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 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   soundtracksi   (Member)

Just had to add the great SITTING TARGET a kick ass score

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 10:39 AM   
 By:   Kim Peterson   (Member)

The Witches...

I actually just watched this film again the other day, and I must say Myers' score sits proudly among the best fantasy scores of the past 30 years -- which is saying a lot.


I would have to say The Witches also, but The Martian Chronicles is their to.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 31, 2013 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   reecardov   (Member)

Agreed on The Watcher in the Woods! I was also quite fond of the work he did for 1985's DREAMCHILD - an obscure British drama about the life of Lewis Carroll. Beautiful score, and kinda creepy all at the same time.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

What's that film that had James Mason doing an Australian accent, and a young Helen Mirren getting her kit off again on the beach? That had a great score by Myers. It almost didn't quite fit the film, but I love when individualistic geniuses just do their own thing on a movie. This one sounded sometimes as mad as a Basil Kirchin score!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I liked Lightship, Dreamchild, Sitting Target, Martian Chronicles.

http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=88768&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   Superman1701   (Member)

The Witches....classic...and a holy grail indeed

 
 Posted:   Feb 1, 2013 - 6:57 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

What's that film that had James Mason doing an Australian accent, and a young Helen Mirren getting her kit off again on the beach? That had a great score by Myers. It almost didn't quite fit the film, but I love when individualistic geniuses just do their own thing on a movie. This one sounded sometimes as mad as a Basil Kirchin score!

Hi, Graham.

You're referring to 1969's AGE OF CONSENT which initially had a score by Australian Peter Sculthorpe.
For whichever reason, Columbia Pictures decided that Sculthorpe's music was not appropriate and called upon Stanley Myers to dish up a replacement score.

The Myers version is the one you referencing. I've never heard it myself, because when AGE OF CONSENT was issued onto DVD the original Sculthorpe version was the print used.

Sometimes this is desirable - sometimes not so.

When MGM's midnight movie line released CRY OF THE BANSHEE, the original U.K. print was selected rather than AIP's American edit. This allowed the Wilfred Joseph score to shine.
And as much as I appreciate the opportunity to hear Sculthorpe's AGE OF CONSENT, it means I don't get the chance to hear Stanley Myers' effort (which is why I bought the DVD initially thinking that I could at last hear Myers' music - but , alas ...)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Thanks Tone - AGE OF CONSENT was what I was thinking of. I had no idea that Peter Sculthorpe had done the original score. Anyway, this is all I could find of the Myers rescore - it's not indicative of the best, most madly inventive parts, but somebody might like it -

http://youtube.com/watch?v=iwSAQ_MK1xQ

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   petergeeky   (Member)

Thanks Tone - AGE OF CONSENT was what I was thinking of. I had no idea that Peter Sculthorpe had done the original score. Anyway, this is all I could find of the Myers rescore - it's not indicative of the best, most madly inventive parts, but somebody might like it -

http://youtube.com/watch?v=iwSAQ_MK1xQ[/endquote

AGE OF CONSENT was recently screened on UK tv (Film4) in its original version, with different opening scenes and the Peter Sculthorpe score. I have a VHS which carries a credit for Sculthorpe on the box, but the actual movie has Stanley Myers' wonderfully evocative score. At the time of the film's UK release, James Mason appeared on Simon Dee's chat-show DEE TIME to promote the picture, and following a clip that was screened, pointed out to the viewers that "The music there is by Stanley Myers". Unforgettable comment.

My favourite scores - the truly innovative ULYSSES, NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY and the deeply moving RAGING MOON (LONG AGO TOMORROW), which also features the guitar of John Williams. I also have a soft spot for KALEIDOSCOPE, but was bitterly disappointed with the FSM CD which also contains Johnny Keating's HOTEL - both scores differ quite considerrably from the stereo albums and most of the tracks appear to be mono!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 2, 2013 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

I don't have a lot of his work in my collection, but I am a proud owner of 'The Martian Chronicals'.

Same. Looked for other work on cd and couldn't find it.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2013 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Looked for other work on cd and couldn't find it.

Hi, jkannry.

