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 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I bought this score on LP, back in the 80's (probably for the cover) wink
I never did pick up a CD copy, although I remember liking the music, especially the main theme.
Anyway, poking around Amazon & Ebay, as you do, I came upon either a CD-R/on-demand 'remastered' edition for around £15, or a 'used/like new' copy of the Laserlight release, which seemed to contain much more music, for £10.
So I bit the bullet and went for the older, pressed CD edition.
Just played it through now.
It sounded fine to me and some new cues that I'd never heard before were cool.
More tension/suspense cues that I don't remember being on the LP, but certainly palatable, by Morricone standards.
Lovely main theme (I even like the vocal version performed by little Pia herself).
A nice addition to my EM-CD collection and one I will return to.

 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 5:25 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

Kev, congrats on getting this little gem! I love this score (and its cover as well) wink

I have the old edition on Prometheus records (must give it a new spin).

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 6:48 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

It is a lovely score. The Prometheus and Laserlight editions do have a lot of unreleased music not on the original LP, but on the downside the music is in mono and decidedly inferior to the sound quality on the LP. Even to the extent that some cues. like Hot Tin Tub, sound like different takes. If anyone is in any doubt try listening to the LP recording then the expanded CD through headphones, the difference is startling. I think EM captured very well the steamy atmosphere is this movie When it came out I was determined to see the movie but it was only on in local fleapit, which typically showed soft porn. I think I can safely say I was the only one in there who came out of interest for hearing the score in the film (well that is my story)!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I don't have a problem with mono recordings.
I think the CD sounds very good to my ageing ears.
I'm actually playing it again right now.
It does have a nice smokey/bluesy vibe in some tracks, with the trumpet.
I wonder if Woody Allen likes this film?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

I agree the expanded CD sounds OK through speakers. Have you still got your 1982 LP? If so try listening to it, especially though headphones, comparing the sound to the CD, and let me know what you think. Some of the music sounds very different, they could even be considered alternative takes.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 9:02 AM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Creepy....woke up thinking of this & have been playing all morning.

Confounded hive mind!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2020 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I do still have the LP, David, but don't own a decent turntable anymore, cos my vinyl listening days are long behind me (I have one of those cheap, portable turntables for emergencies, but it's pretty basic and crap, really).
I'm more of a CD purist these days.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2020 - 3:27 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Sean...what ya playing today? wink

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2020 - 3:38 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Sean..Sean...Sean...what ya playing today? wink

You missed a chance there kev wink

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2020 - 4:52 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

It is a lovely score. The Prometheus and Laserlight editions do have a lot of unreleased music not on the original LP, but on the downside the music is in mono and decidedly inferior to the sound quality on the LP. Even to the extent that some cues. like Hot Tin Tub, sound like different takes. If anyone is in any doubt try listening to the LP recording then the expanded CD through headphones, the difference is startling. I think EM captured very well the steamy atmosphere is this movie When it came out I was determined to see the movie but it was only on in local fleapit, which typically showed soft porn. I think I can safely say I was the only one in there who came out of interest for hearing the score in the film (well that is my story)!

When the Prometheus CD was first released I asked Luc Van de Ven why it was mono when the LP was stereo. He said the LP is not true stereo even though it sounds as if it is. I no longer have the LP to do any comparison now.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2020 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Sean..Sean...Sean...what ya playing today? wink

You missed a chance there kev wink


I guess MY theme song it is today then....Sucker!

Butterfly postscript....damn thing made a FOURTH appearance last night , when some joker posted the lp on a Facebook group.
Ok ok I get it, the thing has meaning, alresdy!

Damn you McG!!!


Just realized....Malone is un-monoing Butterfly, that's the ticket!!!

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2020 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Downloaded this last week. I like it.

I liked David's line about finding the film in a cinema that showed soft-porn. smile

I think i saw this on vhs.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2020 - 3:17 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

OK I had another good listen (through headphones) to both the Prometheus expanded edition and my CDR recording of the French LP from 1982 (mint).
If the LP is simulated stereo it is the best effort I have ever heard from any film score recording. The sound range of the music is far more expansive than the mono CD, and the harp and other delicate instruments are really brought to life in the LP recording.
I note there was an earlier thread on the score that even I contributed:
https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=54723&forumID=1&archive=0
I'd be interested to hear the views of anyone else that has both recordings and can do a comparison, Henry, Laurent?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2020 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

I forgot to mention that the vocal of the main theme on the CD is in stereo, and of the same quality as the same track on the LP.

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2020 - 5:12 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)

OK I had another good listen (through headphones) to both the Prometheus expanded edition and my CDR recording of the French LP from 1982 (mint).
If the LP is simulated stereo it is the best effort I have ever heard from any film score recording. The sound range of the music is far more expansive than the mono CD, and the harp and other delicate instruments are really brought to life in the LP recording.
I note there was an earlier thread on the score that even I contributed:
https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=54723&forumID=1&archive=0
I'd be interested to hear the views of anyone else that has both recordings and can do a comparison, Henry, Laurent?


Surprise, surprise! I find I still have the LP. This is the Applause Records version. I probably checked it at the time after Luc told me it was mono - but that was a long time ago! Other than the vocals, I'm sure the score is mono. I can't clearly detect any instrumentation solely on the left or right channel. It's a bit of a generalised sound but very well done.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 31, 2020 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

I am sure you are correct Doug, I had another listen. Also if anyone is interested here are a couple of the LP versions that have been uploaded to Youtube, just compare to the sound on the mono expanded CD...:

Waiting Montage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wzdOqvbtRs

Hot Tin Tub

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGi70wSafPQ

Main Theme:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk6us_nawLo

.. it is more more spacious and brings the sounds of the instruments to life, even if not true stereo.

The LP recording was issued on CD by Dagored, but seems to be an LP to CD transfer.

 
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