/ BD with both films, doubt it but would be fun.


The Warner Archive Collection has just released a made-on-demand version of "Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold":

http://www.wbshop.com/Cleopatra-Jones-the-Casino-of-Gold/1000170383,default,pd.html?cgid=ARCHIVENEW

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2010 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

Thank you FSM for the expanded soundtrack for this blaxploitation classic! If you already have Warner UK's CD, it's still worth upgrading for the extra tracks.

FSM, can we now have Black Belt Jones?


No, sorry, there are no surviving masters other than the two Dennis Coffey tracks that were on a WB Records single.

Lukas

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2010 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   Scott Bettencourt   (Member)

Warner Archive also just released The Power (which I've been waiting for forever) and Atlantis, The Lost Continent.

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2011 - 8:21 PM   
 By:   Scott Atkins   (Member)

I was on the fence about these soundtracks but I've been enjoying the Shaft anthology so much, I gave in and ordered this CD set as a chaser. What a great release! I can't decide which soundtrack I like better, Cleopatra Jones or The Casino of Gold. Another first rate release from FSM! Cool baby, Cool!

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2011 - 12:00 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

FSM, can we now have Black Belt Jones?

No, sorry, there are no surviving masters other than the two Dennis Coffey tracks that were on a WB Records single.

Lukas


Bad news really.
Is the one available on 2CD SoulJazzRecords release one of two tracks?

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2011 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

FSM, can we now have Black Belt Jones?

No, sorry, there are no surviving masters other than the two Dennis Coffey tracks that were on a WB Records single.

Lukas


Bad news really.
Is the one available on 2CD SoulJazzRecords release one of two tracks?


Yes. The Soul Jazz Records set has the "Theme From Black Belt Jones," which was one side of the 45. The other side of the 45 was the "Love Theme From Black Belt Jones."

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2011 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Scott Atkins   (Member)

FSM, can we now have Black Belt Jones?

No, sorry, there are no surviving masters other than the two Dennis Coffey tracks that were on a WB Records single.

Lukas


Bad news really.
Is the one available on 2CD SoulJazzRecords release one of two tracks?


Yes. The Soul Jazz Records set has the "Theme From Black Belt Jones," which was one side of the 45. The other side of the 45 was the "Love Theme From Black Belt Jones."


It's a cool theme that's worth seeking out. The "Theme From Black Belt Jones" is available on Itunes. Too bad about those masters but...you can't have it all!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2011 - 5:15 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

I've been listening again to Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold and it's an hour of pure, funky 70's Frontiere. The track 'Catch Cleo/Car Crash' is about as close as Frontiere could get to imitating the Schifrin Enter the Dragon sound.

Excellent stuff from Mr Frontiere smile

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2011 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   SunSword   (Member)

Bummer about Black Belt Jones. I just watched it again on Netflix this weekend and there are some excellent tracks featured in the score. The movie isn't too bad either. cool I made myself a mixtape of these tracks about 15 years ago, recorded off a VHS. I was hoping to upgrade that tape someday because many tracks are muddied by dialog/EFX (although I don't mind the kung fu howls from Jim Kelly). Ah well, I guess that homemade tape is all I'm ever gonna have of this score, sadly. frown
Wait, wasn't there an LP in addition to the 45? Was that free of dialog/EFX or is that why Lukas only mentioned the tracks on the 45 as "surviving"?

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2011 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Bummer about Black Belt Jones. I just watched it again on Netflix this weekend and there are some excellent tracks featured in the score. The movie isn't too bad either. cool I made myself a mixtape of these tracks about 15 years ago, recorded off a VHS. I was hoping to upgrade that tape someday because many tracks are muddied by dialog/EFX (although I don't mind the kung fu howls from Jim Kelly). Ah well, I guess that homemade tape is all I'm ever gonna have of this score, sadly. frown
Wait, wasn't there an LP in addition to the 45? Was that free of dialog/EFX or is that why Lukas only mentioned the tracks on the 45 as "surviving"?


as good old Bob di Mucci widely explained somewhere else on this board, this LP (that I accidentally have and love smile) falls in the bootleg category...

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 1:39 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I finally saw the Warner Archive DVD of CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD. Dominic Frontiere's score is just balls-to-the-walls great music. Take a listen:



 
 
 Posted:   Oct 20, 2013 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Great music there, Bob. Is the first part of that clip the cue which Simon mentioned (in 2011)? It does seem to lean heavily (and joyfully) on the Schifrin sound of ENTER THE DRAGON... or perhaps Simon himself could answer that. Simon?

 
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