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 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Great release.

That cover pic will polarize it for some, but hey, it's Elmer at his heyday.

An amazing experimental time for TV too.


Actually I think he was a Hollywood liberal back then.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2014 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

That cover pic will polarize it for some,

Actually I think he was a Hollywood liberal back then.


except for naming Communist sympathizers who got blacklisted from the movie industry.

The old LP presentation could have been worse - like dialog excerpts (like the "Kung Fu" LP) of Reagan. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2014 - 11:45 PM   
 By:   Chris Avis   (Member)

I'm a little late to this party, but I've just received the album and it's a stunner. I'd never even heard of the anthology show before Intrada's release and I find myself playing it over and over again. Sound quality is fantastic given the age, too! It may be a short release, but every track is a winner.

Chris

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2014 - 2:44 PM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

My review of this wonderful album, if anyone's interested:

http://www.movie-wave.net/themes-from-the-general-electric-theater/

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2014 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   RonBurbella   (Member)

In 1959-60, when this LP was released, only about 5-10% of the production would be in the new-fangled "Stereo" format. Most people still had glorious monophonic "Hi-Fi" systems. So, a few years later, when aspiring collectors like myself were looking for this LP, we usually has to settle for a mono copy, until a prized copy of the much rarer stereo copy would surface. Years later, when this LP was reissued as a "budget" label, there was stereo for everyone.

I loved this music when I first saw/heard it on TV. This is a fine release. For anyone sitting on the fence about purchasing this one, don't. It's as good as Elmer Bernstein gets. I made myself a very good mint-LP-to-CD transfer years ago, which I can now retire. Thaznk You, Intrada.

Ron Burbella

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2014 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

HOW QUICKLY THEY FORGET Dept.:

Another thread on this topic, initiated mere days later...


http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=106013&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2014 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Mike Esssss   (Member)

My review of this wonderful album, if anyone's interested:

http://www.movie-wave.net/themes-from-the-general-electric-theater/


Honestly, regrettably, I'd completely overlooked this release until seeing your review, James. And you're 100% right. Stunning.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2020 - 9:41 PM   
 By:   ZardozSpeaks   (Member)

Shocker alert!

Intrada's stockroom continues to have Electric until March 3rd.
They will be pulling the plug on this one.
Nothing General afterwards.
Their mailroom hamsters will henceforth prepare all of our future parcels as if in a darkened Theater.

Get your switch on … or prepare to pay higher rates in the secondary marketplace.


 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

While not something I would play a lot its a very pleasant soundtrack. I need to give it another spin.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2020 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

This would be cool to own, but what I REALLY crave is the handful of unreleased Williams scores at the tailend of the series.

 
 Posted:   Feb 19, 2020 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

This would be cool to own, but what I REALLY crave is the handful of unreleased Williams scores at the tailend of the series.

And I crave those and *also* the half dozen or more scores Jerry Goldsmith wrote for the series! And also I'd love to get a LOT more of what Elmer Bernstein wrote for the series. I've heard some reports that he scored an entire season of the show in the late 50s (IMDb claims 8 episodes though), and even if he didn't score any other episodes besides the ones represented on this excellent album (re-arranged and re-recorded with a larger orchestra), there surely are more interesting cues that could be released -- I think only one episode score has two tracks representing it on this, with all the others only getting a single one.

If any of this music survives in the CBS vaults I have no doubt it would make a KILLER 4 CD set from LLL or Intrada, and it might even sell decently well considering big names like Williams, Goldsmith, and Bernstein working on the show, however obscure the TV show is now. Other big name composers who worked on this series: Bernard Herrmann (at least two episodes according to IMDb), Morton Stevens (also two), Nelson Riddle, Frank DeVol, David Raksin, Cyril J. Mockridge, Fred Steiner, Pete Rugolo, and Nathan Van Cleave (all credited with one each, on IMDb). Lyn Murray, and underrated but very talented composer, is credited with a shocking 26 episodes on IMDb, so I would hope some of his best work for the series would be included too!

But for now, all of this possibility is just a pipe dream -- the reality is this FANTASTIC album that Elmer arranged himself, of highlights of his best work for the show. It is PRIME A-GRADE Elmer Bernstein here folks, so don't let the cover or anything else turn you off about this release. Great themes and orchestral writing! MUST buy.

Yavar

 
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