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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: The Yakuza
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2010 - 2:50 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Jim, you deserve some kind of award for keeping the threads about Jerry Fielding, Dave Grusin and 70's film scores alive. Don't you let go dude! wink

Thanks a lot, pal! cool

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

There are several other threads and posts for The Yakuza and it seems to have been something of a challenge to produce. All I can say it was well worth the effort. The sound quality is superlatively good. There is so much to like about it. For one thing, listening to it is a great way to unwind and relax. I've been hearing it for about 5 days solid. It's the audio equivalent of sinking into a warm and comfortable bath. Those alternating and repeating sax phrases at the end of Scrapbook Montage/Scrapbook Epilogue is the sort of musical fix that makes the score so endearing.

The track that comes closest to resembling anything like 3 Days Of The Condor is, for me, the start of Shine On. Since hearing the CD I'm keen on seeing the film, especially after reading the liner notes and learning about the complex web of honour at the heart of the film.

 
 Posted:   Apr 8, 2011 - 4:22 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"I have destroyed his past, and his future."

That line by Mitchum and the immensity and realization that goes with it, just hit me and it is the most remorseful line of dialogue from almost any movie I've ever seen, such is its weight. The subsequent apology making it all the more so.

There's a tragic beauty about it.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2011 - 2:54 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

The CD of this score is for me one of FSM's greatest achievements. I recently re-vivited the DVD of Grusin's "Fuzz". A marvelous funky score. Wish there could be a album for it. (even from "music stems" or something like that)

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2011 - 4:20 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

What I like about The Yakuza is that it is such an untypical score than you might expect for this sort of film.

I find it is incredibly subtle music, and very calming too. I always liked the melody of the Main Title and the various 'shimmering' tones throughout. Everyone loves the 'funky' side of Grusin of course, but that element is virtually absent in this score and it does the music and film no harm at all.

Very underrated album I think.

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2011 - 4:53 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Very underrated album I think.

It's a shame that these labors of love often don't translate into sales, but as a repetitive Norwegian has said, "This is a niche market."

Of course in the case of scores released before the Spielberg-Lucas Hegemony, you have to remind yourself that scores like The Yakuza actually existed.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2011 - 6:36 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)



Of course in the case of scores released before the Spielberg-Lucas Hegemony, you have to remind yourself that scores like The Yakuza actually existed.



Yes, I agree.

I suspect the writer/critic Royal S Brown would regard The Yakuza score very fondly if he ever chanced upon hearing it; I have been reading his Film Musings book and throughout it he does tend to express the same sort of thoughts wink

 
 Posted:   Apr 9, 2011 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)



Of course in the case of scores released before the Spielberg-Lucas Hegemony, you have to remind yourself that scores like The Yakuza actually existed.



Yes, I agree.

I suspect the writer/critic Royal S Brown would regard The Yakuza score very fondly if he ever chanced upon hearing it; I have been reading his Film Musings book and throughout it he does tend to express the same sort of thoughts wink


That's probably due to at least two things: the number of people on the internet who were children when Lucas-Spielberg were cranking out their movies and the seeming inability of the general public to remember anything that happened more than five years ago unless it's become a pop culture joke.

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2011 - 4:59 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The DVD looks to be unavailable by itself, though it can be bought at a reasonable price on the secondary market:

http://tinyurl.com/3m6gpqx

Though it's included in the Robert Mitchum Collection set:

http://tinyurl.com/3zpxy3g

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2011 - 5:40 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The DVD looks to be unavailable by itself, though it can be bought at a reasonable price on the secondary market:

http://tinyurl.com/3m6gpqx

Though it's included in the Robert Mitchum Collection set:

http://tinyurl.com/3zpxy3g


It's easilly available cheap on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Yakuza-Robert-Mitchum/dp/B000JLTR8G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302439184&sr=8-1

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2011 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

It's easilly available cheap on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Yakuza-Robert-Mitchum/dp/B000JLTR8G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302439184&sr=8-1


That's the same one I linked to in my post, Mr. Jack. smile I think Amazon is "outsourcing" its DVD sales through other vendors, so the free shipping often applies with the $25.00 orders.

Didn't know you were a '70s film music guy, Jack!

 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2012 - 9:54 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


2/10/11

Down to the last 146 copies. One of my all-time favorites! Will not be repressed—license expired.

Lukas

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2012 - 10:00 PM   
 By:   captain_avis   (Member)

2/10/11

Down to the last 146 copies. One of my all-time favorites! Will not be repressed—license expired.

Lukas


Thanks for the updates, Lukas. This is a phenomenal score - not to be missed!

Chris

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2012 - 10:28 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Agreeden - oh wait, I said that already 2 years ago!!!!!

Grusin is still not my bag, but this is such a great, moody artifact
of 70's history, but not the Shaft-blaxploitation type of groovy - more
of a Sunday afternoon haze, setting sun type of groovy, and the most
sedate, peaceful action scoring you will hear, that isn't a big symphonic
'war is bad' string orchestra ala Horner's BRAVEHEART or Takemitsu's RAN.

Get some!!!

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2012 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Grusin is still not my bag, but this is such a great, moody artifact
of 70's history, but not the Shaft-blaxploitation type of groovy - more
of a Sunday afternoon haze, setting sun type of groovy, and the most
sedate, peaceful action scoring you will hear...


Maybe it's because of the time in which I grew up, but I associate a lot of '70s films with Saturday-Sunday afternoons....The Swimmer, The Mechanic, etc.

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2012 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

There is something so sublimly appealing about listening to this score in the purposeful solitude of one's home on a rainy Saturday afternoon...

Heartfelt BUMP

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2012 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

"Shine On" (track 19 on the CD) is one glorious trip to 1974! I loooooooove the soprano sax and especially the electric piano; the latter is the definitive sound of that particular year. When listening to--and grooving to--Grusin's jazzy, funky masterwork cue, I feel as though I'm wearing a turtleneck sweater, maroon-leather jacket, tan slacks--slightly flared, of course--while having a drink in the darkest lounge in Tokyo. This is music that transports this music-loving dope to the Far East, courtesy Grusin Airways...

Outta Sight!


*Bumped* with turtlenecked-and-leather-jacketed love.

"Shine On" is a masterwork of source music because of its ability to transport one back to what I imagine 1974 was like, if only for an hallucinatory instant. wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 10, 2012 - 11:01 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

Great score. Great cover.

The Yakuza cover is one of my favorite FSM covers.

I'm working on my scan of it as I type this.

Be on the lookout for this cover on AAX sooner than later. wink

 
 Posted:   Feb 12, 2012 - 3:11 PM   
 By:   Scott H.   (Member)

Here's the cover...

1400 x 1400:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?id=222508

All sizes:
http://www.albumartexchange.com/covers.php?sort=4&q=yakuza+scott+h&fltr=1&bgc=&page=

If you like it, rate it. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 15, 2012 - 6:51 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Less than 63 copies left.

It'd make a great three-fer along with Coyle/Condor.

 
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