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 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 2:15 AM   
 By:   Amer Zahid   (Member)





SECONDS
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Limited edition: 1000 units
Vinyl: 500 Units

Quartet Records, in collaboration with Paramount Pictures, presents a remastered, restored and slightly expanded edition of Jerry Goldsmith’s marvelous score for John Frankenheimer’s sci-fi-horror-drama cult classic SECONDS (1966)

SECONDS starred Rock Hudson – in an astonishing change of pace, as the film campaign ads said – as an unhappy middle-aged banker who agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity. But it comes with its own price.

Jerry Goldsmith’s fascinating score take us on a musical journey through one of his finest works, building on the psychological complexity of scores such as FREUD and his work on THE TWILIGHT ZONE while anticipating the effective contrast of sacred and profane on future projects such as his OMEN trilogy.

The soundtrack of SECONDS was released 13 years ago on La-La Land Records, paired with the Goldsmith score for I.Q. Mono music stems were the only source available at the time, and they remain so today since the session masters are gone. But thanks to new technology that has appeared in the intervening decade, this new edition –produced, restored and mastered by Chris Malone – has been significantly improved, eliminating all dialogue bleed and other defects inherent in the sources, as well as allowing us the opportunity to present all score cues as heard in the film.

In addition to the original score, we have included as bonus material the source music for the long cocktail sequence, which was specifically recorded for the film and conducted by Goldsmith – including a source piece by the master himself.

The package includes a 16-page booklet with authoritative liner notes by film music writer John Takis.

Tracklist

1. Main Title (2:59)
2. 34 Lafayette Street (2:19)
3. Quiet Isolation (2:31)
4. Nightmare (2:51)
5. Transformation (1:56)
6. Rehabilitation and Strange Arrival (2:20)
7. Restless Hours (3:13)
8. Peaceful Aftermath (0:49)
9. Reflections (2:01)
10. Begin Again (1:45)
11. End Title (1:13)

Bonus tracks

12. Cocktail Music #1 (3:34)
13. Cocktail Music #2 (1:07)
14. Cocktail Music #3 (1:04)
15. Keep Rockin’ (3:32)
16. Cleanup (2:15)

https://quartetrecords.com/product/seconds/

https://quartetrecords.com/product/seconds-lp/ **

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But thanks to new technology that has appeared in the intervening decade, this vinyl edition –produced, restored and mastered by Chris Malone – has been significantly improved, eliminating all dialogue bleed and other defects inherent in the sources, as well as allowing us the opportunity to present all score cues as heard in the film.

This audiophile LP edition has been pressed in 180 GM ultra clean transparent vinyl, cut at 45 RPM for best sound quality, and it’s limited to 500 units only.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 2:31 AM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

As the writer of the liner notes, I've spent a lot of time with this new master, and Chris Malone's restorative work is nothing less than superlative! Though an older recording, it's been given a new lease on life here. The removal of dialogue bleed alone is worth the price of admission in my opinion.

The score itself is a masterpiece, of course, hailing from one of the most amazing runs in Goldsmith's career -- a period that saw him score A Patch of Blue, Our Man Flint, The Trouble With Angels, Stagecoach, The Blue Max, The Sand Pebbles, etc. Those who don't know it yet are in for a real treat, while those who have the long-OOP edition should find it well worth the upgrade. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have these past months!

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 2:33 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Oh yes baby! I didn't buy the previous release because I didn't want the other score contaminating it. But I'll get this one. And Quartet is literally on my doorstep. They sell vegetables too, every Tuesday. 16 euros for this turnip, and no postage. I just walk along the street and pick it up with the tatties.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 2:47 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

No I.Q. = No Intelligence.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 3:10 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)


Ordered. I'm glad to get a better edition because the first one by LLL was terrible and I couldn't listent to it.
Thanks Quartet! That title belongs to my wish list.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 3:29 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Yeah, my ears bleed when I play the LLL release, and fire and toads typically rain down from the sky. What a mess!
But since this is from the same mono stems, even with sonic improvements, hard to justify double-dipping or getting "seconds." Maybe if it included an additional score.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Who was the composer of the Cocktail Music tracks? I notice that in the blurb it says, "Plus one source track by Goldsmith himself". And the others?

