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 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   Riddick   (Member)

Quartet Records and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer present a remastered, limited-edition reissue of the electrifying funk/jazz/groove masterpiece score by David Shire (THE CONVERSATION, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, RETURN TO OZ, ZODIAC) for Joseph Sargent’s famous classic urban thriller THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974), starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and Hector Elizondo.

Based on the popular novel by John Godey, the film is about four men, dressed alike in trench coats, who take a subway car hostage and demand $1 million in ransom. In crafting his music to PELHAM, David Shire invented one of the most individual and exceptionally well-realized scores from the 1970s. Conscious that the sounds of the subway and excitement would crowd the film’s sound mix, the composer shrewdly elected to energize the frequency spectrum from below and above. The foundation of the composer’s hand-picked roster of musicians provides a pervasive, fat bass ‘womp, womp, womp’ ostinato with weight and heft courtesy of angry tuba, snarling trombones, electric bass and timpani; the ceiling comes from screeching reeds, explosive trumpets, tinkling (electronic) piano and feverish percussion. Drums, utilizing both rock and jazz rhythms, provide forward propulsion.

This David Shire classic never had an LP release at the time, although it was eagerly requested by fans throughout the years. In 1995, it was finally released on CD by Retrograde Records—the first album produced by Lukas Kendall, which led to the birth of the essential and sorely missed Film Score Monthly label. This new edition contains the same music as the previous edition (with around 15 minutes of music not included in the film), mostly in stereo with some cues in mono. The sound has been entirely restored and mastered by Chris Malone from tapes courtesy of the composer’s archive. The lavishly illustrated booklet includes an essay by Tim Greiving about the film and score, including a new and exclusive interview with Mr. Shire.

https://quartetrecords.com/product/the-taking-of-pelham-one-two-three/

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Music By David Shire




CD Tracklist:

1) Main Title (2:21)
2) The Taking (3:11)
3) Dolowitz Takes a Look / Dolowitz Gets Killed (2:29)
4) Blue and Green Talk (2:04)
5) Money Montage (3:55)
6) Fifty Seconds / The Money Express (4:50)
7) Conductor Killed / The Money Bag (1:50)
8) The Pelham’s-Moving-Again Blues (3:13)
9) I’m A Police Officer / Renewing Disguises (1:46)
10) Goodbye Green, Hello Garber, Goodbye Hippie / Smoking More, Enjoying It Less (1:29)
11) Mini-Manhunt (2:15)
12) End Title (3:02)

Ref: QR453
Limited edition: 500 units



VINYL

Pressed on 180 GM Black Vinyl
Specially Mastered for Vinyl by Chris Malone
Limited edition of 500 units

Quartet Records and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer present the premiere LP release of the electrifying funk/jazz/groove masterpiece score by David Shire (THE CONVERSATION, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, RETURN TO OZ, ZODIAC) for Joseph Sargent’s famous classic urban thriller THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974), starring Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam and Hector Elizondo.

Based on the popular novel by John Godey, the film is about four men, dressed alike in trench coats, who take a subway car hostage and demand $1 million in ransom. In crafting his music to PELHAM, David Shire invented one of the most individual and exceptionally well-realized scores from the 1970s. Conscious that the sounds of the subway and excitement would crowd the film’s sound mix, the composer shrewdly elected to energize the frequency spectrum from below and above. The foundation of the composer’s hand-picked roster of musicians provides a pervasive, fat-bass ‘womp, womp, womp’ ostinato with weight and heft courtesy of angry tuba, snarling trombones, electric bass and timpani; the ceiling comes from screeching reeds, explosive trumpets, tinkling (electronic) piano and feverish percussion. Drums, utilizing both rock and jazz rhythms, provide forward propulsion.

This David Shire classic never had an LP release at the time, although it was eagerly requested by fans throughout the years. In 1995, it was finally released on CD by Retrograde Records—the first album produced by Lukas Kendall, which led to the birth of the essential and sorely missed Film Score Monthly label. This premiere vinyl release contains the same music as the previous CD edition (with around 15 minutes of music not included in the film). The sound has been entirely restored and mastered by Chris Malone from tapes courtesy of the composer’s archive.

