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 Posted:   Aug 7, 2015 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   dofbus   (Member)

I have seen a number of postings at this website which state an admiration and regard for Gerald Fried and his music. For those persons who truly do appreciate the music of Gerald Fried, maybe you'd like to tell Gerry himself.
I have been a fan of Gerald Fried and his music for most of my 68 years, and I have enjoyed the friendship of this remarkably talented gentleman for twenty-five of these. Gerry is still very much alive and well, and living comfortably in retirement. I am sure, however, that it would brighten his day to know that his music has reached and touched favorably the many of you who have stated this as fact.
If it is permitted, I would be pleased to forward any such message of appreciation on to Gerry for him to peruse. Just send your message to Gerry at my E-mail:

dofbus@yahoo.com

Gerry is one of the most remarkable musicians and genuinely good individuals that one could hope to know. He is modest, unassuming and not the self-promoter as some of his colleagues. It is high time that this truly gifted gentleman was told how much his music has meant to so many.

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2015 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

I have seen a number of postings at this website which state an admiration and regard for Gerald Fried and his music. For those persons who truly do appreciate the music of Gerald Fried, maybe you'd like to tell Gerry himself.
I have been a fan of Gerald Fried and his music for most of my 68 years, and I have enjoyed the friendship of this remarkably talented gentleman for twenty-five of these. Gerry is still very much alive and well, and living comfortably in retirement. I am sure, however, that it would brighten his day to know that his music has reached and touched favorably the many of you who have stated this as fact.
If it is permitted, I would be pleased to forward any such message of appreciation on to Gerry for him to peruse. Just send your message to Gerry at my E-mail:

dofbus@yahoo.com

Gerry is one of the most remarkable musicians and genuinely good individuals that one could hope to know. He is modest, unassuming and not the self-promoter as some of his colleagues. It is high time that this truly gifted gentleman was told how much his music has meant to so many.


Fried is a superb composer. I have enjoyed so many of his scores: Too Late the Hero (has one of those tunes you can't get out of your head), Cast a Long Shadow, Roots, Shotgun Slade, and his many contributions to The Man From Uncle. I couldn't get the email to work. Please relay my thanks and admiration.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2015 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

I want to ad my appreciation for Gerald Fried. I saw Return of Dracula when it came out in the 1950s and thought Gerry's score was terrific. I was very happy to get it on the FSM CD. He's an excellent composer who didn't get the big budget films to score. I bought the LPs to DINO and SHOTGUN SLADE back in the early 1960s. I noticed his music to THE KILLING, PATHS OF GLORY, RIVERBOAT, ROOTS and even GILLIGAN'S ISLAND!

I'm very happy Gerry is now 87! I hope I do as well!

In 1972 I wrote Gerry a letter, he found the time to write me a very nice letter back.

If you can, tell Gerry to read this FSM thread.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2015 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   MOsdtks   (Member)

One of the great under appreciated composers.
It's a crime that there is no cd of his music from ROOTS.
I smell lawyers.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2015 - 8:28 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

I want to ad my appreciation for Gerald Fried. I saw Return of Dracula when it came out in the 1950s and thought Gerry's score was terrific. I was very happy to get it on the FSM CD. He's an excellent composer who didn't get the big budget films to score. I bought the LPs to DINO and SHOTGUN SLADE back in the early 1960s. I noticed his music to THE KILLING, PATHS OF GLORY, RIVERBOAT, ROOTS and even GILLIGAN'S ISLAND!

I'm very happy Gerry is now 87! I hope I do as well!

In 1972 I wrote Gerry a letter, he found the time to write me a very nice letter back.

If you can, tell Gerry to read this FSM thread.


I had no idea that Gerald Fried was still us. More power to you,sir ! A few months ago, I bought a score of his that had slipped by me. It was sale time at Screen Archives and I jumped at the chance to get TOO LATE THE HERO. Needless to say, it is a score I enjoy very much. I wish his talent had taken him to the big studios. Then again, perhaps he didn't want it that way.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2015 - 9:04 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Indeed I appreciate his work every time I listen to it. There is only a handful available to my knowledge. Where is his music for PATHS OF GLORY and ROOTS?

