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 Posted:   Jul 8, 2010 - 8:56 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Thanks for that clip, Ford. It's been said before, but Fielding did a LOT of re-use of his own music. But because he was so brilliant I'm going to forgive him. The theme for THE BIG SLEEP had turned up as the Main Theme TWICE before that - in the TV Movie HUNTERS ARE FOR KILLING and in one of the MATT HELM television incarnations.

Another guy I'm going to have to forgive due to his sheer brilliance is Gil Mellé. Heath is right about the Main Titles for KOLCHAK coming from THE QUESTOR TAPES. The full movie is on YouTube, but I don't know how to do links. Can someone post Part 1 of that please? You'll get to hear the KOLCHAK theme just after the titles, at 1:15 on, but don't skip the amazing music for the titles themselves!

Finally - I asked this question on the COLUMBO thread, but maybe more people will see it here... What's stopping CD releases of the music from things like KOLCHAK, NIGHT GALLERY and THE 6 MILLION DOLLAR MAN? There's a huge amount of great stuff by Fielding, Mellé, Oliver Nelson, Robert Prince, Billy Goldenberg etc etc out there in those shows. If it's a legal issue, how come we got all those themes plus a stack more on "Television's Greatest Hits Volume 5"?

Thanking you in advance.

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2010 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

What a great surprise THE BLACK BIRD has been!

Anyone hesitating to pick this up because it's a comedy with George Segal should definitely reconsider! The Black Bird is Fielding, pure and simple, with all his trademark touches, more specifically that great atmospheric writing as you'd expect but with the additional bonus of amusing source cues that demonstrate Fielding's sense of humor. I'm sure this is the same sound as his 1950s big band albums and time in Vegas. I like how he references the "slurping saxophone" sound of Artie Shaw's 1930s orchestra in "Reminscent Rhythm Room #2"--at least I think that's what he's doing, I've yet to peruse the notes. There's also an obvious "Golden Age" homage in the "Anna's Life Story" cue, and it's lovely.

The non-source cues are largely dead serious--so serious it's funny, in fact--and not out of place in a 1970s TV movie, or, as already mentioned, a Kolchak episode.

This is wonderful Fielding and not to be missed. Now all I have to do is see the movie, which I'll no doubt appreciate after having watched so many crime dramas in recent years.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2010 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   Bill Cooke   (Member)


Finally - I asked this question on the COLUMBO thread, but maybe more people will see it here... What's stopping CD releases of the music from things like KOLCHAK, NIGHT GALLERY and THE 6 MILLION DOLLAR MAN?

Keep in mind the Universal vaults have only recently opened to the specialty labels. I have no doubt they're looking into releasing some of this great stuff. The main cause for worry at this point it whether or not tapes still exist.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2010 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Cheers Bill. I may be boring you all to death with this - I've shoehorned it into a ton of threads - but how did TVT get the rights to put the themes from all those shows on "Television's Greatest Hits Volume 5"?

Oops, better mention something about THE BLACK BIRD. Thumbs up for this new release. I hope I live long enough to get round to buying it!

 
 Posted:   Jul 13, 2010 - 9:52 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Another guy I'm going to have to forgive due to his sheer brilliance is Gil Mellé... the Main Titles for KOLCHAK coming from THE QUESTOR TAPES.

As much as I like Mellé's theme (and "Gil Melle" the 1950s Jazzer), IMO Kolchak would not find its musical niche until Fielding's contributions came into play.

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 9:26 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

It's fun to play "spot the standard" in some of Jerry's souce cues. Already I've heard what sounds like "The Carioca" and "The Hawaiian War Chant." Fielding's known as an intense person and composer, but there's abundant humor in this score...

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

With this new CD, it's like Jerry Fielding never died.
To me, this is basically a brand new score from him.
I'd never heard of the film, or a note of its music, so hearing that Main Title kick in was amazing. Pure Fielding!
There's so much diversity in this score, I'm sure there will be something for everyone within it.
The dancing percussion in track 12 (Palace of Fine Arts) just brought a great big smile to my face.
This is the unexpected treat of the year so far for me smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 10:02 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

This could be the Jerry Fielding score for people who don't like Jerry Fielding!
It's a joy from start to finish, and there is definitely a Johnny Williams vibe to some of the tracks.
When it got announced the other week, I was on holiday and I remember thinking "what the hell is this crap, what about a complete, proper release of Outlaw Josey Wales".
Today, playing it over and over, it's "Outlaw Josey Who?"

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

With this new CD, it's like Jerry Fielding never died.
To me, this is basically a brand new score from him.
I'd never heard of the film, or a note of it's music, so hearing that Main Title kick in was amazing. Pure Fielding!
There's so much diversity in this score, I'm sure there will be something for everyone within it.
The dancing percussion in track 12 (Palace of Fine Arts) just brought a great big smile to my face.
This is the unexpected treat of the year so far for me smile


That theme is used to brilliant effect in many an episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker, only Jerry scored it with an electric violin rather than an ARP synthesizer. Even my wife (Kolchak is "our" show) appreciates all of those cues that Fielding used on the show!

Agree on track 12. In fact, the rest of the album from that point on is quite amazing. I hear some references to SCORPIO in The Black Bird, too.

P.S. I f I owned a whorehouse, I'd have "Funky Street" playing on a loop by the cash register.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2010 - 11:28 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)


P.S. I f I owned a whorehouse, I'd have "Funky Street" playing on a loop by the cash register.


Favourite quote of the week!

 
 Posted:   Aug 13, 2010 - 7:10 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I finally ordered this, received it today. I must say, it's delightful, pure Fielding and since I have not seen the movie since it's short theatrical release in late 1975, all I can say is, it's better than the movie, which I thought was an unfunny dud.

Recommended! The score, that is.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2012 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Two years on, this remains my biggest/best unexpected surprise of a Jerry Fielding score that came from nowhere for me.
Just a joy to listen to, covering so many different styles.

I still want OUTLAW JOSEY WALES done properly though!

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2012 - 7:00 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Agreed smile One of my favorite Fielding scores.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 2, 2022 - 3:41 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

This must be one of my most played Jerry Fielding CD's.
I never tire of hearing all those disparate - BUT PURE FIELDING - elements within this eclectic score.
It's just a 40 minute JOY!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 3, 2022 - 5:24 AM   
 By:   martyn.crosthwaite   (Member)

This must be one of my most played Jerry Fielding CD's.
I never tire of hearing all those disparate - BUT PURE FIELDING - elements within this eclectic score.
It's just a 40 minute JOY!!!


One of the great film scores that few know even exists .

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2022 - 2:12 AM   
 By:   KeV McG   (Member)

Yes. I often wonder...did Intrada shift all 1500 copies or was it a low-seller of which only about 500 were pressed and actually sold?
I love mine whatever the story.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2022 - 2:26 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Its a fun listening.

 
 Posted:   Aug 4, 2022 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   chriss   (Member)

Those were the days! A premiere release of a score by Jerry Fielding.

 
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