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 Posted:   Nov 9, 2017 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

This thread is on the NFSD side,
http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=123751&forumID=7&archive=0
but as Graham says, it should be here too..
Please share your thoughts and comments here or on t'other side.

Here's the link from wiki which lists a lot of his song credits.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Buckmaster

Like a British Van Dyke Parks or Jack Nitzsche, he handled a lot of the orchestral arrangements on some glorious songs for artists in the past.
I first came across him when I heard the Elton John song SEASONS, featured in the TV series The Wonder Years and tracked it down to a 70's film called FRIENDS, which had original songs by Elton John and orchestral score by Buckmaster. I absolutely love the song and his string-laden score is very nice too. I bought it first on LP, then as part of a CD box set of rare Elton John albums.
Then I heard the TWELVE MONKEYS score and thought 'wow, this guy needs to score regularly'.
Unfortunately, his timing was all out, as that particular sound was writhing through it's death throes.
I also have a CD of his score to MOST WANTED on Milan Records, which is okay, but no great shakes if I'm honest.
But his legacy speaks for itself and his talent made many others more popular and successful.
Good night Sir!

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2017 - 9:44 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Twelve Monkeys is an excellent score which fits that classic film like a glove. RIP.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2017 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

Buckmaster also worked with Marvin Hamlisch on THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.

James

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2017 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)


I first came across him when I heard the Elton John song SEASONS, featured in the TV series The Wonder Years and tracked it down to a 70's film called FRIENDS, which had original songs by Elton John and orchestral score by Buckmaster. I absolutely love the song and his string-laden score is very nice too. I bought it first on LP, then as part of a CD box set of rare Elton John albums.


Wow, Kev! Other than first hearing SEASONS on the old pink FRIENDS soundtrack LP (on Pickwick?) at the time of its release, the rest of your acquaintance with Paul Buckmaster (even including the box set of rare Elton John songs) is exactly the same as my own! I had been looking for the FRIENDS album on CD ever since I made the switch from LPs to CDs, and was so happy to finally find it on the box set. Ditto as to the score, and too bad he came along, as you say, at a time when film scoring was going in quite another direction at a fast clip. SEASONS is one of my favorite E. J. songs, and Buckmaster did a very fine job with the orchestration thereof. Another of the old school passes along, and we are the lesser for it. RIP Mr. B.

 
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2017 - 2:39 PM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

12 MONKEYS is superb!

The MCA cd is a bit of a mess and doesn't show off the music to best advantage, so I I resequenced it:

25
2,4,5,6,9
17-24
7,8,13, 16

RIP Mr B
bruce

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 10, 2017 - 2:20 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

As you'll see from my confessions on t'other side, I thought Paul Buckmaster was just starting out when he did 12 MONKEYS. The good thing about having zero street cred and being totally uncool and geeky is that one can only improve. I'd been totally unaware of his work for artists such as Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Miles Davis, and the Stones. And that was all before 1972.

One interesting film-related story I read is that he collaborated with Bowie on some instrumental pieces originally intended for THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, with Buckmaster on cello, African thumb piano and synth (lots of overdub). Roeg decided not to use those pieces in the end.

 
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