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 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



From 1963 through 1969, Jerry Goldsmith seemed incapable of scoring no less than four films (and usually more). 1968 was particularly emblematic of this prolific trait, with one ground-breaking classic (PLANET OF THE APES), an intriguing crime thriller (THE DETECTIVE), the Western score that made us forever fall in love with his melodic majesty (BANDOLERO) and a charming English whatever-it-is (romance, spy meller, mystery – take your choice) called



If memory serves, it came right before BANDOLERO and has a bit of the former light-hearted lilt but with a typically Goldsmith-ian twist that’s simultaneously infectious yet no less intriquing.



Mind you, one would be hard-pressed to rate it among his loftier masterpieces, but we’ve always counted it a favorite opus that never fails to lift one’s spirits smilesmilesmile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Ever on CD?

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:16 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Ever on CD?

excerpts in the BOX..

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I think it got a CD release in Spain sometime ago. I'd love an FSM take on this one, with lots of extra cues and alternates. There's some great 'out there' jazzy/electronic stuff in this one and the main theme is proper catchy. I'd love the main title as heard in the film to be made available, the album may have been a re-recording.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:18 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Ever on CD?

Regrettably, no. I had the lp and it had some catchy themes on it. I recall reading an interview with Goldsmith where he mentioned he didn't care much for the project.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

Track 8, The Trip, is one of my favorite Goldsmith cues, with its cool Apes-like percussion reminding us it comes from the same mind that gave us Planet Of The Apes.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Ever on CD?

excerpts in the BOX..


Assuming you mean the "Jerry Goldsmith at 20th Century Fox" box... no. This was a Paramount production.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I believe the Dot catalogue is now owned by Universal - so maybe Intrada?

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:46 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I believe this and WARNING SHOT are the only Goldsmith lp's never to be officially released on CD. Citadel managed to pull off releasing FREUD on their old lp catalog and it was in print for years, but never as an authorized cd release.

And, of course, WARNING SHOT was entirely re-recorded by another artist, and substandard to the OST.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Sebastian intrigues me, as I know the score (and film) to only exist as an album cover photo in the Soundtrack Album Cover book published ten years ago. Any more comparisons to other Goldsmith scores from this time frame?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 12:57 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Per Steven's input: while it probably wasn't high on Goldsmith's favorite list either, we'd like to suggest it's a perfect example of something "minor" still providing major pleasure

(which also goes under the the definition of a PROFESSIONAL: someone who can produce even when they aren't feeling properly "inspired") ... wink

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Sebastian intrigues me, as I know the score (and film) to only exist as an album cover photo in the Soundtrack Album Cover book published ten years ago. Any more comparisons to other Goldsmith scores from this time frame?

Well, it kind of had a 60's mod spy sound to it, I remember having a cassette tape I played in the car circa 1977-78 that had cues from SABASTIAN and OUR MAN FLINT on it.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 3:02 PM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

SEBASTIAN was a great little LP that came out concurrent with the release of PLANET OF THE APES in '68.

Finally catching up with the film on a television showing in the early 70's, I had to admit that the film recording had a somewhat fuller sound, especially the main title, although more broken up with dialogue interludes than the album re-record. It's very much a last gasp of the "Mod
60's", but well worth seeking out.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Great fun score. The LP is a re-recording. The film contains different orchestrations and more music. The Main Title is very different and cool and there is an excellent SPY sounding cue when Sebastian visits the tracking station. This would be awesome to have on a FSM CD!

Zoob

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 10:43 PM   
 By:   JSWalsh   (Member)

Track 8, The Trip, is one of my favorite Goldsmith cues, with its cool Apes-like percussion reminding us it comes from the same mind that gave us Planet Of The Apes.

That track ended up on a number of compilations I made of trippy music in the 80's.

Listenable, somewhere between the Flint scores and The Last Run. If you like listening to attempts at sounding hip and mod in the 60's that didn't quite make it--and thus became their OWN kind of hip and mod--you might enjoy it. Not a must-have, though.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2007 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

My favorite cue is "The Decoders" - a fun Bach-styled cue that sounds as if it might be written to accompany a montage sequence of some sort....haven't seen the movie so I don't know.

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2007 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Sebastian intrigues me, as I know the score (and film) to only exist as an album cover photo in the Soundtrack Album Cover book published ten years ago. Any more comparisons to other Goldsmith scores from this time frame?

Well, it kind of had a 60's mod spy sound to it, I remember having a cassette tape I played in the car circa 1977-78 that had cues from SABASTIAN and OUR MAN FLINT on it.


Track 8, The Trip, is one of my favorite Goldsmith cues, with its cool Apes-like percussion reminding us it comes from the same mind that gave us Planet Of The Apes.

That track ended up on a number of compilations I made of trippy music in the 80's.

Listenable, somewhere between the Flint scores and The Last Run. If you like listening to attempts at sounding hip and mod in the 60's that didn't quite make it--and thus became their OWN kind of hip and mod--you might enjoy it. Not a must-have, though.


Sounds "essential" to me! I've always been interested in this era of film scoring, and the fact that Jerry is behind yet another one of these only makes it all the more desirable.

NP: THE LAST RUN (1971 turned out to be quite an interesting year for film scores!)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2007 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Sebastian was one of the first JG scores I ever owned - the above LP cover brings back memories. I sold the LP to someone I corresponed with back in the 1980s who was a much greater JG fan than me ...

... but, of course, kept a cassette recording which I've enjoyed from time to time since (I'm not sure if I still have it). Light and fluffy for the main part - one reasonable song (not by JG), one not so reasonable song (by JG) and several fun instrumentals.

I particularly like the tracks Checkmate and - a firm favourite - First Day At Work.

I'd happily buy a legitimate CD release but I think the album would need to be partnered with something of value (another good quality score or this film's original score) as its running time is well under 30mins.

Oh, and I remember enjoying the film when I saw it (twice) many years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2007 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

SEBASTIAN was the first LP I ever bought from the old 58 Dean St Records shop in London.

The theme was rather catchy, and the whole thing gave off a sort of 'swingin' 60's British vibe'. It could almost have been written by an Englishman (I always find it somewhat similar stylistically to Stanley Myers's KALEIDOSCOPE score).

I must say I found the *film* SEBASTIAN an awful mess - Goldsmith's music was the only really good thing about it for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2007 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Is it a bit like THE LAST RUN, which I truly love (and also has some of that 60's mod style)?

 
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