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This is a comments thread about FSM CD: Days of Heaven
 
 Posted:   Aug 11, 2011 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   foxmorty   (Member)

i've found this disc to be more accessible than i thought it would be. it really is a lovely score that has held my interest pretty well--not a lot of skipping tracks. will have to check this movie out again as it's been years since i've seen it. hopefully i'll appreciate it more now that i'm older.

 
 Posted:   Aug 14, 2011 - 8:39 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

I hope this doesn't sound too pretentious -- but I am treating this release like a fine, rare wine. I've listened to the first disc twice. And am now trying to digest how utterly beautiful it is. The second disc will wait for another week or so. I just want to savor this set -- spend time with it and let it sink in. It's that good, in my opinion.

An admirable approach! Took me days to get to the 2nd disc...

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 16, 2011 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

Many thanks Lucas and team for releasing this score. A fantastic release.

The sound quality is so good that I am hearing instruments on some of the previously available cues that I had not heard before.

A couple of other observations.

The beautiful piano and orchestra version of 'Happiness' does not appear on the CD, I am therefore assuming Morricone must have recorded this especially for one of his compilation albums and that it was not part of the original sessions for DAYS OF HEAVEN. (It appeared on a French compilation LP).

The short motif represented on 'Bad News' (the short track) and repeated a number of times as part of other cues, was originally written by Morricone for his MALAMONDO score in 1964, I believe the title of the short piece was 'Dachau'. I think the title refers to a concentration camp, hence the somber nature of the piece. Morricone later used the motif again in his score to TRE NEL MILLE. Hopefully Henry has noticed that as well!

For me my favourit of the new tracks is the piano version of The Return, simply wonderful (reminds me of some of the piece in LOLITA).

Dave

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2011 - 5:56 AM   
 By:   paulmaherjr   (Member)

Now if we can only get an extended soundtrack of The Thin Red Line by Hans Zimmer, I will die a happy man!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2011 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Never saw this film or had the album. I listened to a stream of the album online.

Morrione's output is so vast and varied that I'm endlessly fascinated by what does or does not attract us to this composer.

I found this album to be pleasant, and I'm certainly not knocking Morricone - he was hired to do a job - but if I owned it, I would probably never listen to it more than once. My interest in Morricone's music goes in completely different directions.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 17, 2011 - 6:18 AM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Many thanks Lucas and team for releasing this score. A fantastic release.

The sound quality is so good that I am hearing instruments on some of the previously available cues that I had not heard before.

A couple of other observations.

The beautiful piano and orchestra version of 'Happiness' does not appear on the CD, I am therefore assuming Morricone must have recorded this especially for one of his compilation albums and that it was not part of the original sessions for DAYS OF HEAVEN. (It appeared on a French compilation LP).

The short motif represented on 'Bad News' (the short track) and repeated a number of times as part of other cues, was originally written by Morricone for his MALAMONDO score in 1964, I believe the title of the short piece was 'Dachau'. I think the title refers to a concentration camp, hence the somber nature of the piece. Morricone later used the motif again in his score to TRE NEL MILLE. Hopefully Henry has noticed that as well!

For me my favourit of the new tracks is the piano version of The Return, simply wonderful (reminds me of some of the piece in LOLITA).

Dave


I've had only two plays of these two CDs to date (and even then not had chance to listen too carefully) and whilst the sound (of those tracks originally available on the earlier RCA release) is better I wasn't blown away with the audio quality. Very good: definitely, but there are numerous other releases with better sound, IMHO.

As I commented to good friend Chris, I find the 2CDs too much in one play and have split the recordings into three on my PC rip for streaming so that I can choose which version of the score to play (I do this with those album + score releases).

As for the Happiness track from the old LP compilation (Disque d'Or II) I used to have this and yes, it was truly gorgeous ... I was disappointed to find that it was not on the OST! Looking at the listing in www.chimai.com I see that I entered the pianist's name - he was Enrico Pierannunzi - but I don't recall if it was a solo piano piece or backed by orchestra. The site lists Maestro Morricone as conducting. It also suggests that there is no CD release of this piece.

Mitch

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2011 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   David Anthony   (Member)

Hi Mitch

The 'Happiness' track on the French compilation is backed by an orchestra, I incorporated it into my cdr of the LP along with the 'Dachau' piece.

I agree with you, the 3 part FSM cd is a bit too much to take in one listening, mainly due to the repetition of some themes. I would like to make up a compilation cd, keeping the LP tracks, and just fitting in my favourite of the other cues around them. Just trying to make the best listening experience I can.

