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 Posted:   Jan 23, 2020 - 8:35 AM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

MA: I caught "Lion in the Streets" on TBS one afternoon (contrary to what imdB has, I'm pretty sure it was a two-hour episode). I have to say, though, that "The Bells Toll at Noon" absolutely floored me (as far removed stylistically from "Hookman" as you can get). I came away from watching that show thinking 'how could this not have received an Emmy nom?!' As for the show itself, I thought Rich Little, in a rare dramatic role, was very effective.

I got to look at some of Mort's scores while doing research at UCLA on "Gilligan's Island" music. Beautiful handwriting, major notations/timing info in magic marker (so clean you could "eat off his scores") and, speaking as a music arranger, just a pleasure to view. Also looked at his arrangement of the "Cimarron Strip" MT wondering how many violins he had as the end pitch is a high, as in very high, sustained "D" (he had twelve, the minimum number I would have on a single pitch in that range).

Interestingly, had lunch with him once. Do you know what we talked about most of the time? John Williams, mostly because of his (Mort's) arranging work with JW and the Pops. I remember he hadn't seen "Space Camp" and wondered what the score was like. He also told me the story of Maurice Jarre playing the "Cimarron Strip" theme for him on his office piano (as a one finger melody!)

For a musician, truly a brush with not only greatness, but, I believe, genius.


Great post! Bruce Broughton said to me once that Maurice Jarre only turned in a sketch of the CIMARRON STRIP theme and it was actually Mort, being CBS Music Supervisor at the time, created the theme and arrangement.

I also had the great pleasure of seeing Mort live conduct two Sammy Davis, Jr. concerts back in 1988. His arrangement of “The Music Of the Night” was so fantastic to hear live - what an experience and one that I will NEVER forget!:-)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2020 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

MA: Yeah, all of those wind flourishes, brass chords at the end of the theme are pure Mort. I imagine the reason Jarre was approached to score the CS pilot was because of his work the previous year on "The Professionals" (IMO, one of his truly great scores).

Back to the 5-0 collection. If you had to choose, say 6 or 7 of Mort's scores to include (that is, if the idea was to include multiple composers), which would be your choice? Tell you what, I'll give you 10 (and 8 disks for the collection):

Getting it down to that number, mine would be:

THE FIVE-O COLLECTION, VOL 1 (one-hour episode scores):*

* - A volume 2 could be all of the two-hour premieres/special episodes (Cocoon, Nine Dragons, A Lion in the Streets)


Disk 1

Music by Morton Stevens:

5-0 MT/ET (1968-9 season recording)

Samurai (cues from which were heavily tracked into early seasons shows)
Full Fathom Five
Tiger by the Tail
A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead!
Trouble in Mind

Disk 2

Over Fifty? Steal
Hookman (duh!)
Turkey Shoot at Makapuu
The Bells Toll at Noon
Woe to Wo Fat

Disk 3

Music by Richard Shores:

Forty Feet High...and It Kills!
And a Time to Die...
3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu
Wednesday, Ladies Free
Draw Me a Killer

Disk 4

Shores/Bruce Broughton

Shores:

Anybody Can Build a Bomb
We Hang Our Own

Broughton:

The $100,000 Nickel
Welcome to Our Branch Office
McGarrett Is Missing

Disk 5

Music by Bruce Broughton

Heads, You're Dead
Double Exposure
Elegy in a Rain Forest
Though the Heavens Fall
Use a Gun, Go to Hell

Disk 6

Music by Don B. Ray

Two Doves and Mr. Heron
Vashon trilogy
Charter for Death
Nightmare in Blue

Disk 7

Music by Harry Geller, Dick DeBenedictis, George Romanis:

Geller:

Nine, Ten, You're Dead
I'll Kill Em' Again

DeBenedictis:

Stringer
The Skyline Killer

George Romanis:

Tricks Are Not Treats

Disk 7/8

One score each by Fred Steiner, Jerrold Immel, Walter Scharf, Pete Rugolo, John Cacavas, Richard Markowitz

Extras:

Audio of Mort CBS Radford session

All versions of MT/ET (seasons two through twelve as they were re-recorded each season)

 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2020 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

MA: Yeah, all of those wind flourishes, brass chords at the end of the theme are pure Mort. I imagine the reason Jarre was approached to score the CS pilot was because of his work the previous year on "The Professionals" (IMO, one of his truly great scores).

