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 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 4:25 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

OK, Sylvester Levay is one of my favorite composers, and I have tried to see as many films that he scored as possible. So, since the early 90s I have tracked down 25 movies with a Levay score, films from 1984 - 1994, the years he was active in Hollywood. So far I have seen these films scored by the Master of Melodic Themes:


The Heroes Of Desert Storm
Abduction
Beauty & Denise
Hot Shots!
Cobra
Stalking Laura
Gladiator School
Flashfire
Stone Cold
Dead Before Dawn
In The Deep Woods
Courage Mountain
Burglar
Manhunt: Search For The Night Stalker
Cry In The Wild: The Taking Of Peggy Ann
Airwolf (Pilot 1)
Airwolf (Pilot 2)
Navy Seals
Mannequin
Something Is Out There
Invitation To Hell
False Arrest
Creator
Sins Of The Father
Donato & Daugther


In addition to these, I have seen several Airwolf episodes that I haven't kept track of. And "Where The Boys Are '84" is on youtube, so I'll better see it before it's taken down.

Anyone out there who has seen other Levay films?

Any general Levay comments?

Filmography:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006169/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 4:57 AM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

OK, Sylvester Levay is one of my favorite composers



big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 5:24 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Not a feature film, but I notice there's an album of music from the German tv series Medicopter 117 (which I'm sure was discussed or mentioned on the FSM forum a long time ago) and which is on Amazon and iTunes.

There are several cues credited to Levay, including the theme.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 5:27 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

With some exceptions, not actually a string of excellent films there.

But I understand your 'mission'. I'm the same way with Williams, Elfman and Goldenthal. I need to see everything they've scored, even if it's crap.

As for Levay, I don't really have much to contribute. I like what I've heard, but never taken the time to explore much.

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Not a feature film, but I notice there's an album of music from the German tv series Medicopter 117 (which I'm sure was discussed or mentioned on the FSM forum a long time ago) and which is on Amazon and iTunes.

There are several cues credited to Levay, including the theme.


Thanks! I have a suite on a CDR, but I didn't know there was a complete release like this. A pity it's a download-only, but I'll surely be bying it. It sounds a little more Zimmer/orchestral-like, and less like his 80s stuff though.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0080CZY6U/ref=dm_sp_alb?ie=UTF8&qid=1377264891&sr=1-3-catcorr

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

With some exceptions, not actually a string of excellent films there.

But I understand your 'mission'. I'm the same way with Williams, Elfman and Goldenthal. I need to see everything they've scored, even if it's crap.

As for Levay, I don't really have much to contribute. I like what I've heard, but never taken the time to explore much.


Sure, he was never the blockbuster guy, he did some features and a lot of TV films. But he worked extremely much during those 10 years.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Can someone tell us what happened to him?

 
 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

He "composed" the musical SISI and never had to work again. smile

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 3:52 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Can someone tell us what happened to him?

He has mostly been into musicals the last 20 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvester_Levay

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   Giorgio Moroder   (Member)


Cobra 1986
Stone Cold 1991
Touch & Go 1986
Navy Seals 1990
Werewolf tv serie 1987
Time Bomb 1984
Airwolf tv serie 1984
Burglar 1987
Annihilator 1986
Otherworl tv serie 1985
Mannequin 1987
Snow Kill 1990
Something is out there 1988
Invitation to hell 1984
and of course the underscore (unreleased score) from SCARFACE with Giorgio Moroder...

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 3:17 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

The original soundtrack of 'Airwolf" is in my top 10.

Favourite episodes "Fallen angel" "Mind of the machine"


This one from time bomb sounds very much like "Mind of the machine", a golden combo: 1984, Lando Calrisian, The black hole's Charles Piser, the sound from "Airwolf", and a super charged armed GMS Astro cab about to retreive a nuclear bomb. Things can't get better than that!!




The last section is rather Revenge of the Ninja"

Oh how my soul cries for not having the "Airwolf" and "Time bomb" music on CD.

D.S.

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 9:54 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Cobra 1986
Stone Cold 1991
Touch & Go 1986
Navy Seals 1990
Werewolf tv serie 1987
Time Bomb 1984
Airwolf tv serie 1984
Burglar 1987
Annihilator 1986
Otherworl tv serie 1985
Mannequin 1987
Snow Kill 1990
Something is out there 1988
Invitation to hell 1984
and of course the underscore (unreleased score) from SCARFACE with Giorgio Moroder...


You mean that you have seen these films?

How are the scores from Touch & Go, Werewolf and Otherworld?

Georges Delerue is also credited on Touch & Go - I wonder if his score got rejected?

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Oh how my soul cries for not having the "Airwolf" and "Time bomb" music on CD.

