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 Posted:   May 10, 2013 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

Wow,
It's been a year of INactivity…

Didn't Varèse get purchased by another company?
So, I assume club productions have been put on hiatus until further notice.

Anyone have any facts to share?

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2013 - 9:15 PM   
 By:   TJ   (Member)

Maybe there will be a surprise club release tomorrow. 35th anniversary concert and all. you never know.

 
 Posted:   May 10, 2013 - 10:11 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Well, someone can always try to ask Bob Townson at the concert tonight...

 
 Posted:   May 10, 2013 - 10:13 PM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

A year? They released a batch back in Nov 2012. That does not make it a year, only about 5 1/2 months. That's not terrible, they usually only have about 3 of these Club releases a year. I am sure if you just relax and be patient, there will be another Club release just around the bend.

 
 Posted:   May 10, 2013 - 10:17 PM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)

We haven't heard a lot about "The Ten Commandments" lately. Maybe that is Varese's territory?

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2013 - 11:52 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

A year? They released a batch back in Nov 2012. That does not make it a year, only about 5 1/2 months. That's not terrible, they usually only have about 3 of these Club releases a year. I am sure if you just relax and be patient, there will be another Club release just around the bend.


...and they did their regular limited edition series (their regular two) which indicates everything is normal, albeit a bit slow.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 1:25 AM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

They released a batch back in Nov 2012.

Oh Yeah,
ENEMY MINE, etc.
I was looking at the Soundtrack News page and the Nov 2012 announcement wasn't there… if there ever was one.
Only the May 2012.

Maybe they'll wait three more months and then issue…
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS - The Deluxe Edition

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 1:28 AM   
 By:   SCOREMIX   (Member)

Perhaps the Varèse CD Club died silentiously......more than a year of new releases here and the last relases were quite unspectacular.....so no wonder if this died.......

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 1:36 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

Perhaps the Varèse CD Club died silentiously......more than a year of new releases here and the last relases were quite unspectacular.....so no wonder if this died.......

I would suspect that he club isn't dead quite yet..

Mr. Townson is focused on the concert happening tonight.

After that I suspect he'll have more time to devote to this aspect of his job after that.


Ford A. Thaxton

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 1:42 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

After that I suspect he'll have more time to devote to this aspect of his job after that.

Hmmm, is he the only one working on Varese's releases ??

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 3:37 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

A year? They released a batch back in Nov 2012. That does not make it a year, only about 5 1/2 months. That's not terrible, they usually only have about 3 of these Club releases a year. I am sure if you just relax and be patient, there will be another Club release just around the bend.

As I remember it used to be four releases a year, every three months. The last announcment was late October, so nothing by the end of this month will make it seven months. I don't think it's finished, I'd think it's still profitable, & I'm expecting an announcment sometime soon. But with old soundtracks I think Varese are nothing like the force they once were, just think of all the releases from Intrada & Kritzerland in the last seven months!

...or was it every four months, I can't remember.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 4:01 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

But with old soundtracks I think Varese are nothing like the force they once were, just think of all the releases from Intrada & Kritzerland in the last seven months!


This. Count me as one of the people who doesn't mind Varese to focus on other things (concerts, encore, limited, ...) as really in all honesty their club releases in most cases pale in comparison to La-La Land and intrada. Varese are still stuck in the 90s as far as the majority of their product goes, releasing concert 'dvds' in stereo in an age of HD & dolby surround is baffling to me, and their album program mentality makes me wish scores like "Star Trek into Darkness" were released by another label.

I still don't see anything positive about their buyout.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

and their album program mentality makes me wish scores like "Star Trek into Darkness" were released by another label.

I still don't see anything positive about their buyout.


Me too. I'm still disappointed about their Chinatown release from the latest Club batch. La-La-Land really could have made a Deluxe treatment with a score like this, including the rejected music (which was of course released later by Perseverance).

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 5:44 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

and their album program mentality makes me wish scores like "Star Trek into Darkness" were released by another label.

(Edited)

I'd ask if you were aware that the composer is in charge of an album's program, not the label. Giacchino chose what cues, not Varese.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 5:52 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)


I'd ask if you were aware that the composer is in charge of an album's program, not the label.


That is not always the norm for releases?

Giacchino chose what cues, not Varese -

Do you have a quote from Giacchino confirming this? Because I sat and listened to Robert Townson's philosophy on releasing scores for an hour and he has little interest in doing C&C. And even if "Into Darkness" album was the composer's choice, I'd still disagree with it and cite it as an example of the older outdated album mentality.

P.S. I saw you edited your post, appreciated.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

After that I suspect he'll have more time to devote to this aspect of his job after that.

Hmmm, is he the only one working on Varese's releases ??


He produces every one. Obviously, other people work on them in other capacities.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   Trent B.   (Member)

I still think the Star Trek 2009 Deluxe Edition was Townson's own personal edit... it SHOULD have been the intended version, nothing missing and the correct takes IE: "I've Fallen and I Can't Beam Up!".

Although the absence of choir and percussion dubs would have been understandable as the re-use fees are probably pretty high right now. The point is that the "Deluxe Edition" was a bit of a slap in the face to the rest of the Star Trek film score releases that were their complete intended editions.

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

Which other label would have given us three great sets and seven discs of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour scores?

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 9:16 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Which other label would have given us three great sets and seven discs of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour scores?

Basil! You're only supposed to be unhappy with Varèse! This praise just makes it confusing!

 
 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Dennis Brain   (Member)

Which other label would have given us three great sets and seven discs of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour scores?

....and those wonderful North´scores, Herrmann box and so on.

 
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