Which works are his most interesting?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2015 - 10:12 PM   
 By:   zippy   (Member)

Very excited to hear Gerald's work on the "Mission: Impossible" collection from La La Land! I also think his score for "Birds Do It, Bees Do It" would make a wonderful companion Cd for Lalo Schifrin's "The Hellstrom Chronicle".

 
 Posted:   Aug 7, 2015 - 10:53 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

His only Oscar nomination. Is this trailer scored with his music?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 12:26 AM   
 By:   zippy   (Member)

His only Oscar nomination. Is this trailer scored with his music?




I didn't recognize any of that music as being among the 23 mp3's I listened to tonight after reading this thread.
So, I think not.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 2:19 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)

I have seen a number of postings at this website which state an admiration and regard for Gerald Fried and his music. For those persons who truly do appreciate the music of Gerald Fried, maybe you'd like to tell Gerry himself.
I have been a fan of Gerald Fried and his music for most of my 68 years, and I have enjoyed the friendship of this remarkably talented gentleman for twenty-five of these. Gerry is still very much alive and well, and living comfortably in retirement. I am sure, however, that it would brighten his day to know that his music has reached and touched favorably the many of you who have stated this as fact.
If it is permitted, I would be pleased to forward any such message of appreciation on to Gerry for him to peruse. Just send your message to Gerry at my E-mail:

dofbus@yahoo.com

Gerry is one of the most remarkable musicians and genuinely good individuals that one could hope to know. He is modest, unassuming and not the self-promoter as some of his colleagues. It is high time that this truly gifted gentleman was told how much his music has meant to so many.


Fried is a superb composer. I have enjoyed so many of his scores: Too Late the Hero (has one of those tunes you can't get out of your head), Cast a Long Shadow, Roots, Shotgun Slade, and his many contributions to The Man From Uncle. I couldn't get the email to work. Please relay my thanks and admiration.


I do agree, he is indeed a wonderful composer/arranger etc, I was listening to Too Late The Hero only a few days ago and also his contributions to The Man From U.N.C.L.E as released on the FSM series. I like the others you mentioned also. I'm glad to hear that he is doing well and enjoying his retirement. BTW we are living in Co. Wexford until November, lovely country area near the beach, no next door neighbours to worry about so I can give my CDs a real blast through my big speakers!

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 3:25 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I interviewed Fried a few years ago. He was very nice and -- by the way -- incredibly sharp for his age. I had wished I could record and present his little cute voicemail message, but that's not possible for me; he gavge some kind of message and then said to leave your number after the beep and proceeded to just say, "BEEEEEP!".


Even though retired, in the last three or four years he's scored two short films, so appearently he can still be talked into creating music if you ask nice enough. ;-)


The interview, by the way:
http://www.rejectedfilmscores.150m.com/geraldfriedinterview.html

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 3:35 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)


I do agree, he is indeed a wonderful composer/arranger etc, I was listening to Too Late The Hero only a few days ago and also his contributions to The Man From U.N.C.L.E as released on the FSM series. I like the others you mentioned also. I'm glad to hear that he is doing well and enjoying his retirement. BTW we are living in Co. Wexford until November, lovely country area near the beach, no next door neighbours to worry about so I can give my CDs a real blast through my big speakers!


Glad to hear you are doing well, Niall. Turn up the volume.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   Niall from Ireland   (Member)


I do agree, he is indeed a wonderful composer/arranger etc, I was listening to Too Late The Hero only a few days ago and also his contributions to The Man From U.N.C.L.E as released on the FSM series. I like the others you mentioned also. I'm glad to hear that he is doing well and enjoying his retirement. BTW we are living in Co. Wexford until November, lovely country area near the beach, no next door neighbours to worry about so I can give my CDs a real blast through my big speakers!


Glad to hear you are doing well, Niall. Turn up the volume.


Doing just fine Mike, hope you and Jenne are too! Let us know if you will be over this way? We're going to London in December for the Debbie Wiseman concert at The Cadogan Hall.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Indeed I appreciate his work every time I listen to it. There is only a handful available to my knowledge. Where is his music for PATHS OF GLORY and ROOTS?