I guess you are familiar with the Mark Cairns Airwolf 2CD from 1999? Very good versions. Another release is coming soon.

At least I've got a Time Bomb CDR in my collection. Better than nothing.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Oh how my soul cries for not having the "Airwolf" and "Time bomb" music on CD.

I guess you are familiar with the Mark Cairns Airwolf 2CD from 1999? Very good versions. Another release is coming soon.


The Mark Cairns versions are no where close to the original, and most of all the named episodes are not well represented if at all. One tune I forgot last time was "Birds of paradise" which has a beautiful dance track when String dances with Isela Arragon (Barbara Luna). Another one that has fun music is "Natural born". As for the non-synth, it's the, as I call it "70s Black Beauty hunting" music, used at the end of "And they are us", "One way express" and "To snare a wolf".

At least I've got a Time Bomb CDR in my collection. Better than nothing.
You mean you have that soundtrack ORIGINAL and WITHOUT any other sounds???????!!!!!!!!

D.S.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 1:50 PM   
 By:   mikael488   (Member)

Levay's score to Time Bomb sounds very good indeed. I'd love to have it on CD.

 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 6:09 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Oh how my soul cries for not having the "Airwolf" and "Time bomb" music on CD.

I guess you are familiar with the Mark Cairns Airwolf 2CD from 1999? Very good versions. Another release is coming soon.


The Mark Cairns versions are no where close to the original, and most of all the named episodes are not well represented if at all. One tune I forgot last time was "Birds of paradise" which has a beautiful dance track when String dances with Isela Arragon (Barbara Luna). Another one that has fun music is "Natural born". As for the non-synth, it's the, as I call it "70s Black Beauty hunting" music, used at the end of "And they are us", "One way express" and "To snare a wolf".

At least I've got a Time Bomb CDR in my collection. Better than nothing.
You mean you have that soundtrack ORIGINAL and WITHOUT any other sounds???????!!!!!!!!

D.S.


I think I downloaded the Time Bomb tracks from that "thefaceofdeath" blog, which also featured other Levay scores. I don't know if the site is up any longer. Sound quality is no more than decent, sound effects mostly removed.

 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   mastersofuniverse   (Member)

Oh how my soul cries for not having the "Airwolf" and "Time bomb" music on CD.

I guess you are familiar with the Mark Cairns Airwolf 2CD from 1999? Very good versions. Another release is coming soon.


The Mark Cairns versions are no where close to the original, and most of all the named episodes are not well represented if at all. One tune I forgot last time was "Birds of paradise" which has a beautiful dance track when String dances with Isela Arragon (Barbara Luna). Another one that has fun music is "Natural born". As for the non-synth, it's the, as I call it "70s Black Beauty hunting" music, used at the end of "And they are us", "One way express" and "To snare a wolf".

At least I've got a Time Bomb CDR in my collection. Better than nothing.
You mean you have that soundtrack ORIGINAL and WITHOUT any other sounds???????!!!!!!!!

D.S.


I think I downloaded the Time Bomb tracks from that "thefaceofdeath" blog, which also featured other Levay scores. I don't know if the site is up any longer. Sound quality is no more than decent, sound effects mostly removed.


Mark Cairns CD was passable for its time but it was ridiculously overpriced and if you listen to it now, its woefully innacurate. The synth sounds were totally innacurate as were the drums and percussion. Fair play though for the attempt, it filled people's needs at the time.

Obviously, the new versions which have been done/programmed mostly by someone else are far more accurate now, although having said that, i've seen versions on youtube done by others which are just as accurate.

 
 Posted:   Aug 27, 2013 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Mark Cairns CD was passable for its time but it was ridiculously overpriced

I don't think it was particularly overpriced to begin with. But it became very expensive after it went out of print and dealers started to interfer.

 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 3:33 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

bump

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 2, 2013 - 6:43 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)



This one from time bomb sounds very much like "Mind of the machine", a golden combo: 1984, Lando Calrisian, The black hole's Charles Piser, the sound from "Airwolf", and a super charged armed GMS Astro cab about to retreive a nuclear bomb. Things can't get better than that!!



Time Bomb in particular, and some other scores as well ( Cobra ) are Levay in his Tangerine Dream clone mode... not sure if it was his choice or he was hired because he could ape the TD sound so expertly. Most likely he was hired for that sound in particular, as it seems in later years his sound strayed away from that style. I remember channel surfing when Time Bomb aired originally, and stopping to listen, thinking it was in fact a Tangerine Dream score razz

He even out TD'd TD on the 3 O'Clock High score, where his contributions were more interesting than TD's own tracks big grin

He was very adept at that TD sequencer styled stuff... it'd be great to have some of this stuff on official CDs in crisp , pristine sound.

 
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