Have you tried listening to the FSM cd through headphones? I really noticed a difference on some of the tracks like 'The Fire', some instruments stand out more than they did on the LP. Maybe I just made a bad recording of the LP though!

Dave

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2011 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   MusicMad   (Member)

Hi Mitch

The 'Happiness' track on the French compilation is backed by an orchestra, I incorporated it into my cdr of the LP along with the 'Dachau' piece.

I agree with you, the 3 part FSM cd is a bit too much to take in one listening, mainly due to the repetition of some themes. I would like to make up a compilation cd, keeping the LP tracks, and just fitting in my favourite of the other cues around them. Just trying to make the best listening experience I can.

Have you tried listening to the FSM cd through headphones? I really noticed a difference on some of the tracks like 'The Fire', some instruments stand out more than they did on the LP. Maybe I just made a bad recording of the LP though!

Dave


Hi Dave,

Thank you for the feedback. I have heard parts of the score via headphones but as these are < GBP20 ~ Sennheisser (in your ears) from the PC I don't trust what I'm hearing; I don't like headphones and much prefer to listen to my music via the hi-fi (amp + power supply + decent speakers) but I'm waiting for some own-time to play this score - and a number of other recent purchases - to my own satisfaction.

Maybe I'll do a A~B test with the old RCA recording but I'm more likely to accept that this is a better quality recording. Bear in mind that this CD arrived with The Black Hole which does sound so much better than my (excellent) CDr transfer. So perhaps my comparison is unfair! smile

Mitch.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2011 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   PFK   (Member)

I just got this 2 CD set, just a beautiful score. I bought the LP when it came out and always wanted more. Thanks Lukas! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2011 - 11:21 AM   
 By:   captain_avis   (Member)

I thought I'd bump this given that many members are considering bulk SAE orders. I'm not a major Morricone fan, but this has rapidly become my favorite FSM release. That's not a statement I make lightly - I'm a person who badly wanted an expanded ST:II and ST:III and Islands in the Stream and treasure those albums. This is just a fabulous release and I highly highly recommend checking it out.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2011 - 2:27 PM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

This is a stunning release. I've lost count of the number of times I've listened to it over the past few months. Is there a more beautiful film score? If (as seems likely) someone holds a gun to my head and forces me to choose which of my FSM CDs will not be covered in several feet of cement, I will choose this one.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2011 - 2:56 PM   
 By:   Miles (MerM)   (Member)

That's no substitute for a review! wink

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2011 - 3:03 PM   
 By:   Zoragoth   (Member)

This is a stunning release. I've lost count of the number of times I've listened to it over the past few months. Is there a more beautiful film score? If (as seems likely) someone holds a gun to my head and forces me to choose which of my FSM CDs will not be covered in several feet of cement, I will choose this one.

Well said, James! This release is indeed a treasure, not only because FSM retained the original album, which was a gem, right down to the cricket sound FX, but also that wealth of gorgeous extra material. If I had to pick an all-time favorite FSM release, this would be the one.

 
 Posted:   Dec 19, 2011 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

I have lotsa good stuff to trade if you want to part with your copy!

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2012 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

finally acquired this.
I never realized how crappy my lp and Legend cd sounded till I heard this!
fantastic production.
check it out!
bruce

 
 Posted:   Jun 28, 2012 - 5:33 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

i only have on CRITICISM of ennio's excellent score : the cue "The Fire"

it is virtually identical to 'The Desert" (kudos to FSM liner notes for pointing this out) from
GBU.
Why EM recycled this, admittedly fantastic, cue is a mystery and a diappointment.
brm

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2012 - 10:51 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

i only have on CRITICISM of ennio's excellent score : the cue "The Fire"

it is virtually identical to 'The Desert" (kudos to FSM liner notes for pointing this out) from
GBU.
Why EM recycled this, admittedly fantastic, cue is a mystery and a diappointment.
brm



"Virtually identical" is an oxymoron, Bruce. It's either identical or it isn't. And it isn't. The word you're looking for is "similar".

And the word I'm looking for is "so". Closely followed by "what". big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2012 - 1:35 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

how 'bout "nearly identical"
satisfied, smarty pants?
brm

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2012 - 1:56 PM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

how 'bout "nearly identical"
satisfied, smarty pants?
brm


No, of course not. It's identical or it isn't. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2012 - 2:05 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

how 'bout "nearly identical"
satisfied, smarty pants?
brm


No, of course not. It's identical or it isn't. smile


i speak English, not British
brm

 
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