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 Posted:   Oct 3, 2019 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

The Last Run.

 
 Posted:   Oct 3, 2019 - 10:10 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Just got back from a two week vacation in England (first time exploring another country besides Baja California a couple times 20 years ago...), so apologies for the late update to this thread. I have removed AFO from the first post now; I had written,

"Air Force One (Varese / Columbia-->Sony) -- A solid second-place finish (behind Small Soldiers) in my unofficial poll mentioned above, this popular score would require at least two discs to present definitively, with everything Goldsmith wrote plus the excellent additional music written by Joel McNeely in Goldsmith's style. Presuming there's room on the second disc, it would be wonderful to also get Randy Newman's rejected score which isn't bad!"

For one reason or another, Varese opted not to include the Newman score (sad, since at least on its own it's a fun listen and I fear would not sustain great sales if released on its own...so will quite probably never happen now). But I'm still glad the complete Goldsmith/McNeely score is out there for folks in official form. I like it but it's not a super favorite Goldsmith score of mine, so I'll be picking it up on the next Varese 15-20% off sale (or maybe when they release some other expansion I'm more excited for, if they hold to their original plan of getting a third batch out by the end of 2019).

MULAN and MEDICINE MAN.

And can they perhaps rerelease THE EDGE? There are probably some people who missed it the first time around.


Sadly the answer is almost certainly "no" for now, because The Edge original album is owned by Sony and they no longer do third party licensing of albums they control. LLL and Intrada each said they had two Sony expansions in the works that were approved and could still go through, but we've heard nothing further about that for a while so maybe even those have been cancelled. I would be beyond shocked if any one of those four is a reissue of The Edge, though. I agree with you on your desire for Mulan and Medicine Man expansions (especially the latter since at least the Academy promo exists for Mulan...most expensive purchase I ever made for a single CD at $50 on Ebay; worth every penny).

Would love for The Last Run's film recording to be released, villagardens, but Lukas Kendall was pretty clear when he put out the FSM reissue of the album recording: tapes are lost. He has said the same about a couple other similar cool "mod" scores of Jerry's: Pursuit and (sorry moolik) Shamus. Of course they might turn up in someone's basement or something, but probably best to not lose sleep pining after them. On the other hand no one has ever said anything about tapes for The Don Is Dead being lost, so maybe it'll come out in the new Universal Heritage Series pipeline at some point!

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 10, 2019 - 7:07 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Now that I have an expanded AIR FORCE ONE, I would love to see THE 13th WARRIOR as the next expanded release.

 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2019 - 10:56 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

I'll wait for the official release announcements before removing from the original post, but I thought it was worth bumping this thread to acknowledge the news from Bruce Botnick that he recently completed work on both a definitive edition of The Swarm for LLL (presumably to released this Black Friday), as well as U.S. Marshals, presumably a Deluxe Edition in the next Varese batch. He mentions these at the end of this interview:
http://www.cinematicsound.net/interview-with-bruce-botnick-2/?fbclid=IwAR3XV1g-aQy4D1NdN9DyMNR_X-L2kYODGIFeqhRsL41UQv_bxJzg8Z25usg

This was the Varese-controlled Goldsmith score with the most music still missing, so it makes sense to tackle next. I look forward to reassessing it in complete form!

Interestingly, it won third place in the "What Goldsmith do you want next from Varese?" poll I conducted a few years ago on this board. First place winner in that poll was Small Soldiers with 29 votes -- we got a definitive version of that last year, thanks to Varese. Second place winner in the poll was Air Force One with 23 votes, and Varese just released their Deluxe Edition of that. Third place winner was U.S. Marshals with 19 votes, and it looks like that is next! It seems Varese has a pretty good idea of which score expansions are in the highest demand, and maybe they even saw that thread on the board. smile

For those who are wondering, The 13th Warrior was in 4th with 15 votes and The Other was in 5th with 14 votes. I'll be interested to see if those are expanded next after USM. (Other scores in that round of poll received less than 10 votes each.)

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Mar 3, 2020 - 10:19 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

And THE SWARM is finally heeeere!
https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=139497&forumID=1&archive=0

I had written (somewhat outdatedly, since we've known it's been coming for a while now), "The Swarm -- I could see LLL doing a two disc set with the complete score remastered and the original album program on the second disc (since many find it superior)...and fresh notes of course."

I can't wait to read Jeff Bond's new liner notes! They seem like a great read judging from the little bit available for preview on Dan Goldwasser's site:
http://www.warmbutter.com/cds/swarm.php

I'm excited to hear the original album arrangement (one of Jerry's best) in good quality sound from the original tapes.

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Time to bump this thread, but not update the main post!



I had assumed, like most people, that the FSM edition of Morituri included the complete score (because they were always thorough about including every cue if possible), but it turns out there was about a minute's worth of music micro-edited out because of damage to the sources (wow, probably). Intrada has just rectified this, giving it the Mike Mattesino restoration treatment! I very much look forward to reassessing this score in great sound quality.

Doug Fake's original Doug's Corner column:
"Jerry Goldsmith’s restored Morituri docks here next week, amidst the ever-evolving pandemic that cripples our nation and the world around us. While our release contains the same stereo contents as the previous release on FSM, the entire score has been remastered for improved audio and is lengthened - by one minute - to restore previous judicious trims and edits. We are maintaining reduced hours due to COVID-19 and local restrictions during the crisis but orders are welcome and will be filled as quickly as we are able. Artwork, contents and sound samples should be posted this coming Monday the 23rd. Everyone stay indoors as much as possible and be safe!"
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/sc.13/category.60330/.f

Roger's announcement thread at Intrada forum:
http://www.intrada.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=4&p=82238&sid=b89f00f4ce52d8ac19e7a9c28efb6dec#p82238

"Intrada's latest release is a reexamination of Jerry Goldsmith's 1965 score for the World War II drama Morituri, from the 20th Century-Fox library. Morituri is part of a set of war films scored by Goldsmith in the '60s, including The Sand Pebbles, In Harm's Way, and The Blue Max. While originally released by the Film Score Monthly label, due to poor condition elements and limitations in technology of the day, that album featured some compromised sound and intercuts from mono sources in order to make the score presentable. Under the detailed eyes and ears of producer Mike Matessino, this new release has been restored from the complete stereo elements and features dramatically improved sound over the previous version.

