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 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I mentioned last week that sometimes it's worth bringing up old classics and starting a new conversation, because although they're old, our enthusiasm never fades, and we can go years without talking about them.

This week, I thought I'd bring up QB VII.

I was playing this at the weekend, the Tadlow version which is not only of course, much longer than the original LP, but—heresy!—I think that recording surfaces beautiful nuances that seem slightly buried in the original recording.

However, let's not turn this into that old (and tired) originals versus rerecordings thing.

My real point is, as I was listening, I was thinking, "This is the best thing he [JG] ever wrote!"

Well, admittedly, I thought that about the other Goldsmith's I played that day too.

But, what say you? Where does QB VII stand on the grandest of film score totem poles?

What do you love about it?

I think the Kaddish that plays over the end titles is simply magnificent.


 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 1:08 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Awesome score my Maestro Goldsmith. The choral work is amazing. Well deserved Emmy Award. I love the Tadlow rerecording.

Fond memory as a kid watching the Mini-Series first run on TV and loving those "go to" commercial and "back from" commercial bumpers with the Novel Graphic coming at you on the screen with Goldsmith's great Theme "BUM BUM BUM BUM BUM BUM!"

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 1:22 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Audio excerpt from Jon Burlingame's TV Academy Interview with Jerry talking about QB VII:

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 2:09 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

This is maybe not quite my *favorite* Goldsmith score (though it’s close) but it might just be his greatest, IMO. In terms of how it shows off all sides of his composing talent with such variety within, and how personal it clearly was to him... I consider it his magnum opus, if anything is. (Sorry Star Trek: The Motion Picture — I love you, too!)

The Tadlow recording was a godsend and I adore it, but I do wish they’d also recorded the cool bumpers, so that it truly could have been complete.


 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 2:19 AM   
 By:   John Chambers   (Member)

Great idea for a thread Stephen! My favourite thing about these types of thread, beyond the discussion of course, is that it often points me to listen to a score I love that I haven't come back to in a while. Looking at my iTunes it's just over a year since I listened to this and now I'll definitely be playing it this week. This is far from my favourite Goldsmith but I do love it and treasure the Tadlow recording.

Zooba, thanks so much for the interview clip, really interesting stuff. In these days of mostly back to back scored films it's interesting to hear them discuss this 90 mins score across 6 hours of television as his longest score to that point!

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 2:46 AM   
 By:   paul rossen   (Member)

The Tadlow recording is a knockout. Listening to parts of this brings me to think of QB V11 as Jerry Goldsmith's Schindler's List. This recording should be in everyone's collection. And I would go further and say if I could pick only one score of Goldsmith's it would be this one.

Thanks for rekindling interest...

 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 2:57 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Yeah. Because of the variety, length, and emotional power of this would be my desert island Goldsmith album if I were only allowed to pick one.


 Posted:   Sep 14, 2020 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I do really like this score, despite me not being the world's biggest fan of Jewish music (I know the score contains lots more than just Yom Kippety Yur flavours), but I actually prefer MASADA to this.
Both are very strong efforts from JG, but I'm drawn to the more muscular and action-oriented bent of MASADA, which wins it for me.
That old 37 minute MASADA LP/CD from MCA/Varese is absolute perfection.
I do need to play my Tadlow edition of QB a bit more though. I'm still a bit married to the original release.

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