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 Posted:   Aug 13, 2018 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   pooter   (Member)



- Roger Kellaway is certainly known more as a recording artist than as a film composer !!
If it is 'King Kobra' or even better 'Evilspeak' then I am going to faint !!!

- I think Paul Glass is under represented on CD.


Holy smokes, if it was Evilspeak, I'd faint right with you! An amazing and underrated score, which is one of my Holy Grails. Though Roger Kellaway once told me that the tapes were lost...yet that was a good few years ago. Who knows what might be out there.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2018 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)



- Roger Kellaway is certainly known more as a recording artist than as a film composer !!
If it is 'King Kobra' or even better 'Evilspeak' then I am going to faint !!!

- I think Paul Glass is under represented on CD.


Holy smokes, if it was Evilspeak, I'd faint right with you! An amazing and underrated score, which is one of my Holy Grails. Though Roger Kellaway once told me that the tapes were lost...yet that was a good few years ago. Who knows what might be out there.


Roger Kellaway would be a wonderful composer to do a release of, but not this go.

Just saw the presentation poster for the composer collection and I think you'll enjoy its
Ford A. Thaxton

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2018 - 9:45 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Back ON topic, I haven't given WINDWALKER a proper 'sit down and absorb' listen yet, but my initial play through was very rewarding. I love that 70's strings sound anyway and it's got a cool mystical vibe to it. Parts of it remind me of a Lee Holdridge score, which is a fine thing in itself.

Glad you're enjoying it, Kev. I think this one is supremely underrated and evocative effort in my judgement. Indeed it strikes a very mystical tone throughout, until we get to the end title where suddenly Jenson launches into a Delerue-esque symphonic rhapsody that sounds totally unlike anything else in the preceding score (the melody of which is briefly alluded to on horn near the end of "Bear Kill" but otherwise totally absent from the score). Not sure what inspired Jenson to conclude this mostly subdued but reverential musical journey on such a soaring and wistful piece, but I'm glad he did because it's an absolute delight and shakes things up in a very satisfying way at the end.

Fantastic recording, too. Ahh... The coveted National Philharmonic Orchestra with John Richards engineering at CTS Studios in Wembley... So much magic was recorded under such circumstances in those days.

I actually got to meet John Richards last year at a performance of John Scott's clarinet quartet (he's now retired in LA and married to Gayle Levant, a very prominent studio harpist that you've heard on many a recording). I tried to "nerd out" with him about various recordings he's done outside of the usual suspects, WINDWALKER included, but it seems that he has very little memory of a lot of these at this point, alas. Beyond even film scores, the man's engineered literally thousands of recordings over the decades. It was still great fun meeting him.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2018 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   pooter   (Member)

I know what you mean about Windwalker being a mystical experience. The second track in particular (Love Flute and Birth) is really rather brilliant, particularly as the strings start building in the background. Shivers!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2018 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

I know what you mean about Windwalker being a mystical experience. The second track in particular (Love Flute and Birth) is really rather brilliant, particularly as the strings start building in the background. Shivers!

Isn't it, though? It almost sounds more like something from a Joe Hisaishi score (I'm thinking PRINCESS MONONOKE in particular) more so than any other American 'western' score I can think of.

For me, the best of the smaller-scale mystic-sounding cues must be "Return of Grandfather". That Indian wood flute with harp and low, tonal string swells is amazingly transportive and evocative.

According to some source that I can no longer seem to find online, Miklos Rozsa was a huge fan of this score and there was talk about it being nominated for an Oscar... Though the later might be the case of the composer "misremembering" or simply going off of the score being Oscar-qualified, which isn't really a massive feat per se.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 15, 2018 - 12:37 PM   
 By:   buysoundtrax   (Member)

I just bought Windwalker, and I'm loving it.

Thanks for this release! I really like the stuff Dragon's Domain put out.


I hope you enjoy our two new releases


THE PLAGUE DOGS by Patrick Gleeson

and

THE PAUL CHIHARA COLLECTION #1


 
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