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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: FSM Catalog—Low Quantities Report, Part 7, CD Vol. 10 (2007) by Lukas Kendall
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 2:37 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

If Lukas Kendall had produced but this one soundtrack I'd consider his career to be an overwhelming success. Dark of the Sun is a one of a kind type of score - sounding like Morricone at times, but with a distinctly Gallic flavor (and accented with Jacques Loussier's own unique jazz sensibilities).

It is a dark, passionate and thrilling work which makes you long for the end of the temp tracks. Such a score, written by a french jazzman for a British motion picture would not be allowed to see the light of day in this age of test audiences and committee decision making.

I have personally given away six copies of this magnificient work to friends and afficionados - I just love this music no end - and in each case, the recipients were amazed and delighted.

And for those of you fans who are so inclined, Lukas has included a totally gratituous photo of Yvette Mimieux in the booklet. It is the pictorial equivalent of a bonus track. Enjoy!

Thanks again Lukas for making one of my all time favorite soundtracks available in a such a classy and definitive presentation.

Amicalement

-Advise & Consent-

Samples: http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm/ID/8554/DARK-OF-THE-SUN/

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   filmo   (Member)

since 'LAND OF THE PHARAOHS' is still available, i suggest that anyone who has not picked up this score should purchase it because of its beautiful choral pieces and great slavic harmonies the only tiomkin could do so well. even if you have not heard of this movie or score, it would be well worth your while to listen to the sound samples and then make a decision based on that. a real masterpiece.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 5:44 PM   
 By:   captain_avis   (Member)

Dark of the Sun is indeed great. Let me also recommend The Wrath of God which totally blew me away. Highly recommended for fans of great Latin-flavored action scores. A shame it hasn't sold better. I haven't a clue if the movie's any good though it certainly has some epic poster art!

Chris.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

Dark of the Sun is indeed great. Let me also recommend The Wrath of God which totally blew me away. Highly recommended for fans of great Latin-flavored action scores. A shame it hasn't sold better. I haven't a clue if the movie's any good though it certainly has some epic poster art!

Chris.


Thanks for that recommendation! I just went and listened to a few tracks of The Wrath Of God and wow, there is some amazing stuff there. It has taken me awhile to discover Schifrin, but thanks to Lukas releasing scores like this and Bullitt, he's right up there with Goldsmith, Barry and Williams now. I wish the FSM Xmas offer had included the Schifrin box - I definitely want to get that one!

The first 30 seconds of the track "I Wish A Lot of Things" was so perfect, I can't wait to hear the whole thing! smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 8:14 PM   
 By:   sprocket   (Member)

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 Posted:   Dec 2, 2011 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The Wrath of God which totally blew me away. Highly recommended for fans of great Latin-flavored action scores. A shame it hasn't sold better. I haven't a clue if the movie's any good though it certainly has some epic poster art!

Chris.


 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2011 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   JohnnyRoastbeef   (Member)

I love A Man Called Adam. It's a great jazz album, and I bought it almost immediately, and at the time it was first mentioned that sales were slow, I was befuddled. I am even more befuddled now that at $4.95 it is still not selling well. It's not much of a "taking a chance" situation when it is only five bucks; to me it is a no-brainer!

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2011 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

I love A Man Called Adam. It's a great jazz album, and I bought it almost immediately, and at the time it was first mentioned that sales were slow, I was befuddled. I am even more befuddled now that at $4.95 it is still not selling well. It's not much of a "taking a chance" situation when it is only five bucks; to me it is a no-brainer!


A great listen. I also don't get it. I did take advantage of a sale on it some time ago. Paid around $10 for and would have paid full price for it.

 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2011 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I love A Man Called Adam. It's a great jazz album, and I bought it almost immediately, and at the time it was first mentioned that sales were slow, I was befuddled. I am even more befuddled now that at $4.95 it is still not selling well. It's not much of a "taking a chance" situation when it is only five bucks; to me it is a no-brainer!

This one has passed me by but I've just listened to the samples and it sounds great. Will pick it up with my next sae order!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2011 - 12:40 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

I love A Man Called Adam. It's a great jazz album, and I bought it almost immediately, and at the time it was first mentioned that sales were slow, I was befuddled. I am even more befuddled now that at $4.95 it is still not selling well. It's not much of a "taking a chance" situation when it is only five bucks; to me it is a no-brainer!

I have to wonder if FSM didn't market it well enough to those who might be interested in the famous names on the disc. I agree, it's a great one, as is the Hotel/Kaleidoscope and Sex and the Single Girl/The Chapman Report discs...all of which only hit 1500 copies pressed. I have to wonder how these great sounding and tuneful discs do so bad when the sound effects laden, often times atonal, Satan Bug -- even with the Goldsmith factor -- does so much better. I've often pondered how much the various LE releases don't get the audience they 'should' and that's why they don't sell as well as they do.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2011 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Scott Atkins   (Member)

I echo the sentiments for DARK OF THE SUN and WAIT UNTIL DARK. Wait Until Dark was a holy grail soundtrack and I was thrilled that FSM handled the release. DARK OF THE SUN was a late discovery for me. I saw the film recently and thought it was great. I then recalled that FSM had released the soundtrack. Moved it to the front of the line past everything else in my wishlist. It's getting heavy rotation in my CD player ever since!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2011 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   That Bloke   (Member)

" A Man Called Adam ... we have discounted it to $4.95. Please take a chance!"

I took a chance and I'm glad I did - and I'm not even heavily into jazz.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2011 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   babbelballetje   (Member)

Great article! My favourite cd of this year would be Wait until dark. You wouldn't expect a score for this type of movie to be so listenable. My "yes!!" moment was the Neal Hefti one. Not his best score perhaps, but still very cool.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2011 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

I have to wonder how these great sounding and tuneful discs do so bad when the sound effects laden, often times atonal, Satan Bug -- even with the Goldsmith factor -- does so much better. I've often pondered how much the various LE releases don't get the audience they 'should' and that's why they don't sell as well as they do.

Sometimes it boils down to something simple: Familiarity with the movie. Many of us will often have our purchase choices dictated by whether or not we know the movie in question, and if we do, then the ability to "connect" with the score is already there, regardless of what kind of a score style it is. I think it's a fair assumption that the average soundtrack fan has been more apt to have seen "Satan Bug" in his life than "Chapman Report".

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2011 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Sometimes it boils down to something simple: Familiarity with the movie. Many of us will often have our purchase choices dictated by whether or not we know the movie in question, and if we do, then the ability to "connect" with the score is already there, regardless of what kind of a score style it is.

Based on what I've read around these boards over the years, most listen to scores on a standalone basis. There's also that rampant philosophy of "if ain't from their childhood, (regardless of the composer), they ain't buyin'." Stuff like 100 Rifles should have been screaming off the shelves, instead of languishing under the Kaplan brothers' desk.

One would think the collector mentality would wipe these releases out.

 
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