Back to the 5-0 collection. If you had to choose, say 6 or 7 of Mort's scores to include (that is, if the idea was to include multiple composers), which would be your choice? Tell you what, I'll give you 10 (and 8 disks for the collection):

Getting it down to that number, mine would be:

THE FIVE-O COLLECTION, VOL 1 (one-hour episode scores):*

* - A volume 2 could be all of the two-hour premieres/special episodes (Cocoon, Nine Dragons, A Lion in the Streets)


Disk 1

Music by Morton Stevens:

5-0 MT/ET (1968-9 season recording)

Samurai (cues from which were heavily tracked into early seasons shows)
Full Fathom Five
Tiger by the Tail
A Thousand Pardons, You're Dead!
Trouble in Mind

Disk 2

Over Fifty? Steal
Hookman (duh!)
Turkey Shoot at Makapuu
The Bells Toll at Noon
Woe to Wo Fat

Disk 3

Music by Richard Shores:

Forty Feet High...and It Kills!
And a Time to Die...
3,000 Crooked Miles to Honolulu
Wednesday, Ladies Free
Draw Me a Killer

Disk 4

Shores/Bruce Broughton

Shores:

Anybody Can Build a Bomb
We Hang Our Own

Broughton:

The $100,000 Nickel
Welcome to Our Branch Office
McGarrett Is Missing

Disk 5

Music by Bruce Broughton

Heads, You're Dead
Double Exposure
Elegy in a Rain Forest
Though the Heavens Fall
Use a Gun, Go to Hell

Disk 6

Music by Don B. Ray

Two Doves and Mr. Heron
Vashon trilogy
Charter for Death
Nightmare in Blue

Disk 7

Music by Harry Geller, Dick DeBenedictis, George Romanis:

Geller:

Nine, Ten, You're Dead
I'll Kill Em' Again

DeBenedictis:

Stringer
The Skyline Killer

George Romanis:

Tricks Are Not Treats

Disk 7/8

One score each by Fred Steiner, Jerrold Immel, Walter Scharf, Pete Rugolo, John Cacavas, Richard Markowitz

Extras:

Audio of Mort CBS Radford session

All versions of MT/ET (seasons two through twelve as they were re-recorded each season)


Hello, my friend,

I really like all the titles that you mentioned above, but I would also include:

KING OF THE HILL - Season One (Geller)
DEATH WITH FATHER - Season Six (Stevens)
HOW TO STEAL A MASTERPIECE - Season Seven (Stevens)
BOMB, BOMB, WHO'S GOT THE BOMB - Season Seven (Immel)
RETIRE IN SUNNY HAWAII - FOREVER: Season Eight (Stevens)
A KILLER GROWS WINGS - Season Eight (Immel)
ASSAULT ON THE PALACE - Season Nine (Broughton)
THE LAST OF THE GREAT PAPERHANGERS - Season Nine (Broughton)
WHO SAYS COPS DON'T CRY - Season Twelve (Stevens)
GOOD HELP IS HARD TO FIND - Season Twelve (Stevens)
THE KAHUNA - Season Twelve (Stevens)

Man, they just don't write 'em like this anymore...

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2020 - 5:58 PM   
 By:   Broughtfan   (Member)

MA: The problem I had was limiting Mort's 5-O's to ten scores (so, about one-sixth of the episodes he scored). Had I chosen, say, fifteen shows (so, three disks dedicated to his music instead of two) I would have likely included: ...And They Painted Daisies on His Coffin, Highest Castle, Deepest Grave, One Big Happy Family, A Bullet for El Diablo (Hookman like, yes, but a bit different), and How To Steal a Masterpiece. I think it's fair to say, as with Bruce Broughton's work on this and other series, all of the scores are, at the very least, solid, with many being outstanding (probably the majority in both cases): Also, I felt it important to include both Mort's and Bruce's first and last scores composed for the series (outside of the pilot, which is represented somewhat on the OST).

Another change I'd make is to have both Jerrold Immel scores represented (so we're in accord, here):

Bomb, Bomb, Who's Got the Bomb?
A Killer Grows Wings

Some FYI: Bruce wrote cues for a couple of S5 eps (uncredited, but the scores are at UCLA), namely, "The Child Stealers" and "The Diamond That Nobody Stole" as well as a partial score for S6's "The Finishing Touch," Bruce's second film credit after "A Quiet Day in Dodge", a rare (and quite entertaining) "Gunsmoke" comedy episode.*

Also, I would limit 5-O theme arrangements to S1,2, 6, 9 and 12.

* Look for Bruce, who plays the saloon pianist in the episode.

Update: Talk about fantastic luck! The aforementioned “Gunsmoke” S18 ep, “A Quiet Day in Dodge,” can be seen 27 January (next Monday) 1PM (EST) on ME-TV. Look out for, then, twenty-seven year old Bruce Broughton at the saloon piano (and his first film scoring credit!)

 
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