Whatever, I have ordered this.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Chris Malone is a magician. I’ve heard the new master (we will be recording a Soundtrack Spotlight for The Goldsmith Odyssey soon) and it’s like he somehow took an audio eraser and *vanished* the dialogue bleed (and some glaring source music bleed at the beginning of one score cue). I don’t know how he did it but when you A/B compare with the dialogue bleed tracks from the LLL you will be amazed too.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

Chris Malone is a magician. I’ve heard the new master (we will be recording a Soundtrack Spotlight for The Goldsmith Odyssey soon) and it’s like he somehow took an audio eraser and *vanished* the dialogue bleed (and some glaring source music bleed at the beginning of one score cue). I don’t know how he did it but when you A/B compare with the dialogue bleed tracks from the LLL you will be amazed too.

Yavar



I look forward to listening to this specific show. Keep up the good work.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

Who was the composer of the Cocktail Music tracks? I notice that in the blurb it says, "Plus one source track by Goldsmith himself". And the others?

Whatever, I have ordered this.


Credits are in the booklet, but here you go:

"Cocktail Music #1" is "Love Around The Corner" by Lewis E. Gensler and Leo Robin, from the 1934 Paramount picture Here Is My Heart.

"Cocktail Music #2" is "That Old Black Magic" by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, from the 1942 Paramount picture Star Spangled Rhythm.

"Cocktail Music #3" is an original Goldsmith composition for Seconds.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Just ordered this. Prime Time Goldsmith. This is precisely the kind of upgrade I'll spring for. I'm afraid I. Q. may never get accidentally played again.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Thanks for the info about the Cocktail cues, Wedge. Really looking forward to this. I haven't seen the film in years, but I loved it - and the scoring was so eerie, brilliantly unsettling. It'll be my first hearing of the score away from the film.

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   Spymaster   (Member)

Wonderful stuff!

One wonders if the same miracle could be performed on The Satan Bug (this is not me wishing immediately for The Satan Bug - okay, it is!)

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 11:47 AM   
 By:   Bond1965   (Member)

So Quartet is reissuing LLL's "sloppy SECONDS." Or better yet, cleaned up LLL's "sloppy SECONDS."

James

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   Jeyl   (Member)


So Quartet is reissuing LLL's "sloppy SECONDS." Or better yet, cleaned up LLL's "sloppy SECONDS."

James



That's not funny James. La-La Land did what they could with the original soundtrack and I will not tolerate you mocking their efforts! They're the good guys dang it.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   Wedge   (Member)

Yes, it's technology advances over the past decade (and their expert application, of course) that have made the improved sound possible, not any lack of effort on LLL's 2009 release. On the contrary, they're to be commended for raising the profile of this amazing musical work when they did.

And I'm sorry, as incongruous as the pairing was, I find I.Q. charming and remain glad to have it! smile So I won't hear a bad word about LLL in this thread!

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 12:12 PM   
 By:   Quartet Records   (Member)

I don't think that we should use hyperbole with this release, and please don't expect a perfectly balanced stereo image here, it's mono and comes from the same stems. The LLL CD was 13 years ago! and it was wonderful then, and a holy grail that we were all waiting for. This is just an update of the long out-of-print album using new technology that Chris has worked hard, as any other label working with any of the wonderful sound engineers and producers around that we all know could have done.

Jose

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 12:19 PM   
 By:   La La Land Records   (Member)

So Quartet is reissuing LLL's "sloppy SECONDS." Or better yet, cleaned up LLL's "sloppy SECONDS."

James



Lmfao...brilliant joke! Love it

MV

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Big X   (Member)

Really pleased this is back in print, I missed the last release.

A great film, the ending still gives me nightmares.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2022 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I for one was SUPER grateful to LLL not only for including the Seconds score along with IQ (originally it was just going to be IQ on its own!) but also including the complete cues with dialogue bleed as a bonus. They didn't have to do that. They could have just left in the cues with microedits to remove the dialogue bleed (like how FSM microedited Morituri originally, before Intrada many years later released every cue complete and wow-repaired by Chris Malone). I think most people wouldn't have noticed there were little bits of music missing. But LLL did the right thing and included bleed-free edits in the main program, and complete cues with bleed as a bonus.

It's just amazing that Quartet hired Chris Malone to successfully remove the bleed. I'm only speaking for myself but I directly compared the before and after and it's magic to MY ears, anyway, Jose! I don't mean to say that the sound is suddenly spectacular or that it sounds like it comes from session tapes rather than stems. The sound itself is still pretty much as it was... but Chris did some impressive spot-work to remove specific imperfections that were quite glaring and easy to hear, and that kind of word definitely deserves celebration. I can't wait for people to hear a comparison on our podcast.

Yavar

 
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