There are three tracks from this early score by Craig Safan on the recently acquired (by me) Lesser Known Favourites promo CD, totalling around 8 minutes. He apologises in the notes for 'overwriting' and 'too many notes' in his youthful exhuberance, but I find this kind of 70s style scoring a pure joy. All those string flurries and flourishes, ala Lee Holdridge, are right up my street. I love 'em.
I read recently that this score might have been an easier release, when it was under/owned by MGM, but could be more complicated now Safan has the full score and has apparently had the tapes transferred digitally. I hope BSX can manage to sneak this one out. I'd love more of the same (all 3 tracks on the promo are great). It was a hit film in the USA, thanks to the success of Star Wars and its main star, Mark Hamill. Any other fans out there?
Those horns at the start nearly took my eyebrows off, but I like it a lot. Even though it is full of youthful energy it manages to stay cool in terms of tone, and that balances out the high tempo and 'splash' of the music. It avoids sounding too shiny and innocent, which I wish more composers could do when dealing with upbeat stuff. I remember enjoying the movie as a kid, but I have not seen it since.
Yeah. I'd love to hear the whole score. The 3 tracks available feature that typical 70s rhythm section, some keyboards and ridiculously over the top strings and horns just blasting away because they can. I could listen to that stuff all day.
Dang it, Kev, now I need to hear the other two tracks, lol. I very distinctly remember my middle school self asking my dad to see if there was a soundtrack LP for this and being disappointed to find out no. It would be a blast to hear the entire thing.