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 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 1:32 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I played cd 2 in the car today and just marvelled that there is a new release of truly classic Benny out there.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 1:46 AM   
 By:   siriami   (Member)

Has anyone had a copy shipped specifically from SAE?

yes! My copy of this set was shipped last Thursday (16th June).

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 2:12 AM   
 By:   Dave Norris   (Member)

'Behind the locked door'. A whole score based on The Murder cue from Torn Curtain...who'd have thought it?

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 2:35 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

Oh baby. It's been so long that I'd almost forgotten I'd ordered this, and with the postal strike here, it's gonna be a while before I get it in my hands, but reading these comments is making me really crave it.

I'm jealous!!!

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 3:31 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Oh baby. It's been so long that I'd almost forgotten I'd ordered this, and with the postal strike here, it's gonna be a while before I get it in my hands, but reading these comments is making me really crave it.

I'm jealous!!!

Don't be- you'll get it in time. And ye shall like it. Did I ever mention that I named a cat I once had "Benny"?

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Got this last night will spin today - just had to throw a worthless comment
about the whole tagging/titling business - sorry, but anyone who is putting
Herrmann cues on an ipod shuffle type thing is crazy - I love the guy as much
as the most fanatical, but can't imagine having 10 and 15 second cues pop up
randomly amidst longer songs or pieces - ditto Tom Newman, yer outta there too.....

Nice looking pkg, just flipping through the notes, it sounds like there is a lot of
variety in the music, romantic, suspense of course, pastoral, nostalgic - glad to
see it's not just over 2 hrs. of tension scoring.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 11:31 AM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

I've listened to disc one, and it is wonderful. There's as much pastoral music as tension music, I'd say. I will try to make time for disc two today. I received my copy from SAE two days ago. Unfortunately, the day it arrived found me stuck in a multi-city power outtage, due to a nearby substation fire. I could even see a large black cloud of smoke from my townhouse window. Power was restored a few hours later, but I was too discombobulated to listen to the CD that evening. So, I spun disc one yesterday. I really hope to hear disc two today.

The liner notes mention that three of the Hitchcock scores weren't found, but only specified TERROR AT NORTHFIELD by name. Does anybody know what the other two unfound scores were? I hope very much that the missing scores DON'T include any of the following:


Bring on Volume Two!

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 11:53 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

How does this stuff compare to his Twilight Zone scores?

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 1:42 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

but can't imagine having 10 and 15 second cues pop up
randomly amidst longer songs or pieces

I for one love that sometimes. I'm a random whore I guess...

Also. it's much preferable to having five cues bound together but two of them being very dull...

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

After only one listen, I'd say that the HITCHCOCK HOUR scores are less horrific than the TWILIGHT ZONE scores. Of course, volume one doesn't contain a couple of the more overtly horrific scores (THE JAR and AN UNLOCKED WINDOW).

I found disc two to be even better than disc one. CHANGE OF ADDRESS and WATER'S EDGE are in the classic Herrmann style. The big surprise for me was the suite from THE MACGREGOR AFFAIR, because that is my least favorite episode of the three season output of THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR. The MACGREGOR music is glorious when separated from the episode that commissioned it. Kind of a "highland fling" version of THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR.

Varese, great work, and great sound quality. Now, bring on volume two!

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 5:39 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I agree. John, disc two is the standout.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I'm really loving this set with a nice combination of horror and pastoral music. The smaller ensembles and presentation of woodwinds makes it quite lovely. Overall the sound quality is fantastic as well, with small amounts of distortion and tape hiss that don't detract from the enjoyment.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 9:03 PM   
 By:   .   (Member)

I've played it and it's a wonderful set. Townson should get extra special credit for such a fine and unexpected production of this importance. I hope Volume 2 is in the very next batch of Club releases.

 Posted:   Jun 18, 2011 - 10:06 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Yes, looking forward to volume 2 also, but after THE LIST OF ADRIAN MESSENGER.

 Posted:   Jun 19, 2011 - 9:47 PM   
 By:   Scott Atkins   (Member)

Still don't have this CD and I ordered it on May 23!

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Have just listened to this HITCHCOCK set, and am loving it. I'm actually prefering the lighter scores like NOTHING EVER HAPPENS IN LINVALE and THE MACGREGOR AFFAIR to some of the suspense scores.

I hope there might be alternate sources like music stems for the three missing scores. Many of my favorites ( the EYE OF THE BEHOLDER-like CONSIDER HER WAYS, WHERE THE WOODBINE TWINETH, THE JAR, AN UNLOCKED WINDOW, and of course the already-mentioned wonderfully moody all-woodwind TERROR AT NORTHFIELD) still await release. I am of course fearing that all three lost scores will be from my list of favorites. Looking forward to Volume Two no matter what, but hey, if something's gotta be lost, I'd rather it be one of the more pedestrian scores like DEATH SCENE.

Anyone else notice something that sounds exactly like the theme from MARNIE in CHANGE OF ADDRESS, track 5, at 4:27?

By the way, there is a longer version of the end title theme than the one on the CD.

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2011 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

My favorite scores on volume one are CHANGE OF ADDRESS and THE MACGREGOR AFFAIR (the latter is a revelation to me, because I can't stand the episode itself).

Some of my favorite scores from this series remain unreleased, including WHERE THE WOODBINE TWINETH, CONSIDER HER WAYS, THE JAR, and AN UNLOCKED WINDOW. I agree, I hope that those scores (especially WOODBINE) aren't among the missing.

 Posted:   Jun 22, 2011 - 12:03 AM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)

My copy was shipped by SAE about a week ago. So I'll be expecting it late this week (tomorrow's a holiday) or early next week. Can't wait! (Especially since the "Belle Of New York" is in the same package...)

 Posted:   Jun 22, 2011 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

The hour-long Hitchcock episodes allowed Herrmann's music to really take the form of mini-film scores unto themselves.

So one might say these are Peewee Herrmann scores... big grin

 Posted:   Jun 24, 2011 - 2:58 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Just listened to this, and what a fantastic set it is! It seems so often these days that size of an orchestra is bragged about as a huge plus -- an 80-piece orchestra plus a choir!!! -- but I love these small scores, where every instrument is audible, and used for its very specific effect.

The sound is also very clean, much more so than I was anticipating

I don't know if any of these scores is the masterpiece that I consider Herrmann's "Twilight Zone" score "Walking Distance," but they are damn good. Some are reliably "Herrmannesque," and some may surprise you. A terrific CD!

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