The Official Jerry Fielding Thread
Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:28 PM
He was a very interesting character with a comparatively brief film music career of less than twenty years, having been blacklisted in the 1950's and dying at the age of just 57 in 1980. His best known works were for the films of Sam Peckinpah, Clint Eastwood and Michael Winner. I would be interested to see what others here think of him.
Here is a random selection of a few of his scores. His end title music from The Enforcer (Elegy for Inspector Moore) is one of the finest bits of film music I have heard but I could find only the alternative version of it on YouTube.
This last one contains one or two shots that may be NSFW, but is perhaps my favourite score by Jerry Fielding.
Posted 04 March 2012 - 06:33 PM
Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:56 PM
Posted 04 March 2012 - 10:03 PM
I'm a big fan of his Wild Bunch score - would love a reissue of the complete score for that one, as I only have the soundtrack.
Yes, I think The Wild Bunch is one of his most requested scores along with The Outlaw Josey Wales. I watched the latter for the first time in donkey's years last week and the music was so much better than I remembered it, probably because the first time I watched it I was only just getting into film music so was hoping for some foot-tapping Americana western themes in the style of Elmer Bernstein. Fielding's approach is much more folksy and introspective but fits the movie perfectly. It's a shame that Fielding died so young - it would have been interesting to hear how he would have scored Clint's 1980's movies, none of which have particularly memorable music as far as I can recall. Anyway, here is some music from his score for another Peckinpah film, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.
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