I agree that there's so much music by Stanley Myers that is not on disc. However, there is more than THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES and KALEIDOSCOPE on CD:

C.A.M.'s CD on THE TORRENTS OF SPRING



Milan's CD on 2 Volker Schlondorff films, one of which is VOYAGER



Intrada's Stanley Myers 2-fer (long OOP)



Another C.A.M. CD, this one on 2 HISTOIRE d'O movies



plus this 2005 release by Finders Keepers of the 1972 SITTING TARGET (a label which may be off the radar of many soundtrack collectors)

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2013 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Thanks Tone - AGE OF CONSENT was what I was thinking of. I had no idea that Peter Sculthorpe had done the original score. Anyway, this is all I could find of the Myers rescore - it's not indicative of the best, most madly inventive parts, but somebody might like it -

http://youtube.com/watch?v=iwSAQ_MK1xQ


Is this source from a 45 r.p.m. single, Graham?
Didn't know any Myers music was put out on AGE OF CONSENT.

Based on that one track, I can imagine how the producers wanted a Swinging '60s / Ron Grainer-type pop music vibe for AGE OF CONSENT, which was scored orchestrally by Sculthopre.

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2013 - 11:49 AM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

My favourite scores - the truly innovative ULYSSES, NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY and the deeply moving RAGING MOON (LONG AGO TOMORROW), which also features the guitar of John Williams. I also have a soft spot for KALEIDOSCOPE, but was bitterly disappointed with the FSM CD which also contains Johnny Keating's HOTEL - both scores differ quite considerrably from the stereo albums and most of the tracks appear to be mono!

I agree with you petergeeky.

If you got ULYSSES and RAGING MOON on LP, then you're definitely a Stanley Myers fan.

Since I created this thread, I may as well deposit my rankings on everything I have on Stanley Myers. In addition to the LPs and CDs, I'm including the films themselves (including titles on VHS as well as DVD) in my ratings. The scores by Myers that I like best have no soundtrack albums and can only be enjoyed by watching the movies.

Here comes the Stanley Cup! big grin



FOUR STANLEY CUPS

1. HOUSE OF MORTAL SIN (DVD) (aka THE CONFESSIONAL)
2. (THE BALLAD OF) TAM LIN (VHS) [aka THE DEVIL'S WIDOW)
3. INCUBUS (DVD)
4. ABSOLUTION (DVD)
5. THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS (DVD)
6. THE COMEBACK (DVD)
7. THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES (CD)
8. THE HOUSE OF WHIPCORD (DVD)
9. SCHIZO (DVD)
10. FRIGHTMARE (DVD)
11. SITTING TARGET (CD)
12. THE NIGHT OF THE FOLLOWING DAY (DVD)
13. ULYSSES (LP & DVD)
14. NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (LP & DVD)

THREE STANLEY CUPS

15. EUREKA (DVD)
16. THE TORRENTS OF SPRING (CD)
17. THE WIND (DVD) (with Hans Zimmer)
18. CONDUCT UNBECOMING (DVD)
19. BLIND DATE (1984) (LP & DVD)
20. LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER (LP & DVD)
21. COLD HEAVEN (VHS & CD)
22. HISTOIRE d'O: CHAPITRE 2 (CD)
23. THE NEXT ONE (DVD) (aka THE TIME TRAVELER)
24. PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN (DVD)
25. THE RAGING MOON (LP & DVD) (aka LONG AGO TOMORROW)
26. VOYAGER (CD & DVD) (aka HOMO FABER)
27. THE WITCHES (1990) (DVD)
28. COUPE DE GRACE (DVD)
29. TRACK 29 (VHS)
30. CASTAWAY (1986) (LP & DVD)
31. THE DEER HUNTER (LP)

TWO STANLEY CUPS (brassieres by Bristols-Myers, anyone? B# or Bb? smile )

32. IRON MAZE (DVD)
33. TAFFIN (DVD)
34. WISH YOU WERE HERE (DVD)
35. THE WILBY CONSPIRACY (DVD)
36. THE BLOCKHOUSE (DVD)
37. ROAD MOVIE (DVD)
38. BORDER COP (DVD)
39. PRICK UP YOUR EARS (LP & DVD)
40. MOONLIGHTING (DVD) (probably the beginning of the Myers/Zimmer relationship)
41. ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDERSTERN ARE DEAD (DVD)
42. INSIGNIFICANCE (LP & DVD)
43. X, Y AND ZEE (DVD)

ONE CUPPA

44. TROPIC OF CANCER (VHS)
45. KALEIDOSCOPE (LP & CD)
46. TRUSTING BEATRICE (CD) (aka CLAUDE)
47. OTLEY (LP)

[FYI: the rare British LP of TAKE A GIRL LIKE YOU is one by Myers that I never came across. In the late '80s, I did buy a cassette of PAPERHOUSE but not long afterwards discarded it because I didn't care for it at the time. I think PAPERHOUSE was more Zimmer and less Myers, IMO].

