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 Posted:   Jan 27, 2003 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Forthcoming in the BYU/FMA series is Max Steiner's A SUMMER PLACE. This CD will feature the complete score to the 1959 classic soap opera. Next to NOW VOYAGER and TOMORROW IS FOREVER, this is certainly one of Steiner's greatest romance scores. It is truly a work of tender loving care.

CR Studios is preparing the CD and the BYU production will be released through Screen Archives. For a preview, please visit the CR Studios webpage:

http://chelsearialtostudios.com


 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2003 - 6:49 PM   
 By:   Originalthinkr@aol.com   (Member)

Ray, Ray, Ray, Ray...when're we going to get CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE???

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2003 - 6:51 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

CASTILE should be out late Feb-early March.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2003 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

This is great news. Ray, Craig and Jim do an outstanding job with their CDs. Keep them coming !!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2003 - 8:27 PM   
 By:   DylanS   (Member)

Yes, this is quite marvelous news. Max Steiner's "A Summer Place" has been on my want list for 'scores not in circulation' for quite some time. Great clip, I can't wait to purchase this wonderful romantic score.

I wonder when a release of my favorite Max Steiner score, "The Fountainhead," will come to fruition? Does anybody know if these tracks still exist? It's likely that the only way would be a re-recording. Maybe in the next decade...but until then...

Dylan

 
 Posted:   Jan 28, 2003 - 10:36 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Dylan, FOUNTAINHEAD is on the schedule. And, yes, the acetates for the complete score survive and in excellent sound and condition. By the way, A SUMMER PLACE is produced from magnetic tracks, mixed to mono and preserved by Warners.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2003 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   DylanS   (Member)

Dylan, FOUNTAINHEAD is on the schedule. And, yes, the acetates for the complete score survive and in excellent sound and condition. By the way, A SUMMER PLACE is produced from magnetic tracks, mixed to mono and preserved by Warners.

Thank you very much for the information Ray, it pleases (and surprises) me greatly that the orignal recording of "The Fountainhead" still exists, and in excellent condition! Can't wait for the upcoming "A Summer Place," and looking immensely forward to "The Fountainhead." Thanks again.

Best Regards,
Dylan

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2003 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Been waiting for this one a long time.
From 4/25/98:

A Summer Place.
Peyton Place again, this time off the mainland. Cliched? Somewhat. Outdated, even laughable dialogue? Eh, at times (Molly's "naughty dreams"). But the movie unravels the pretentious pseudo-priggish mores of 1950s cinema in a manner that isn't shocking now but surely must have been considered bold for its day.

And then there's the music. Cliched? Only when that sly, leery sax oils its way across the ears while underscoring sexual tension. Repetitive? Well...yeah. Overblown? Maybe. But it's joyous excess. And that's the genius of Max Steiner: his music brings dignity to an otherwise mundane (albeit stylish) B-movie. What does he dignify? Oh, human longings, little things like newly-found love, old love rekindled, unspoken passions, hopes, shattered dreams...and damaged lives. And all with real-live melodies that pull you in, intoxicate and ultimately make you ignore the fact that you're watching a potboiler or that you simply don't give a damn that it's a potboiler.

Dignity. That's what comes to mind first when I think of Max Steiner, Film Composer: elevating soap opera to dignified heights. I think of the Belle Watling Theme when Melanie thanks the madam-with-a-heart in Gone With The Wind; the final shots of Now, Voyager; the love story with the platinum blonde and the big ape; and in A Summer Place the close-ups of Dorothy McGuire, especially the one during the early scene at the dinner table at the inn.

Steiner basically employed variations of four love themes throughout the picture. Let's call them (1) the Adult Love Theme introduced majestically for the dashing opening credits sequence; (2) the Teen Love Theme made memorable and best-selling by Percy Faith and his orchestra; (3) the Sex Theme already alluded to with deference to its arrangement for that old devil's instrument, the sax (and how 'bout them amplified piano triplets--shocking, Mr. Steiner, shocking!); and (4) the Innocent Love Theme first heard during Molly's good-night to Papa.

I recommend you ignore the cloying harp-and-vibraphone arrangement of the latter the first time around and savor the string arrangement the second. Just the same, all 4 melodies are pure listening pleasures. And so what if Johnny's Theme sounds more suited to a pre-teen heading off for a summer camp jaunt than an adolescent with raging hormones who's barely surviving his folks' loveless marriage. The bottom line, friends, is that it's a crying shame that the entire score has never been released, so far as I know. Warner Bros. has an ignominious reputation for discarding original soundtrack sources and it wouldn't surprise if this one is among those lost forever. If worse comes to worse, get the video (the film's a fine transfer to tape) and just watch/listen to the first 45 minutes. Watch and listen to the first 45 minutes. You will not be disappointed. Guaranteed.

