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 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 3:12 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Amazing that to this day I'll will always cry when I see this movie

and hear Michel Legrand's heartbreaking music.

I remember first seeing the movie when I was in Jr. High School and going to school the next day and all the kids were talking about it.

Powerful stuff.

Billie Dee and James Caan were superb in this film.

They were both nominated for Best Actor Emmy Awards as was Director Buzz Kulik and Michel Legrand for his score. They did not win those but Buzz did win the DGA Award that year. Interesting that 4 years later he would direct BABE: THE BABE DIDRICKSON ZAHARIAS STORY, another True Life sports figure story with a sad outcome which also featured an Emmy Winning score by Jerry Goldsmith. Susan Clark also won for her portrayal of Babe.

Here's the BRIAN'S SONG Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lnt-BqOjaTQ&feature=related

Please share your BRIAN SONG memories and thoughts on Legrand's truly moving score.

Here's Henry Mancini's beautiful version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w26pW2Uz2-Y&feature=related

Here's the Peter Nero more gentle rock version with film montage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMd4GHdKoPE&feature=related

Johnny Mathis vocal version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhDaFEzannw&feature=related

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 3:30 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I saw the film when originally broadcast and loved it. I bought the Legrand LP with the theme on it as soon as it came out.



This LP has been released on a now very expensive Japanese CD. The film itself was so popular that it received a brief theatrical release in the Chicago area following its network showing.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Need to check out the movie have yet to see it and I'm just in the mood to hear some of my Legrand cds.

Thanks for mentioning this one have just ordered the the cd after listening to the samples at:
http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%96%E3%83%A9%E3%82%A4%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3%E3%82%BA%E3%83%BB%E3%82%BD%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B0%E3%82%B9-%E3%83%9F%E3%82%B7%E3%82%A7%E3%83%AB%E3%83%BB%E3%83%AB%E3%82%B0%E3%83%A9%E3%83%B3/dp/B0001926RK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1292851163&sr=1-1
Never thought that the lp would have different takes on the originals have came across it a number of times before and never looked to find any samples before,great stuff really looking forward to listening to this in full especially Loved the sublime beauty of the tracks The Go Between and The Windmills Of Your Mind.Also see on looking this one up that there is one extra track that was not on the original lp "it's good to be alive".

Amazing indeed that some of these legrand scores have yet to be released.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 7:01 AM   
 By:   morrifan   (Member)

This LP has been released on a now very expensive Japanese CD.

I was lucky to find the Japanese CD for $15 through the magic of amazon marketplace last year.

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Was not to dear for mine earlier £15.95

Have had this Legrand cd since it came out a few years ago great stuff

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Castles-Spain-Michel-Legrand/dp/B000RMIYDG/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1292858126&sr=1-7

Makes me wonder about his other lps now which ones are worth picking up.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   morrifan   (Member)

Makes me wonder about his other lps now which ones are worth picking up.

Legrand reissues are so rare.
The last recent release I can think of is the CD (and vinyl) reissue by Universal Jazz France and Stéphane Lerouge of the mid-60's lp "Archi-Cordes", featuring the pop instrumental Di-Gue-Ding-Ding of (IIRC) "Catch Me If You Can" soundtrack fame.

short overview here:
http://easylistening.blogspot.com/2005/11/michel-legrand-archi-cordes-1967.html

 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

Thanks Morrifan will keep an eye out for that one.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 20, 2010 - 12:30 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Zooba, I cry just thinking about this movie. I just love it. The two lead performances are perfect. I love Billy's restrained performance that still shows his love for his friend. Caan was wonderful. Legrand's music is stunning, just gorgeous.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2011 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)



Wow I'm Loving this cd what a great delivery its so smooth,my two favorite tracks have turned out to be the ones I'd thought I would enjoy most
The Go-Between and The Windmills of Your Mind not only is the song spinning thanks to the Stereo effect on that track it really does seem to spin out of the speakers as well.

Would love to see more Legrand releases especially ones like The Go-Between and Brian's Song

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2011 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I'm quite a Legrand enthusiast, but I find "Brian's Song" to be cloying. I think the opening motif - the first two bars - is nice, but then it goes nowhere. And the flatted 7th in the melody in bar 7 sounds sounds really hackneyed and dated now. It's like he didn't know where to take that opening two bars.

If you want some great LeGrand, pick up "Legrand Jazz" and, if you can find it, the instrumental album of "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" on UA.

 
 Posted:   Jan 9, 2011 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   wayoutwest   (Member)

I'm quite a Legrand enthusiast, but I find "Brian's Song" to be cloying. I think the opening motif - the first two bars - is nice, but then it goes nowhere. And the flatted 7th in the melody in bar 7 sounds sounds really hackneyed and dated now. It's like he didn't know where to take that opening two bars.

If you want some great LeGrand, pick up "Legrand Jazz" and, if you can find it, the instrumental album of "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" on UA.


Thanks I will check out the Jazz album I quite like the songs on Les Demoiselles de Rochefort have DRGs two disc cd wonder if maybe it already has all the instrumentals on it.

Would love an instrumental version of Les Parapluies De Cherbourg have yet to really warm to the songs on that one.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2011 - 3:08 AM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

A wonderful, moving film, and one of the best themes ever to come from a television film. The only flaw with the film is that it's supposed to take place during the mid '60s, and you can find early '70s fashions and cars in the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Wanted to bump this.

I think it's really about time for an Awesome CD Release of this wonderful Legrand Gem of a TV Movie Score.

Who would gobble it up? (pre-Thanksgiving Joke) wink

Has anyone ever determined if the Master Tapes exist?

Listening to the Mancini take. Here go the waterworks again. Dang.

 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

filmusicnow: Thanks for resurrecting this after nearly 3 years!

I've been playing a lot of Legrand over the past month, some of it very happily, some of it not so happily (e.g. the awful "Atlantic City" waste of money). But Legrand has given us so many treasures … "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "The Thomas Crown Affair" ("The Windmills of Your Mind"), "Summer of '42" ("The Summer Knows"), "Gable And Lombard," the instrumental music for "Lady Sings The Blues," and the wonderful "Yentl." And so much more. And the sad but lovely music from "Brian's Song" introduced so many of us to this fine composer.

 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

filmusicnow: Thanks for resurrecting this after nearly 3 years!




Oof...it was Zooba who resurrected it.

 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

You are so right! I went to the last (old) post and meant to move down to the next, and, well, you know what I did wrong!(Sorry, Zooba!) They don't let us get away with ANY mistakes here! Feel like I'm in class! Ha.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 2:02 PM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

I watched this film last year on the Sony Movie Channel on demand and was really surprised at how much times have changed. There's no way you could get away with making the same movie with the exact same script today. (Yes, I know it was remade recently.) There is a lot of use of the "N-word" which is practically forbidden these days.

The score is great but it's really just the one theme and probably not enough for a whole CD. This is one of those cases where it would have been ideal to have a nice suite on that Michel Legrand Anthology set but of course there are the problems of 1) having the tapes and 2) licensing.

James

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

No music from the early 1970s has ever been issued from the Columbia vaults.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 7:35 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO RON HARDCASTLE- You mean it took you this long to realize this board is like a strict Catholic high school from the 1950's? Thank God I put a question mark after that sentence.

 
 Posted:   Nov 14, 2013 - 7:54 PM   
 By:   Sigerson Holmes   (Member)

You might also enjoy Legrand's "Lady Sings the Blues" score, which has a similar main theme.

(I have a feeling the producers must have said, "Could you give us something along the lines of 'Brian's Song'?")

 
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