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  1. Ted, I am also very fond of the score to The River, although you may be interested to know that it is another one of those Williams scores that should be better represented on CD, particularly with regard to sequencing and incomplete tracks. The opening track on the CD, The River, is actually the end title music, whereas the movie itself begins with the track Rain Clouds Gather. And if you like the CD track The Ancestral Home, you'll be disappointed to learn that it is longer and more developed in the movie. To compensate for that, however, some cues, such as The Pony Ride, are much shorter and less-developed in the movie. My favourite character is that guy with the beard that you can see in the little picture inside the CD booklet. * SPOILER * He hardly says a word in the whole film then goes and plugs the overflowing river with Scott Glenn's jeep right at the end * END OF SPOILER *. Step aside Mel, beardy guy is the hero of this movie! Damien
  2. Uni has cleverly mixed Latin and Sanskrit for his post title. The word dux is Latin for 'leader' while the word avatar is from a Sanskrit word meaning 'descent' (usually of a god). Uni has Latinised it to a neuter noun and put it in the genitive plural. Stefancos is therefore "leader of the avatars." Ovid would surely have proved, as do I. Damien - redefining 'tragic' on a daily basis. 8O
  3. All, Click here for a great new Williams film music CD: http://www.chandos.net/Details.asp?Catalog...er=CHAN%2010007 OK, so it's Ralph V. rather than our Johnny, but my recommendation stands. Anyone who likes atmospheric, symphonic film music should check out this cracking CD. Damien - who is just going outside and may be some time. LOL
  4. Lou, Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino, is another film with no underscore. I also have in my mind one of Spencer Tracy's later films that has no music, but I cannot remember which one. Any takers? By the way, Blair Witch Project made me feel a bit seasick so I had to stop the video a couple of times to make sure I did not replicate the following popular emoticon: Damien
  5. Lou, I cannot remember the exact wording of the quote, but my favourite Herrmann story is related by Elmer Bernstein, who recalled the time that he discussed the effectiveness of Richard Rodney Bennett's famous light-hearted waltz for the train in the movie Murder on the Orient Express. Expecting Benny to agree, Herrmann instead screamed: "No, it was awful. That was a train of death!" Anyone know the exact quote?
  6. How about the music for the Indian attack in Snowden's Canyon from The Plainsman? A bit out of left field, I know, but it impressed me. With its rich orchestration and accelerating tempo it is a precursor to "The Desert Chase" music from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Oh for a CD release of The Plainsman and The Rare Breed! Damien beerchug
  7. You make a good point, Joe. I don't mean to nitpick (ok, maybe I do) but the aliens in It Came from Outer Space fall somewhere in the middle, neither completely malevolent nor completely benevolent. Although they do their fair share of bodysnatching, their primary motive in the movie is to repair their spaceship so that they can return home. The character played by Richard Carlson spends much of the second half of the film trying to persuade the townsfolk to leave the aliens alone. Perhaps the earliest example of the benevolent alien is in the great The Day the Earth Stood Still. But I digress. Damien
  8. Good question, Ocelot. Morn is right that there have been quite a few versions, the most faithful version being the excellent recent BBC version starring Bob Hoskins as Professor Challenger and making use of the CGI tricks perfected in Jurassic Park and its ilk. It does differ a little from the book, but not as much as the faintly ridiculous Irwin Allen version from 1960 (starring Claude Rains) in which the adventurers reach the plateau by, erm, helicopter. Parts of the BBC version were filmed at Wai-o-tapu in New Zealand. "Eaten alive! Horrible, horrible." Damien yipee
  9. John Carpenter's Halloween is an obvious but excellent choice. If there is time, rush to the store to get Lalo Schifrin's The Amityville Horror.
