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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: David Raksin at M-G-M
 Posted:   Nov 9, 2017 - 7:47 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Barkeley   (Member)

Anyone fond of female vocalists should listen to Betty Wand singing the demo vocal for UNTIL THEY SAIL. She sounds so nice.

 Posted:   Dec 20, 2018 - 2:01 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

This box set is a treasure, and when it does go out of print, with only 1500 copies around, it will truly be a real and valuable collector's item.

I hope those who are sitting on the fence about this release will go ahead and make that purchase. You will be rewarded musically, with great variety, AND it really IS a great deal. Not only is it fabulous, classic filmmusic, but it's on 5 discs, making them only $12 apiece!!! Whatta deal!!!

Thus Spake Manderley almost ten years ago. Santa has asked me if I want this for Christmas, and my immediate reaction was "Yes!", but later on I started worrying if I should have suggested that I'd prefer LAND OF THE GIANTS or THE REINCARNATION OF PETER PROUD instead.

Not that this thread should be all Me Me Me, but if you look at my profile, you'll see the kind of scores I love. Raksin for me is great, but nor all the time. I think that FOREVER AMBER is one of the best scores ever, as is his (unreleased) THE BIG COMBO, and stuff like THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Love the obscure (unreleased) DR RENAULT'S SECRET too.

So while I was losing sleep over my "Yes" to Santa, I was wondering about whay I was losing sleep, and I came to the conclusion that I don't really love ALL of David Raksin's scores. Kritzerland's "Preminger at Fox" set was slightly unsatisfactory to my small-minded self, because although it was largely Raksin, I was kind of disturbed by the "not-serious-sounding" tracks - the song versions of "Slowly" and the multitude of source cues. Also Newman's "Street Scene" in whistling form on Mockridge's WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS. But the dramatic stuff from DAISY KENYON and WHIRLPOOL is all great, and I'm generally more a "post-1956" person.

Help me Obi-Wan. Seeing as you know me so well, will I be disappointed in this set? Thank you, and the brandy's behind the cistern in the bathroom.

 Posted:   Dec 20, 2018 - 4:22 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

It's freaking amazing. I love Raskin as well. A favorite-Profile. Laura was my first Raskin CD.

 Posted:   Dec 20, 2018 - 4:37 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

What I would have loved to have is a sparkling new rerecording of THE REDEEMER!

This set certainly seems intriguing, but I often find the crackly, old recordings more difficult to get into.

 Posted:   Dec 21, 2018 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

It's freaking amazing. I love Raskin as well. A favorite-Profile. Laura was my first Raskin CD.

I had a look at your profile, Michael. Seems you have quite a broad range of styles, eras and composers amongst your favourites. And on many of those we agree. So I've decided to ask Santa for the set. I like how some of the earlier posts (ten years ago!) used expressions such as "12-tone" and "sinister". I'm still rather worried about how many times the words "lighthearted", "dance band", "catchy" and "singing" appear in later posts however.

Nevertheless, I asked Santa for it. But the stingy old bugger told me that I had to make a list and that HE would draw the relevant title out of his big red hat. So I made a list of three things - the Raksin box (which is still great value for money) and two or three other things "to the value of". So, whatever will be will be.

 Posted:   Dec 21, 2018 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

It's worth it for ACROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI alone.

 Posted:   Dec 21, 2018 - 9:58 AM   
 By:   MD   (Member)

I sold this box set few years ago, and what a mistake it was, but will get this set as Christmas gift, so happy ending heresmile

 Posted:   Dec 21, 2018 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

It's worth it for ACROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI alone.


The extensive liner notes by Marilee Bradford are of a high standard, too.

 Posted:   Dec 21, 2018 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

I think the gem of the set is UNTIL THEY SAIL.

 Posted:   Dec 21, 2018 - 1:36 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

"Until They Sail" is - by a wide margin - my favorite David Raksin score. Very lush and romantic, with a great title song. I also like the film, which is touching if oddly constructed (I've always suspected that there were a lot of deleted scenes).

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