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Logan’s Run: TV Series (1977)
Music by Bruce Broughton, Laurence Rosenthal
Logan’s Run: TV Series Logan’s Run: TV Series
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Price: $14.96
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: March 2004
Catalog #: Vol. 7, No. 4
# of Discs: 1

Released by Special Arrangement with Turner Classic Movies Music

(Looking for the feature film score by Jerry Goldsmith? We got it!)

Logan's Run was not only a science fiction novel and big-budget 1976 film, but a spin-off TV series which premiered on CBS in September 1977. In a post-apocalyptic future, two young "runners," Logan (Gregory Harrison) and Jessica (Heather Menzies), flee their home city, where lives of luxury end in ritualistic death at age 30. Joined by their android companion, Rem (Donald Moffat), Logan and Jessica outwit an assortment of aliens, robots, time travelers, mad scientists and superpowered constructs across the parched landscape while searching for a mythical "Sanctuary" and fleeing their "sandman" pursuers, led by Francis (Randy Powell).

Although it lasted only 14 episodes, Logan's Run is fondly remembered by genre fans for its attractive characters, entertaining sci-fi plots and futuristic gadgets -- not to mention '70s sci-fi charm. One of the most memorable aspects was an exotic title theme by Laurence Rosenthal (The Return of a Man Called Horse, Clash of the Titans) with an unforgettable synthesizer "siren." A gifted melodist, Rosenthal provided a long-lined melody (he also wrote the theme to Fantasy Island) enhanced by a Yamaha E5 organ. It is surprising that this classic theme has never before been released, let alone in stereo.

FSM's premiere CD of the Logan's Run television soundtrack features Rosenthal's main and end titles plus suites from all nine episodes which received original scores (the rest were tracked): Rosenthal's music for the pilot and three additional episodes, setting the tone and symphonic style with his elegant dramatic moods; Jerrold Immel's (Dallas, Knots Landing) for two episodes, utilizing a French impressionistic style plus electronics; veteran M-G-M staffer Jeff Alexander for one; and a young Bruce Broughton for two.

Well before he was a feature composer (Silverado, Young Sherlock Holmes, Lost in Space), Bruce Broughton was busy on numerous television programs, and this is the first-ever release of any of his early television work. His score for "Fear Factor" features sophisticated action writing and evocative treatments of Rosenthal's title theme, hinting at Broughton's popular feature career to come, and the composer's ample talent and craft.

The CD is entirely in stereo, remixed from the original 1/2" three-track session masters. Liner notes are by Lukas Kendall.

Bruce Broughton Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Bruce Broughton (b. 1945) is one of the finest symphonic composers of his generation, with fan-favorite scores such as Silverado and Young Sherlock Holmes headlining many distinguished works for film and television. FSM has released some of his earlier, little-known TV work in episode scores from late 1970s series CHiPs and Logan's Run, as well as his eclectic comedy-sci-fi score for The Ice PiratesIMDB

Laurence Rosenthal Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Laurence Rosenthal (b. 1926) is responsible for some of the finest film and TV music of the last half-century, from feature films like The Miracle Worker and Return of a Man Called Horse to television projects such as Fantasy Island and Young Indiana Jones. His refined, elegantly melodic symphonic style is widely admired by his contemporaries and he continues to be active in film and longform television. IMDB

 

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I don't have this, having dismissed the "goofy-sounding" theme upon first hearing it, but after hearing the samples today I have to seriously reconsider my previous view.

So...for those who have Logan's Run TV series--what do you think of this release? I never even knew of the show's existence--despite being old enough in 1977 to have watched it--until this was announced in 2004 and would like to read your comments on the show and the scores.

I bought it for the Bruce Broughton suite, but ended up enjoying the Laurence Rosenthal stuff much more.
The main theme is great and the quality of the actual scores leaves most of today's rubbish floundering (Giacchino aside).
It gets quite a few plays in this house and is a lovely package, as is usual from FSM.
In short, thumbs-up from me.

Yes, I also give this CD a "Thumb's Up"....I picked it up for the Broughton and Jerry Immel material, but I ended up really enjoying the entire CD.

Great stuff, indeed...:-)

After you get past the "byew byew byew" the theme is really beautiful. But, you know, it was "sci-fi" and Goldsmith's score for the movie had "sci-fi" electronics, so there you go. Outside of that, most of the music is very nicely done and very straightforward. Some are quite haunting. Man out of Time is one of my favorites. Really good stuff for a maddeningly mediocre series. Of course, that doesn't stop me from wishing the damned show was on DVD. I love mediocre science fiction.

After you get past the "byew byew byew" the theme is really beautiful.[/endquote]

I like the byew byews! They have nostalgia value. It's a must-have CD for me for this reason.