  10. You're right, it was apparently John Parker (same guy that did the theme music for Cannon). I do not remember much about the incidental music but it looks as though Mike Post had a hand in some of the episodes too. And Ren, cheese is fine if you have a cracker of a theme to accompany it! Damien
  11. tharpdevenport, Did Alan Silvestri really write the theme music for CHiPS? Damn, I can't get it out of my head now: Nananerna-na, nerna-na! Nanananana, ner-na-na! I used to love that show when I was younger. I remember that it was a while before I started watching it because I used to see it in the TV listings but assumed (as most 4-year-olds would) that it must be a programme devoted to chips (i.e. french fries) and figured that would be pretty boring. Isn't Larry Wilcox a porn star now (not that I'd expect you to know, but it is a serious question)? And what does Erik Estrada do these days? The 70s had so many great TV themes that have never seen the light of day. I'd love to see a CD release of music from Starsky & Hutch, especially Lalo Schifrin's original theme music taken from the pilot episode. It rocks! Damien
  12. You speak wisely, Guest. A few years ago I bought my brother a CD of American classics, including John Williams's Liberty Fanfare, for his birthday. What with me being a Williams fan but never having heard this piece, I couldn't resist the temptation to sneak a few listens whenever he was out. The trouble was that it was so catchy I kept humming the damn thing at inopportune moments. He eventually asked me what the tune I kept humming was so I covered myself by pretending it was some action music from SpaceCamp (written the same year, of course). He bought it, at least until his birthday! Damien
  13. Me! Me! I know this one! ...can you tell me how to get, how to get to SESAME STREET? Damien - remembering many a happy hour spent in the company of Grover, Three-In-A-Row Smith, Bob, Maria, Mr. Looper (sic), 12345, 678910, 11 12!, I'm gonna paint a W, three of these kids are doing the same thing, noo-ner-noo typewriter, the Count, Oscar, pelligro/entrada, milkmilkmilkmilkmilk, Ernie and Bert, Roosevelt Franklin and here's your host, Guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuy Smiley!!!!!
  14. Morn, you've been at the VB's again, haven't you? In the English language the verbs LIKE and KILL, although sharing several letters, have subtly different meanings! Dimitri Tiomkin was reportedly as well known for his sense of humour as his music. I would like to get hold of his autobiography Please Don't Hate Me as it is supposed to be an entertaining read. Dimitri's popularity soared after his Oscar acceptance speech for The High and the Mighty in 1955 when he thanked the great names of classical music for their contribution to his work. However, my favourite story about Tiomkin relates to the regular card games he used to have with fellow composers Victor Young, Leo Forbstein (Warners music director) and Max Steiner. As Max Steiner's eyesight was very poor, Tiomkin and Young decided one day to feed him dog biscuits when they next met to play gin rummy. Steiner happily tucked in and liked them so much he wanted to know where he could buy them. Damien - expecting the next post in this thread to say something like "I guess you had to be there."
  15. My real name is Damien, a name I share of course with the lead character in the Omen film trilogy, particularly 1978's Damien: OmenII. I'm quite nice really, though.
