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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: I Spy, Vol. 2—The LPs
 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2011 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

Hearing this today has made me very happy - great sound, great music, and one of my all-time favorite pieces ever used in a TV show, the song Voice In The Wind - it's my favorite I Spy episode as well.

 
 Posted:   Mar 11, 2011 - 8:15 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

I've received my copy and listened to it... and all I can say is WOW!

Lukas, this is a perfect listening experience from beginning to end. The mastering is absolutely impeccable, and the music has never sounded better. I used to play the original LPs on a ceramic cartridge back in the '60s, then transcribed them to reel-to-reel, then from reel-to-reel to cassette, then from cassette to CD, so this release is more than nostalgia -- it's a sonic revelation to my ears, as if hearing an old favourite for the first time... thank you. (I'm definitely buying a second copy of this as well as a second copy of Volume 1 before it sells out.)

Jon Burlingame's notes are concise and informative, the colour photographs are magnificent, and -- I'm surprised that nobody else has noticed this yet -- the inside back cover of I SPY, Volume 1, is autographed by the late Earle Hagen and Robert Culp!

Is there any chance you could post a higher resolution of your autographed cover so that I could print it out and insert it into my Volume 1 CD?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2011 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

It's sad to listen to these recordings when you consider how far tv scoring (all scoring) has slid. No drama, no emotion, just a synth pad and a drone on 1 or 2 notes. Are we marching backwards?

 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2011 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

It's sad to listen to these recordings when you consider how far tv scoring (all scoring) has slid. No drama, no emotion, just a synth pad and a drone on 1 or 2 notes. Are we marching backwards?

For me, Earle Hagen's (and, I should add, Hugo Friedhofer's) I SPY was the zenith of the golden age of television scoring, with every episode having its own dedicated music score.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2011 - 1:03 PM   
 By:   Robert0320   (Member)

According to Hagen, producer Sheldon Leonard insisted on an original score for each episode of his series, feeling that using tracked music was like: "wearing soemone else's underwear."

 
 Posted:   Mar 12, 2011 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

There's 29 minutes (in stereo) of Hagen's and Friedhofer's isolated music on the I SPY DVD episode of "Bet Me A Dollar."

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2011 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)

I've received my copy and listened to it... and all I can say is WOW!

Lukas, this is a perfect listening experience from beginning to end. The mastering is absolutely impeccable, and the music has never sounded better. I used to play the original LPs on a ceramic cartridge back in the '60s, then transcribed them to reel-to-reel, then from reel-to-reel to cassette, then from cassette to CD, so this release is more than nostalgia -- it's a sonic revelation to my ears, as if hearing an old favourite for the first time... thank you. (I'm definitely buying a second copy of this as well as a second copy of Volume 1 before it sells out.)

Jon Burlingame's notes are concise and informative, the colour photographs are magnificent, and -- I'm surprised that nobody else has noticed this yet -- the inside back cover of I SPY, Volume 1, is autographed by the late Earle Hagen and Robert Culp!

Is there any chance you could post a higher resolution of your autographed cover so that I could print it out and insert it into my Volume 1 CD?


George, I'll email it to you. I got that at a Queen Mary spy convention event with Earle and Culp attending.

Lukas

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2011 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   Vincent Gillioz   (Member)

FANTASTIC release!

 
 Posted:   Mar 13, 2011 - 3:12 PM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

Image received. Thanks for the great cover, Lukas.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2011 - 7:33 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Finally received this a couple of days ago (it took nearly 2 weeks for SAE to send it), and I've been listening to it ever since.

What a smashing couple of albums, given the deluxe FSM treatment smile

Given that the series music was based largely around a big band, I was surprised at the number of more orchestral/string-based numbers; presumably for the albums they pushed the boat out a bit. I must say that Hagen and Friedhofer wrote some really emotive pieces for the series and they sound even more so when given the extra musical development for the album. I do prefer the jazzier, big-band based numbers myself, but despite that I enjoyed the lyricism of tracks like The Voice in The Wind and To Florence With Love.

I think the I Spy theme that opens the album makes some concessions to record-listeners tastes of the time with the hints of 'exotica' in the prominent use of bongos etc. Much as I like my percussion, I found them a bit overbearing on this arrangement. I much preferred the jazzy arrangement on track 14 that would have opened the second LP.

Nice to hear all those top flight jazzers and session men given something to do as well - there are plenty of solos throughout.

The booklet notes by Jon Burlingame are top notch and informative, and the whole thing is rounded off nicely by a small tribute from Lukas Kendall. So, all in all, a package as good as I expected it to be. FSM have done the Hagen and Friedhofer music perfect justice.

Couldn't ask for more - except of course (sigh) another volume of original scores.... wink

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2011 - 5:23 PM   
 By:   Lukas Kendall   (Member)


Check out this late find we've added as an online note:

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/i_spy_lps.html

Lukas

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2011 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   Midnight Mike   (Member)

Wow, that's some fantastic letter! Thanks for making it available. I can't belive Earl Hagen remembered all that I Spy scoring info, from what was at the time, almost 20 years ago. (I guess he kept great notes!)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2011 - 2:50 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

Writing 'fan' mail to composers is worth it, if that's the sort of reply you can get!

What a gent Mr Hagen was. And thanks, Lukas, for adding it to the website as a rather fascinating footnote to the release. smile

 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2011 - 9:35 AM   
 By:   George Komar   (Member)

Writing 'fan' mail to composers is worth it, if that's the sort of reply you can get!

What a gent Mr Hagen was. And thanks, Lukas, for adding it to the website as a rather fascinating footnote to the release. smile


I remember a Jerry Goldsmith event in Toronto some 30 years ago that Mr. Hagen attended. When some fans discovered that Mr. Hagen was in the audience at the end of the evening, he was swarmed. In the end it was harder to get to talk to Mr. Hagen that to talk to Jerry.

This letter is a wonderful addition to the FSM on line notes!

 
 
 Posted:   May 2, 2011 - 5:13 PM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

I just got this today, and listening to it now. Still only on the first LP, but man is this great. Great sound quality, great orchestration (gotta love bass clarinet + harp), great melodies, great rhythm...yummy.

 
 
 Posted:   May 3, 2011 - 2:26 AM   
 By:   Simon Morris   (Member)

I just got this today, and listening to it now. Still only on the first LP, but man is this great. Great sound quality, great orchestration (gotta love bass clarinet + harp), great melodies, great rhythm...yummy.


It's a wonderful album, and one I turn to a lot. The days when tv shows had real melodies and musicianship...

I think I prefer the second album on the disc, the first occasionally veers a bit too much into 'lounge music' territory for me. But overall it's just a superbly listenable set which probably won't appeal to those who don't like jazz - but despite that, it's worth them giving it a try anyway.

And who knows - someone, someday, may have a crack at releasing another album of the original scores wink

 
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