As Tim Greiving writes in his notes, "This is a score of suspense and action, tension and explosion. Tricks like quivering tremolo strings and rhythmic ticking accomplish the former, and Goldsmith got creative in how he chose to fuel the latter." While the first half of the film is sparsely spotted, Goldsmith relied on his trademark Asian-flavored sound to orient the viewer to the Tokyo and Calcutta locales. Throughout, a theme first introduced in the main title on zither, reoccurs throughtout in various guises, tying the score together.

Adapted from a 1960 German novel by Werner Jörg Lüddecke, this morality thriller is set on the high seas during the reign of the Nazi regime. A German man, hiding in luxury in Switzerland, is blackmailed by the English army into posing as an SS officer on a merchant vessel carrying a valuable shipment of rubber from Japan to Germany. His mission: disable the scuttling charges protecting the ship so the Allies can attack it and scoop up the cargo. The film stars Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner."


And finally best of all, Doug Fake's detailed description on the order page (man, I was never that into this score but his description here makes me excited to GET into it):
"Newly remastered release of exciting, aggressive Jerry Goldsmith WWII score, Morituri! Terrific cast headlines 1965 20th Century Fox movie: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard, Janet Margolin, Wally Cox, Hans Christian Belch, William Redfield. Intelligent, complex script comes from Daniel Taradash, Bernhard Wick helms. Striking b&w camerawork from Conrad Hall. Wartime Freighter loaded valuable with supplies, spy activities, sabotage and intrigue plus unusual locales that include Yokohama, Macao and the high seas all inspire Jerry Goldsmith to fashion intense, riveting score for orchestra with spotlight on solo zither at the onset. Score also displays composer’s peerless talent for percussion writing, in this instance, often powerful snare & bass drum. Abundance of additional Goldsmith “signatures” abound: pulsating left hand piano, muted brass punctuation, xylophone adding to rhythms, zig-zag action motifs (pre-Planet of the Apes) and rhythmic ostinati galore. Amongst numerous musical highlights: “Boat Drill” announces with trumpet fanfare, then launches with lively action material featuring jagged rhythms in piano, cello, xylophone while brass drive forward, all the while exposed electric guitar plucking away. “A Change of Face/Sneak Attack” features main theme (heard first in “Main Title” on zither) get lively treatment for full orchestra with crisp punctuation from low strings, trombones amidst the excitement. Subito changes in dynamics highlight velocity of action riffs during “Caught In The Act” while ferocious triplet figures for orchestra in jagged fashion highlight knockout “A Lost Cause”. Years later, when Fox produced The Last Hard Men, with Charlton Heston & James Coburn, music editor Len Engel was tasked with stitching music from existing Jerry Goldsmith scores into cohesive soundtrack. Prominently featured during controversial, unpleasant rape sequence, which unfolds without dialog, Engel used stunning “Abandoned Ship” cue from current score, showcasing incredibly intense, ever-tightening music in virtual textbook display of building intensity via repeating, lean two-part harmonic motif that ceases to change while outbursts first from trombone then additional brass and eventually swirling strings wind tighter and tighter until they literally break. Written for Morituri, the cue deserves a special spotlight. CD was previously released on FSM label with judicious trims to damaged channels of 35mm multi-track recordings. All have been restored with current technology, allowing remastered Intrada release to showcase improved audio restoration. Dramatic package design from Kay Marshall with flipper cover featuring both original title art and re-release title art, literate notes from Tim Grieving, production work from Mike Matessino. Jerry Goldsmith composes, Lionel Newman conducts. Intrada Special Collection CD available while quantities and interest remain!"
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl?it=A&id=12121

Yavar

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

CONFIRMED: It's an amazing month to be a Goldsmith fan. big grin

https://www.varesesarabande.com/products/u-s-marshals-the-deluxe-edition

I had written,
U.S. Marshals (Varese / Warner Bros.) -- Since I'm a bit lukewarm on it, this was a somewhat unexpected (for me) third place finish in my unofficial poll, probably because there is a great deal of unreleased music which has never seen release, unofficially or not. Since Varese recently expanded another Warner Bros. action score of theirs, Executive Decision, this expansion might come sooner rather than later. And thanks to DeputyRiley's detailed complete score breakdown, we know that more than half of the score is unreleased... near the bottom of his thread I have appended the official cue titles for the complete score which I discovered later: http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=109822&forumID=1&archive=0

I personally can't wait to reassess this score in complete form. I suspect it'll be a night and day difference with the original album program. (The Mutant even declares it left off entire themes completely!)

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   TruPretender   (Member)

I will say, that the last time I hung out with Mike Matessino (we were both at Tarantino's theatre, the New Beverly Cinema seeing "Family Plot"), he and I both agreed that Supergirl just may be the last epic Goldsmith score to expand...

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2020 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Surely that would be LEGEND (if the complete score in decent sound wasn't lost)?

But exciting to hear that it's on Mike's wish list! smile

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2020 - 7:32 PM   
 By:   TruPretender   (Member)

Surely that would be LEGEND (if the complete score in decent sound wasn't lost)?

But exciting to hear that it's on Mike's wish list! smile

Yavar


It IS on Mike's wish list! And don't call me Shirley! ;-)

 
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