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2013 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Tone, I don't know the source of the AGE OF CONSENT piece that's up on the Tube. I just assumed it had been lifted directly from the film.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2013 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   kcm1986@yahoo.com   (Member)

PASSENGER 57 (the main title is one of my favorite themes) and most recently PAPERHOUSE

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 9:57 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=758jtD0xWmw

I really don't know Myers music except for a few scores. I always liked Cavatina and The Martian Chronicles.

The above youtube URL is from a movie he scored in the 70's called SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER. I barely remember the movie, but I do remember being very emotionally touched by it. It was also the first time I really noticed Bruce Davison, whom I've always found to be a fine actor. I hope it plays again sometime on TMC or another channel. The youtube I posted has many scenes from the movie, and Myers' music in certain scenes is very good.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 9, 2013 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

PASSENGER 57 (the main title is one of my favorite themes) and most recently PAPERHOUSE


PASSENGER 57 is by Stanley Clarke, not Stanley Myers wink

 
 Posted:   Mar 31, 2013 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

*DVD alert *

The only DOCTOR WHO serial for which Stanley Myers had written the incidental music - "The Reign Of Terror" - has been released on DVD by BBC.



Previously, 4 of the surviving episodes of this 6-part serial were issued onto VHS in 2003 in a boxed set with other WHO serials.
Now, in 2013, "The Reign Of Terror" gets a stand-alone release with its 2 missing segments animated & accompanied by audio recordings taped from TV broadcast transmissions.

This is the best presentation yet for this particular story, and my appreciation for the score by Myers has increased due to this DVD.

DOCTOR WHO fans seem to be wildly divergent in their responses to the music Stanley Myers provided.
Those who dislike the 'woodwind chamber music' approach to scoring WHO will no doubt disapprove of the score for "The Reign Of Terror", similar to the much-maligned Carey Blyton music for "The Silurians" from WHO's 7th season.
The typical melodramatic contributions for the series by Dudley Simpson are nowhere to be heard here.

I, on the other hand, am delighted by this early effort as it is refreshingly different from the customary incidental music that the program was to receive years ahead in its future.
Overall, the first season of DOCTOR WHO (1963-1964) had had a sequence of impressive composers to its benefit (like Tristram Cary and Richard Rodney Bennett) and the season finale by Stanley Myers only adds another feather onto the cap. smile

The performing ensemble for "The Reign Of Terror" sounds as if it is a wind sextet (piccolo, flute, clarinet, French horn, trumpet & saxophone) augmented by drums, harpsichord & vibes.
This arrangement may very well be the most 'classical' to be heard in WHO.
Sometimes instruments are heard solo. Episode #3 has a suspense sequence with no dialogue which offers Myers a rare WHO opportunity for his music to carry the scene.
Those familiar with the later film scores by Myers should be able to detect his 'fingerprints' all throughout his fledgling assignment. The contour of his themes, the phrasings - all these are recognizable Stanley Myers traits which make "The Reign Of Terror" sound much more like a typical Myers underscore than something like KALEIDOSCOPE (his first feature).

This 6-parter allows leeway for variety, and Myers takes full advantage of this opportunity to create music which ranges from sardonic renditions of the French national anthem to moments of some ominous treachery to ironic buffoonery.
Sounding like a wry neo-classical octet by Igor Stravinsky, Myers' music for "The Reign Of Terror" will not be to all tastes. Folks who are receptive to this approach should expect themselves to be in for a treat with this latest BBC DVD! Recommended to Whovians and Stanley Myers fans alike.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2014 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   Adam Cousins   (Member)

Sorry old thread resurrection alert!

A while back I purchased an album called Sax Appeal (yes lovely cheezy title) which amongst other things contains Stanley Myers' saxophone concerto.

It's a really quite lovely thing and would sit rather nicely with Michael Kamen's saxophone concerto if asked to I'm sure.

Is anyone else familiar with the Myers Concerto? The CD also contains Richard Rodney Bennett's and Michael Torke's concertos of a saxophonic nature.....

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2014 - 8:53 AM   
 By:   KT   (Member)

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