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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Prophecy
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2010 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Yes, my copy just arrived, too. Thank you again to all at FSM and Paramount for this holy grail. And neighbors beware -- the speakers will be getting a workout tonight for sure.

 Posted:   Feb 18, 2010 - 11:24 AM   
 By:   cirtap   (Member)


DEM r some of da bested visual effects ever, and great editing and acting, and plus some great music by what's his name.. the old bitter one!!!

What dumb shit is this?

 Posted:   Feb 18, 2010 - 8:01 PM   
 By:   djintrepid   (Member)

I just finished listening to Prophecy on my two channel stereo system at home. Wow! First thing that hit me was how loud the recording is. I mean, usually scores are mastered at a certain level that fall within the same volume range, but Prophecy is much louder. In fact, it's the loudest score CD I've ever come across. That worried me at first, as usually when music is mastered at such a volume it creates distortion that sometimes makes the recording sound strained, usually during the more powerful moments. That being said, this recording has an incredibly dynamic sound. There were a few times where I thought I heard distortion, especially when the blaster beam and brass horns fight each other for rights to the throne. This could be due to my system's limitations or inaccuracies in the D/A conversion, which I've sometimes encountered. If I have some time I might burn a few tracks onto my computer where I hear those instances of distortion to see if they are replicated. Other than, I'm really glad to have gotten this score. I'd never heard it before the sound samples, since I never saw the film. Thanks FSM for all your hard work!

 Posted:   Feb 18, 2010 - 10:43 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

Thanks for your nice words. This score was recorded very "hot" on the source masters -- we usually don't make things so loud, but in this case it was a matter of going along with the first-generation source.


 Posted:   Feb 19, 2010 - 2:55 AM   
 By:   pp312   (Member)

Remember what happened to the Donner party?

They ate each other, didn't they? Not a very appetising meal, by the looks.

 Posted:   Feb 19, 2010 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   workingwithknives   (Member)

Arrived yesterday. Enjoyed reading the descriptive track notes and looking forward to giving it a spin. Nice recording of a long awaited score.

Bring on "Race With The Devil".


 Posted:   Feb 19, 2010 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   DanH   (Member)

Lukas, I just got Prophecy in and I personally want to thank you for bring this to release along with hoping the next box set is what we're all hoping.... smile

I do I have one possible problem with the liner notes. It's one of the few movies that the Blaster Beam was used for. Was there any room left at all for a little explanation on the beam? Or, even better yet, could there be a blog post going over the blaster beam? What it looks like, how to play it, how a device was built, and so forth? It's the only way I could possibly think of to make this release better.

 Posted:   Feb 19, 2010 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   Mark Ford   (Member)

DanH, check out this old thread. It's has some good discussion about the Blaster Beam:

 Posted:   Feb 19, 2010 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

We do mention the beam on pg. 7 of the Prophecy notes and as I recall in the descriptions of some tracks. There is more description of the beam in our Star Trek II liner notes, along with some info on Craig Huxley whose "Genesis Project" cue is on that latter CD.


 Posted:   Feb 19, 2010 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

I'm listening to it (for the second time in two days) now, and I think it's great! I have a deep-rooted love of monster movie music, and even having seen this movie, couldn't remember a lick of music from it. But as a stand alone listening experience, it's a fabulous road of discovery. And that blaster beam stuff- outstanding! Who knew?

Thanks, guys.

 Posted:   Feb 19, 2010 - 2:10 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Well, for someone who doesn't care for Rosenman that much, I am actually leaning towards getting it based on the samples I've heard. The movie is hoot too by the way, and its from being done so earnestly yet is still a stinker.

By the way, from what I remember in reading Stephen Kings "Danse Macabre", PROPHECY is one of his favorite movies because "it's so bad it's good!"

 Posted:   Feb 19, 2010 - 2:30 PM   
 By:   John-73   (Member)

I can't wait to receive mine - live in the UK and it was shipped Wednesday so fingers crossed for next week.

