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 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Big fan of this classic show.

Unfortunately, there only a song CD was released.

Anybody else here who would like to see a score CD published?

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   William Stromberg   (Member)

Big fan of this classic show.

Unfortunately, there only a song CD was released.

Anybody else here who would like to see a score CD published?


I remember some very good scoring for this show. Didn't they even perform Herrmann's Giant Crab music from Mysterious Island for one episode? I seem to remember something about this. Would love to hear it if it's true, even if it's just a sound alike.

Bill

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 3:49 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Was this the one with Bruce Willis and Jessica Lange? I seem to remember it from my childhood.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   Ectoplasm   (Member)

Was this the one with Bruce Willis and Jessica Lange? I seem to remember it from my childhood.

If that's the one, it was Cybill Shepherd, not Jessica Lange.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Was this the one with Bruce Willis and Jessica Lange? I seem to remember it from my childhood.

If that's the one, it was Cybill Shepherd, not Jessica Lange.


Ah, Cybill Shepherd. I always mix her up with Lange. They could be sisters!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

Big fan of this classic show.

Unfortunately, there only a song CD was released.

Anybody else here who would like to see a score CD published?


I remember some very good scoring for this show. Didn't they even perform Herrmann's Giant Crab music from Mysterious Island for one episode? I seem to remember something about this. Would love to hear it if it's true, even if it's just a sound alike.

Bill


Glenn Gordon Caron must be a fan of Herrmann... there were some distinct homages from time to time in MOONLIGHTING (in particular, one to the SISTERS score for one episode). I believe some Herrmann homaging has carried over to MEDIUM on occasion.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 5:30 PM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

I'd really like a release of Lee Holdridge's score for the pilot. I love that!

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 5:43 PM   
 By:   meddlingmonk   (Member)

Big yes on this one. Watching seasons 4 and 5 recently, they re-use the same two or three tracks, but they're quality stuff. Get Lukas on this!

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 6:44 PM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

In an odd coincidence, I've been revisiting MOONLIGHTING and was thinking about posting a thread on this subject just yesterday.

The primary composer is Alf Clausen, and the scores are definitely Herrmann-esque at times. Each episode usually begins by showing the crime to be solved, and these sequences tend to be more visual than the rest of the show, which gives Clausen a few minutes to really shine.

The show also makes great use of songs, often using them ironically. There's a sequence where Bruce Willis is tracking Cybill Shepherd's father to see if he's cheating on her mother, set to - what else? - Papa Was A Rolling Stone. Music was clearly of great importance to the producers.

Clausen appears in one of the documentaries, and talks about scoring a scene where Bruce Willis is supposed to play a trumpet. On the set, Willis faked playing the trumpet, so Clausen came up with a clever solution -

"How am I going to deal with this to make sure it looks really good on camera? So what I did is I used the freeze frame on my VCR and I did a freeze frame on every one of his valve moves on the trumpet, and I made a chart for myself. Then I figured out every possible note that could be played with every one of those valves. Then I composed an original melody that wove its way through that chart so that when the music was played in post and added to Bruce's picture, it would look like he was really playing the trumpet."

Now that's dedication!

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 9:42 PM   
 By:   Silence Is Golden   (Member)

I'd really like a release of Lee Holdridge's score for the pilot. I love that!

Hell yes!!! Too bad the series went down hill after season 3 or 4. I forget. Great music throughout the series for sure.

 
 Posted:   Nov 13, 2010 - 11:39 PM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

I completely agree that the show should get a soundtrack release. The sad parts in particular were very touching.

The song-track CD is well worth getting, although some important songs from the show are missing and of course there's no suite or anything. Still a good CD:

 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2010 - 10:03 PM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Wow, great to see so many respond here.

I hope that the labels will be interested, too, and that they would get permission to release it.

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2010 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   Ebab   (Member)

I completely agree that the show should get a soundtrack release. The sad parts in particular were very touching.

There was a lovely-elegant melancholy theme that was often used for Maddie (Shepherd’s character) in a more pensive mood, or as the “cool-down” after a confrontational climax. Probably you couldn’t even call it a theme; it was little more than a lick on the piano, but very effective for the show. I still have it in my ears (together with the inevitable “bing!” of the elevator).

Great show, great writing, great actors, great music. Alf Clausen had a large variety to do, from Herrmannesque mystery over stylish sensibilities to burlesque slapstick stuff. He worked effectively at the very core of the show, just as he, unbelievably, still continues to do in the murderous weekly schedule for “The Simpsons” after umpteen seasons. I hope they’re paying him very well, because for me, he’s a true unsung hero of the industry.

And yes, his work definitely deserves more exposition on disk (would buy a “Moonlighting” CD in a jiffy).

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2010 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   quiller007   (Member)

I purchased the entire series a few months ago and just finished
watching the whole run about two weeks ago. I concur with
the requests for a cd set (maybe two or three) of Alf Clausen's
great music. I even found an interview (through google) with
Clausen by someone from FSM, (Scott Bettencourt, perhaps?)
not too long ago. In the interview Clausen says he has all the
tapes of his MOONLIGHTING scores, and could release them
through some enterprising label. So, at least you guys know
where to find the scores.

Den

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2010 - 10:22 PM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

I purchased the entire series a few months ago and just finished
watching the whole run about two weeks ago. I concur with
the requests for a cd set (maybe two or three) of Alf Clausen's
great music. I even found an interview (through google) with
Clausen by someone from FSM, (Scott Bettencourt, perhaps?)
not too long ago. In the interview Clausen says he has all the
tapes of his MOONLIGHTING scores, and could release them
through some enterprising label. So, at least you guys know
where to find the scores.

Den


Shock! It would be... that easy?

Lukas, um... please, please, please.

Alf Clausen, um... please, please, please.

There, I´ve made enough of a fool of myself, haven´t I?

 
 Posted:   Nov 15, 2010 - 10:23 PM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Sorry, double post.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2010 - 1:41 AM   
 By:   ZapBrannigan   (Member)

If Joe Harnell's tapes could be put on CD by a tiny label, maybe this could happen too.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2010 - 2:01 AM   
 By:   Julian K   (Member)

I watched the whole series a couple of years ago, when it had just been re-mastered. I'd buy a score CD, or a modest box set.

 
 Posted:   Nov 16, 2010 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

I´m currently re-watching the series for the first time since it was aired (back when I was a teenager) -.and it´s not only nostalgia that makes me appreciate it so much. This show has gone through very difficult times and still maintained a quality that was unsurpassed by other 80´s shows.

And the scores always were interesting, funny and as daring as the whole concept of spoofing detective shows and television itself while staying emotionally sincere.

Um... any label interested?

 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2010 - 9:15 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Hey, me again.

Found this interview on soundtrack.net with Alf Clausen where they asked him:

Do you plan to release an album of your work on "Moonlighting"

We never did get a score album out of that which really distressed me because there was a tremendous amount of really interesting music for that series which I think should have been released. Unfortunately, it would be very expensive to release it - I couldn't get anyone to put up the money. I thought about doing it myself, as a promo, but it's just that I don't have the hours to deal with it - the work I'm doing now is so intense!


That was 1999. Clearly, the situation with film music labels has changed. Any interest?

 
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