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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: North Dallas Forty
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2010 - 8:10 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

I'm not familiar with the film, but I've been enjoying the score since I received it from SAE on Friday. From the few opening seconds, I can tell it's John Scott; there are some stylistic similarities to his Final Countdown music.

Apart from that, the jazzy/disco orientated pieces - which I enjoyed very much actually - remind me a lot of the music he wrote for the Bruton library in the late 'seventies. Scott usually writes strong melodies, but also adds plenty of rhythm where appropriate.

I'm particularly pleased to see that for this CD, Scott was invited to write his own introduction to the score for the booklet.

A very nice CD package all round then. And good to see more John Scott on CD too.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 28, 2010 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I've got this one on order and am looking forward to listening to it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 5, 2011 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

This is one very good soundtrack. It reminds me a lot of Michael Small's scoring techniques in The Parallax View and Marathon Man. I've liked his other scores and wanted it since it was first announced back whenever. Haven't seen much talk about this one, though. Don't let this one get by you for too long.

N.P. CLEOPATRA JONES

 
 Posted:   Oct 1, 2011 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   Neil S. Bulk   (Member)

Peter Gent, the author of the book, has passed away.

http://goo.gl/jRtiR

Neil

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 6:15 AM   
 By:   KT   (Member)

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 Posted:   Jun 14, 2013 - 6:23 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Just ordered this one; one of the two CDs of Scott´s I still don´t own. It has some wonderfully groovy 70´s symphonic disco a la Barry White. And a gorgeous love theme to boot.



It's an excellent score - one of my favorites by John Scott. I'm surprised this CD didn't get more attention than it did.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2013 - 12:00 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I'm also getting a very strong Michael Small vibe from this score, plus sections that recall similar 70's work by Dave Grusin and Bill Conti, although the whole thing is still pure John Scott.
I haven't played it all the way through yet, or settled back for a listen while reading the wonderful FSM booklet (God I miss those things almost as much as their new releases), so I will report back after that time.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2013 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I've just finished my 5th play-through of this score and created a 29 minute programme for my 'on-the-go' player which bounces as tight as a classic Varese 30 minute CD!
Once again (and as per usual, it would seem with Mr Scott) it has a truly addictive Main Theme (this one with a slightly cool jazz inflection) and a melancholy/wistful Love Theme (barely used in the film?) that stay with the listener long after the music has stopped.
Throw in some Michael Small-like suspense licks, Bill Conti propelled pop/orch power chords and this is another winner from the old Bristolian.
It's been a true delight getting into the music of John Scott these past months...and there's loads more ahead for me! smile

NP - The Final Countdown (John Scott)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 3:28 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Some of the jazz/rock touches might put fans of Scott's more 'orchestral' music off North Dallas Forty, but actually he doesn't overdo it too much, and for me it's one of his most enjoyable scores.

I far prefer listening to this score than Shoot to Kill, which I always have difficulty getting into.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 10:29 AM   
 By:   KT   (Member)

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 Posted:   Jul 7, 2013 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   lexedo   (Member)

I like the film, but I like most anything from the 70s.

The John Scott score is definitely 70s, just not so much in the Shire-Fielding-Conti way. It's a bit more flashy, and has some Southern flavor too. Good one to have.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2018 - 4:23 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

This score plays, to me, like the perfect summation of that 70's urban/romantic scoring, incorporating that tender/light pop romanticism of Dave Grusin, the uneasy tense/thriller vibe of David Shire & Michael Small and the brassy/pop-orchestral blasts of Bill Conti.
ALL delivered in John Scott's charmingly brilliant classical style.
I'd have hated this score about 25 years ago!
But thanks to the growing of the brain and wisdom, I now hear the gem that it truly is.

 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2018 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

This score plays, to me, like the perfect summation of that 70's urban/romantic scoring, incorporating that tender/light pop romanticism of Dave Grusin, the uneasy tense/thriller vibe of David Shire & Michael Small and the brassy/pop-orchestral blasts of Bill Conti.
ALL delivered in John Scott's charmingly brilliant classical style.
I'd have hated this score about 25 years ago!
But thanks to the growing of the brain and wisdom, I now hear the gem that it truly is.


I've not see the film in decades, but your description of its score is something I awkwardly refer to as:

https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=57940&forumID=1&archive=0

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2018 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

The CD is a revelation, Jim, compared to the score as heard in the film. Lots of stuff went unused.
It's not quite that 'bright or breezy' sound that you're looking for in that other thread.
BUT...I can safely say you would enjoy this score...A LOT.
What's the saying...'it's right in your wheelhouse'?

 
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