Didn't Mr Rosenman also use the blasterbeam on a single track on his Lord of the Rings album? Cannot remember he track off-hand... which of course is always a good excuse for another listen!

 Posted:   Feb 22, 2010 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   AlexCope   (Member)

I'm glad to have this score on CD at last, especially in such fine presentation from FSM. It's a major Rosenman score, and one I've wanted for years. It's accessible at first listen, considering the composer, yet elusive enough in terms of melody and motifs to encourage replaying. The bold yet romantic nature music toward the beginning is terrific, but I did find that the relentless monster attack music near the end of the album became somewhat repetitive, but that's what the man wrote, and it sounds excellent.

 Posted:   Feb 22, 2010 - 3:41 PM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

The pastoral early stuff is one of the best things about the score, absolutely--it's like Leonard Rosenman's East of Giant Bear Slug or something. Incredible sound...

 Posted:   Feb 26, 2010 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

First off - thanks FSM! I've wanted this score for so long and I can't believe that A- it's finally here and B- it just sounds so friggin' incredible!
I got this yesterday and I just cannot get over the sound quality. I gotta throw the cliche line out there - "this sounds like it was recorded yesterday!" cuz it's the only way to describe it.

I was listening to it in my car and the first outburst on track one just scared the hell out of me. It's so damn big! Those staccato horns are playing so rapidly, I can't picture a human being able to perform it that fast. Did they hire Data from TNG?

Also, the blaster beam is so much clearer here than in the film mix. So gnarly. It's perfect for the Bear's "theme" and completely different than how it was used in Star Trek or Meteor.

Excellent liner notes as usual. The first three pages in particular are fascinating - the secrecy around the production! Crazy!
I'm glad you guys stick with the original artwork and font on these covers and don't take the re-marketed DVD cover approach. As a poster collector, I appreciate it!

These last couple months just continue to knock me out. I can now throw Prophecy into the mix on my ipod (along with Black Sunday, The Entity, Innerspace, Bullitt and Freud) and have it on constant shuffle without skipping a single track - cuz it's all golden.

You guys are the best! Please keep 'em coming! Can't wait to see what's next!

 Posted:   Feb 27, 2010 - 10:02 PM   
 By:   filmusicnow   (Member)

Ooooooohhhhhh YES! Sweet Rosenman horror music!


I thought this was one of Rosenman's best scores from the '70s, even though he didn't care much for the film. By the way, this is believed to be the first film score to feature the Blaster Beam, which was heard only a few months prior to Goldsmith's score for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (interestingly, both films were released by Paramount).

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 6:52 PM   
 By:   Hbeale   (Member)

Leonard Rosenman is one of my favorites, and I thank SAE for releasing Prophecy. Now maybe you will finally release complete Rebel Without A Cause, East Of Eden, The Outsider, A Man Called Horse, Combat, Marcus Welby M.D. If Rebel Without A Cause and East Of Eden get released, that will be an historic occasion, at least to me.

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 8:17 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

I love this core and tossed my boot as soon as it hit my mailbox. It's funny. I know Rsoenman could be repetitive upon occasion alright, most fot he time with his dum dum dum dum and tone pyramids, but you what, they worked. I love 'em and would probably miss them if they weren't there. Now how about THE CAR and RACE WITH DEVIL???

 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

The beam featured in at least four 1979 scores: Meteor, Prophecy, The Black Hole and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. I guess I could ask the musicians union which was recorded first - or Craig Huxley might recall. A year or two ago at the Jules Verne Festival the beam was on display along with some other sci-fi props, exhibits and such. It wasn't hooked up for performance but you could twang the strings and get a sense of that familiar sound...


 Posted:   Mar 1, 2010 - 8:58 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

Finally got this one today, and it's a gas. Totally shrill and one-note and a hell of a lot of fun (thankfully it's only 42 hour's worth of it would have been too much). Love that Blaster Beam "BOW-BOW-BOW" motif for the hilarious inside-out bear. big grin

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