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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: The Stripper/Nick Quarry
 Posted:   May 8, 2011 - 3:55 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

On this cd I just got, I found more than one thing to make me happy:

-Early 60's Goldsmith dramatic writing, including some very tender moments for small groupings of the orchestra.
-Interesting vocals by Joanne Woodward (playing someone who can't necessarily sing smile )
-Awesome 60's source music, in small, tasty quantities
-Bonus 60's-jazz-oriented detective action music!

 Posted:   May 8, 2011 - 4:28 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Did you also dig the first cinematic collabortion between director Schaffner & Goldsmith? big grin

I like THE STRIPPER side of Goldsmith, though it's never a major Goldsmith opus to me, it's an effective melodramatic score of the kind they don't make anymore.

Tell me, how would rank Goldsmith's THE STRIPPER alongside the similar musical territories of George Duning and Alex North?

I'm sure you're aware that orchestrator Arthur Morton worked extensively with both Duning and Goldsmith at different periods in their careers...

 Posted:   May 9, 2011 - 3:51 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

I think THE STRIPPER is absolutely great, and somewhat unusual in Goldsmith's career in the sense that it seems to be almost completely modelled on Alex North's hothouse melodramas. We all know the huge influence North had on Goldsmith, but it was mostly textural things like orchestral growls, whereas in THE STRIPPER it sounds almost like Alex North melodic material. Those long-line bluesy themes were something that Goldsmith never really went back to.

 Posted:   May 9, 2011 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Hurdy Gurdy   (Member)

"Those long-line bluesy themes were something that Goldsmith never really went back to."
Thank God!!! wink
Part of my problem with A GATHERING OF EAGLES is that melodramatic sound he apes from the Golden Era. I like the militiary-style material and action stuff, but the other stuff exists in a world I can't get into.
Although he did revisit the STRIPPER main theme again in JUSTINE smile

 Posted:   Sep 9, 2011 - 6:16 PM   
 By:   Sir David of Garland   (Member)

Listen at :55 in the cue "Quarry Cornered" (from NICK QUARRY) to hear the beginning of a section where Goldsmith layers solo line upon solo line, one at at time, in fascinating-and-fun, 60's-instrumentation scoring.

That alone was worth the cost of the cd.

 Posted:   Sep 9, 2011 - 6:41 PM   
 By:   The CinemaScope Cat   (Member)

THE STRIPPER is a terrific score and one of my 4 or 5 very favorite Goldsmiths.

 Posted:   Nov 30, 2020 - 1:15 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I just realized that the original FSM description/release announcement for this twofer claims that Nick Quarry is complete but makes no such claim about The Stripper. Does anyone know if there are unreleased cues from The Stripper which Jerry recorded? I wonder if this is a candidate for expansion in the new LLL Goldsmith at 20th series, a la The Flim-Flam Man (which they added a single minute long cue to, even though FSM *did* claim in their original announcement of that title that it was the complete score).


 Posted:   Nov 30, 2020 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

I seem to remember using everything available for The Stripper. But it was a while ago!


 Posted:   Nov 30, 2020 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I figured you had, since you always did! But you were also pretty diligent about telling us when a release was the complete score, and you didn’t spell it out here (or for Ace Eli) while you did for their respective pairings (Nick Quarry and Room 222). So I’m assuming there was a bit of music you didn’t have, i.e. it wasn’t available on the sources provided by the studio in order to include on album. Like Intrada on their recent Take Her, She’s Mine (a handful of cues lost), or the Varese and Quartet editions of Studs Lonigan (ditto).

Maybe more can be salvaged (and more in fixed/undamaged stereo) with the new tech that’s come out since these early FSM releases... that’s what I’m hoping for LLL’s new Goldsmith at 20th series, anyhow. smile


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