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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Khartoum/Mosquito Squadron
 Posted:   Jan 3, 2014 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Actually, track 16 (End Title/Exit Music) I5M3/5M4 on the FSM was taken from the film soundtrack itself and is included as a bonus track. It starts off sounding a little bit warped and wobbly - as if the source tape was in mangled shape as it went over the read head. So it's not, strictly speaking, composed entirely of the rerecording. Was this done, I wonder, to confer some sense of the original score that went with the film. As you say, William, anyone listening would be virtually unable to distinguish between the two.

The FSM Khartoum, along with Mosquito Squadron, couldn't sound better.

 Posted:   May 23, 2022 - 3:23 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

This came in as part of my latest batch. Great to know that there are still plenty of "old" surprises to pick up, and thus I never feel the need to pine for what the labels might be releasing in the future.

So, as a mollusc whose knowledge of the world is dwindling away on an hourly basis, I have very little to say about Frank Cordell. I'm such a nutmeg that I haven't even heard a note of CROMWELL, although I think I can redeem myself by saying that I bought the RING OF BRIGHT WATER/ GOD TOLD ME TO LP back in the day - although I don't recall much about it.

Professor McCrumbly (Where did he go? Fed up with our infantile sense of "humour"?) has stated earlier in this thread, nine years ago) that Cordell had a "mature" sound, a very accomplished composer indeed. And I have to say that this CD is spectacularly good. A most enjoyable listen.

Having said that, it's hard to ignore Cordell's "borrowings". I would say that he's "channeling" a lot of Alex North (CLEOPATRA especially), Andre Previn (FOUR HORSEMEN and DEAD RINGER especially), Jerry Goldsmith (IN HARM'S WAY and THE BLUE MAX especially), so - for an ignoramus like me - it's difficult to know what the "real" Cordell sounds like. Was it Jeff Bond talking later about his liner notes for LLL's LAND OF THE GIANTS box set who said that Richard LaSalle's "borrowings" were quite clear, but that he couldn't mention them by name in the notes themselves? Liner notes here are by Jeff Bond and Lukas K, and they (or one of them) get around those issues by saying things like "...somewhat reminiscent of John Barry..."

I also find that the use of the Walton-type (not John-Boy - that's coming up in my NEXT review) music, or the Elgar/ Bliss style (the "Throne Room" music in the first STAR WARS for those molluscs out there who know less about things than I do) seems curiously old-fashioned, perhaps moreso in MOSQUITO SQUADRON than in KHARTOUM, and that it sometimes comes across as a pastiche of pastiche. I was often reminded of Barry Gray scoring THUNDERBIRDS.

So there you go. That was me being positive, but it looks very negative. I haven't even discussed the scores separately, just lumped them together. I don't make notes before I post here, you know. Can you tell? Ah, I think I may prefer MOSQUITO SQUADRON over KHARTOUM, but there might be a bit of nostalgia there - I saw this as a lad in the cinema... it wouldn't have been in 1969, but probably around 1973. It was probably re-released during the school holidays as a second feature to something like THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD or some other Harryhausen extravaganza of the '50s/'60s.

Buy dis CD today, and stop thinking about what might be coming out in ten years time!

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