Pressed on 180 GM black vinyl, the package includes a 2-page insert with the original poster art and an essay by Tim Greiving about the film and score, including a new and exclusive interview with Mr. Shire.

https://quartetrecords.com/product/the-taking-of-pelham-one-two-three-lp/






Vinyl Tracklist:

SIDE A

1) Main Title (2:21)
2) The Taking (3:11)
3) Dolowitz Takes a Look / Dolowitz Gets Killed (2:29)
4) Blue and Green Talk (2:04)
5) I’m A Police Officer / Renewing Disguises (1:46)
6) Money Montage (3:55)

SIDE B

1) Fifty Seconds / The Money Express (4:50)
2) Conductor Killed / The Money Bag (1:41)
3)The Pelham’s-Moving-Again Blues (3:13)
4) Goodbye Green, Hello Garber, Goodbye Hippie / Smoking More, Enjoying It Less (1:29)
5) Mini-Manhunt (2:15)
6) End Title (3:02)

NOTE: CDs and LPs ordered at the same time will be shipped separately, with separate shipping charges.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 5:47 AM   
 By:   biggles12   (Member)

15 minutes of extra music? I'm not seeing that in the track listing...


Doug

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 5:54 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

15 minutes of extra music? I'm not seeing that in the track listing...


Doug


No, they mean that only about half the music was included in the film itself, not that there's any extra material on the CD. Could perhaps have been worded better.

I like the CD cover, which uses the original artwork again. As this is one of my favourite scores and films, I've ordered it as it will be interesting to see what Shire has to say (though you'd think he's said it all over the years!).

It's a pity no new sources have been found but Chris Malone's name attached to the project is good enough for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   biggles12   (Member)

Ah, you're right! I may still pick it up, just for the booklet and hopefully nice sound. The original release is pretty good though.

Doug

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 7:10 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

I love the score so much I will happily double dip

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Does the vinyl include a digital download card?

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

"The sound has been entirely restored". Interesting wording. That could mean nothing has changed at all from the last release.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 7:55 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

"The sound has been entirely restored". Interesting wording. That could mean nothing has changed at all from the last release.

Yeah. They may have taken the previous version and tweaked the EQ. Not saying that they did this, but remastering credits are typically vague.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   jkheiser   (Member)

The first release from Retrograde had a dry sound presence, so David Shire added some reverb to Retrograde’s later reissue. He also re-edited and combined some of the tracks.

This new release also has reverb, but it spreads out a little more pleasingly. The low-frequency response is a lot deeper, too. Very fat bass in the funk now.

Chris Malone always does good work.

 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2021 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Didn't the FSM re-issue also drop a little of the score, per what Shire wanted? I assume this new one keeps everything of the first FSM issue.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2021 - 4:38 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

Say what???!!! No better news than this! I am overjoyed that they also are releasing a Vinyl version-if ever a score needed to be on Record this is it!!! Hip Hop and Funk heads will eat this up!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2021 - 4:54 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Does the vinyl include a digital download card?

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2021 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

'Didn't the FSM re-issue also drop a little of the score, per what Shire wanted? I assume this new one keeps everything of the first FSM issue.'


There is an almost 2 min discrepancy between the first Retrograde/this new Quartet, and the 2nd Retrograde release.

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2021 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

'Didn't the FSM re-issue also drop a little of the score, per what Shire wanted? I assume this new one keeps everything of the first FSM issue.'


There is an almost 2 min discrepancy between the first Retrograde/this new Quartet, and the 2nd Retrograde release.


Which cue(s) or part of cues?

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2021 - 9:34 AM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

'Didn't the FSM re-issue also drop a little of the score, per what Shire wanted? I assume this new one keeps everything of the first FSM issue.'


There is an almost 2 min discrepancy between the first Retrograde/this new Quartet, and the 2nd Retrograde release.


Which cue(s) or part of cues?


Little trims throughout, but larger trims in tracks 5,6,10,&11- some @ 15+ sec.

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2021 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

How does one know from the artwork if the FSM/Retrograde CD is the first or second edition?

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2021 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

How does one know from the artwork if the FSM/Retrograde CD is the first or second edition?

Soundtrackcollector.com lists both with their cover art. Here's the original Retrograde CD from the mid-90s:



And here's the 2002 edition which is re-arranged and 1:45 shorter per David Shire's wishes:



Personally I'm glad Quartet went with the complete score. I guess I'm a little surprised (since there's room on the CD) they didn't include the composer's preferred presentation afterwards, but it's not like that wasn't available for a great many years.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2021 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Stephen Lister   (Member)

How does one know from the artwork if the FSM/Retrograde CD is the first or second edition?

The first pressing features the poster artwork. The second pressing has a tinted photo of Robert Shaw aiming a gun at the driver.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2021 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

This is one of the best scores of the seventies and for me the best Shire...which is of course a matter of opinionsmile

 
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