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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Poltergeist
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2011 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Mr. Mike M did a masterful job on this score, which is, for me, the last real Goldsmith masterpiece. Note the "for me" please.

This is a perfect score and the film is still, all these years later, wildly entertaining. What is frequently forgotten about this and ET is that both films were made on budgets of 10 million dollars at a time when few movies were made for such a low cost. So, creativity and storytelling became the order of the day - they should try that again because it worked.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2011 - 4:27 PM   
 By:   Maestro   (Member)

Maestro, I have read about your signed Mint LP. Did you meet the man yourself?? How did you acquire the signature?

Yes, I met him at a concert at the Royal Albert Hall here in London in 2001. He was more than willing to sign my LP, thanked me for attending the concert, and I briefly told him how much I appreciated his work and his score for Poltergeist. He was respectable and polite to me, a memorable and deep felt memory in my life.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2011 - 11:16 PM   
 By:   Duke23   (Member)

Whoa!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2011 - 11:16 PM   
 By:   Duke23   (Member)

Maestro. Wow! That is incredibly awesome. No wonder you have that baby framed and protected. smile Yeah I would feel the same way about meeting Mr. Goldsmith or Mr. John Williams for that matter.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2011 - 10:35 PM   
 By:   Duke23   (Member)

Ok, I just listened to the Rhino and then I popped in the FSM disc 1 and listened up until the beginning of the Let's get her/Rebirth Track. First off, it does beat the Rhino for sure. I was very very pleased and impressed with the job they did at removing that god awful hiss without sacrificing the crispness and clarity of the recording. I have heard recordings that have been no-noised to death and those kind of things sound absolutely terrible! This one however was done right on the mark. Everything is clear and the hiss is now basically gone. I am loving it!

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2011 - 3:02 AM   
 By:   Loren   (Member)

I'm listening to the FSM CD 2 right now. It's nearly a mystical experience!

I've always disliked the Rhino CD (I might have listened to that edition once or twice only) and now I can't stop listening to this reflourished masterpiece thanks to FSM.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2011 - 7:20 AM   
 By:   Duke23   (Member)

Just finished the entire thing. Wow! Mike and to all involved, my sincere thanks to a job more than well done! I had never heard the LP program before so that was very nice to experience. The bonus tracks were a real treat. Loved the Orchestra only Carol Anne's Theme and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was absolutely sinister in its own right. I can't recall offhand right now if it was explained in the booklet where that would have been used in the film. Anyway, thanks again. The whole package sounds incredible and is a more than worthy replacement to the Rhino edition. smile

 
 Posted:   Mar 28, 2011 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   OneBuckFilms   (Member)

Okay, I'm really late to the party on this one.

I ordered this and LLL's ID4 (also Intrada's BSG, but they were out of stock at SAE, so I had them remove it so that the order could go through, and ordered it through Intrada. Great customer service there.)

It will mean retiring my beloved Rhino CD (Giving it to a good friend), and I look forward to this.

It will make a great companion piece to Twilight Zone: The Movie.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2011 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)

Thought I would boost this title back to the top, in memoriam of FSM's final discs.
If you don't have it.....what the hell??????

By the way, didn't see any talk about it, but how about that alternate of
Escape from Suburbia???? Is that the mistake, flub mix/take from hell or what??!?!
Great fun, worth it to hear that on it's own, after being in love with this score for years.

 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 9:40 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

It's "that" time of year to give this score a spin or two. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 12, 2011 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   MikeyKW   (Member)

I've recently spun both Poltergeist (FSM) and Poltergeist II. I'd forgotten how good the P2 score was. Some great new themes in there.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2011 - 5:05 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Both, Poltergeist 1 and 2 will always belong to my favorite horror scores (and even in my top ten Jerry list), with a preference of part 1.

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2011 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I'm going to be considered strange, but I always like Poltergeist II more than the original.

I know PII has less kudos, not being the first and all, but I always enjoyed it better as music to listen to.

Cheers

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2011 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

I'm going to be considered strange, but I always like Poltergeist II more than the original.

I know PII has less kudos, not being the first and all, but I always enjoyed it better as music to listen to.

Cheers


It's similar to the old JAWS vs JAWS 2 debate, where fans of each have valid reasons on why they prefer one over the other, despite the fact that both are really excellent scores. Same with Goldsmith's two POLTERGEIST scores. Each show his skills at their peak, but utilizing different elements of his style and approach. You really can't have one without the other!

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2011 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   W. David Lichty [Lorien]   (Member)

It's similar to the old JAWS vs JAWS 2 debate...

Then Poltergeist is definitely the Jaws 2 of the pair for me.

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2011 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   Ross1972   (Member)

I'm going to be considered strange, but I always like Poltergeist II more than the original.

I know PII has less kudos, not being the first and all, but I always enjoyed it better as music to listen to.

Cheers


Agreed 100% I love the PII score, and find it a much more enjoyable listening experience.

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2011 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

While a very, very different beast - I also do like POLTERGEIST III (movie and score)...

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2011 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I'm going to be considered strange, but I always like Poltergeist II more than the original.

Not strange. Just opinions. My personal opinion is that the first is a brilliant score -- one of my very favorites by anybody -- and II is a crashing bore that I absolutely can't stand to listen to. (About once a year, I try, to no avail.) I guess my opinion seems strange to you. But I'm sure we agree about lots of other stuff.

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2011 - 9:24 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I find it interesting that there are people here who prefer Poltergeist II score to the original because I always found the addition of synth in the sequel scores to detract from my enjoyment. I'll have to give them another listen.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2011 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   samlowry   (Member)

Indeed, the synths can be a distraction on PII and locks it as being a product of the 80's, whereas the original is clearly timeless and ranks for me not only as one of the top 5 Goldsmith scores but in my top 25 soundtracks of all times...

 
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