 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2003 - 5:46 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Personally, I think it's a vastly underrated and unjustifiably lampooned movie. Now, THE SINS OF RACHEL CADE - THERE'S a movie to lampoon!!

But getting back to your excellent comments, Howard, what's also nice about A SUMMER PLACE is that it's 100% Steiner (even though he reuses some material from A STOLEN LIFE - recently recorded by Morgan & Stromberg). Our follow-up Steiner CD will be BATTLE CRY, which is very much an adaptation score (much of which wound up on the cutting room floor - but the album will be complete). Max adapted the traditional "Honey Babe" march into his own song; and for the love theme he uses the Warners favorite "I'll String Along With You," as well as "Danny Boy" for Tab Hunter's character. But A SUMMER PLACE is all original (except for two organ source cues).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2003 - 8:47 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Oh that was really nice--just downloaded the main title sound clip and envisioned the swirling blue waves and spray, not to mention the 'refreshing' title graphics. I tell you the whole thing just thrusts you into a late 1950s New England afternoon, seaside. Nice that "Johnny's Theme" and dramatic segue were included. I am curious as to the prospective track titles but will await the CD release with patience. Hell, been waiting this long, what's a little while longer!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2003 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   Joe Caps   (Member)

I've shown this to friends.they ezpect the worse. they end up very surprised. This deals with a lot of adult themes and in 1959! Great Stuff!
Ray, mazs last few scores were written, recorded and preserved in stereo, especially RomeAdventure, spencers Moutain and Youngblood Hawke. Have these been found and will they be released some day?

 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2003 - 5:15 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I saw A SUMMER PLACE in the theater when I was 11 years old -- my parents were so unconcerned with what I saw at the movies that I saw ROSE TATOO twice when I was 8 years old. I have few recollections of the actual story (though I do remember wondering what the hell it was that Troy and Sandra could have possibly done when they spent the night together to get all the grown-ups so bent out of shape). What did knock me out about the movie was the incredible music -- that theme just grabbed me like nothing before, and I went home hearing it over and over in my head. I was so excited when Percy Faith's recording of the theme came out, and I was certainly not alone in my appreciation of it -- 9 straight weeks in the #1 spot and 17 weeks in the Top 40. To put that in perspective, not one of the Beatles hits ever matched it, and only two or three of the early Presley hits did better. To think that Max Steiner was 71 years old when he scored A SUMMER PLACE...

Could heaven be better than this? A SUMMER PLACE and Newman's CAPTAIN FROM CASTILE, all at the same time!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2003 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

You are so right about the Steiner/Percy Faith hit. To this day I cannot forget hearing that song blaring from the overhead speakers every time, it seemed, we were inside the Safeway supermarket. I was 4 years old; such is the indelibility of that melody.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2003 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Mr. Faiola, I must once again thank you for that wonderful sound clip. I found myself listening to it over & over in my head (and giving it the frequent run-through via whistling/light baritone hum) while shoveling snow and for the duration the wintry driveway became a most welcome summer place. The score's so ingrained that I can pinpoint the dramatic musical moment underscoring the close-up of Troy Donohue walking up from the dock. It's just a great old-fashioned "star entrance" all around.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 11, 2003 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   JohnnyK   (Member)

Yes, THANK YOU! Just found the .mp3 file clip yesterday and it sounds great! Then, at SAE, the antiphonal trumpet calls in unexpected stereo from Captain, this is what makes our "addiction" so rewarding! To have great music given its due, if after too long a wait, and to be able to enjoy it at will. Steiner and Newman. The Golden Age for sure!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2008 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

bump

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2008 - 10:34 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

Ray, when will we see KING RICHARD AND THE CRUSADERS released on CD? I recall you saying several years ago that it was "in the can", on another forum.

 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2008 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

It's up to BYU. I'm sure the bootleg took some of the bloom off the rose.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2008 - 11:03 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

That boot of KING RICHARD AND THE CRUSADERS came out more than ten years ago, I believe. I myself happen to have a copy of it, but I would love to purchase an improved quality recording of the score. The fact that there was a boot would not in any way prevent me from buying an official release.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2008 - 11:48 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

That boot of KING RICHARD AND THE CRUSADERS came out more than ten years ago, I believe. I myself happen to have a copy of it, but I would love to purchase an improved quality recording of the score. The fact that there was a boot would not in any way prevent me from buying an official release.

Adding to the problem of this project is that any sound recordings made from 1959 and back will go into the Public Domain in a vast part of the world as of Jan 1,2009 (Excluding the USA and it's Territories).

That means the moment it comes out, ANYONE can release their own far less costly version using that CD as their master and there isn't anything that can be done about.

The Graphics on the other hand are another matter.

HOWEVER, most international film artwork didn't carry copyright notices until the 1960's...

Such is life in the 21st Century.


Ford A. Thaxton

 
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