Which works are his most interesting?


Hi, Ag^Janus.

There's a lot of information on Gerald Fried's music within this FSM thread on the non-Star Trek music by composers who worked on Trek TOS:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=92901&forumID=1&archive=0

Purportedly, Paths of Glory was recorded in Germany and the recording is missing.
Don't know what the hold-up is, though, on his music for the Roots TV mini-series (perhaps Intrada has this in their pipeline as we speak?)

Most interesting Fried scores? IMO, these are the 1972 The Baby directed by Ted Post and the 1959 Timbuktu.
Fried's 'trilogy' (so to speak) of scores for director Robert Aldrich also deserves attention, such as the The Killing of Sister George with its lesbian love scenes between Susannah York and the spouse of Vincent Price (Coral Browne). smile

[this is, of course, assuming that you already own FSM's 2-discs on Fried's genre music, of which the '62 Cabinet of Caligari is the most interesting Fried score on CD thus far (IMO)]

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Too bad that the acetates for his fantastic score for Kubrick's The Killing are reportedly unplayable. But with the modern transfer and mastering technologies, who knows?

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

I'd love to see some of Gerry's 1970s TV-movie scores released. Everyone involved with the Star Trek TOS release had dinner with Gerry the night before the launch event at the Egyptian Theater. My wife was unnerved by the size of the steak Gerry ordered--around the size of my thigh. But he wolfed it down without incident. He's twice the man most of us are at half his age...

 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)


I do agree, he is indeed a wonderful composer/arranger etc, I was listening to Too Late The Hero only a few days ago and also his contributions to The Man From U.N.C.L.E as released on the FSM series. I like the others you mentioned also. I'm glad to hear that he is doing well and enjoying his retirement. BTW we are living in Co. Wexford until November, lovely country area near the beach, no next door neighbours to worry about so I can give my CDs a real blast through my big speakers!


Glad to hear you are doing well, Niall. Turn up the volume.


Doing just fine Mike, hope you and Jenne are too! Let us know if you will be over this way? We're going to London in December for the Debbie Wiseman concert at The Cadogan Hall.


If I ever come across the pond again, I will most certainly let you know. Another night at The Playwright would be a dream. Unfortunately, they have now made the seats even closer on the airlines, so that may not come to pass. But I will never forget my trip to Dublin. Thank you.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 1:41 PM   
 By:   fortyone   (Member)

One thing I love about Fried's music is it's so distinctive...as the saying goes, no one writes in a vacuum, but his imprint is very unique.

Of all the FSM releases, the 2-disc set of four Fried scores gets a lot of replays. Actually, just the other day. I BURY THE LIVING was the score I was so happy to listen to finally, but each score is great.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 8:21 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Indeed I appreciate his work every time I listen to it. There is only a handful available to my knowledge. Where is his music for PATHS OF GLORY and ROOTS?

Which works are his most interesting?


Hi, Ag^Janus.

There's a lot of information on Gerald Fried's music within this FSM thread on the non-Star Trek music by composers who worked on Trek TOS:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=92901&forumID=1&archive=0

Purportedly, Paths of Glory was recorded in Germany and the recording is missing.
Don't know what the hold-up is, though, on his music for the Roots TV mini-series (perhaps Intrada has this in their pipeline as we speak?)

Most interesting Fried scores? IMO, these are the 1972 The Baby directed by Ted Post and the 1959 Timbuktu.
Fried's 'trilogy' (so to speak) of scores for director Robert Aldrich also deserves attention, such as the The Killing of Sister George with its lesbian love scenes between Susannah York and the spouse of Vincent Price (Coral Browne). smile

[this is, of course, assuming that you already own FSM's 2-discs on Fried's genre music, of which the '62 Cabinet of Caligari is the most interesting Fried score on CD thus far (IMO)]


Hiya ZardozSpeaks, thank you for pointing me in the direction. I have FSM's and SAE's releases.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 8, 2015 - 8:52 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)


As far as Gerald Fried's music for ROOTS not being on an LP or CD, I always had the feeling that Quincy Jones wanted all the glory.

 
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