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 Posted:   Oct 20, 2009 - 1:11 AM   
 By:   Stephen Ross   (Member)

I've banged on about it before but I would love a release of THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND and CIRCLE OF IRON ( aka THE SILENT FLUTE ), both are excellent scores.

Never heard Barbarosa but I'll take your word that it's good.


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This is wonderful score. Mr. Smeaton's work in general is worth checking out. I love "The Great Macarthy".

I love The Great Macarthy and The Devil's Playground as well, but my favourite score of his on CD is probably Summerfield. It's a medium sized orchestra, really quite small and eerie at times, but the theme is heart-wrenching. Has one of the best suspense tracks ever - nerve jangling. In stark contrast, Eliza Fraser is paired with it, and that is big orchestra raucous fun.

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2014 - 12:16 AM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Jon Broxton just posted a review of this amazing score as part of his "throwback thirty" series:

http://moviemusicuk.us/2014/10/02/iceman-bruce-smeaton/

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2014 - 12:57 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

SUCH a damn good score. Broxton's review is a perfect assessment. I really need to check out more Smeaton!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2014 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

Thanks so much for the nice words, guys. I just love this score.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2014 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   nerfTractor   (Member)

It's the perfect score to a pretty effective movie...I remember putting this score on a lot of mix tapes in the "old days" smile

Me too! I love putting this terrific main title track onto mixes for friends who aren't necessarily into soundtrack or symphonic music. It gets them excited every time. I wish we could hear lots more from such a talented composer.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2014 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   nerfTractor   (Member)

PS This film was a rare instance when even the sometimes irascible Pauline Kael mentioned how fine and effective the score was, in her review of the film. And she was notoriously intolerant of grand, sweeping "movie music." (I say all this speaking as one of her biggest fans.)

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2014 - 3:14 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Great review Jon!

HELL of a great score. Edwin and I both just love it to pieces and listen to it a lot. The film is quite good as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2014 - 8:45 PM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

Awesome to see this thread revived. I hadn't gone back and read that interview with Bruce Smeaton - it really demonstrates what a devoted and incredibly skilled composer he is. What a nightmare to have to edit your music on the fly with a full orchestra in front of you! There's few who could do that...just a terrific interview all round! Makes me love the score even more.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2014 - 9:26 PM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

P.S....anybody got a 600x600 or better jpg of just the Iceman album art, not the "Bruce Smeaton At The Movies" cover?

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2014 - 12:04 AM   
 By:   Sarge   (Member)

A bit lopsided, but you can fix that -

http://s.ecrater.com/stores/53443/50246d141ba84_53443b.jpg

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2014 - 3:45 AM   
 By:   peterproud   (Member)

Totally awesome Sarge! ..thanks so much for posting.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2014 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Jon Broxton just posted a review of this amazing score as part of his "throwback thirty" series:

http://moviemusicuk.us/2014/10/02/iceman-bruce-smeaton/


Hey thanks, Josh. Nothing like posts & replies covering a 16-year span, huh?wink Wonderful underrated piece of sci-fi. Same for its score.

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2014 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   Saul Pincus   (Member)

Hey thanks, Josh. Nothing like posts & replies covering a 16-year span, huh?wink Wonderful underrated piece of sci-fi. Same for its score.

Incidentally, Bruce and I recently exchanged emails and he's still composing up a storm at 76.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2014 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

In that case, I am going to pull out my LP in his honor and give it a good listen. 'S been a while!

 
 Posted:   Oct 5, 2014 - 9:05 PM   
 By:   Josh   (Member)

Jon Broxton just posted a review of this amazing score as part of his "throwback thirty" series:

http://moviemusicuk.us/2014/10/02/iceman-bruce-smeaton/


Hey thanks, Josh. Nothing like posts & replies covering a 16-year span, huh?wink Wonderful underrated piece of sci-fi. Same for its score.



I'll bump this thread again in 2025, just for you Howard!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2016 - 11:12 PM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

Why wait. Damn, saw this when it came out 30+ years ago and that theme still haunts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq_yvwtxm4U

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

I was in Primark the other day (with the missus, you must understand) and most of the girls I saw, aged between 14 and 30, were all starting to look like John Lone in ICEMAN!! eek

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2021 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   Howard L   (Member)

KeV m'lad, thanks for the reminder. Just reserved the DVD from la biblioteca. 'S been a long, long while and I's ripes for a viewin'.

 
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