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Time After Time (1979)
Music by Miklos Rozsa
Time After Time Time After Time
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Price: $49.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Silver Age
CD Release: January 2009
Catalog #: Vol. 12, No. 3
# of Discs: 1

Time After Time (1979) is a delightful fantasy adventure based on the historical “what if?” premise that Time Machine author H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) actually invented a time machine, and used it to journey to modern-day San Francisco in pursuit of the murderous Jack the Ripper (David Warner). Today this might be called “high-concept” but in the capable hands of screenwriter/director Nicholas Meyer the film is much more: a social commentary, thriller, period piece, romance and character comedy.

Meyer had previously authored the Sherlock Holmes-meets-Sigmund Freud bestseller The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (adapted into a film) and would cowrite and direct the best Star Trek movies. The director, a highly literate admirer of classical and film music, sought out Miklós Rózsa for a full-bodied romantic score of the kind Rózsa had written for decades but was seldom in-demand by the 1970s. The result was arguably Rózsa’s last great work, a stirring, symphonic gem that delighted critics and moviegoers in its authentic evocation of Hollywood’s Golden Age (even kicking off with the traditional Warner Bros. logo music composed by Max Steiner). More than being underscoring per se, the “retro” soundtrack plays an essential role in evoking the point-of-view of a Victorian man adrift in the modern world.

Time After Time has been available on an LP and CD (from Fifth Continent) but that was a re-recording conducted in 1979 by Rózsa in London. FSM presents, for the first time, the original soundtrack performance conducted by Rózsa in Burbank with a larger orchestra (as well as more music than the re-recording). With the original Dan Wallin recording remixed from the 16-track masters by Mike Matessino, the stereo sound quality is top-drawer.

FSM’s CD package features a new essay by Nicholas Meyer, reflecting on his work on the film and friendship with Rózsa, plus detailed liner notes by Jeff Bond and Frank K. DeWald. Thirty years later, one of Rózsa’s greatest works is available in definitive form.

Miklos Rozsa Scores on FSM
About the Composer

Hungarian-born Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) is a titan of film music. Responsible for such classic scores as Spellbound, Ben-Hur, King of Kings, El Cid and many others—from biblical epics to 1940s films noir to historical dramas—his signature style is one of the most pleasing and dramatic in film. He was under contract to M-G-M from 1948 to 1962 and FSM has released a great deal of this classic music; also available are his latter-period scores such as The Green Berets and Time After Time.IMDB

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I Just listened to the CD yesterday, and it is such a wonderful experience to hear the complete original soundtrack (though I love the re-recording as well). The liner notes are fantastic, but there are two errors. It is mentioned that Rozsa only had two films that he scored after this film, when he had three, and the one that was left out was Eye of the Needle (1981). The other error is that Last Embrace was released in 1981, when it was released in 1979. Other than that, the liner notes are entirely fascinating to read, as most FSM releases are.

D'oh! Thank you for the correction. Amazing how we proofed those notes so many times, and many sets of eyes saw them, and yet there's always something...this is why we have the website so we can correct ourselves. Again, many thanks.


Hey Lukas - do you anticipate the new box set you alluded to in the announcement to be available to order before the Holiday sale ends? I'd like to be able to make one big order if it's possible.

Hey Lukas - do you anticipate the new box set you alluded to in the announcement to be available to order before the Holiday sale ends? I'd like to be able to make one big order if it's possible.

The answer is yes, we'll keep the holiday sale thru the new Vol 12 No 2 being available so you will have a chance to do what you want here. Thanks,

Outstanding CD. Great sound and far superior to the previous album recording - both in performance and acoustics.

Great review here:

Great review here:

Good lord, it's 3,571 words long.

Great review here:

Oops! He credits Rozsa with scoring THE TEN COMMANDMENTS!

So it's 3,568 correct words long :)

But, still a great effort.

I know we're not supposed to discuss already-released scores, but...:D

I've been playing FSM's TIME AFTER TIME disc a lot recently and it's severely cutting into my many hours spent listening to dissonant works from the 1960s-'70s. :o However, I absolutely adore this score, though I haven't seen the film itself since HBO aired it around 1980, when I saw it with a friend and his family in their still-'70s-brown-carpeted den of those long ago childhood days...

...I love how the score sounds like something out of 1960 with that Rozsa Sound blasting in all its glory. A great doubleheader with THE TIME MACHINE.

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
Miklos Rozsa

Fred Balazs, Josef Brooks (Schoenbrun), Henry Arthur Brown, Manuel Compinsky, Isabelle Daskoff, Glenn Dicterow, Harold Dicterow, Assa Drori, Ronald P. Folsom, David Frisina, Irving Geller, Endre G. Granat, Norma Leonard, Alfred Lustgarten, Betty Stuka Moor, Alexander Murray, Stanley Plummer, Connie Pressman (Meyer), Nathan Ross, Sheldon Sanov, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Tibor Zelig

Pamela Goldsmith, Allan Harshman, Virginia Majewski, Joseph Reilich, David Schwartz, Milton Thomas

Robert Lee "Bob" Adcock, Selene Depuy-Hurford, Ernest F. Ehrhardt, Marie Fera, Paula Hochhalter, Dennis Karmazyn, Ronald A. Leonard, Harry L. Shlutz, Eleanor Slatkin, Daniel W. Smith

Milton Kestenbaum, Peter A. Mercurio, Buell Neidlinger

Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Arthur Hoberman, Geraldine Rotella

John F. Ellis, Arnold Koblentz

Dominick Fera, Hugo Raimondi

Charles A. Gould, Norman H. Herzberg

French Horn:
Vincent N. DeRosa, David A. Duke, Robert E. Henderson, George W. Hyde, George F. Price, Henry Sigismonti

Robert Divall, Malcolm Boyd McNab, Graham Young

Francis L. "Joe" Howard, Richard "Dick" Nash, William Reichenbach, Lloyd E. Ulyate

John T. "Tommy" Johnson

Ralph E. Grierson

Dorothy S. Remsen

Hubert "Hugh" Anderson, Larry Bunker, Thomas D. Raney, Jerry D. Williams

Kenneth E. Watson

Patti Zimmitti (DeCaro)

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