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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2015 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

"Today, we shall see the passing of kings. Aye, and more than kings." - Robert Howard

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2015 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   Gold Digger   (Member)

Sad news indeed he made Goldsmith sound so very good. RIP.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2015 - 11:09 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

R.I.P....I've lost count of the number of soundtrack albums I've owned over the years with Tomlinson's name in the credits.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2015 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

Very sad news, but a wonderful tribute up top by Chris Malone. Well done, Chris.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2015 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

Sad news indeed.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2015 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Tadlow   (Member)

My first visit to a recording studio was to Anvil Denham to see Eric recording with Maurice Jarre. I was so fortunate in life to become friendly with both ...and in later years Eric recorded some of my Prague sessions with Jan Holzner assisting. A sad loss

My fondest memory of Eric was on The Message...with two great pipe smokers, Eric and Moustapha Akkad, both sucking away on empty pipes as Maurice had "banned" smoking from the Denham Control room....Maurice did it on purpose as he liked to play practical jokes and knew how frustrating that would be to such great lovers of tobacco.

Eric actually gave up pipe smoking for nearly a year..but complained of having a constant sort throat in that time...only alleviated when he started puffing again!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2015 - 1:05 PM   
 By:   Nicholas_DW   (Member)

A truly talented man. He will be missed.

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2015 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

Sad year. Before Lois, now Eric.
May he rest in peace

 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2015 - 3:57 PM   
 By:   nilnav45   (Member)

Thanks to his foresight we have both versions of Battle of Britain to enjoy.
Sad to hear he is no longer with us.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2015 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   Tadlow   (Member)

Thanks to his foresight we have both versions of Battle of Britain to enjoy.
Sad to hear he is no longer with us.


I managed to "rescue" the Walton tapes from Eric's garage when he retired before he moved to the South Coast....nice to be able to "restore" this score.

 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2015 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

More details on his life and career by Chris Malone at his website:


http://www.malonedigital.com/tomlinson.pdf


Wonderful article, I laughed out loud several times at the humorous anecdotes. Bit hard to explain to my work colleagues why I was laughing, as they haven't got a clue who people like Bernard Herrmann are. I know it was written a few years ago, but it really works as a wonderful tribute to Mr. Tomlinson now, bringing his personality and work to life. Lovely stuff.

One point though: it says that THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY was recorded at Anvil Studios in April 1979. Mike Matessino also said something similar in his liner notes for ALIEN (saying Goldsmith stayed on in the UK to record THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY after the ALIEN sessions, which I think was in Feb... not got the dates to hand.) However, this can't be the case as the film opened as THE FIRST GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY in London's West End in December 1978. The liner notes for the Intrada issue of the score does say "recorded in 1978", but I was wondering if anyone knows exactly when it was recorded? Was it April 1978?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2015 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Chris, thank you.
just wow, what a master of craft. Alien and Boys from Brazil come to mind.
There was something about that Tomlinson sound, he knew what he was doing.
Condolences to the family and all concerned with the great work and the life of this man.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2015 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   Simon Gomersall   (Member)

Great article Chris, and a worthy tribute to a hugely significant name in the history of twentieth century film music.

RIP Eric Tomlinson.

SG

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2015 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   alexp   (Member)

As a personal tribute to Mr. Tomlinson, I brought some CD of soundtracks that he has worked on to the workout studio of the gym that I belong to this past Saturday.

The studio has a sound system on a rack with 4 overhead speakers and a subwoofer. The room has wooded floors and sheets of mirrors covering 3/4ths of the studio’s walls, so that when the music is played, the room gives off a reverb. It is usually unoccupied on Saturdays for at least the first hour after the gym opens, so, every Saturday morning, I would play CDs on the stereo for a half-hour to celebrate my completing a full 5-day training regimen.

Those CDs I played in that room last Saturday were THE FINAL CONFLICT, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, MONSIGNOR, BRAINSTORM, and BATMAN.

I feel, a very fitting way to honor the skill of Mr. Tomlinson by listening to how his work is displayed on a well-equipped sound system in a large room with unique acoustics.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2015 - 10:51 PM   
 By:   Chris Malone   (Member)

Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts.

Here’s a photo from a few years back when Alan Snelling, Eric, and I convened for a lengthy lunch in Soho.



To address Mark’s question about The Great Train Robbery, 1978 rather than ’79 does seem likely in hindsight. The date on photograph is therefore incorrect – I don’t have visibility of any other documentation to confirm for sure.

Chris

 
 Posted:   Nov 30, 2015 - 11:12 PM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

Very nice Chris. And nice seeing you too.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 3, 2015 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

R.I.P. Eric Tomlinson. The sound of film music owed a lot to you!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2015 - 7:14 AM   
 By:   mulan98   (Member)

Through the kindness of Ron Goodwin, my wife and I were at Anvil recording studios for a day's scoring, around 1976, on the tv film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST which Ron had scored and Eric was supervising the recording. I worried, at the time that others might resent our presence and that we would be in the way but Eric was kindness itself making sure we were comfortable and looked after, with coffee and scones, in between exchanging banter with Ron. A truly lovely gentleman.

 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2015 - 8:08 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)



To address Mark’s question about The Great Train Robbery, 1978 rather than ’79 does seem likely in hindsight. The date on photograph is therefore incorrect – I don’t have visibility of any other documentation to confirm for sure.

Chris


Thanks Chris, and thanks again for sharing your memories.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 11, 2015 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   tony_carty   (Member)

The next edition of the radio programme SOUNDTRACKS on Tuesday Dec 15 includes a tribute to Eric Tomlinson.
Soundtracks can be heard on SecklowSounds.org Tuesdays at 10pm and is repeated Sunday at 12 midnight and Monday at 11am. All times GMT.
The stock of past editions - hour-long shows – continues to grow and can be accessed at http://www.mixcloud.com/secklowsoundtracks/

 
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