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 Posted:   Mar 15, 2011 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

Effective score by Gil Melle, eschewing his electronic pallette for acoustic instruments. This score was on the Oscar shortlist in 1977, although with 20 entries it wasn't that short. This should see a legit release.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2011 - 5:20 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I agree 100000000000000000 percent, although I'd be a bit more effusive about it than you, sir!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2011 - 5:43 AM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

I am trying to remain on the down low, lest some people on this forum think I am part of a Melle cult.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2011 - 5:45 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I'll try hard to curb my enthusiasm!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2011 - 5:47 AM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

Seriously, Melle was a unique voice and his orchestral film scores are intriguing. Apart from THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, which I enjoy, his electronic works don not speak to me.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2011 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

I also loved 'You'll Like My Mother" and "The Savage Is Loose"

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2011 - 5:51 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Yeah, I think his orchestral scores are amazing. The majority do incorporate electronics to some extent, but I prefer them to his PURELY electronic work too. Just as well I have to go now, coz I could bore you all to tears with this topic for the umpteenth time. But I'll be back!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2011 - 6:24 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

It's a shame no local or cable outlet seems to run YOU'LL LIKE MY MOTHER, another unsung minor gem directed by the late, great Lamont Johnson. Besides the wonderfully effective acoustic score by Melle, it sure was a change of pace for Richard Thomas of THE WALTONS, playing the psycho villain of the piece.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2011 - 5:07 AM   
 By:   TTSPOOK   (Member)

The Sentinel deserves a full restoration from the original tape masters - in stereo if possible - (and a Blu-ray of the flick)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2011 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I agree wholeheartedly with absolutely everything TTSPOOK has said in all the threads he has contributed to so far (I did a search).

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2011 - 2:58 PM   
 By:   jpteacher568   (Member)

I am trying to remain on the down low, lest some people on this forum think I am part of a Melle cult.


"Cult?!! What cult?" smile))

 
 Posted:   Jun 6, 2011 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   KGordonMurray   (Member)

Effective score by Gil Melle, eschewing his electronic pallette for acoustic instruments. This score was on the Oscar shortlist in 1977, although with 20 entries it wasn't that short. This should see a legit release.

Robert! Imagine me, a film music collector and a theatre projectionist when THE SENTINEL was released in 1977. Melle's score knocked me for a loop, and I got to hear it twice a night and three times on the weekend. I wanted the movie to run forever just so I could hear that Main Title again and again.

I'm still waiting for the soundtrack. It has been one of my holy grails for 34 years. I love Melle and think THE SENTINEL is one of his very best works.

Last week I drove by the spooky Brooklyn house used in the movie and was again reminded of the music.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2011 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

That Main Title is indeed a masterpiece of scoring, KGordon. I love the way it's structured - the tranquil build-up to the momentous chords as "The Sentinel" appears on the screen, then the humungously complex string-and-choir work for the next part, which leads into another deceptively tranquil, lilting piece as Cristina Raines and Chris Sarandon do trivial things in a lovey-dovey way (like buying magazines and riding bikes), before it all collapses again amongst a huge downward glissando, pausing before picking up with a beautiful piano and low woodwind theme as they flick through pictures of her model-shoot in the office. I think it's all a marvelous example of how music can work behind Main Titles. It's basically a lenghty montage. And the rest of the score is chock-full of great stuff.

Lovely cover by the way. I wish we had a CD to go with it. Come on, folks - I'm not going to be here forever!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2011 - 8:40 AM   
 By:   merlyn   (Member)

That Main Title is indeed a masterpiece of scoring, KGordon. I love the way it's structured - the tranquil buid-up to the momentous chords as "The Sentinel" appears on the screen, then the humungously complex string-and-choir work for the next part, which leads into another deceptively tranquil, lilting piece as Cristina Raines and Chris Sarandon do trivial things in a lovey-dovey way (like buying magazines and riding bikes), before it all collapses again amongst a huge downward glissando, pausing before picking up with a beautiful piano and low woodwind theme as they flick through pictures of her model-shoot in the office. I think it's all a marvelous example of how music can work behind Main Titles. It's basically a lenghty montage. And the rest of the score is chock-full of great stuff.

Lovely cover by the way. I wish we had a CD to go with it. Come on, folks - I'm not going to be here forever!


Yes I would love this to get a legit release - I have a good * * * * which keeps me going
also would like The Ultimate Warrior.
I watched The Sentinel the other day with Michael Winner's commentary track which is brilliant in its own right.

Lyn

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2011 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

No mentions of footwear, merlyn! I didn't know there was a DVD with Michael Winner commentary. Does he mention the score? I know he did in an interview I read (in Soundtrack perhaps) standing up in a London bookshop in 1988 (too poor to buy the mag).

And yes, THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR is just as good music-wise. Would love to see that released.

 
 Posted:   Jun 7, 2011 - 12:21 PM   
 By:   KGordonMurray   (Member)

That Main Title is indeed a masterpiece of scoring, KGordon. I love the way it's structured - the tranquil build-up to the momentous chords as "The Sentinel" appears on the screen, then the humungously complex string-and-choir work for the next part, which leads into another deceptively tranquil, lilting piece as Cristina Raines and Chris Sarandon do trivial things in a lovey-dovey way (like buying magazines and riding bikes), before it all collapses again amongst a huge downward glissando, pausing before picking up with a beautiful piano and low woodwind theme as they flick through pictures of her model-shoot in the office. I think it's all a marvelous example of how music can work behind Main Titles. It's basically a lenghty montage. And the rest of the score is chock-full of great stuff.

Lovely cover by the way. I wish we had a CD to go with it. Come on, folks - I'm not going to be here forever!


Graham, thanks for the fine descriptive text of the Main Title. It is, as you state, a montage. Small set pieces that both complement the images while setting the tonal table for all that will follow.

Merlyn, I also have that "placeholder" and while grateful for it, like you, I await the real deal.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 8, 2011 - 4:43 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I can't contribute much to this thread, not having seen the film nor heard the music. But what I will say is that there was a picture of Cristina Raines in that month's Film Review that made my young knees go weak.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 9, 2011 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   merlyn   (Member)

No mentions of footwear, merlyn! I didn't know there was a DVD with Michael Winner commentary. Does he mention the score? I know he did in an interview I read (in Soundtrack perhaps) standing up in a London bookshop in 1988 (too poor to buy the mag).

And yes, THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR is just as good music-wise. Would love to see that released.



The DVD is region 2 FHED 2471 RT 92 mins - ean # 5030697015112 Medium Rare Entertainment/ Fabulous Films UK. released 2008.

Micheal Winner mentions the music in 3 or 4 places throughout the commentary
One fact that they had to move recording of the music from Universal studios to Warner Brothers because the orchestra was too big for the stage.

Winner also inroduces the film / original theatrical trailer/ stills gallery/ Biographies/ Motion Menus/ chapter points are other bonus materials.
Lyn

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 9, 2011 - 9:31 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

You 'll like my mother-72-was shown on NBC-TV-Prime time in the 70's, was on often late at night in New York [CBS affilate] in the late 70's and early 80's, but has vanished from the airways for years now, i agree, good moody score by Gil for that film.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2012 - 4:29 PM   
 By:   pasta   (Member)

Does anyone know who owns the rights to this score? Studio? Family? Also, IMHO, this would make an EXCELLENT FSM Silver Screen release.....Surprised that FSM, Intrada, etc. haven't issued this already. I know that for a time there was a 29 track bootleg floating around......Bumping this thread up! Cheers!

 
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