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 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 3:59 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

I've known his name for almost as long as I've been collecting film music ... say 50 years ... but I can't say I've found a score of his to rate. A theme here or there, of course, but the only score I presently own from his works is Kaleidoscope (1966) ... not one I'm bothered about.

Apart from this score, I have numerous recordings of his Cavatina (from The Walking Stick (1970)) and my daughter chose this as one of the tunes to be played at her wedding smile

Otherwise, I have Matt Monro's 1975 single release of the song All the Wishing in the World from the score to The Wilby Conspiracy (lyric by Don Black) ... I don't recall the song but it's not of the calibre of Mr. Monro's other film songs, IMHO.

As for Caravan to Vaccarès (1974) mentioned above, I watched the film again last September and commented on the score as:
Music by Stanley Myers: a wonderful main/end title theme ... otherwise dreadful. Not just bad ... but truly awful, removing the sense of any danger or action.

Also, just recalled ... in April 19 I watched Conduct Unbecoming (1975) and commented:
As for Stanley Myers' music score ... the less said the better: an uninteresting military theme to open the picture and a few poorly orchestrated (or was that synthesized?) pieces at intervals. Very weak.

Obviously, I need to hear more of his work! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Speaking of John Williams, the guitarist, Myers arranged and composed several tunes for two contemporary albums in the 70s--Changes and Travelling.

Changes from 1971 is a fantastic album, playing like a full-length work despite the different composers. This contains the first recorded version of "Cavatina." It has been released on CD. Tracks from Travelling have been CD released on a Williams compilation.

If you're interested in the Myers/Williams collaboration there is an interview with John Williams for Soundtrack Magazine that can be found on-line that I conducted about 20 years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 5:39 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Myers also did arrangements for a film score by The Kinks called Percy. On CD.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Among his rare LPs is The Next One, released only in Greece. But it's out there to get.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 8:32 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

For me it will always be "OTLEY"
https://youtu.be/Gq-w8C_DvzU

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 10:12 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Pollyanna, I love Otley and still have the original album I bought back in 1970 at a head shop called Post Bellum in the now infamous St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. I also bought there--hiding among the bean bags and drug paraphernalia--Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts by Paul Horn/composed by Lalo Schifrin.

Otley is one of the wittiest, most pleasant, most unheard soundtrack from the swingin' 60s. I wish more folks on these threads knew of it. I think of Otley fitting in somewhere with Goldsmith's Sebastian and Barry's The Knack.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Another note about Otley.

Though this is a comedy score, it is this score that prompted the film's producer Bruce Cohn Curtis to suggest Myers to Bryan Forbes for Raging Moon, definitely not a comedy. Curtis produced Raging Moon and may have big-footed Forbes on composer choice or perhaps John Barry was unavailable--or both. At any rate, Raging Moon is a top tier score.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   PollyAnna   (Member)

Pollyanna, I love Otley and still have the original album I bought back in 1970 at a head shop called Post Bellum in the now infamous St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. I also bought there--hiding among the bean bags and drug paraphernalia--Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts by Paul Horn/composed by Lalo Schifrin.

Otley is one of the wittiest, most pleasant, most unheard soundtrack from the swingin' 60s. I wish more folks on these threads knew of it. I think of Otley fitting in somewhere with Goldsmith's Sebastian and Barry's The Knack.


Absolutely agree, a gem of a score, vibrant and full of 60's vigor. I am also lucky to have an LP copy that I found in Worcester in England many years back. Play it quite often.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

The Watcher in the Woods seems like a possibility from Intrada/Disney. That would be exciting.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 5:15 PM   
 By:   steffromuk   (Member)

I only know two of his scores and they're both among my favorites:

The Martian Chronicles (I'm surprised nobody mentioned that one yet)
The Witches

I really need to explore this composer more.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 7:49 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

HISTOIRE D'O, NUMÉRO 2 is my favourite Stanley Myers with understudy Hans Zimmer.



Hans Zimmer's synthisizer contribution is fine, Stanley Myers' stuff is by turns hot and delicate. There are echos of SITTING TARGET an example being track title Pleasure of Pain and Submission.

 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2021 - 8:02 PM   
 By:   Superman1701   (Member)

I want a legit release of The Witches!

 
 Posted:   Jul 8, 2021 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)



I've never seen WATCHER IN THE WOODS, but would like to hear what Myers did for it.


Finally I'm going to check this out of the library.

 
 Posted:   Jul 12, 2021 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   Ratatouille   (Member)

The Witches !

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2021 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)



I've never seen WATCHER IN THE WOODS, but would like to hear what Myers did for it.


Finally I'm going to check this out of the library.


Too little music, dubbed too low!

 
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