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 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 10:13 AM   
 By:   Katie @ SAE   (Member)

DRAGON SEED: 1944 Katharine Hepburn Classic nearly all in Stereo!!

Film Score Monthly presents 2CD 1000 edition release by Herbert Stothart

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/14239/DRAGON-SEED/

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

I'm not familiar with this score, but I know plenty of golden agers who are gonna be awfully happy today. Congrats, FSM!

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Due to the existence of dual microphone perspectives, FSM has been able to mix nearly all of Dragon Seed in genuine stereo. The sound quality utterly belies its age (over 65 years old).

Clever. It seems that the release hiatus is officially over.

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Wow -- most limited FSM title, EVER. I guess Lukas has finally had to give in (thanks to the economy, I am sure) and regularly release titles limited to the numbers all the other labels have been doing for a while now (though I'm sure he'll still regularly release more of most titles than the other labels would put out). I think for this score it is a good decision. It looks interesting but of course I won't be able to afford it any time soon when I can't even afford the titles by my favorite composers (a group which Stothart definitely is far from joining) [EDIT: I just listened to the sound clips and was pretty impressed overall. This could probably be my new favorite Stothart score.)

I'll definitely be listening to the sound clips and will one day buy it when I can afford it, just as I will every single FSM title (the only label I will do this for, because of Lukas's perfectionism for every single title).

On another note, great job on the artwork, Joe!

Yavar

P.S. Funny note...when I saw this on the forum my brain read it as "Demon Seed" because of all the Fielding talk lately...I thought someone was just commenting on it as a result. smile

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

Ordered! And who knows -- maybe listening to this score might motivate me to finally sit through the damn picture!!

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Wow! Who'd a thunk it!

As Lukas said, it's not a title you'd think of when guessing what Herbert Stothart score it might be.

I'm looking forward to sinking my teeth into this one!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Oh my gosh. What a wonderful release -- in stereo! -- really speechless for the moment.

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Ordered! And who knows -- maybe listening to this score might motivate me to finally sit through the damn picture!!

I challenge you NOT to speak in similies and metaphors the rest of the day after hearing Kate and co. doing it for two and a half hours!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   TonyJ   (Member)


One of Stothart's best scores. When Lukas said that it would be a double CD, this score is the first one I thought of because I remembered it being quite lengthy. Although the film itself is not a classic like some of the others for which Stothart provided the underscore, the music really is very characteristic of his style and IMO quite outstanding. This is going to be my new favorite FSM Golden Age score.

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   RcM   (Member)

DRAGON SEED: 1944 Katherine Hepburn Classic nearly all in Stereo!!

Film Score Monthly presents 2CD 1000 edition release by Herbert Stothart

http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/14239/DRAGON-SEED/


That's Katharine!

(But cool release!)

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   Katie @ SAE   (Member)


That's Katharine!


Thanks and fixed!

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

On another note, great job on the artwork, Joe!

Yes, it's pretty gorgeous:

(Oops, sorry, embedding link won't work; but click here...)

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/viewlarge.cfm?c1=456_161681

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   BasilFSM   (Member)

Only 1000? I yi yi.

Too bad that I'm limited on funds right now, but cool release, regardless. Enjoy, all!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   Ed Nassour   (Member)

I'm glad to see more Stothart scores released. Now how about releasing "The Picture of Dorian Gray" which is my favorite Stothart score?

http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/c59m7ngY7-A/

It's also one of my two favorite films from MGM in the 1940s. The other being "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" which had a terrific score by Franz Waxman.

For "Dorian Gray," Stothart utilized Chopin which he expertly worked into the score to aid the narrative.

Of course Stothart wasn't in the same league as say Alfred Newman or Franz Waxman or Miklos Rozsa. Stothart was a gifted musician who borrowed liberally from the classics. He was also a good conductor. Too bad the sound on MGM's scoring stage was so flat and lifeless during the 1940s. That all changed once John Green to over the music department in the late 1940s. Working with MGM sound director Doug Shearer, Green made substantial changes to the stage as well as how the orchestra was recorded. He chucked all the lousy Altec ribbon microphones and replaced them with good condensers. Green also replaced a few inferior musicians with some of the best in Hollywood.

Just listen to the sound quality from this 1954 Cinemascope short conducted by Green:



That's the natural acoustics of the stage you hear. No added reverb. It was recorded onto 35mm full-coat three-track film.



 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 12:08 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

WOW! This is by far one of the best sounding golden age soundtracks as far as the lack of age in the sound. Listening to the samples I would never have guessed this was from 1944! Samples are so beautiful that I am ordering this immediately in case it happens to be a quick sell-out.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Lukas,thank you very much for this much desired release. Is there anything salvagable for a release of THE HUMAN COMEDY somewhere down the road?

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   shicorp   (Member)

Wow! The samples sound amazing. Let's see how fast the 1.000 copies move...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   Castile   (Member)

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Ed Nassour   (Member)

WOW! This is by far one of the best sounding golden age soundtracks as far as the lack of age in the sound. Listening to the samples I would never have guessed this was from 1944! Samples are so beautiful that I am ordering this immediately in case it happens to be a quick sell-out.

You think that sounds good then listen to this:

http://chelsearialtostudios.com/dragmain.mp3

It was recorded only two years after "Dragon Seed" but at Fox which had infinitely better sound in the 1940s.

Also, that clip is the main title to "Dragonwyck" composed by Alfred Newman and orchestrated by the great Eddie Powell. Need I say more?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2010 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

Wonderful news....Ordered!

 
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