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 Posted:   Nov 22, 2021 - 9:11 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

It wasn't until the Oscar ceremony in the spring of 1966 that I became aware of Ernest Gold's composition for "Ship of Fools", a Stanley Kramer production with a star-studded cast. I was aware of the film, but it didn't seem to be something of interest to my teenaged self at that time.

But, it was nominated for Best Picture and the film clip they showed (either for the film or for Oskar Werner's best cactor nomination) was a scene between Werner and Simone Signoret. And this love theme accompanied the scene. It was one of the most beautiful themes I had ever heard. My best friend and I decided that maybe we should see the movie when it was playing at a drive-in theater (if you don't know what that is...well, never mind). The movie score album was a novetly...selections from the score were played by the Boston Pops under the baton of Arthur Fiedler.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSPiXE_KVY8&t=1794s

The video won't embed, but the URL is still functional at YouTube! The first link I used was a suite that was taken from Monstrous Movie Music's wonderful release of the original tracks.

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2021 - 9:23 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

This URL is for the Fiedler recording of the beautiful love theme:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fcztsW-F10

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2021 - 10:23 PM   
 By:   EdG   (Member)

Every time I hear Ernest Gold's music I wish I had more of it in my collection. His soundtrack album from EXODUS was in my parents' LP collection - neither of them could remember why or when they had bought it - but it made a strong impression on me as a small child who had just seen Star Wars and loved big symphonic movie music. I couldn't fathom the story or the politics of the film but the music spoke clearly of epic vistas, conflict and heroism.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2021 - 10:44 PM   
 By:   akhnaton   (Member)

The CD was released on the Artemis label.
Ernest Gold Film Music: Volume 2
Boston Pops Orchestra.
Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
Total Tracks: 12
Total Disc Time: 38:44

 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2021 - 1:17 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

The CD was released on the Artemis label.
Ernest Gold Film Music: Volume 2
Boston Pops Orchestra.
Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
Total Tracks: 12
Total Disc Time: 38:44


Thanks for this. I had no idea!!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2021 - 1:40 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

The CD was released on the Artemis label.
Ernest Gold Film Music: Volume 2
Boston Pops Orchestra.
Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
Total Tracks: 12
Total Disc Time: 38:44


Afraid to say, the short-lived Artemis label was kind of a "grey area" in terms of their CD releases. Their first issue, "Film Themes of Ernest Gold" was properly done and above-board, but they went ahead on subsequent releases without legitimate clearance from original sources. I knew one of the guys who set up the enterprise. Having said that, their CD of the Fiedler-conducted SHIP OF FOOLS did have excellent sound, so it was easy to understand the frustration they felt when RCA pooh-poohed their request to access the proper rights to the thing.

Cannot understand why RCA themselves (or whoever owns them now) have never bothered to release Mr Fiedler's recording on CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2021 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

SHIP OF FOOLS was a marvelous score and it was released thankfully by MMM on CD. It is my favorite MMM release and there were others that I purchased that I enjoyed like Grofe's ROCKETSHIP XM and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (not the music of Grofe ).

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2021 - 8:30 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Actually, I always considered the Arthur Fiedler recording the better of the two available. The “love theme” on the soundtrack is truncated, while the Fiedler is a more fully developed piece. I always loved this score, but later realized there’s really not all that much to it. Most of it is dance pieces.
And do yourself a favor: don’t read the book, in which the characters are far more repellent. The Hollywoodized film version is far more enlightening.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 23, 2021 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

The Love Theme from "Ship of Fools" had lyrics put to it by Ned Washington; the only version on records that I know of was a Capitol 45rpm single with vocal by George Chakiris, but it does not appear to be available on Youtube.

I agree with John B. above about the difference in the two recordings. I was overjoyed to finally hear the original tracks via MMM, but I do keep going back to the more polished performance provided by Arthur Fiedler.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2021 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

Since Ron's OP seems not to have embedded, here on Youtube is the opening credit sequence from "Ship of Fools" - well-designed, and what a cast -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw9BUXxC4pU

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2021 - 9:58 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Still a few left, but not many...

https://www.mmmrecordings.com/Ship_of_Fools/ship_of_fools.html

 
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