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 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

This has had a good few plays in chez McGann lately.
If you like those old wink 80's scores from the likes of Debney, McNeely and Robert Folk - you know the ones, where the only constraints placed upon the composers was to incorporate that Cocoon-type melody that came from the Randy Newman/Natural End Title template plus the current 'flavour of the month' sounds of Williams and Horner - you should really dig this one.
It's nothing new under the sun, but it is quite pleasing to hear a score that really sounds like it was written/composed, as opposed to just programmed into a computer.
Certainly not his best work, but a whole lotta fun.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2012 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)


Certainly not his best work, but a whole lotta fun.


I think it's his best work.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 18, 2012 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

This has had a good few plays in chez McGann lately.
If you like those old wink 80's scores from the likes of Debney, McNeely and Robert Folk - you know the ones, where the only constraints placed upon the composers was to incorporate that Cocoon-type melody that came from the Randy Newman/Natural End Title template plus the current 'flavour of the month' sounds of Williams and Horner - you should really dig this one.
It's nothing new under the sun, but it is quite pleasing to hear a score that really sounds like it was written/composed, as opposed to just programmed into a computer.
Certainly not his best work, but a whole lotta fun.


Ouch! Poor Folk, McNeely and Debney.

In all seriousness though, I had never heard THE NATURAL before reading this but just went and listened to the End Title on Youtube. I am indeed amazed how many composer have pulled inspiration from this piece. The reference in Horner's COCOON is fairly slight, but still present...but moreover...I hear quite a bit of THE ROCKETEER in there and, most egregiously, Debney's title theme from WHITE FANG 2 is lifted quite heavily from it.

I had no idea this piece, by a composer I rarely pay any attention to at all to be frank, has been aped so much. Wowzers! That said, I don't think Robert Folk is guilty in this case - I've listened to virtually all of his [orchestral] work by this point, and I don't think I've ever heard a direct lift, nor anything I'd call egregious.

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2018 - 10:57 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)


Certainly not his best work, but a whole lotta fun.


I think it's his best work.


So do I.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 12:09 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

It's good but it is no Angel or Joyeux Noel.

It wouldn't probably make my top 5 but it would only miss it very closely.

 
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