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 Posted:   Mar 22, 2009 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   Bach-Choi   (Member)

Shores should have had a much bigger career. Those seven-four chases he wrote for "Hawaii Five-0" must have been so "hip" in their day. The tune he wrote for Buddy Ebsen's professor character in 5-0's fourth season ep, "3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu"" is one of the most memorable themes written for a single episode of the series - seven-four, of course!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 25, 2009 - 3:14 PM   
 By:   GladVlad   (Member)

I never dug for his lp "Emotions", but I also just love his music for tv.
Hearing the UNCLE scores in stereo was a high!

I'd say his work for 5-0 is my favorite. Followed by WWW.

You know He's made a kind of cameo (not credited) in Police Story?
It was the episode with Angie Dickinson (before PW), titled "The Gamble". He played piano, while J.Campanella was singing, in a restaurant scene.

Anyway, I would love to put my hands on a copy of his music demo called "Encore" (a rarity; only studios have copies. If they kept it).

Unfortunately, CBS won't allow another record producer to release H5-0 music.
And I've been told the same problem applies to WWW (rights).

Stephen

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2011 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   charlotte888   (Member)

It's nice to know there are so many fans out there of Shores and his underrated work. I, too, consider Shores to be one of my favorites, and likely my top choice.

He also composed three original scores for POLICE WOMAN, two of which were mid-season 1 ("Smack" and "Target Black") which were so effective for the show that they tracked them constantly all the way thru the final half of that freshman season --- when the series was probably at its best.

His score for GUNSMOKE's "Tatum" episode I've always found quite poignant and nostalgic.

He could do grim, elegical and forlorn terribly well, and there are many moments in which his compositions would almost sound like sunshine thru water (for lack of a better description).

Funny that he was shown playing the piano in "The Gamble" episode of POLICE STORY. Never knew that was him.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2011 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Composer Richard Warren Shores was born May 9, 1917 and passed away April 12, 2001. Shores started in the 1950’s by doing musical arrangements for radio and live television.

He really came out in 1959 by scoring two private detective shows: the fourth season of “Richard Diamond, Private Detective” (starring David Janssen) and the sole season of “Johnny Midnight” (starring Edmond O’Brien) at Revue Studios, aka Universal television--still at Revue, he scored two episodes of “Checkmate” and one “Alfred Hitchcock Hour”: see episode "Ride the Nightmare". Then he wrote for a legion of western series: “Whispering Smith”, “Wagon Train”, “Tales of Wells Fargo”, “Laramie”, “The Virginian”, “Gunsmoke”, “Rawhide”, “Cimarron Strip”. Among other things, he participated in one “Twilight Zone” and gave the season 5 “Ceasar and Me”.

From 1966, his first outstanding work and collaboration was for producer Norman Felton series: the WWII series “Jericho” and the two twin espionage series “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.”. But his masterpiece work remained the high concept series (western+espionage+fantasy) “The Wild Wild West” for which he provided the theme of the nemesis Count Carlos Manzeppi (see “The Night of the Eccentrics”) and some fine fast-paced and action-packed music. In the meantime, he even did a commission for “Mannix”: see the season 2 “A View of Nowhere”. The common denominator in his spy series music (“The Wild Wild West” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”) was a strong sense of rhythm (percussions galore) with a sudden change of tempo leading to intense and urgent break beats. His season 3 score “The Night of the Firebrand” for “The Wild Wild West” was so fresh and inspired that it was heavily recycled during the final season 4.

After those great achievements, Shores finally fashioned scores for Jack Lord’s cop series “Hawaii 5-0” from season 1 to 7. In the late 1970’s, he executed the music for two memorable series: “The Quest” (a western series starring Tim Matheson and Kurt Russell) and “Hunter” (a spy series starring James Franciscus and Linda Evans). Shores asserted his admiration for one composer: Jerry Goldsmith.

Favourite Works:

JERICHO
“The Big Brass Contraband”
“Wall to Wall Kaput”
“One for the Mountain”
“Two for the Road”
“Four O’Clock Bomb to London”

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
(season 4)
“The Summit Five Affair”
“The ‘J’ for Judas Affair”
“The Prince of Darkness Affair”
“The Seven Wonders of the World Affair”

THE GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E.
“The Prisoner of Zalamar Affair”
“The Montori Device Affair”

THE WILD WILD WEST
(season 1)
“The Night of the Burning Diamonds”
(season 2)
“The Night of the Eccentrics”
(season 3)
“The Night of the Firebrand”
(season 4)
“The Night of the Big Blackmail”
“The Night of the Sedgewick Curse”
“The Night of the Kraken”

MANNIX
(season 2)
"A View of Nowhere"

Article:
"Richard Shores Remembered" by Jon Burlingame
http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/news_events/features/2004/020604.html?IsArchive=020604

Film Score Monthly released three superb volumes of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.":
Volume 1
http://www.screenarchives.com/fsm/detailCD.cfm?ID=245
Volume 2
http://www.screenarchives.com/fsm/detailCD.cfm?ID=280
Volume 3
http://www.screenarchives.com/fsm/detailCD.cfm?ID=320

Pictures:
Watch a photomontage of Richard Shores’ music credits for the four seasons of “The Wild Wild West”:



Revue Studios didn't become Universal Television until 1962; previously, it was the television arm of M.C.A., which acquired Universal's studio lot in 1958 so they could film episodes of their television series (which were filmed at Republic studios); however, M.C.A. didn't acquire the entire company until four years later.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 29, 2011 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   GladVlad   (Member)

Police Woman followed H5-0 by bringing Mort Stevens, R Shores, J Immel and G Romanis to do the Police music. Even B Broughton!

