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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: RetroScore: Jerry Fielding's Like an Old Friend by Larry Deutchman
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2009 - 1:20 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Fielding's music is solid, acute, cerebral, edgy, experimental and filled with grandeur.
I admire his instruments' use: the famous military snare drum, the tense chords, to name but a few...
You should try "The Super Cops" which is Fielding's successful blend of South American instruments
with his own tense orchestral idioms.
http://www.screenarchives.com/title_detail.cfm?ID=5047

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2009 - 1:52 AM   
 By:   Mr Drive   (Member)

The quote about Fielding's music actually says it's 'like a man in a green suit walking in a forest' and is by Gordon Dawson, Getaway's producer. I believe it refers to the music's inconspicuousness.

 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2009 - 4:44 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The quote about Fielding's music actually says it's 'like a man in a green suit walking in a forest' and is by Gordon Dawson, Getaway's producer. I believe it refers to the music's inconspicuousness.

I interpreted the "man in a green suit" quote as referring to the human element Fielding's music brings to a film and yes, how it aids the on-screen events without drawing undue attention to itself.

I always thought that Fielding excelled at the human, or "psychological" aspects of film-- the characters. Every Sam Peckinpah movie that Fielding scored is a character study--every darn one of 'em--and the best Fielding scores are from those films where the character comes first. Same with Winner's Lawman; The Mechanic and David Greene's Gray Lady Down

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 9, 2009 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Jerry gave us some of the best main titles ever - his westerns were second to none (for a US composer, that is smile ) - Lawman, Josey Wales, Wild Bunch; and of the non-western scores, The Enforcer stands out to me as one of his best.

Still sadly missed.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2009 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

"Listening to Jerry’s collective works is like spending time with an old friend – albeit, the most cynical and paranoid one you know."

Considering that he was blacklisted in the 1950's, that makes perfect sense.

 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2009 - 8:42 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

No one - before or since - did "Mean" quite like Jerry F.

I loved it when his themes were apparently, on first listen, usually with the opening credits to a film, hard to follow and quite complex, with overlaying lines and various meandering alleyways, but, hey, when you got used to them, the theme was there, and boy what a theme.

To me, the main titles of Killer Elite is an example of this.


anyone else dig what I mean?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2009 - 4:38 PM   
 By:   Great Escape   (Member)

The quote about Fielding's music actually says it's 'like a man in a green suit walking in a forest' and is by Gordon Dawson, Getaway's producer. I believe it refers to the music's inconspicuousness.

Thanks. I corrected the quote.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2009 - 4:45 PM   
 By:   Great Escape   (Member)

No one - before or since - did "Mean" quite like Jerry F.

I loved it when his themes were apparently, on first listen, usually with the opening credits to a film, hard to follow and quite complex, with overlaying lines and various meandering alleyways, but, hey, when you got used to them, the theme was there, and boy what a theme.

To me, the main titles of Killer Elite is an example of this.


anyone else dig what I mean?


Killer Elite is my favorite of his main titles and also has my favorite of his end titles (which is entirely different). If the movie had not been so disregarded critically, I think this one might have gotten an Oscar nomination as it is one his most mature works. Almost like he was applying everything he'd been toying with in so many prior scores after having learned from them all. It echos some of his prior themes and moods but takes them to the next level in a very original way that is more unique to this film than many of his prior scores were to their respective films. Don't know if I'm correctly communicating what I mean.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 10, 2009 - 4:45 PM   
 By:   Great Escape   (Member)

"Listening to Jerry’s collective works is like spending time with an old friend – albeit, the most cynical and paranoid one you know."

Considering that he was blacklisted in the 1950's, that makes perfect sense.


Exactly!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2019 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   Great Escape   (Member)

I was just listening to Fielding's scores for the Cardinal and Collector episodes of Mission Impossible. I noticed the roots for themes he would later expand upon in The Wild Bunch, Lawman, and The Mechanic.

 
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