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  1. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    Thanks to Prometheus' recent digital frenzy you are now able to enjoy most of their recent re-recordings and this old John Sturges western merits special mention (as in dark horse). It's another Wyatt Earp story, though told through the perspective of a later trial about what happened at the OK corral. It's of course as far as removed from the Tiomkin bombast of the classic 1958 Kirk Douglas movie - James Garner fills his shoes here - as possible. It's another great musical character study with a catchy theme that may not be the first Goldsmith you would choose for a new interpretation, but hey... The main theme is introduced tentatively, fragmentary in the 5-minute opening cue that accompanies the build-up to the shootout and cold stops when the gunfight begins. Like the movie itself, the music is more of a haunted character study with a few exciting breakouts of action and scenery-painting along the way. That the nuanced orchestration really shines is one of the achievements of this recording: it's not a huge orchestra but when it roars it's sounds impressively big (The Ballot Box, The Ambush, Whose Cattle) even if those moments soon make way for more suspenseful, even anguished material that forms the bulk of the score. The final moments of thoughtful americana (A Friendly Lie) for the goodbyes of Earp and Holliday and a few developed readings of the main theme warrant mention, though my final verdict is that it's a great, intelligent score from a time when movie music was not just another molass-like layer on the sound track but the understated nature of the movie make it more an interesting curiousity item for Goldsmith fans than an out-and-out listening pleasure (The Blue Max is the clear winner here). Listen for a short (indeed, perfect) suite of Goldsmith's own 'Red Pony', about 14 minutes in length, with maybe his best tip of the hat to Copland next to 'Wild Rovers', another painterly classic western story (probably the 'Waltons', too, though i never heard much of that). It's classic americana in the best sense, and easier to get acquainted with than the darker 'Gun'. Playing is mostly top notch though you wish a few times the engineer would have payed more attention to Goldsmith's own mixes on the old soundtrack: a big horn counterpoint late in 'Ballot Box' is botched even if it practically begs to be at the center. Overall it's still impressive and recommended.
  2. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    While the upright heterosexual majority citizens sit at home, adoring old 50's weepies.
  3. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Your political idol wouldn't be as squeamish.
  4. Or concentration camps.
  5. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    I see a gleeful Baby Jane Hudson cowering over her.
  6. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    A bit too cute but yes...
  7. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    It's solid. In the 5 Stages of Grief & Loss i have long arrived at 'acceptance' level in regards to boring minimalist trailer music clichés that Marianelli has to serve time and time again, but then you get a droll classicist miniature like 'Winston and George' and all is well again. Sadly these moments are fleeting and why oh why anyone requests a Churchill biography to sound like a Zimmer Batman score (at times) is beyond my comprehension.
  8. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Yes but: I eagerly await your first Judy Garland celebration.
  9. What Is The Last Score You Listened To?

    From time to time i lose myself in that trippiest of late 60's Goldsmith outings (even bis his standards this is pretty wild stuff). 'The Illustrated Man', textbook case of 'intriguing premise, awful execution', concerns itself with framing a few Ray Bradbury short stories within the story of a drifter who meets a mysterious, eccentric guy whose body is full of skin illustrations - each of which cause hallucinations to those staring to closely at them. The framing story actually is the most interesting aspect of this misbegotten affair, as the stories revolving past and future go nowhere. The score finds its most accessible moments in that framing story for which Goldsmith wrote a simple plainsong, almost impressionist in its detached harmonic choices, that is first sung evocatively over images of a guy swimming in a lake. He will deconstruct the core notes within the body of the score later but concentration has to be paid: this is a far way from the audience-pleasing 80's/90's era but intellectually it's very rewarding. Most interesting is the instrumental cast of only a few players (strings, woodwinds, glockenspiel, recorder, a set of ancient synths) that Goldsmith as usually employs in sparse, airy settings where there is no random musical gesture. of course the beeps and blings that illustrate future times seem anachronistic today they still are not just ends in itself - the sense of architecture is always there. While such chamber music may turn modern listeners off just by the fact that our ears have been trained to appreciate masses of sounds, with lots of chugging motion once you break that spell these scores are fascinating musical objects to study. This may really not a score for everyday, but if you look for a stimulating-if-hard earned time with a score (for a change), you could do worse (substance abuse may help, too). Thankfully the movie is obscure enough that there is zero chance it will dampen your enthusiasm with its lackluster storytelling.
  10. What Is The Last Film You Watched? (Older Films)

    Your preferences become more queer by the minute.
  11. Sure. I want Lionheart, which is completely unnecessary. I still shove it down James' throat from time to time.
  12. Yeah. But i see this popping up on german eBay from time to time and max 60€ is the going rate. I vouch for the absolutely top-notch - for the time - sound quality. Will the Tadlow sound better? Absolutely. Does it make sense to choose this over a lot of other material in far worse shape? No.