  16. Probably not, Big John - Dimitri bought the farm in '79. Though with his legendary sense of humour, he would surely have liked Homer and co. Damien :cry:
  17. You are right about the extended concert version, fivetones, although Chris is right too about the movie version being truncated. The one that plays over the end titles of the film is definitely different from the version heard on the Varese Sarabande RSNO re-recording. I cannot remember how exactly, but remember thinking "hey, this is different" last time I watched the film. Personally, I'm rather partial to the percussive main title. Damien
  18. I had the pleasure of seeing this rather odd TV movie western from 1966 the other day. As I am sure you all know, it is one of only five oaters that our Johnny has scored (not counting episodes of TV shows) and the only one from which no soundtrack music is available. What surprised me is that the music is really rather good, certainly on a par with JW's better-known score to The Rare Breed of the same year. From reviews I had read of the film I was expecting a real snoozefest but the movie passed the time amiably enough. As for the score, there are plenty worse that have already seen a CD release. There is quite a bit of 'mickey-mousing' in the earlier scenes, not something you usually associate with John Williams; there were parts of the score that reminded me a bit of Lost In Space in this regard. The score does contain several stand-out musical sections, the best of which (IMHO) is a scene in which Indians attack a cavalry troop. The music is percussive and brassy, the kind of thing Johnny does better than anyone. The music builds and builds before careering away as the Indians thunder across the plains to attack. The main title is very hummable and not marred too much by a wordless pop vocal chorus that betrays the film's 1960's origins (think Henry Mancini). At the very start of the film is more great music for a chase scene as Indians pursue Don Murray's character. Other highlights of the score are the music for a scene where Don Murray rides to plead with the Indians and a lengthy scene where he is tortured - very Towering Inferno with lots of percussion and irregular rhythms. When I settled down to watch the film I was expecting a light and none-too-memorable score but by the end I was left thinking "How come no-one's recorded this score yet?" Has anyone else seen this movie? If so, what did you think (of the film and the score)? I had to laugh when Leslie Nielsen appeared at the end as General Custer, sporting the most hilarious fake beard seen until they made Gettysburg. Damien - who reckons Marco Polo should record The Rare Breed and The Plainsman and release them on one cracking double CD with a free plastic tomahawk sellotaped to the back and a foreword by Hilary Swank beerchug
  19. It is easy for us die-hard John Williams fans to overlook the fact that most of his music was written to accompany films. While most of us are likely to have seen Star Wars and Jurassic Park, how many can claim to have seen I Passed for White or The Plainsman? Indicate how many JW movies you have watched. For a movie to qualify, you must have watched the whole film from beginning to end and you cannot count TV programmes. Let's see who's the most square-eyed! To get the ball rolling, I have watched 63 of Johnny's films. A pretty good tally, but I'm sure others can beat that. Damien - wondering if there are any JW films that none of the board members has seen...
  20. Lord Gibson, Sorry to hear about your dog. At least he ended his days in a loving home. I like cats. My cat is called Jingles (named after a piano piece by James P. Johnson that was one of my Dad's favourites). I do not know how to post a picture but he is a tabby that was found wandering in the woods. He is here with me now so I will put him on the keyboard to type his own cat-message: hyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyiui I couldn't agree more, Jingles. Damien
  21. Ocelot, At the beginning of the film A Guide for the Married Man is an animated pre-credits sequence scored by Johnny. OK, so it's not exactly Fantasia, but it is animated and lasts a good two minutes. I am also reminded of an interview I heard once with Andre Previn. He related how he had once been approached by some Hollywood moguls asking if he would be interested in arranging the music for a remake of Fantasia, this time using music by the Beatles instead of music from the classical repertoire. He politely declined but suggested that John Williams would be a better choice to arrange the scousers' songs! Damien :wiggle:
  22. Mark, Tin Cup, the Kevin Costner golfing vehicle, is probably the most high profile of William Ross's scores. Damien
  23. I would also include Hans Salter and/or Herman Stein. In the 40s and 50s Universal had much smaller music budgets than most of the other studios so its composers really learnt how to be resourceful. They wrote some terrific scores within limited budgets and often to ridiculously tight deadlines. Many of the players in the Universal orchestras were able to play several instruments (and often did so on the same cue). Often more than one composer worked on the same score but the results were usually seamless. When time and/or budgets did not allow, the process commonly known as 'Salterizing' was used, whereby suitable cues from earlier Universal scores were tracked in to the new score. A score such as Creature from the Black Lagoon features the work of about 5 composers. Good examples of films that showcase Stein's and Salter's talent are 'It Came From Outer Space', 'House of Frankenstein', 'This Island Earth' and 'Mole People'. Also you can't beat a bit of theremin. Damien
  24. Ross, A handy tip that may work on your computer is to hold down the 'Alt Gr' key then press '4'. The Euro symbol should then appear as if by magic. Behold: ยข Looks more like a 'c' to me, but there ya go. You probably know this already. Damien
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