How substantial is the score for S*P*Y*S? There seems to only be a couple 9 minute suites up on youtube.
Well, Varese only included 19 minutes of the score on their pricey rare and OOP Goldsmith at Fox box. That's where those YouTube suites come from. You should still give them as listen as they should inform you about whether you'd like the score. To me, it plays very much as a proto-Dante score, a zany and energetic everything-and-the-kitchen-sink comedy approach along the lines of Gremlins 2 or Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Do you like those scores? Then you are probably going to like this... my favorite cue is "Anybody Got a Key?" which falls at 3:07 in the first YouTube suite. It features balalaikas, Russian choir, and classical music quotes...I guess it gives Kev a headache but I find it tons of fun, particularly in the right mood. And I've never seen the film and can't speak to whether the music is "funny" in context...but it most certainly is FUN to this Goldsmith fan anyway.
Opinions and taste sure are funny. Kev and I often agree on a lot of scores and composers (we both love Holdridge), but I love SPYS while he finds it "excruciating", and he loves Extreme Prejudice, while I...well, if I were to call any Goldsmith score "excruciating" and "bottom 3" it would be Extreme Prejudice. Go figure!
I already have earlier FSM release of The Stripper (and love it!), so a purchase will come down to how worthwhile the other "S" title is.
If you love The Stripper that much you should know that MV just wrote this in the LLL thread: "SPYS and STRIPPER are remastered and expanded...also includes Jerry's one FLAMING STAR track"
I'm a little surprised the latter was included here instead of with a Goldsmith Fox western, but maybe LLL put out all of those they wanted to recently enough, and this new series will be mostly western-free...in any case it's fantastic that this superb cue is making it to CD.
Very excited to see the full programs and how much more there is for each score. The Stripper was ~45 minutes on FSM and the Varese SPYS suite was almost 19 minutes. So the existing releases of music from both would fit on one CD with plenty of room to spare. The fact that this is a 2-CD set is incredibly exciting to me as a Goldsmith fan!