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 Posted:   Dec 12, 2022 - 3:04 PM   
 By:   David Ferstat   (Member)

Oh frabjous day, indeed! An insta-buy (well, when released). smile

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2022 - 6:33 PM   
 By:   Chris Malone   (Member)

Not that anyone cares, but my personal connection with Mary, Queen of Scots dates to 1995 during my first year of university/college.

My student budget and casual work permitted a little wiggle room for the occasional soundtrack purchase. Second-hand vinyl records were plentiful and could be had inexpensively compared with CD so were the preferred format.

John Barry quickly became my favourite composer, mostly because of his fantastic James Bond scores. Seeing his name on any LP was an instant purchase, a mark of musical quality. The IPCRESS File, The Lion in Winter, and King Kong were readily added to the collection and provided much enjoyment.

At this time, I started recording music for university/college friend’s bands—everyone had a band! This was predominantly live mixed analogue using grotesquely rudimentary equipment. We were starting to experiment with digital sound capture via the Sound Blaster 16 and then editing on the PC.

One day I dutifully snapped up the Mary, Queen of Scots LP. Spinning it there was something haunting, beguiling, and deeply melancholy about it. The way it seemed to have the darkness aspects of Diamonds Are Forever and how it fit with The Lion in Winter and The Last Valley, like an abridging symphonic movement between them.

I recorded it into the computer—the first vinyl record I digitised—and then spent weeks dutifully painting out clicks. Once satisfied, I recorded the output to TDK cassette tape. (This was before CD-Rs were a thing, that would be late 1997 for me via the Yamaha CDR200t.)

The Intrada CD from 2008 was a very welcome disc to replace my funky (“ADA” SPARS code!) cassette. The absence of swish and breakup on some of the louder passages was a delight.

This new edition from Quartet instantly transports me back to 1995 and that teenager who was engrossed in the gift John Barry had to communicate emotions and story so directly—all wrapped in those John Richards CTS sonics that I love.

Chris

 
 Posted:   Dec 12, 2022 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)



Always appreciate you sharing these personal experiences, Chris!

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2022 - 12:11 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

Thanks for sharing your story Chris!

Back in 1986, when I was a 16 year old earning soundtrack money with a Saturday job on Barnsley market, I showed up to my job early on Saturday morning and realised the guy that ran the market stall next to the one I helped set up hadn't shown up.

"Didn't you hear?" they asked. "Arthur died."

Arthur was a lovely old bloke, and I liked him. After I'd finished helping set up the stall and collecting my fiver, I went home and played my then newest LP, Mary Queen of Scots, and suddenly Mary's theme seemed even more deep, meaningful, and communicative to my soul than before.

Nowadays, I can't help but think about Arthur when I hear Mary's Theme.

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2022 - 12:39 AM   
 By:   BornOfAJackal   (Member)

This one means a lot to real Barry fans on the board.

My only encounter with this score is the suite from Nic Raine/City of Prague's The Classic Film Music of John Barry: Volume Two. I really enjoyed those highlights from that great album.

I was saving my slim budget for Christmas-time soundtrack music for just the right album or two, after a titanic year of buying every album that struck my fancy.

This will be the first. The Godfather will probably be the second.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2022 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Nominated for best score along with Nicholas and Alexandra, Straw Dogs, Shaft, and Summer of 42. 5 good choices.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 13, 2022 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

Nominated for best score along with Nicholas and Alexandra, Straw Dogs, Shaft, and Summer of 42. 5 good choices.

A strong year.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2022 - 12:40 AM   
 By:   iankemsley   (Member)

The mono film tracks sound superb, very rich. Again, an excellent booklet. What a stunning end to the year.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 18, 2022 - 1:06 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Nominated for best score along with Nicholas and Alexandra, Straw Dogs, Shaft, and Summer of 42. 5 good choices.
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A strong year.



For the Golden Globes, MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS was up against SUMMER OF '42, SHAFT, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, and LE MANS.

SUMMER OF '42 won the Oscar, SHAFT won the Golden Globe.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2022 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   laurence.stecki   (Member)

I was interested to hear the original version of the cue "Elizabeth's Ride" -- which was on the Silva label's reconstruction CD, conducted by Nic Raine -- but does not appear the new Quartet CD.

 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2022 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

I was interested to hear the original version of the cue "Elizabeth's Ride" -- which was on the Silva label's reconstruction CD, conducted by Nic Raine -- but does not appear the new Quartet CD.

Isn't it found in track 22, about 32 seconds in... judging from the sample on the Quartet site?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 23, 2022 - 5:34 PM   
 By:   laurence.stecki   (Member)

I am covered in shame.
I was looking at track titles first and not listening to each in its entirety.
It is an abbreviated version of the track on the Silva label, but I believe this shorter version represents what is actually in the movie.
Many thanks for the correction.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2022 - 11:04 AM   
 By:   El Aurence   (Member)

The CD arrived finally.

Finished listening to the stereo tracks.

Nice score, vintage Barry.

"Mary's Theme" is such beautiful piece of music.

John Barry was gifted in composing melodies.

 
 Posted:   Dec 25, 2022 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Elmo Bernstein   (Member)

I was curious about Quartet's press release statement "This CD marks the first release of the entire score, thanks to the recent discovery of previously unknown tape rolls in the Universal vaults".

Does this mean they discovered a better source for the album master tapes in the Universal vaults, or is it referring to the mono recording used for the movie mix? Either way, I am confused, as Intrada released the album a number of years ago, while the mono music mix was included on the DVD.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2023 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Just played--twice. Really enjoyed it.

Thank you, Quartet, for this and the others.

My favorite of the unreleased cues is "Murder of Riccio."

It is one minute of percussive tension, snarling brass, an aggressive woodwind burst, and a xylophone dancing over the top it. This cue would have been at home as one of the more barbaric cues in Barry's The Last Valley--which was his previous score before Mary, Queen of Scots.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2023 - 8:08 PM   
 By:   Mike Matessino   (Member)

I was curious about Quartet's press release statement "This CD marks the first release of the entire score, thanks to the recent discovery of previously unknown tape rolls in the Universal vaults".

Does this mean they discovered a better source for the album master tapes in the Universal vaults, or is it referring to the mono recording used for the movie mix? Either way, I am confused, as Intrada released the album a number of years ago, while the mono music mix was included on the DVD.


It was a new transfer of the album master, and for the full mono score I located 1/4" tapes with some of the score on it. We didn't have that at the time the Blu-Ray was done; that iso-track used a music stem.

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2023 - 12:34 AM   
 By:   Bill Carson, Earl of Poncey   (Member)

Thanks for taking trouble to post info mike.
Im loving this

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2023 - 4:10 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

Thanks for taking trouble to post info mike.
Im loving this


Me, too! Thank you, Mike. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2023 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Even Vanessa is listenable. smile

 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2023 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   Elmo Bernstein   (Member)

Thanks for taking trouble to post info mike.
Im loving this


Yes, thank-you for the clarification. The CD sounds great!

 
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