Here's what I wrote on an earlier post (http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/daily/article.cfm/articleID/6514/Five-Seventies-era-Sci-Fi-TV-Shows-Whose-Music-Id-Like-to-Have-on-CD---or---If-Wishes-Were-Horses.../)

I still remember the curious thrill I experienced when I read the announcement: FSM had released music from the TV version of Logan's Run. I watched the show as a kid, built my own sandman shirt and pistol (I used a water pistol as the base with an Enterprise nacelle as the barrel. I owned many Enterprise models back then, building fleets of starships, and by 1977, Star Trek had become more of a memory and the model kits began getting recycled. I used what I believe are the intercoolers from the rear of the nacelle to help make the front section of the barrel.).

I'd not thought much about the show since then, and when the cd announcement appeared, I had no idea what to expect, musically. I listened to the main title and was instantly transported. The siren-like strains of the opening sent a real live shiver down my spine. A Proustian flood of childhood memories returned as I heard the theme and I didn't hesitate another moment before placing my order. The cd remains one of my all time favorite FSM releases. It's just a joy, from beginning to end. I have not seen the show since 1977 and I don't think I want to. The music makes it seem wonderful, just the way the show exists in my memory. I'd rather not let the cold stench of reality spoil that feeling.


And here's the review I wrote on Amazon (http://amzn.to/92VYjZ)

In the seventies, we were treated to many short-lived and little remembered science fiction television shows, some of them based on popular films. Logan's Run the tv show lasted for just a handful of episodes and is now virtually forgotten. So who on earth would want to release (let alone listen to) the soundtrack music of this show? Well, the good people at Film Score Monthly have dug up the masters and released this astonishingly entertaining cd. Really a seperate beast altogether from Jerry Goldsmith's classic score to the film, the music presented here is varied, textured and just plain terrific. The siren-like tones of the opening theme had -- unknown to me until I reheard them here -- burned themselves into my brain as a young lad, and listening to it again brought the memories of being a kid in the seventies flooding back. But after that little bit of nostalgia, the disc really takes off, with wonderful orchestral contributions from Laurence Rosenthal, Bruce Broughton, Jerome Immel and Jeff Alexander. Unlike today's overly bland tv underscoring, the music on this disc is delightfully tuneful, original and an absolute pleasure to hear. The action music, suspense cues and even touches of romance all work like gangbusters, and the whole thing has been well-sequenced to make a superb listening experience. If you have fond memories of seventies science fiction music, then don't hesitate to pick up this disc.

Thanks to the stalwart FSM board vets for your helpful responses. :) I've been enjoying the sound samples quite a bit!

As for the 150+ others who read this and moved on without comment---shame!

As for the 150+ others who read this and moved on without comment---shame![/endquote]

:confused: Shame for reading a thread but not commenting? Is it impossible, Mr Phelps, that they had nothing to say? No wonder some of these threads go on for ever if it is considered shameful to read without replying. :eek:

As for the 150+ others who read this and moved on without comment---shame![/endquote]

I redeem myself and say: shame upon al those who haven't bought this CD yet. It is absolutely great music. I'm looking forward to playing this again in December when it is its time in my soundtrack schedule.
Get it while you still have the chance as you really miss out on something great if you let it pass.

D.S.

Looks like the LOGAN'S RUN TV show is destined for DVD:

http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Logans-Run-The-Complete-Series/14913

Logan's Run started life as a 1967 novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, then became a classic 1976 film starring Michael York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter and Farrah Fawcett. The movie was so popular that it led to a spin-off TV series starring Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, M.D.'s "Dr. Gonzo"), Heather Menzies (The Sound of Music's "Louisa"), Donald Moffat (A Clear and Present Danger's "President Bennett"), and Randy Powell (Dallas' "Alan Beam"). The show had a 90-minute pilot and 13 regular weekly episodes (3 of them were unaired). Those included visits from Mary Woronov, Kim Cattrall, Soon-Tek Oh, Jared Martin, Melody Anderson, Barbara Babcock, Nehemiah Persoff, and Gerald McRaney. Star Trek veteran D.C. Fontana wrote for and was story editor on the show.

Each year our friends at the Home Theater Forum try to hold a live online chat with Warner Home Video, where HTF members can ask the studio about their DVD release plans. During the 2008 chat, I personally asked about a number of shows (so many they made a joke of it). Logan's Run was one of those programs I asked about, and the reply was "We'll revisit Logan's Run in the event the theatrical film happens". Yes, a new theatrical film had begun being planned at the time, and is still in development for a possible 2012 release. So that means we're getting close to a release of the TV show, right?