But PW is a little hard to watch with those awkward cliché costumes. I couldn't go through the first season. Maybe I should give it a second try.

His overture score for 5-0's 4th season episode "Wednesday, Ladies free" stands as the creepiest one in the whole serie.
Though his 'search' cue for the 5th season's "Journey out of limbo" is also nice to hear that he could do 'mysterious' themes too.

Yeah, hopefully someday we could also see a label publish his concert compositions. Might be interesting to hear a different musical palette of that energetic composer.

 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2011 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)


But PW is a little hard to watch with those awkward cliché costumes. I couldn't go through the first season. Maybe I should give it a second try.


That's how I feel about today's shows: ADD edits, every character on a cell phone, all characters under 30, the droning and obnoxious underscore, ten minutes less programming and ten minutes more commercials, rehashing stories that were done so much better forty years ago, overacting in the guise of "gritty realism", and nobody ever takes a drink or smokes a cigarette. Even more astonishing are the critics bowing down to this stuff like it came from heaven instead of some producer's rectum.

No thanks, but I'll take Angie Dickinson in hot pants and platform shoes (and your POLICE WOMAN dvds if you don't want them).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2011 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   charlotte888   (Member)

But PW is a little hard to watch with those awkward cliché costumes. I couldn't go through the first season. Maybe I should give it a second try.


But they weren't cliched, then...



That's how I feel about today's shows: ADD edits, every character on a cell phone, all characters under 30, the droning and obnoxious underscore, ten minutes less programming and ten minutes more commercials, rehashing stories that were done so much better forty years ago, overacting in the guise of "gritty realism", and nobody ever takes a drink or smokes a cigarette. Even more astonishing are the critics bowing down to this stuff like it came from heaven instead of some producer's rectum.


Could not have said it better myself.



No thanks, but I'll take Angie Dickinson in hot pants and platform shoes, thanks (and your POLICE WOMAN dvds if you don't want them).


Yes. That said, Season 1 is the best year of the show (they toned her down a bit too much later). But some great scores from Jerrold Immel, Gerald Fried, one from Bruce Broughton (not his best, really) and many more from Morty Stevens are yet to come.

Honestly, though, I wish they'd kept giving Shores new episodes to score for PW (he only writes one more orginal composition for them in Season 3, although is stuff is still heavily tracked) and he left Columbia in 1977,

 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2011 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Honestly, though, I wish they'd kept giving Shores new episodes to score for PW (he only writes one more orginal composition for them in Season 3, although is stuff is still heavily tracked) and he left Columbia in 1977,

Hawaii Five-O's scores suffered in quality after Shores' last effort during S7 of that show, though at least the great Morton Stevens would still be there off and on until the ignominious end. For my money, Richard Shores is hands down the finest composer of 1960s and '70s TV.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 5, 2011 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   charlotte888   (Member)



Hawaii Five-O's scores suffered in quality after Shores' last effort during S7 of that show, though at least the great Morton Stevens would still be there off and on until the ignominious end. For my money, Richard Shores is hands down the finest composer of 1960s and '70s TV.


Have an odd feeling we'd likely agree on most stuff, Mr Phelps.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I found an episode of "The Quest" he scored, today. I had to add the credit to IMDb.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntNECaR6oUo


I haven't had a chance to listen yet.

 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2018 - 6:39 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

If you run across the episodes he scored for Anna and the King, I hope you'll give them your usual treatment Justin. smile

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2018 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

Richard Shores also scored some great stuff for 56 Perry Mason episodes.
I've been (re)watching the episodes lately and the other night I caught "The Case Of The Capering Camera" from season 7. Shores' music kicks in at the 3:00 mark. While it is similar to some of his other work, I literally sat upright when I heard it. It's my favorite, I think, of his works; sharp and punchy with a great beat! Check it out!

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5gixt1

smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2018 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

He punched up a Barry cue in Robin and Marion and I think composed a cue or two as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2018 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Richard Shores also scored some great stuff for 56 Perry Mason episodes.
I've been (re)watching the episodes lately and the other night I caught "The Case Of The Capering Camera" from season 7. Shores' music kicks in at the 3:00 mark. While it is similar to some of his other work, I literally sat upright when I heard it. It's my favorite, I think, of his works; sharp and punchy with a great beat! Check it out!

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5gixt1

smile


That musical passage is impressive: almost 3 minutes of straightforward music.

 
 Posted:   Sep 14, 2018 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

That musical passage is impressive: almost 3 minutes of straightforward music.

Absolutely! Glad you enjoyed it, I'm hooked.

wink

 
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