RIGHT! Our friends at the DVD website The Digital Bits include columnist/editor Adam Jahnke, who - just like me - is a big fan of the Logan's Run television series. This past Monday, Adam asked about it at the Facebook fan page of the Warner Archive Collection, the studio's group that handles their manufacture-on-demand (MOD) releases. Late yesterday the people at the Warner Archive answered Adam's questions, with VERY good news that this is actually being developed!
We are cuurently [sic] at work on the LOGAN'S RUN series, and hope to have it ready sometime this year. It will be all the episodes, including the few that didn't air during the original network run.

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Track List
Instruments/Musicians
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For more specific musician lists for the scores on this album, go here:
Logan's Run TV Series: Air Version Pilot
Logan's Run TV Series: Capture
Logan's Run TV Series: Fear Factor
Logan's Run TV Series: Futurepast
Logan's Run TV Series: Half Life
Logan's Run TV Series: Man Out Of Time
Logan's Run TV Series: Night Visitors
Logan's Run TV Series: Pilot
Logan's Run TV Series: The Collectors
Logan's Run TV Series: The Innocent

Leader (Conductor):
Jeff Alexander, Bruce Broughton, Jerrold E. Immel

Violin:
Leonard Atkins, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Bette Byers (La Magna) (Marks), Glenn Dicterow, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), Assa Drori, Henry Ferber, David Frisina, Jack M. Gootkin, Endre G. Granat, Debbie Sue Grossman, Richard Kaufman, Robert Konrad, Jacob Krachmalnick, Bernard Kundell, Norma Leonard, Marvin Limonick, Joy Lyle (Sharp), Alexander Murray, Jack Pepper, Stanley Plummer, Christopher Reutinger, Linda Rose, Sheldon Sanov, Haim Shtrum, Lisa Shulman, Paul C. Shure, Marshall Sosson, Spiro Stamos, Lya Stern, Robert "Bob" Sushel, Gerald Vinci, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Tibor Zelig

Viola:
Myer Bello, Samuel Boghossian, Pamela Goldsmith, Janet Lakatos, Virginia Majewski, Robert Ostrowsky, David Schwartz, Barbara A. Simons (Transue), Milton Thomas

Cello:
Douglas L. Davis, Selene Depuy-Hurford, Armand Kaproff, Raphael "Ray" Kramer, Ronald A. Leonard, Edgar Lustgarten, Daniel Rothmuller, Harry L. Shlutz, Eleanor Slatkin, David H. Speltz, Mary Louise Zeyen

Bass:
Arni Egilsson, Milton Kestenbaum, Peter A. Mercurio, Ray Siegel

Woodwinds:
Don Ashworth, Norman Benno, Gene Cipriano, Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), John F. Ellis, Dominick Fera, Arthur Hoberman, Jules Jacob, Dominic Mumolo, John Neufeld, Hugo Raimondi, Ethmer Roten, Arthur C. Smith, Sheridon W. Stokes

French Horn:
James A. Decker, Vincent N. DeRosa, Robert E. Henderson, William E. Lane, Arthur Maebe, Jr., Richard E. Perissi, Gale H. Robinson, Marni Robinson, Henry Sigismonti

Trumpet:
Maurie Harris, Carroll "Cappy" Lewis, Malcolm Boyd McNab, Anthony "Tony" Terran, George Werth, Graham Young

Trombone:
William Broughton, William Elton, Edward Kusby, Richard "Dick" Nash, Kenneth Shroyer, Charles Small, William Tole, Lloyd E. Ulyate, Craig Ware

Tuba:
Ray Siegel

Keyboards:
John D. Berkman, Mike Boddicker, Douglas Clare Fischer, Caesar Giovannini, Ralph E. Grierson, Pete Jolly (Ceragloli), Lincoln Mayorga, Clark Spangler, Ian R. Underwood

Guitar:
Alton R. "Al" Hendrickson

Harp:
Verlye Brilhart-Mills, Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Lou Ann Neill, Dorothy S. Remsen

Percussion:
Dale L. Anderson, Larry Bunker, Gene Paul Estes, Frank J. Flynn, Peter Limonick, Joe Porcaro, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Tommy Vig, Kenneth E. Watson, Robert J. Zimmitti

Orchestrator:
Jeff Alexander, Bruce Broughton, Jerrold E. Immel, Lyn Murray, Laurence Rosenthal

Orchestra Manager:
Harry W. Lojewski

Supervising Copyist:
Harry W. Lojewski

Copyist:
Bruce Clausen, Gerald Dolin, Jack Dulong, Jack Furlong, Robert G. Hartley, Jerrold E. Immel, Willard W. Jones, Harry W. Lojewski, Ray Mace, Donald J. Midgley, Priscilla Nemoy, Thomas M. Reeves

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